Nursery and Reception 2023 - 2024

Mrs Jones

Mrs Caton

Mrs Partridge

Mrs Strick

Hello and welcome to Nursery and Reception's class page!


Summer Term 2024 


Do keep checking this class page for updates and reminders as we go through the year. Any vital or short-term changes to the school day will be sent out via text or email as usual.


Class Updates:


Song of the week Click here for Mary, Mary, quite contrary

P.E will take place on Wednesday afternoon- please come to school dressed in the correct PE kit on these days.

Forest School will begin again after the half-term break on Tuesday 27th February and continue every Tuesday afternoon - please come to school dressed in suitable outdoor clothing. 


General Class Information:


Mrs Jones will be teaching the children on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday am.

Mrs Partridge will be teaching the children on Wednesday pm, Thursday and Friday.


Here is a list of our weekly routines for your information:

Morning drop off

Children can be dropped off at the small wooden gate between 8.45 and 8.55 each morning. A member of staff will be at the gate and will relay any important messages. 

Water Bottles 

Children need a named water bottle in school daily. We encourage our children to drink water throughout the day and stay hydrated. Water is freely available from a water cooler by our classroom door. Bottles will be sent home at the end of each day for washing.

Morning snack

Children in Nursery are entitled to free school milk and toast or fresh fruit each morning.

Children in Reception are entitled to free school milk and fresh fruit. Toast is provided at a small cost of £1.00 per week.

Free fruit is available to all children in the afternoon.

School Lunches - Please remember to complete all lunch orders for the coming week before 9 a.m. each Monday morning


Please note that it is school policy that children do not bring toys to school unless requested to do so by the class teacher.


Will be on Wednesday afternoon. Please ensure your child comes to school wearing their P.E. kit on these days (black shorts, leggings or joggers, white T- shirt, pumps or trainers). Long hair should be tied back and earrings removed before coming to school.

Forest School

Forest School will begin after the half term break on Tuesday afternoons. Please ensure children come to school wearing suitable clothes for the outdoors; trousers, joggers or leggings, long sleeved top, waterproof coat, wellies, warm hat or sun hat.

Please name all your child's clothing, particularly jumpers and cardigans.

Reading practise book - Reception children will bring a reading scheme book home which will be at the correct phonic stage for them to read. 

Listen to them read/discuss the book. Remember to give them lots of praise – celebrate their success! If they can’t read a word, read it to them. After they have finished, talk about the book together. Please ensure the books are returned to school each Wednesday.

Library book – Children can choose a book to share and enjoy with their family at home. Books are changed on WednesdaysIn order to encourage your child to become a lifelong reader, it is important that they learn to read for pleasure. The sharing book is a book they have chosen for you to enjoy together.

Please remember that you shouldn’t expect your child to read this alone. Read it to or with them. Discuss the pictures, enjoy the story, predict what might happen next, use different voices for the characters, explore the facts in a non-fiction book. The main thing is that you have fun!

Book bags - Please send books to school in book bags to ensure they do not get damaged. We will provide a free book bag to children when they first join our class. 

Click here for resources to support your child with their letters and sounds 

A programme overview of our Little Wandle phonics scheme can be found below in 'Files to Download'


This Half Term's Topics:


Transport and Travel



Focus texts:

Not Now, Bernard by David Mc Gee

Jack and the Beanstalk



If you should need to contact us with any questions or concerns then please use the following email addresses:

[email protected]

[email protected]


We are looking forward to a fun-filled term!

Mrs Jones and Mrs Partridge



Rhyme/Songs that your child may enjoy; 


Click here for One finger one thumb keep moving


Click here for the Animal Boogie 


Click here for Here is the Bee Hive


Click here for We All Go Travelling By 


'Twinkle, Twinkle, You're a Star'

Twinkle, twinkle, you're a star,

how I love how kind you are.

Saying 'Please' and 'Thank you' too,

putting others before you.

Twinkle, twinkle you're a star,

how I love how kind you are.


'TREE' by Jane Newberry

With my stick I tap the tree with a tap tap, tap tap, tap tap, tap 

But the tree says: 

‘Who's that tapping on me?’ 

So I clap clap, clap clap, clap clap, CLAP! 


‘Big Green Crocodile’ by Jane Newberry 

A great big green crocodile lay down for a nap. 

I lay down beside him until he went…SNAP! 

A great big brown lion lay down on the floor. 

I lay down beside him until he went…ROAR! 

A small furry teddy lay down with a yawn. 

I lay down beside him and slept until dawn. 


Click here for the Spring Chicken song


Click here for the Seed Song


Five Little Gingerbread Men

Five little gingerbread men in a row 
Not going to eat one no, no, no. (shake finger and head side to side) 
But they look so sweet from head to toe 
Crunch, munch...uh oh! 
Continue until... 
No little gingerbread men in a row 
Wasn't going to eat one, no, no, no 
But they looked so sweet that it's sad to tell 
Crunch, munch... oh well! 

Click here for the Muffin Man


Click here for Mix a Pancake


Click here for 1,2,3,4,5 Once I caught a fish alive


Click here for One tomato, two tomato 


Dinosaur Roar by Paul Stickland


Click here for The Big Dinosaurs Song 


Click here for One Two Buckle my Shoe


Click here for 'Here we go Round the Mulberry Bush' 


Astronaut and Rocket Ship 

Put on your spacesuit.  

We're going to the moon. 

Climb aboard your rocket ship.   

We're going to blast off soon. 

Put on your helmet.   

Strap yourself in tight. 

Check your controls and instruments.   

Get ready for the flight.  

Time for your journey.   

The countdown has begun. 

Here we go, Get ready, Get set! 

5, 4, 3, 2, 1 

Blast off! 


The Solar System Song


Twinkle twinkle little star 


(Sung to the tune of ‘Twinkle, twinkle, little star’) 

It’s Divali, festival of light, 

All the divas twinkle in the night! 

Salmubarak – Happy New Year! 

We’re so happy Divali’s here! 

It’s Divali, festival of light, 

All the Divas twinkle in the night! 


Five Currant Buns


Ten Green Bottles


Build a Little House                                                                                                 

I'm going to build a little house,   

with a chimney tall,   

a sloping roof and a garden wall,   

a big front door you can open wide   

and 2 tiny windows you can peep inside.   

I'm going to build a table big enough for 2,   

2 little chairs, one for me and one for you,   

knock at the knocker and please come in,   

my little house is shining like a bright new pin!


Who Stole the Cookie from the Cookie Jar?  


We're Going on a Bear Hunt


When Goldilocks Went to the House of the Bears


Mr Tumble's Hello Song


Mr Tumble's Goodbye Song










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Contact the School

Castle Primary School and Nursery

Mow Cop Road, Mow Cop, Stoke-on-Trent
Staffordshire, ST7 4NE

If you wish to request a paper copy of information on our website please use the school email.

Main Contact: Miss J Mason

Tel: 01782 433218
[email protected]

SEN Contact: Miss J Mason

SEN Email: [email protected]