• Friday 15th January - school is closed today. Home learning will be available for all children. 

3 and 4 Year Old Nursery Blog


Week commencing 11th January 2021




Nursery is now open to ALL children and main school remains open to children of Keyworkers ONLY 


This week we will be looking at the story  

Three Billy Goats Gruff 

Take a look at the post on Tapestry for ideas to try at home



Week commencing 4th January 2021




Activities to try at home this week 


Nursery Rhyme challenge 


So we are missing you all and your lovely singing and wanted to set you a challenge to brighten up the day!

Can you (and your grown up) take a video and upload it to Tapestry so we can hear you sing your favourite nursery rhyme.

I wonder which one you will choose? It might be Humpty Dumpty, Baa Baa Black sheep or you might have a family favourite that you would like to share

We look forward to hearing your songs soon

Miss Haigh


Wiggly fingers


As well as being a mark making and a thinking activity, writing is also a physical activity.

The muscles in the hands and fingers need to be strong and agile so your child has control over them. Then, when they are ready to hold a pencil, they will be able to manipulate it across a page.

Moving and Handling – fine motor skills (PD), Writing (L)

You will need:
Your child and their hands and fingers!

1) Make a fist, squeeze tight, then let go and repeat.
2) Put your palms together, hands facing up, elbows sticking out to each side and press your hands together as
hard as you can. Release and repeat.
3) Hands out flat and gently pat a surface e.g. tabletop.
4) Hands still flat on the table, lift each finger off one at a time. Now do it starting with the other hand back the other
5) Finger walking – make your first two fingers into legs, tucking the pinkie and ring finger in with the thumb, and
take the two free fingers for a walk, forwards, then backwards. Do the same with the other hand.
6) Spiders – curve your hands up and over, palms down, so that only all the fingertips are touching the table.
Wiggle and scuttle your fingers around so your hands move like spiders.
7) Finger massage – take each of the fingers and thumb of one hand in-between the finger and thumb of the other
hand. Squeeze from the top of each finger to the bottom, giving them a little massage with your other finger and
thumb. Then swap hands.
8) Shake and stretch – shake your hands out from your wrists and stretch them out like stars.

Earlier stages of development
Think about the opportunities your child has to hold things, grasp things, shake things. Play games with them using their hands – clapping, tickling their palms, wiggling fingers.

I look forward to see all your wiggly finger activities - upload a photograph to Tapestry so we can see and have lots of fun!


Body Counting 


Our bodies are a brilliant resource for practicing counting skills.
How many ears do you have, how many eyes do you have, how many tummy buttons do you have?!

We can also count on each others bodies - how many fingers does Daddy have? Can you count Mummy's toes?

EARLIER LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES: Using mirrors together can be a really good way of familiarising children with their faces and bodies. You could even use face paints to add spots of colour to your child's face - do they realise that it's their face in the mirror? If they touch the paint on their face the answer is yes!

Let's see what counting fun we can have today - Don't forget to upload a photograph to Tapestry so I can see

Miss Haigh




Listening and sound discrimination games 


The website Phonics Play has released lots of free games for your child to play during Lockdown.

To access them all go to log in then...

Username- jan21
Password- home

Phase 1 is suitable for Nursery

You can also try this game too



Each day we will post ideas, activities, challenges or video's to help you support your child's learning and development at home. 

Please upload photographs from home to Tapestry so we can message and suggest next steps - it is a super way to keep in touch.

Please do contact school if you need any support 0113 378 3100 or by text for my attention 

This week why not try to create your own visual timetable to keep a sense of structure to the day. 

A visual timetable is a series of simple pictures showing different activities that happen throughout the day, e.g. getting dressed, breakfast, washing up, story time, bath time etc. We have a visual timetable at nursery, and we use it to talk with the children about what is happening each day.

Having a routine is really important for your child. It will help them feel safe and secure. This is part of the EYFS curriculum: Personal Social and Emotional Development (PSED) - Managing Feelings and Behaviour

You will need:
Any small bits of paper – you can cut out squares if you like
Pens or pencils
A way of displaying the visual timetable – string and clothes pegs, blue tack, or a surface at your child’s height to lay it on.



Happy New Year to all our families

We hope you have had a super break and managed to enjoy the fluttering of snow last week.


Due to the national lockdown we will be supporting Home learning via Tapestry

This half term we are focussing on 'Traditional tales'.

On Monday we will start exploring the  

Three Billy Goats Gruff 



School closes for Christmas on Friday 18th December

and reopens on Monday 4th January

Take a look on Tapestry to see pictures of the Christmas activities - Christmas lunch, our party and our Christmas songs too - don't forget to add pictures to your child's Tapestry so we can see all your Christmas fun at home.

We hope you have a happy and healthy Christmas and look forward to seeing you in the new year

Merry Christmas


Advice for reporting symptoms  - if your child develops symptoms on Friday 18th Dec,  Saturday 19th Dec or Sunday 20th Dec AND has a test that is positive please contact school by email on info@swinnowprimary.com so we can follow the guidance to inform all close contacts.

This email will be checked twice a day until and including Christmas eve



Week commencing 14th December




Christmas party for 3 & 4 year old Nursery is on Wednesday 16th December in the afternoon session.

We are asking for a donation of £1 per child so we can provide some party food snacks.

If your chid attends in the morning only we are asking you to swap sessions just on this day (Drop off from 12 collect from 2,50-3.oopm) .

If your child usually attend a full day they will attend as usual.




Week commencing 7th December 




We have been thinking about the 'First Christmas story' and talking about Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus.  We have watched this Cbeebies clip to help us understand. 

Click the picture to watch at home




Week commencing 30th November 




Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas!!

Dates for your diary 

Tuesday 1st December - last day for school photographs to be handed in to school

Wednesday 2nd December - Last day to order Christmas lunch  

Wednesday 9th December - Christmas lunch day - wear your Christmas jumper

Wednesday 16th December - Christmas party day (pm session) (party clothes) 

We are asking the morning children to swap on this day and attend in the afternoon session instead so we can party all together (12-3pm).  We are also asking for a voluntary donation of £1 to help with party food costs.  Any queries please speak to me at the door - Thanks Miss Haigh

Friday 18th December school closes and reopens Monday 4th January 




 Week commencing 23rd November




 This week we are looking at the poetry of Michael Rosen.

Here are some videos and audio recordings of Michael Rosen reading some of his funny poems and stories for children. You could talk to your child about which words and images they enjoy or find funny.

Poem: 'Don't Do That'

Short story 'Chocolate Cake'

Audio recording of poems 'Don't Put Mustard in the Custard'


The children are also practicing using and understanding positional language.

You could try playing 'Where's the teddy?' at home.

First get a teddy and a box and give your child instructions where to put teddy:

-'put teddy in the box'

-'put teddy on the box'

-'put teddy next to the box'

-'put teddy under the box'

Each time you give a new instruction, shut your eyes and count to ten. When you open your eyes you can see if teddy is in the right place. Then your child can have a turn giving you instructions on where to put teddy. If you sometimes get it wrong your child will no doubt enjoy putting you right!


Week commencing 16th November




As part of World Nursery Rhyme week we have been singing and playing games around nursery rhymes. You can find this year's songs for World Nursery Rhyme week below to sing at home:

5 little speckled frogs

The Wheels on the Bus

Hickory Dickory Dock

Miss Polly had a Dolly

Old Macdonald

Our book focus has been 'Colour Monster', who wakes up one day feeling like all his emotions are in a muddle of different colours. This is a great story for talking about how we feel, particularly when our feelings are difficult, or all in a muddle like Colour Monster.



Week commencing 9th November 




The children have enjoyed telling us all about the fireworks they saw on fireworks night and over the weekend. The told us that they went 'woosh' and 'bang' and about all the different colours they saw. 

Some children have decorated fireworks made from tubes and played with them together.

Other children have used the trays of coloured glittery sand to draw firework patterns with their fingers.

We talked about safety around fireworks and how we keep a safe distance and never touch them.




Week Commencing 2nd November




We are continuing with a Room on the Broom focus this week. On Wednesday the 3rd of November you are welcome to dress up on a 'Room on a Broom' theme. The main characters are a witch, a cat, a dog, a frog, a bird and a dragon! 


Half term - Break up Friday 23rd October - 1 week 

School closed for training day Mon 2nd November 

School re-open Tuesday 3rd November 




Week commencing 19th October




Our focus book this week is 'Room on the Broom' by Julia Donaldson. We are looking out for words which rhyme and joining in with repeated refrains: "The witch tapped the broomstick and WOOSH they were gone!".

In our witches 'potion station' the children will be encouraged to investigate capacity and counting ingredients into their potions.



Week commencing 12th October





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Parent's consultations will be a telephone call on Tuesday 20th or Wednesday 21st October


Week commencing 5th October 




This week we are starting to look at the Julia Donaldson book 'Superworm'.  The children are encouraged to join in with the repeated refrain

'Superworm is super long, Superworm is super strong'

We are hunting in the garden for minibeasts, developing our fine motor skills in the playdough making characters from the story and thinking about friendliness and helping each other as we reinforce the school rules

- Ready Respectful and Safe


Week commencing 28th September




We are beginning to start our group-time sessions this week, the children will be in small groups at the end of the session either listening to a story, looking at Maths, Phonics or Mark making together to enhance their work within the session.  

We are looking at elements of the book 'Here we are' by Oliver Jeffers

Click the image below to explore the book at home



Week commencing 21st September





All our new starters are now attending and are doing a super job with the new routines, separating from parents and carers at the door and generally being very busy exploring. 


Week commencing 14th September 




We are so pleased to see the children enjoying the new furniture and resources we have in Nursery.  They arrived in school just before lockdown and we have been unable to use them until now!





September 2020

Nursery re-opens to children on

Wednesday 9th September

Morning session / half day sessions start at 8.30am to 11.30

Afternoon session 12 noon to 2.50pm 

Full day sessions start at 9am collect at 2.50pm

If you would like a pre-visit on Monday 7th or Tuesday 8th September please call school or text to book a time slot with Miss Haigh

Please click the links below for further details


Frequently asked questions

We look forward to seeing your children back at school, having fun, playing and learning - see you next week 






Home learning

Ideas for home learning  will be here, on the home learning tab and posted on Tapestry 

Staff are all checking and posting on Tapestry daily so please please please keep us updated with all your adventures - this will help us remain connected until we can play at nursery together again.

Whilst your children are not at nursery you must follow government advice click HERE for the latest information  



Mrs Griffen has created a comprehensive list of SEND resources, documents and websites to help support your child's individualised learning at home. Click the picture below.

Parent Workshop: 13 Categories of Special Education | P.S.135Q ...



Week commencing 13th July 



This is the last week of the summer term and what a strange term it has been.  We are saying goodbye to some of our children and families as they prepare for the next stage in their learning at 'big school' and look forward to being back together in September when Nursery re-opens to all.


Have a super summer - keep updating on Tapestry so we can share the fun and adventures you are having.  School reopens for Nursery on Wednesday 9th September and those children attending Reception have individual start dates - if you have any queries please leave a message for Miss Haigh at school and we will get back to you 

Have a happy Summer





Week commencing 6th July 



Independent challenges  

Over the summer can you have a try to ......

 - get dressed independently?

 use a knife and fork independently?



- toilet independently..(including wiping)?



 On Tapestry tell us what your favourite book is






Week commencing 29th June




Click the image above to here Ed Vere read his story 'Grumpy Frog'


What makes you feel grumpy?  How do you make yourself or someone else feel better?


Colouful collection 

Grumpy frog likes things that are green

Can you make a collection of green things? 

Can you make a rainbow collection of colourful things?


Origami jumping frogs 

 This is a real challenge - but great fun once you have mastered the art of paper folding 

create your own origami frog - click the link to watch the video


Take a look at 'Come outside' with Aunty Mabel and Pippin as they explore frogs 

What can you draw from this video, can you draw a frog? a tadpole?

Don't forget to add your photos to Tapestry for us to see



Week commencing 22ndJune




Reminder again about sun safety  - it is forecast to be hot this week



Click the picture to listen to the story 'Kippers toy box ' by Mick Inkpen

Favourite toy 

What is your favourite toy at home? Can you draw or take a video of your toy and add it to Tapestry for use to see? What would you choose to play with if you were sad? playing alone? playing with a friend? 



Toy song

(to the tune of 5 currant buns) 

‘Five lovely toys in the box one day,

Waiting quietly ready to play,

Along came (name of child) with a smile one day,

Chose the (name of toy) and took it away.’

 Can you collect 5 toys and sing this song together

Each time you take a toy away remember to count how many are left by touching each toy and saying the corresponding numeral.

Can you write labels or numbers for your toys? or even make your own toy shop?



What is it made of?

 I wonder what our toys are made of?

Gather a selection of toys and ask if your child knows what each toy is made of.

Put the words ‘wood’, ‘plastic’, ‘fabric’ or ‘mixture’ on a separate piece of paper.

Talk about and sort the toys to the right category.

 Discuss how the toys may work, for example, by pulling, pushing, connecting, beating and rolling.

If you were able to make a new toy what would it look like? what would you make it from 

Can you create your own puppet from a sock, from a paper plate or from something different?

Add your photos to Tapestry too



Where is the ...?

Collect a number of toys together and challenge your child to place them in the situations as you describe

Put the doll ON the bed
Put the Ball UNDER the table

Can they hide the toys and direct you to find them
Try It is NEXT TO the car
It is BEHIND the clock

Can you find the TALL BLUE brick
Where is the SMALL ROUND SHINY ball

Using and understanding positional language is a key development
Extending descriptive sentences will help in later writing activities too

Can you take a photo of your items hidden in different places?




Week commencing 15th June




Click the image to hear the story of 'The tiger who came to tea'


 Colour hunt 

Can you find lots of things out and about or around the house that are orange or black just like the tiger or could you create a rainbow of photographs



 Number hunt

Could you use inspiration from the story to create a number line of items from 1 to 5 



Don't forget to apply sun cream while you enjoying the sunny weather


Week commencing 8th June




Click on the image above to listen to the story 'Tomorrow I'll be brave by Jessica Hische'

This week take a few moments to reflect on all the things you are grateful for, for the good moments of lockdown, the new things you have tried,  the fails, the success, the milestones your child has reached and your wishes for the future. 


Jigsaw challenge

Jigsaws are super for physical development, observation of small details, spatial awareness and can be used to stimulate conversation and language development too

Challenge ...Can you choose a picture or a photograph - stick it to some card (perhaps a cereal box) then cut into pieces to create your very own jigsaw ...don't forget to add photographs to Tapestry so we can see

Lots of other ideas to make your own puzzle here too https://www.hellowonderful.co/post/10-creative-ways-to-make-a-puzzle/ 


Physical Development and Pre-Writing skills

Today lets try something different and do some drawing and mark making in funny places!!

Can you lie on the floor and do your pictures, what about sticking your paper underneath the table so you can lie on your back to draw, write or colour, or how about sticking the paper on mum or dads back and drawing!

Doing vertical, horizontal mark making in different places helps to develop children's core strength which is important for physical development, posture and co-ordination.

Where else can you do your mark making?


Maths skills - pattern making

Can you make a pattern with objects from around the house - can your child copy the pattern, Can you continue the pattern, can you make a repeating pattern? Can you challenge your child to increase the 'repeating part of the pattern Example blue green blue green challenge - blue green red blue green red

Try this pattern game https://www.topmarks.co.uk/ordering-and-sequencing/shape-patterns 

Ask your child to create repeating patterns with actions:
Clap hands, tap knees, clap hands, tap knees.

Now try to make your own action patterns.

CHALLENGE: one person makes the action pattern, the other person is to listen and repeat

Have fun



Week commencing 1st June 




Click on the image above to watch the animation of 'The snail and the whale' Julia Donaldson


Make a map

Can you make a map of the journey the snail and the whale go on?

Where would you like to go if you had a ride on a whales back?  


Draw a shell

Take a look at some pictures of shells or real shells if you have some at home.  Can you draw your favourite one, what shapes, patterns and colours can you see?   Who lives in your shell?



Sound game

Use phonics play 'sound starter' game to identify and name sounds


Week commencing 27th May




It is the Half term holidays and it looks like the sun will be shining, hope you are all able to enjoy some family time - Miss Toolan Kerr has posted an activity idea on Tapestry for each day this week...don't forget to add your own photos to Tapestry so we can see what fun you have been having

Miss Haigh



Week commencing 18th May




Click the image above to listen to the story


Write a letter

In the book Max starts off by writing the T-Rex a letter.  Who could you write a letter to? Could you send a picture? ask a question?

I would love to hear from you, you could send a letter to one of your teachers at school - 

Swinnow Primary Swinnow Road Bramley LS13 4PG


Create your own Dinosaur

Can you use different shapes to create a 'Shape-o-saurus' dinosaur.

How many different shapes have you used for your dinosaur? How many squares are there? How many triangles? Have you used any shapes with curved sides?

In the story, Max invents a ‘Sausagesaurus’ dinosaur. Look closely at his drawing. Provide a range of fruit and vegetable halves that are interesting shapes (e.g. pepper, pear, broccoli, carrot, apple, grape) and support children to do some printing of the shapes onto paper. Once the paint has dried, they can use felt pens to add dinosaur features



Dino- races 

In one of his letters to Max, the T-Rex boasts that he would probably win all the races at sports day. Set up some ‘Dinosaur races’ which might involve running on four legs, jumping, swooping or wading through a swamp. 

You could join in with one of Andy's Wild workouts or watch one of Andy's Dinosaur adventures


click the images to visit the BBC page




Week commencing 11th May





Click the image to watch the story of Zog

New dragon challenge 

Invite your child to draw their own dragon, could they include sharp teeth and claws, wings, horns, long tail, scaly skin. Can you add labels to their dragon, and think of a dragon name.

Post pictures of your dragon on Tapestry for us to see



In the story Zog breathes fire - can you pretend to be a fire-person - what would you do if Zog breathed fire in the woods?    Princess wanted to be a Dr- what would she need in her bag to make people better? Can you pretend to be a Dr? What would you do if someone fell over? What would you do if there was an emergency?



The Knight joined the princess so they could be a flying ambulance - can you design a shield for the knight?

Can you build your own castle and retell teh story of 'Zog'  - take a look at Arlo's wonderful creation




Guess who!

Can you guess who these cute babies grew up to be?

Teachers are - Miss Haigh, Miss Toolan-Kerr, Miss Clayborough, Miss Dickinson, Miss Abbott, Miss Taylor,

Ms Ineson, Miss Booth, Ms Townsley  - But who is who?

Add your guess to the Tapestry post with the same photo I will reveal the answers at the weekend-

Good Luck - Miss Haigh



1 Miss Clayborough   2 Miss Townsley   3 Miss Dickinson

4. Miss Haigh         5 Ms Ineson          6 Miss Abbott

7 Miss Toolan-Kerr       8 Miss Taylor          9 Miss Booth


Week commencing 4th May 



Whole School History

On Friday 8th May, the UK commemorates the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day, Known as VE Day. This is the date that World War 2 ended in Europe. This week, leading up to that date would have been a whole school history focus week had we been together, learning at school.

So that we can still learn about this important time in British history, you can click on the picture above to access a pack of home learning ideas all focused on life during World War 2, and the celebrations of VE day. The pack is for all ages and has lots of interesting information for the adults too!


There is guidance with each activity as to whether it is most appropriate for KS1, KS2 or whole school, including Early Years. We would love to see your VE day learning. You can upload onto Tapestry, or send it to info@swinnowprimary.com with a note to forward it to Mrs Wyles and your class teacher. There will be lots of programmes on TV this week related to VE Day - look out for them to support your learning as a family. All the resources you may need can be found by clicking on the links below.

Have a Happy History Week! 

KS1 VE Day PowerPoint

KS1 VE Day Factfile

Union Jack Bunting

Union Jack Flag



Week commencing 27th April 




What the ladybird heard  



When you are out and about on your walks see what you can see and hear just like the ladybird in this story. 


'Count how many' challenge

Can you draw a lady bird and the spots - how many spots can you add 

You could try this game too 


Animal challenge

Can you draw a picture of your favourite animal from the farm

Can you act out the movements / sounds of the animals and get your family to guess which animal you are pretending to be 


Virtual Farm visit

Click here to join 'Cannon Hall Farm tv' on a tour, you can even pick your favourite animals to visit


Week commencing 20th April 




Did you know it is the Queens Birthday this week on Tuesday 21st April

and St Georges Day on Thursday 23rd April 


This week's activities are all connected to one of my favourite  books 

The Queen's knickers  by Nicholas Allen 

Click the picture to hear the story 


Helping around the house challenge

Can you help peg washing out to dry - the motion we use to operate a peg is great for little hands to develop strength and co-ordination - pre skills to writing 


Design challenge

Can you design a new pair of knickers for the Queen - what colour, pattern size, shape will they be?

Don't forget to post your pictures on Tapestry to!


Name writing challenge 

Writing for a real reason motivates children greatly

This week can you make a birthday card for the Queen

or for Tom Moore the old soldier who has been raising lots of money who is 100 on 30th April!

Write your name inside your card

If you wanted to post your card to Tom Moore the address is 

Captain Tom Moore c/o Post Office Limited

67 Bedford Road, Marston Moretaine, Bedford England MK43 0LA



Week commencing 13th April 




Roleplay challenge- Let's pretend 

What can you dress up as today? Use things from round the house to create a new character - could you be a Dr, a policeman or a teacher?    Can you make yourself a badge, write a note? add a label to your equipment?


 Balancing challenge 

 Tissue Dance:   Place a tissue on your child's head (and yours too!), then start some dancing music!

Everyone should start dancing and moving around the room with one goal: don’t let your tissue hit the floor!

If your tissue falls off your head, you can catch it as it drops, put it back on your head, and keep playing. How long can you dance with it on your head!


Mark making challenge

On a plate or tray put some flour, salt, hot chocolate powder or washing up liquid then allow your child to explore making marks - up and down, side to side or circles. Can you write your name? write m for mummy, what else can you write or draw?



Week commencing 6th April



If your children are struggling with the change in routine - please try this short story to try to help them understand their feelings - click on the 'virtual hug bear' below



As it is officially the Easter holidays here is  a selection of ideas to keep you busy 

We will continue to add posts to Tapestry with ideas too 

Hope you all manage to enjoy a little spring sunshine whilst maintaining social distancing and perhaps a little bit of chocolate too ! 

Click on this picture 


Home learning Challenge:

Can you learn this song and the Makaton signs to go along with it?

Try to learn as much of the song as you can (It doesn’t need to be the whole thing) and ask an adult to film you.

Then, upload your video to Tapestry

 Finally, keep your eyes peeled for our ‘Lockdown video montage.’

Please upload your videos by Friday 10th April 2020.

By uploading your video you are giving permission for this to be added to the montage, which will be shared with all school pupils via tapestry or class dojo online systems - if you do not wish your child's clip to be used in this way please ensure you add a comment to the uploaded video to indicate it is NOT FOR SHARING. 

Thank you to George, Luke and Daisy in Year 1 for the inspiration.


Week commencing 30th March 




Home learning Challenge:

Can you learn this song and the Makaton signs to go along with it?

Try to learn as much of the song as you can (It doesn’t need to be the whole thing) and ask an adult to film you.

Then, upload your video to your ClassDojo portfolio.

 Please check your emails for your unique code. Email info@swinnowprimary.com if there are any problems.

Finally, keep your eyes peeled for our ‘Lockdown video montage.’

Please upload your videos by Friday 10th April 2020.

By uploading your video you are giving permission for this to be added to the montage, which will be shared with all school pupils via tapestry or class dojo online systems - if you do not wish your child's clip to be used in this way please ensure you add a comment to the uploaded video to indicate it is NOT FOR SHARING. 

Thank you to George, Luke and Daisy in Year 1 for the inspiration.



Thank you for all your super posts on Tapestry - it is so good to see the children's happy smiling faces - we really do miss them.

This weeks challenges, plus there is a daily idea on Tapestry too

Happy Playing 

Number hunt challenge

See what numbers you can find either around your house or when you go for your daily exercise or walk .

Can you find the number that says how old you are?

Can you find the number that represents how many fingers you have?

Post your Number hunt pictures on Tapestry 


Name writing 

Can you use different things to try to write your name?

Try making letters in flour or salt on a tray

Using chalk on the floor outside

Using different coloured pens or pencils make a 'rainbow name' 

Post your name writing on Tapestry 


Our dream house

Can you find pictures from magazines or old books to create a collage of things you would like in your dream house, would this be a castle? a tiny house in a tree? a tent in the forest?

Talk to your child using as much descriptive language as you can and let their imagination flow


Cbeebies Numberblocks games

Have a try on one of the CBeebies games - click the image below 



 Week commencing          23rd March 




Each week we will give a suggestion of activities to try at home to help cover the areas of learning within the Early years foundation stage - Every child develops at a different rate but as a guide we are working towards being secure in the outcomes within the 30-50 months age band of development matters. 

What to expect when Parents guide 

use the guide above to help you think about your child's development 


Set up a tuck shop and give your children a certain amount of money to spend . This could be real or pretend money. The children might even enjoy making their own money that can be used in the tuck shop.

Encourage your children to go to the tuck shop to choose their snack and count out the money needed. Once their money has gone...no more snack. A great way to learn about money and hopefully make your snacks last a little longer!   For nursery you could 

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 Nursery Rhyme challenge  

Sing nursery rhymes and songs together, add actions and change the words.

Can you think of different rhyming words to add in?

Click the picture below for an A-Z of rhymes and songs 

 Why not video your child singing their favourite to add to Tapestry 

People who live in my house challenge 

Draw the people who live in your house with your child, encourage them to add details of hair, eyes, fingers, if they live across more than one house can they draw who lives where...maybe even a map of the houses..

Can they write their own name, can they write a mark or letter for each person's name eg M for mummy

Then add your pictures to Tapestry


Bedtime story 

Read your child a bedtime story

This may be the same story again and again and again but repetition is good for working memory 

Take a photo of your favourite book to add to Tapestry


Pairs and matching games

Take time out to play a game of pairs together 

If you don't have a set of cards at home use real objects or try this online version from Oxford Owls


Keep playing, keep smiling, keep safe, keep posting on Tapestry








Week commencing 16th March 2020

Due to the continuing issues with coronavirus we are cancelling our stay and play sessions planned for this term - Wed 18th March (Mothering Sunday) and Wed 1st April (Easter) 

We are also postponing new nursery home visits until after the Easter break

In nursery we are continuing with lots of fun activities to develop the children's language, personal social development, counting and name writing.  The dryer weather is also allowing us to explore the garden more...especially the muddy puddles!!

Please click this link HERE to watch the

hand washing video we are using in nursery


We are continuing to support the children in developing effective hand washing skills and ask all parents to wash their child's hands on entry to nursery- we are then regular,y washing hands during the session and before the children leave.

Following government guidance children or adults presenting with symptoms of a new persistent cough or a high temperature are required to stay at home and the whole family to self isolate for 14 days.

Please help us adhere to this guidance and telephone school on 3783100 to report your child's absence


These are difficult times and as parents there are a number of reputable sources of information


bbcnews -mental health advice 



Week commencing 9th March 2020

We are sharing this story with the children as we continue to think about litter and how we can look after our world  

Click on the picture above to hear the story at home

Week commencing 2nd March 2020

Important dates this half term 

Nursery World book day - Wednesday 4th March 

children are encouraged to come to school

either in dress up or in their Pjs

to share their favourite books

Mothering Sunday Stay and Play - Wednesday 18th March

Join us in nursery at the beginning of either the morning or afternoon session to enable the children to say a huge 'Thank you' for everything their adults do to love and care for them, the children are preparing biscuits and a drink of juice for you to enjoy. 

Writing Development focus 


Wednesday April 1st - Easter activity Stay and Play  

Join us for Easter fun at the beginning of either the morning or afternoon session 

Maths development focus 




Week commencing 24th February 2020

The children are all settled after the half term break and ready for their new adventures. 

This week we are joining main school to undertake a 'historical enquiry' - Mrs Wyles left us a mystery envelope with some clues inside ...

a picture of an elephant, a ginnel, a circus poster and a map!

We are answering the question 

"Did elephants really roam around Leeds?"


Together we decided that maybe the elephant had escaped from the circus...so we wrote some notes to see if the circus could come to visit us...and they did!!

The children have enjoyed juggling, plate spinning alongside some who are still searching for the mysterious elephant!

click here to see the full story 


Week commencing 10th February 2020

Reminder school closes for the half term break on Friday 14th February and reopens on Monday 24th February 

This week we are continuing to explore the story of

"Goldilocks and the three bears"

The children were very surprised when they arrived to see a broken chair  nursery ...perhaps Goldilocks had been in whilst we were at home...the children began to make signs and notes to let her know that she shouldn't break things or come in by herself...I wonder what else she may do...


Week commencing 3rd February 2020

Children's mental health week 

Join us on Wednesday 5th February for our stay and play at the beginning of the session (am or pm)

Personal Social Development focus


Week commencing 27th January 2020

We have been celebrating 'Chinese New year' in nursery this week 

The children have enjoyed watching and recreating dragon dances and having a turn at Chinese writing 

This year is the year of the Rat



Week commencing 20th January 2020

"I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll blow your house down"

Oh no there is a big bad wolf in the stories this week in nursery!-

Can you retell 'The three little pigs' story at home


Week commencing 13th January 2020

So the Troll has written a letter to the children this week - he is sad and lonely...watch this space to see how the children respond to help him out.


Forthcoming dates

Friday 24th January - Denin4dementia

Wednesday 5th February - stay and play for children's mental health awareness week 

Tues 11th February - Safer internet day - awareness week 

Friday 14th February - school closes for half term -

reopens on Monday 24th February 


Week commencing 6th January 2020

Happy New year and welcome back after the break to all our families.  The children have settled really quickly and are full of exciting stories and tales of their new toys from Santa. 

This half term we are exploring traditional tales with the children, this week our focus text is


In literacy we are supporting the children to be able to recognise and write their name independently and in Maths we are consolidating accurate counting giving one number name to each item no matter how they are positioned.  Please see the newsletter for further information on the newsletter with ideas to support at home and the focus across the other curriculum areas. 



Week commencing 16th December 2019


Reminder school closes for the Christmas break on

Fri 20th Dec and reopens on Monday 6th January 2020


Our Early years Christmas party is on Wednesday afternoon this week,

we will be doing party games in Nursery from 1.00pm,

eating in the main school hall from 1.30pm 

and in the upstairs hall from 2pm for our 'special visitor'

Parents are welcome to stay to help or join us at 2pm upstairs


We will be exploring the story of 'Stickman' this week in Nursery 

Click The Stickman above to watch the animation -

you can also catch it on Christmas Day on BBC 1 8.55am


Week commencing 9th December 2019

This week in Nursery we are  putting the finishing touches to our 'Wriggly Nativity'

Tickets are on sale for £1 from the main school office for our performance on Wed 11th December (9.30am and 2.00pm - doors will open 30 mins before the performance starts) 

Wed 11th is also our traditional Christmas lunch day.  

If you would like your child to stay for lunch on this day please complete a form and pay on parent-pay many thanks

Alongside these exciting activities we will be focusing on Christmas stories - reading and sharing our favourites.  We will be creating and sharing our own stories with a teacher, who will write it down to add to our Nursery book - at group time we then act the story out to really bring it to life.

When you drop your child off take a look at the fabulous stories so far.


What a super performance from all the children!



Week commencing 2nd December 2019

The countdown to Christmas has started, in Nursery we have been looking at and sharing the story of the first Christmas


Thank you to all the parents who were able to join us for our festive stay and play session, the children had a wonderful time and are building on their understanding of Christmas traditions.

Please add photographs to Tapestry of your Christmas activities from home - have you decorated the tree? been to see Santa? we would love to see how you celebrate at your house. 

Reminder - Christmas Fayre - Main school hall

Wednesday 4th December 3-5pm

Week commencing 25th November 2019

In the run up to Christmas celebrations we are taking a little bit of time in Nursery to think about emotions, what makes us feel the way we do and importantly beginning to understand that what we do or say has an effect on others

Can we do something to make someone feel happy, proud, thankful or make the smile?  

We are focusing on two books to help us explore feelings and emotions -click on the pictures below to watch a video of the stories at home

'The Colour monster' 


'Pass it on'



Week commencing 18th November 2019

What an exciting week we have next week celebrating all things nursery rhyme!

Take a look at the link below for some songs and rhymes to support your child's early reading skills

We will be holding a bun sale on Wednesday

at the end of the nursery sessions (am and pm) any cake donations welcome


Week commencing 11th November 2019

We will be collecting donations for 'Children in Need' this week

The children are invited to come to nursery in dress up clothes

on Wednesday 13th November  (and Fri 15th too if they re in that day)




Take a look  - In the outside notice board there is a copy of our new 'knowledge  mat'  for this half term covering the stories, rhymes, questions and ideas we will be exploring. 

Paper copies will be sent home too for you to talk about with your child.

Week commencing 4th November 2019

What a busy first week back after the autumn break

Thank you to all the families who remembered to post a picture on Tapestry over the holidays - it was fantastic to see your adventures!

Reminder applications are now open for Reception places for September 2020    We are holding an open day on Wednesday 13th November with session at 10.30, 1.30 and 4.30pm - please call school to let us know you will be joining us.                     0113 378 3100

We celebrated the children's experiences of Bonfire and fireworks through creative and oracy  activities - sounds like everyone had great fun watching the colours in the sky


We extended the children's interest in dinosaurs to create a 'Dinosaur den' in nursery - take a look at some of the fact cards when you are in nursery - it is quite amazing to think how big some of the dinosaurs actually were!

The children have wonderful knowledge about all things 'dinosaurs' and we are building in this to support further learning in maths and writing


Take a look at the national history museum web page CLICK HERE


Week commencing 21st October 2019

Reminder school closes on Thursday 24th Oct at 3pm for half term and will reopen on Monday 4th November 

Parents consultations - Tues 22nd and Wednesday 23rd October - sign up sheet is next to the door 


Info from school weekly newsletter 

Easy Fundraising! Take a look at the link below

Shopping doesn’t cost a penny more, but as you make purchases online, shops make a donation to school. All you do is register (it’s good to click the “Find & Remind” button) and start shopping. Please give it a go and encourage others to do so too – it’s effectively free money to benefit the children of Swinnow Primary School!

So far we only have 2 supporters! Click on the link to register.


Many thanks!

Week commencing 14th October 2019

 Wow what a busy week!

We have introduced our "Take one book" to the children , in all classes across the whole school we use the same book to stimulate learning - this term we have been looking at Shakesperes  'Macbeth'

"Hubble Bubble Toil and trouble, fires burn and couldrons  bubble"

The children have enjoyed the witches song and used this as inspiration for making potions, writing spells,  building houses, doing spooky dances and much much more.


Thank you to everyone who was able to attend our fundraising Halloween party- staff, children and parents all had a fantastic time


Look out to see how much we have raised this half term!

Week commencing 7th October 2019 

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend our first stay and play - it was such a pleasure to see the children sharing their favourite parts of nursery with you.  


Next week we are holding a fundraiser "Halloween disco" on Thursday 17th 3.15-4.15 tickets £2.50 per child

The children have been so busy this week developing skills in the prime areas of learning which provide a solid foundation for learning

Physical Development

Communication and Language 

Personal, Social and  Emotional Development 


Week commencing 30th September 2019

Join us for our first stay and play on Wednesday 2nd October - spend a little time with your child at the start / end of the session to see what they enjoy and where they play when they are at nursery.


Take a little look at this short video about developing children's communication skills



Week commencing 23rd September 2019

We have been enjoying 'We're going in a bear hunt this week in nursery' the children have been singing the song, acting the story out and looking for bears in the garden...I wonder what next week will bring!

Week commencing 16th September 2019


We have been exploring in the garden and looking for the Gruffalo

The children have read the story, sung the song and reenacted this fabulous book - click on the picture to share the song at home.



Week commencing 9th September 2019


to all our children and families returning to Nursery, transitioning from our 2 year old provision or joining us for the first time.

We are looking forward to a busy term of learning as the children settle to the routines of school, explore their new surroundings and get to know each other. If you have any questions or queries please speak to

Miss Haigh or Miss Toolan-Kerr at the start of the session.