Clarksfield Primary School

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Jane Ashley (Acting Head)

Grasmere Road, Oldham, Lancashire OL4 1NG



Miss Seed, Mrs Taylor and Mrs Noor would like to welcome you to Nursery!


Introduction to Nursery

Within Nursery we encourage children to engage in a range of play activities which help the children to make progress in each of these key areas of learning and development:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development.
  • Communication and Language.
  • Literacy.
  • Numeracy.
  • Knowledge and Understanding of the World.
  • Physical Development.
  • Creative Development.

Your child’s time in Nursery will be organised so that the children can choose from a range of activities and, in doing so, build up their ability to select and complete tasks. This is also known as Continuous Provision. The children are also helped and encouraged to take part in small and large group activities led by the teachers which introduce them to new experiences and help them to gain new skills, as well as helping them to learn to work with others.


Who goes to the Ugly Bug Ball?

During the first half of the Summer term, we are launching our new and exciting Learning Challenge Curriculum where the children’s learning will be based around the key question ‘Who goes to the Ugly Bug Ball?’

Each week the children will find out about, explore and investigate the following questions –

Week 1/Learning Challenge 1 - What happens in the Spring time?

Week 2/Learning Challenge 2 - Why is a caterpillar always hungry?

Week 3/Learning Challenge 3 - Who lives underneath the grass/stone/logs?

Week 4/Learning Challenge 4 - What lurks in the pond?

Week 5/Learning Challenge 5 - How can we make a happy home for our ugly bugs?

Week 6/Learning Challenge 6 - What do we need to do to prepare for the Ugly Bug Ball?/Who would you go as to the Ugly Bug Ball? (Reflection - The Ugly Bug Ball/Party).

The children are also hoping to receive a visit from the Bug Man this half term where they will be able to observe, feel and touch a wide variety of mini-beasts first hand. They will also observe real caterpillars growing into butterflies, and worms in a indoor classroom worm farm. 

You should have already received a Nursery class newsletter outlining the children's key learning opportunities for this half term, ideas of things you can do and games you can play at home to help, however, please feel free to ask a member of staff for another copy if needed, or to discuss this further.

Other Information


Useful Websites


Class Fund

Please can we remind all parents that the class fund money for this term is now due.  It is £1.00 per week and you are welcome to pay weekly or the full amount for the half term.  This money is used for providing the children with tasting, baking, craft and investigation activities.


Bedtime Books

Your child is able to select a Bedtime/Story book to share at home on a weekly basis.  Your child must have a book bag to put the book in before they will receive one.  School book bags can be purchased from the school office. 


Class Newsletter

We have sent home a class newsletter informing you of this half term's topic, the types of activities your child will be participating in, the knowledge, understanding, opportunities and experiences your child will gain.  There are also some ideas of things you can be doing at home to support your child's learning.  If you need another copy of this letter, please ask one of the Nursery members of staff.   


Thank you and we hope you find this information useful.


Look at Our Learning!

Here are some photographs of the fun activities the children have been engaged in so far linked to our topic 'Who goes to the Ugly Bug Ball?' - 

Easter Fun Day

On Wednesday 21st March, Nursery and Reception children enjoyed participating in an Easter Fun Day to consolidate their learning about the Easter time.  The children joined in with a range of traditional customs such as having their faces painted like the Easter bunny, making chocolate Easter nest cakes, eating hot cross buns at snack time, joining in with an Easter egg and spoon race, making Easter bonnets and going on an Easter egg hunt.  They also enjoyed listening to lots of Easter themed stories and singing Easter themed songs.  The children had lots of fun. 

Stay and Play

On Tuesday 13th March, we invited our grown ups into school to see some of the things we have recently been learning about linked to our topic 'What would you find on the farm?'.  We focused on the subject areas 'understanding the world' and 'expressive arts and design'.  We showed our grown ups the chicks we had visiting our classroom this week and explained the life cycle of the chick, we created observational paintings of the chicks, we made chick biscuits and enjoyed listening to the 'Chicken Licken' story. 

World Book Day

On Friday 9th March, we celebrated World Book Day. The Nursery children enjoyed coming to school dressed up as their favourite book characters.  During the celebration of the day, they listened to the Elmer story, enjoyed collaging a large picture of Elmer and explored colour mixing with paint. 

International Languages Day

On Wednesday 21st February, we celebrated International Languages Day.  The Nursery children enjoyed learning about the country Spain.  The children came to school wearing red and yellow clothes to match the colours of the Spanish flag.  They enjoyed making flags, making fans, making and tasting fruit sangria, dressing up in traditional Spanish clothes and participating in flamenco dancing.  The children also enjoyed looking at lots of images and video clips of traditional customs linked to Spain and engaged in speaking and listening activities linked to this.