Nursery 2020 - 2021

Mrs Volynchook

For updates and photographs of the children's learning please scroll down the page.

Welcome to Nursery at St Anne’s Catholic Primary School

Nursery is where most of our children begin their journey and join our school community. We would like to take this opportunity to wish you a warm 'St Anne's Welcome'. We are really excited about working with you and your child throughout the year and cannot wait to show you all of the exciting things Nursery will be getting up to.


We would like to introduce our team:  

During the year, your child will be working closely with Mrs Volynchook, Nursery teacher and assisted by Mrs Williams. We will work as a team with the children and their families to give our children the very best start to their educational journey. During this year the children will experience; visiting the local community, going on a school trip, taking part in PE sessions and getting to know one and other.

We will also work closely with children and adults from our neighbouring Reception classes. The EYFS team is led by our Deputy Headteacher, Mrs Wylde and she is joined in reception by Miss Westhead, Mrs Furneyo and Miss Gordon and their teaching assistant, Miss Pilak.

Mrs Furneyo has put together a beautiful e-book to welcome you to our school family.


In Nursery we learn how to learn! Our time in Nursery is so important, this time will help us to build skills that we need throughout our education and into our lives as adults.

Attending every day and being in school on time will help us to become the very best learners that we can be! Sometimes our learning might get a little bit messy. The adults working with us will always try to makesure that we put on aprons/protective clothes to suit the activity that we are completing. It is very important that all pieces of clothing and shoes are marked clearly with your child's name. It is much easier to reunite lost clothing with an owner if it has a name in it. 




We will be using Class dojo (app and website) to send updates and messages to parents when required. Please make sure the school office have up-to-date contact information, including e-mail address so we can keep in touch with you. You should have received instructions in your Welcome pack (either received at the meeting or posted to your home address) on how to sign up to dojo. If you have not yet received this, please mention to school staff at your child's stay and play session during the first week back in September.


BBC Bitesize Starting Primary School is packed full of advice and guidance around applying for school, preparing their child to start school and supporting them during the early days of school life. It covers key areas parents feel they need help with such as toilet training, a good sleep routine and emotional and social skills like making friends and taking turns.

Autumn Term 2020


What will my child be learning in the Autumn Term?

During the Autumn term we will be carrying out lots of fun activities with the children, both indoors and outdoors.  The children will also be assessed during the first half term.  The first couple of weeks in Nursery will also consist of; carpet time activities, finding our names, singing counting songs, investigating the school grounds, meeting new friends and developing a love and respect for our classroom.


To help meet the cost of activities in Nursery (baking, messy play, extra snacks and extra learning experiences) we normally ask for a small donation each half term.  This year we are happy to receive £1.00 a week, which can be put in a small envelope with your child’s name on it.


Ways to support your child

The best thing you can do to help your child at this early stage of their education is talk, talk and then talk some more! Talking is the key to learning, it helps our children not only communicate with others but develops so many key skills needed for life long learning. In the documents section at the bottom of this page, you will find some guidance from the 'I Can' charity as to what typical speech and language milestones are and how you can support your child.


The Communication Trust have developed some resources for families at home to support speech and language development using the CBeebies TV programme, Raa Raa the noisy lion. Click the image below to be taken to the web page. PDF guidance can also be found at the bottom of this page.

Week beginning 28.9.20

Another amazing week in Nursery, with Amalia achieving our 'Star of the Week'.  A BIG well done Amalia for being our SUPERSTAR!  

Another amazing week for Nursery, exploring sounds in the world around us and getting more confident counting using songs. We also have noticed this week that children are more aware of their friends’ names and are playing collaboratively.

This afternoon we joined with Reception to celebrate the end of our Come and See topic, Myself, with Collective Worship and a treat of biscuits in our outdoor area.


Week beginning 21.9.20

Another busy week in Nursery and we have been busy writing letters to the zoo telling the, about a pet we would like them to send them. We have a new addition to our Nursery class today, a new puppy teddy. The children have been challenged to come up with a name for the new puppy and we have decided to turn our home corner from a kitchen to a living room.

Our pupil of the week this week is Harlen, you are a superstar learner! 🌟

Homework this week is all about pets. Talk with your child about a pet that you have or if you don’t have a pet one that they would like when they are older. You could talk about what they look like and what they need to stay healthy and be safe. You might want to take a trip to pets at home and find out some information.

Week beginning 14.9.20

This week we have been using the story of Dear Zoo to inspire our learning; playing with small world animal figures, counting animals, painting animals to name a few! We have also been busy building the strength in our hands and arms ready to start helping us to control a pencil and begin to write. We have continued our work in Come and See (RE) and learnt that we are all precious to God and he knows each one of us by name.



This week’s award winners are:

Star of the week: Dexter


Our SCORE winners are all of our children for:
Self esteem: beginning to make friends and learn each other's names.
Commitment: to always being kind and caring to our friends.
Organisation: taking care of our equipment and making sure it is put away correctly.
Resilience: completing your 1st full week in nursery with many of our children staying all day which is very tiring!
Excellence: learning some of the key phrases in our story of the week and being able to join in with the story.

Week beginning 7.9.20

What a fantastic first week we had in Nursery! We have enjoyed getting to know the children and have spent lots of time observing what they enjoy playing with and chatting about what they would like to learn and do.

In EYFS we have a Star of the Week award, as well as awards for our SCORE school values; Self esteem, Commitment, Organisation, Resilience and Excellence. This week’s award winners are:

Star of the week: James
Self esteem: Hayden
Commitment: Holly
Organisation: Amalia
Resilience: Hunter
Excellence: Harlen

Well done to all of our award winners, extra dojo points have been added to your names.
Our dojo champion of the week is....Holly!

Week beginning 1.9.20

We have enjoyed meeting many of you at our Stay and play sessions held so far and can’t wait for next week when we welcome groups of new children each day.

Just a reminder that your child will need to bring a bag to be kept in nursery with some spare clothes, including underwear incase of accidents. If you could also provide a packet of baby wipes and a carrier bag that could be used to put soiled clothes in. Bags will be returned to you if empty and at the end of each half term to allow you to wash the contents.

We would also recommend that you send a named water bottle to school which will remain in school. We will wash them each day after the children have gone home and refill them ready for the following day.


Friday 4th September


We had our final Stay and Play session today and have really enjoyed meeting you all and getting to know our Nursery family. We can't wait to see you all next week.

Children who attended Stay and Play on Wednesday will begin Nursery on Monday.

Those who did the Thursday session will start on Tuesday.

And finally, the children who attended the Friday session will begin on Wednesday.

Don't forget to label all uniform with your child's name and bring a named water bottle to leave in school and a bag with spare clothes and wipes, as per the message sent last night.

All sessions next week finish at 11:45am, a member of the nursery team will come and open the gate ready for dismissal.

Dropping off times depend on your surname and are as follows:
A-F: 8:40am

G-L: 8:45am

M-R: 8:50

S-Z: 8:50

Have a lovely weekend.





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St Anne's Catholic Primary School
Monastery Lane, Sutton, St Helens Merseyside WA9 3SP