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🚸 Welcome to Nursery 2019 - 2020 🚸 

Nursery Staff 

Our EYFS Lead is Mrs Fry.

Our Nursery Teacher is Mrs Riaz.


We have 3 family groups in nursery. They are:

🦋 Butterfly Family Group - Mrs Riaz

🐝 Bumblebee Family Group - Mrs Hall

🐛 Caterpillar Family Group - Mrs Sutton



27th April 2020.

Hello Nursery Family,

Welcome back to a new term! We hope you have all had a lovely Easter and enjoyed a well deserved rest.

We understand that while staying at home due to coronavirus (COVID-19), parents and carers will be concerned about their children’s education and the impact of missing school. It is not the way we wanted to be starting a new term but we are still here to help. 

On our webpage below, you will find advice for looking after primary school children and how to help them continue their education. There are project planners uploaded weekly with a range of tasks for you to complete with your child, as well as resources and external links for the different areas of education. These will be continually updated. 


Feel free to send any work you do with the children via Class Dojo or to @YewTreeSandwell on Twitter!


If you need any assistance or have any queries regarding virtual learning, please contact us via Class Dojo.

Best Regards,
Nursery Team❤️



🏡Welcome to Home Learning🏡

Each week we will update this page with plenty of activities, documents and links for you to complete. Any updated resources are marked with *NEW*.

Feel free to try any of these activities if you can.

Please send us any of your work via Class Dojo or to @YewTreeSandwell on Twitter.

We would love to see all the amazing things that you get up to.


Yew Tree Primary Covid-19

Take a look at our little video. The staff at Yew Tree have put some videos together to make the children smile (and the parents). A BIG hello from all of us all. We miss you so much. Stay safe, keep smiling and take care!

The Yew Tree Family ❤



18th - 24th May 2020

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, which aims to get people talking about their mental health and reduce the stigma that can stop people from asking for help.

This year the theme is Kindness, which we feel is really importantat the moment.

Kindness has been chosen because of its singular ability to unlockour shared humanity. Kindness strengthensrelationships,develops community and deepens solidarity. It is a cornerstone of our individual and collective mental health. Wisdom from every culture across history recognises that kindness is something that all human beings need to experience and practise to be fully alive.

Below are some ideas of how you can get involved.


🖐️🤏👐✌️Makaton Challenge✌️👐🤏🖐️


Did you see the fabulous Ms Snow in the Yew Tree Covid-19 video? She used Makaton to send the Yew Tree family her message. Makaton is a unique language programme that uses symbols, signs and speech to enable people to communicate. It supports the development of essential communication skills such as attention and listening, comprehension, memory, recall and organisation of language and expression.


Can you use these resources below to learn the alphabet or greet somebody using Makaton? 


🐳World Ocean Day🐳

World Ocean Day is all about celebrating our blue planet which is what connects us all together. The aim is for us to get together to start creating batter future and protect our ocean and all the animals and plants in there.


Can you use some of the activities below to learn more about the ocean and do some creative activities!🌊

Celebrating World Oceans Day 2020

Save the Ocean Children's Animated Audiobook

The Rainbow Fish read by Ernest Borgnine



⭐⭐We hope to see you sooner, but just in case things go on a little longer, here are things you can do to help your child get ready for Reception. ⭐⭐


Home Learning Project Planners

Summer Term 1🌸
Summer Term 2🌻

Home Learning Links and Resources

Music Resources🎵

SIPS music

Nursery Rhymes and Songs🎵

Linked below are some counting rhymes and songs.

Remember to practice your counting around the house!

Mental health🧠


Shapes + Measure🔺📏
Brainy Maths

3D Shapes Song

Communication and Language🗣

Summer senses scavenger hunt



Storytime: Mixed by Arree Chung

While We Can't Hug

HANDA'S SURPRISE Picture Book Animation

Intended for educational purposes. Copyright belongs to RIC Publications


Children's book read aloud. Superworm by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler

Princess Mirror-Belle and the Dragon pox

The Colour Monster


Alphabet Phonics Song

Alphabet Phonics song with letter names and sounds. Every letter has a name and sound.

Physical Development🤸🏼

Fine Motor✍🏼
Gross motor🕺🏼


Exploring the world

Outdoor Resources🧭 🌳


Apps  you can download

Daisy the Dinosaur (iPad - Free)

Bee-Bot (Android -Free, iPad - Free

General Resources

Useful Links

Letters home✉️



We would like to wish you a big, warm welcome to Nursery. 


We are thrilled to have met your children and are looking forward to helping them settle into their nursery.


If you have any concerns about your child then please do not hesitate to find a time to come and see us so we can help.


Thank you for taking the time to read this page and keep your eye on it as we will be updating it with news, events and dates for your diary.


Nursery Staff

Spring Term

It was world book day and the children and the staff came dressed up in the favourite book character. We did lots of fun activities based on 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' We also had a surprised visit from a dinosaur.

We have started our project this term 'Why we can't have chocolate for breakfast?' and look what we have been doing.

We took part in celebrating Pancake Day. We used our sense to explore the ingredient we then weighed and measured the quantity needed. We carefully mixed everything together and observed the changes then the adult cooked the pancakes.

Parent overview Spring 2

It was internet safety day and we had a story about Smartie the penguin who taught us how to keep safe while we were on the internet. We had a discussion and then made Smartie the penguin.


Homework is given out on Wednesday and returned the following Monday. 

Parent Overview Autumn 2

We had a very exciting week in nursery. We have busy exploring our new learning environment indoors and outdoors.


Please do sign up for a tapestry account if you haven't already done so.  

With a Tapestry account you will be able to observe your child's learning as soon as the  teachers upload them to your account.  You will also be able to upload any photographs or videos that you would like to share with your child's teacher - the children enjoy sharing things they do at home with the class. 


If you have any queries about the Tapestry account or if you would like to sign up please ask you child's class teacher.  



We have loved playing with the torches as part of our topic. We have explored colours and what happens when we change the caps. We have led our learning in many different ways. Some of us like to make up puppet shows, others like to explore numbers or make secret writing with the torches to help us see. 

Shadow Hunting


As part of our new topic we have been learning all about Shadows. We have been on a shadow hunt and love trying to find them in our garden. We have explored making our shadows bigger, smaller, wider and longer. Some of us have even tried to chase our shadows but this is very tricky! Can you find shadows at home?

Race For Life


Miss Beardsmore organised a fantastic Race for Life event at our school. We had to do a long walk and some of us even ran. It was hot and we were very worn out at the end. We were grateful for lots of support as we ran and we really enoyed cheering the older children on and high fiving them. We had so much fun, thank you Miss Beardsmore and well done to everyone in Nursery who helped to raise money for a great charity!

Team Games!

We love playing team games at Nursery. In the sunny weather we have been enjoying playing parachute games and circle games. We particularly enjoy playing duck, duck goose! We have to take turns and we love cheering our friends along.


Counting the Correct Amount

We have been busy learning how to count out the correct amount when given a number. Sometimes this can be tricky because we count too many so we have to remember to STOP! We are working hard to recognise our numbers and order them too. Take a look at our lovely maths work from this week!

Learning about 2D Shapes

We have been learning about 2D shapes in Nursery. 

Some of us have been super busy on a shape hunt looking for circles and squares. 

We have been learning to sort shapes into the correct category and can talk about if they have smooth or curved sides. Some of us can even count the corners on shapes!

Spring Printing

As part of our Spring topic we have enjoyed exploring the skill of 'printing'. We have done this in many ways using many different materials to print, but out favourite was printing with flowers. It makes such a lovely pattern on the paper, doesn't it!

Mother's Day Stay and Play

In Nursery we are always busy 'mark making'. Mark making is referred to as any mark that a child makes and can be done with lots of different materials. In Nursery we love to explore making marks in many different ways - painting, drawing, whiteboards, shaving foam, gloop or painting in the puddles! (Just to name a few).


Remember we're not 'scribbling' we're exploring all of those important skills such as giving meaning, connecting ideas, creative expression, problem solving and representing thoughts and feelings through marks that we make. 


All of this lovely mark making also helps us to develop our fine motor skills allowing us to learn how to grasp and hold tools such as paint brushes, pencils and scissors. These are all skills that will help us to learn and grow.

Children In Need Day

The children were very excited to go and visit our giant Pudsey bear for Children in Need. We all bought in coins and placed them onto the bear - doesn't it look great! We learnt about the word 'charity' and we know that the money we have given is going to help children who aren't as lucky as we are. We made a wish on our coins to hope that it helps the children in need. We loved 'Pudsey' day and all looked great in our Pudsey clothes and ears! 

Number Play

In Nursery we spend lots of time exploring numbers and counting through our play. This half term we have been learning to recognise the numbers 1 to 5. We have been practising 'careful' counting where we only count one object at a time. We are beginning to recognise that numbers represent a quantity.

Remembrance Day

To commemorate 100 years since the end of World War 1 we had a 'Red Day' in Nursery. We all came to school in red clothes and we learnt about what a soldier is. The children have been busy making a lovely red poppy which we have displayed in our classroom. We learnt how to scrunch up tissue paper and stick it down using glue.