Knowlwood Road, Todmorden, Lancashire OL14 7PD

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Shade Primary School

Every Child, Every Chance, Every Day




Jo Morris                       Gillian Greenwood                  Lisa Clayton

                            Nursery Class Teacher                 Nursery Nurse                   1:1 Support   



Ideas for activities to do at home with your child:


Read stories together, make up your own stories with toys, draw pictures with them using their imagination, make things out of empty food packaging, use scissors to snip, have a paper aeroplane competition, make playdough creations together (see recipe below), help chop and cook when making dinner, sings songs, make up music, have a dance. You could even organise your very own party together, draw invitations for everyone in the house, make some decorations, choose some music, bake some cakes, play some party games!


See pdf below for other ideas to do with maths, reading, phonics and pre-writing skills.


Literacy / Phonics weblinks:

Hear the sounds -

Letter formation online -

Jolly phonics songs -

Geraldine giraffe -

Monster stir fry -

Monster treasure hunt -

Crickweb -

Nursery Rhymes -

Dough Disco -

Playdough recipe - 1 cup of plain flour, 1 cup of salt, 1 tablespoon cooking oil, 2 teaspoons cream of tartar, 1 cup of boiling hot water, food colouring and essences (optional). Put all ingredients in a large saucepan and stir. If sticky add more flour, if dry add more water. Keep it wrapped in clingfilm or in a covered tub to stop it drying out.


Numeracy / counting weblinks:

Number formation online -

Number songs by storybots -

Story of …  focus number of the week -

Number rap -

Days of the week song -

Months of the year song -

online games:



It’s been a prehistoric animal brigade in Nursery recently. We’ve been learning all about dinosaurs! We’ve been reading dinosaur stories, making dinosaur collages, singing the prehistoric animal brigade, dancing the dino stomp, having our own paleontological dig in the sand pit and making our own peg-o-saurus’! We also discussed volcanoes, so we made our own and predicted and commented on what happens when we combine the powder and vinegar. So much language from explode to bubbles to fizz!


Fairy Tales and World Book Day

It’s been an absolute fairy tale in Nursery! We’ve been reading all about the Three Little Pigs, Three Billy Goats Gruff, Goldilocks and the Three Bears as well as Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf. We’ve made houses out of straw, sticks and bricks; made bridges and trolls; and on pancake day we made our own pancakes after reading the story of Mr Wolf’s pancakes. For World Book Day we made our own stick puppets of our favourite fairy tale characters and made up our own stories. Then we had to put on our police hats and become detectives as we looked for clues as to who pushed Humpty Dumpty off the wall! We made notes, dusted for clues and counted out finger prints. After adding up our clues we decided that the character with the biggest number was the big bad wolf! Who do you think pushed Humpty Dumpty off the wall?


The Kindness Elves and Valentine's Day

This half term we've had a visit from the Kindness Elves and shared our kindness for Valentine's Day too. What kind things can you do at home?


Chinese New Year

We've been celebrating Chinese New Year! Gong hei fat choy! We made some lanterns, Chinese drums, dancing dragons, persevered using chopsticks and had a go at writing our name and some numbers in Chinese.


Number and Sound of the Week!

We've begun learning about a sound and number of the week! Follow along with us! Where can you find it? Follow along with us:

Week beginning 06.01.20                  Recap listening out for sounds in words and counting

Week beginning 13.01.20                  letter/sound – s                   number – 1          

Week beginning 20.01.20                  letter/sound – a                   number – 2

Week beginning 27.01.20                  letter/sound – t                    number – 3

Week beginning 03.02.20                  letter/sound – p                   number – 4

Week beginning 10.02.20                  letter/sound – i                    number – 5

Week beginning 24.02.20                  letter/sound – n                   number – 6

Week beginning 02.03.20                  letter/sound – m                  number – 7          

Week beginning 09.03.20                  letter/sound – d                   number – 8

Week beginning 16.03.20                  letter/sound – g                   number – 9

Week beginning 23.03.20                  letter/sound – o                   number – 10

Week beginning 30.03.20                  letter/sound – c                   number – recap all numbers to 10


Winter in Shade Nursery

Winter at Shade Nursery has been so much fun! We’ve been making ice palaces, counting out the raisins for banana Olaf, ice painting, snowman truffles, sugar cube igloos, snowman stress balls and so much more! Can you squeeze it, catch it, balance it?



We've been so busy, having so much fun this Christmas in Nursery! We've decorated baubles, carefully snipped and glittered snowflakes, raced the wind up reindeer, made our own reindeer from pegs with little bells on, counted out buttons for the snowmen, made our own fluffy snowmen, and we've looked at patterns when making candy cane biscuits and candy cane fingerprint Christmas cards. Not only have we been busy making things, we've also done lots and lots of Christmas singing. Nursery and Reception joined together to show us their beautiful singing voices in our EYFS Christmas Production. They were all absolutely fantastic, well done to everyone! We've also had so much fun at our wonderful Christmas dinner and Christmas party!


A House That Once Was - School Book Week

We've had such a super book week on 'The House that Once Was'. Not only doing all sorts of activities based on houses, homes and travels but also thinking about who lived there and where they went. "A new house" "A castle!" "A shed" "That wouldn't have been comfy..." Where do you think they went?


Teddies and Train Nursery Trip

 Teddies and Train Nursery Trip

Thank you to everyone at Ingrow Train Station! We had such a wonderful day with the Teddies to the Rescue story, playing teddy bear hide and seek, teddy bears picnic in the carriage, exploring the train museums, pretending to drive the train and had a ride on a steam train too!


Welcome to Shade Nursery


Welcome, or welcome back to Shade Nursery!

Not only have we been baking biscuits in the playdough, making a splash in water and creating vehicles from the duplo, but we’ve also been baking soups and pies in the mud kitchen, building walls with the bricks and ‘cement’ in the sandpit and developing our climbing strength outside. We’ve also been on trains and planes, writing tickets, journeying on holiday and to the zoo. We’ve been reading stories about bears and gingerbread men, baked our own and counted out 5 buttons for each one. We have been exploring extra gooey and slimy sensory play and investigating springs, magnets and shadows at the investigation station. We’ve packed up our tools and set off to work, hammering, screwing and measuring wood to 10cm. We’ve also enjoyed our new funky finger toys of mini spinning tops and finger skateboards!

All this fun we’ve had already, and so much more! What great imaginary play will happen next I wonder? We shall have to wait and see…




Click here to read and use the links from the Welcome meeting and Transition meeting:

 2019 Nursery Transition to Reception ppt.pptDownload
 2019 Nursery Welcome Meeting.pptDownload
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 Nursery Class Leaflet

See below to view a copy of our EYFS leaflet: 

30 Hours Funding

Are you eligible to 30 hours funding for Nursery? Visit to find out.


Letter Sounds

To hear the sounds of the letters click here: 



See below to view a copy of our Tapestry letter, with information about your child's online learning journey.

Please have a go at adding your own observations from home or out of school experiences. We observe and record children’s progress in order to plan a responsive and appropriate curriculum which will meet the needs and interests of each individual child along their continuing learning journeys. By working together we can obtain a holistic view, a rounded true picture of your child. Your contribution is valuable!

“Parents are children’s first and most enduring educators. When parents and practitioners work together in early years settings, the results have a positive impact on children’s development and learning.” The Early Years Foundation Stage: Setting the standards for learning, development and care for children form birth to five (published 2007 by Department for Children Schools and Families )

 Tapestry Parent Letter.zipDownload
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