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Nursery School Closure Information and Resources


Hello everyone, 


Please find below a variety of activities and resources to support your child's learning at home. 


Regular updates and more information about the individual work packs can be found on your child's Tapestry learning journal.


If you have any questions or concerns, please comment on a Tapestry observation or email


The resources are organised into specific subjects to make these resources easier to access.


Thank you so much for your continued support, understanding and kind words during this difficult and ever-changing situation.

Social story for Covid-19 from the Educational Psychology Services


Please find attached a 'social story' about social distancing and Covid-19 that you may find helpful to share with your children. This was created by the Educational Psychology Service. 


Their message is as follows:
“In conjunction with Public Health, we have created some information around social distancing to help younger children understand what the rules are. We would appreciate it if you could share it with parents and children via the school’s website or social media links.”

Activities and resources to support Phonics and Reading 


If you would like to continue to support your child's developing understanding of Phonics, check out the activities and resources below. These links can also be found on Tapestry, along with more information about how to use these resources.

Activities and resources to support Physical Activity


If you would like to encourage your child to be active at home, check out the activities and resources below.

Activities and resources to support Emotional Development 


If you would like to continue to support your child's emotional development, please check out the activities and resources below. You could also encourage your child to share and take turns with their toys. 

Activities and resources to support Speech and Language 


If you would like to support your child with their developing speech and language, check out the activities and resources below.

Activities and resources to support the understanding of Makaton: 


We really enjoy learning Makaton signs in Nursery, if you would like to continue to support your child's developing understanding of Makaton, you could check out the activities and resources below. There are some lovely signed stories on the Singing Hands YouTube page, there are also some free song sheets for Nursery Rhymes on the Singing Hands website. 

Activities and resources to support Singing and Music Creativity


If you would like to encourage your child to sing and be creative with music whilst they are at home, check out the activities and resources below.

Activities and resources to support Maths 


If you would like to continue to support your child to develop their understanding of Maths (Number and Shape, Space and Measure), please check out the activities and resources below. 

Activities and resources to support fine motor skills and Writing 


If you would like to continue to support your child's fine motor skills development and their writing, please check out the activities and resources below. 

Activities and resources to support Creativity and Art


If you would like to encourage your child to be artistic and creative at home, check out the activities and resources below.

Activities and resources to support discussions around 'Safety'


If you would like to encourage your child to take part in discussions around 'safety' whilst they are at home, check out the activities and resources below.

General websites with activities and resources for the EYFS

The internet can be fantastic and is full of lots of great resources, just like with those links above. But it is also important to make sure that children are safe when using it.


Please find attached some guidance to support you and your children in using the internet safely when accessing online learning, games and activities.

Term 6

All Different and All Special!


This term we are talking about the similarities and differences between ourselves and others. We are looking at where we live and comparing it with other environments. All the work including on here can be found on Tapestry.  

Welcome to Nursery 2019-2020!


Hello everyone and welcome to the Nursery class page! Here you will find all of the fun and exciting things that we are doing in Nursery. Just scroll down to see our previous terms. 

If you are a parent or carer of a child that is currently in our Nursery, please check your child's Tapestry for more information and photographs!


Riddings Nursery has two classes - we have a morning class and an afternoon class. We also offer 30-hour provision. 


Don't forget that it's never too soon to apply for your child's September Nursery place, call or visit the school office to request or fill in an admissions form and add your child's name to our waiting list!

Look at our new reading corner! We love reading in Nursery and this is the perfect space to share a story.

Spring term 3 2020 - 'Traditional tales'


This term our topic is Traditional Tales!

We are beginning our term by sharing the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. In the next few weeks, as well as celebrating Chinese New Year, we will share the stories of the Three Billy Goats Gruff and Little Red Riding Hood. 


We've been focussing on size language this term! We have ordered objects according to their size, we've sorted different sized food for the bears and we've written describing words for our display!

We have been playing with props from our Goldilocks and the Three Bears story, we have been feeding the bears porridge and acting out the key events.

We used circle sponges to print bear pictures! We think they're super cute just like the bears in our story!

Autumn term 2 2019 - 'The Gruffalo'


Our second topic in Nursery is 'The Gruffalo'!


We love this story and cannot wait to do lots of lovely themed activities. We will share the story as a class, make paper plate masks and use props to retell key events. 


At the end of this term we will be learning about and celebrating Christmas! 

We had lots of fun making paper plate Gruffalos - we added terrible teeth, orange eyes and poisonous warts!

We added the correct amount of purple prickles to the Gruffalo's back!

Look at our split-pin Gruffalo children!

We're really good at counting in Nursery! We gave the correct amount of treats to the Mouse.



We have had lots of fun learning about and celebrating Christmas. We learnt about the First Christmas and practised our Nativity songs lots and lots! We really enjoyed performing them to our parents and carers. 


We had lots of decorations in our Nursery classroom and made Christmas crafts that we will take home to our families at the end of term. 


We finished the term with a Christmas Party, we really enjoyed playing pass the parcel and we even had a special visit from Santa!!

Look at our 'melted snowman' biscuits! They were super tasty.

Autumn term 1 2019 - 'All About Me' and 'Owl Babies'


Our first topic in Nursery is "All About Me!". We are very busy learning and talking about our families, our bodies and the things we do and do not like. We are also settling in to the new Nursery routines and making lots of friends. 


This term we are sharing the 'Owl Babies' story and we are learning about Autumn. We will be singing a special owl song, making handprint owls and even making little clay owls!


We will be retelling the story using puppets and teddies, and will be trying hard to join in with the repeated refrains. 


Here are some of the activities that we enjoyed in our first few weeks of Nursery!

Look at our handprint owls

We have our very own 'self portrait' gallery!

If you would like to watch the Owl Babies story - click the link below

Balance bikes!


On Wednesday 2nd October 2019, we were very lucky in Nursery as we had a special visit from Rob Bounds. Rob is the Senior Transport Officer for Derbyshire County Council's Sustainable Travel Team and he works a lot with our school to promote sustainable travel and road safety. 


Rob visited Nursery to teach us how to ride Balance Bikes! Balance bikes are a great way to start learning how to ride a bike - you can learn all about it on


Rob led some activities and games that support balance and co-ordination - this included pretending to take dinosaur steps and frog jumps and walking carefully on stepping stones of different heights! 

Rob then showed us how to guide a balance bike without riding it and showed us how to ride the bikes carefully without bumping into anything or anyone!


We talked about how to be safe if we have a balance bike at home and we all wore helmets to protect us from any bumps or accidents.

Here are some pictures from our Balance Bike day

Hello Yellow Day


We celebrated and raised awareness for World Mental Health day by having a yellow-themed day in Nursery. We wore yellow accessories, decorated biscuits with yellow icing and even tasted different yellow foods! 

Road safety for our Balance Bikes!


Rob visited the Nursery again a few days later to talk about Road Safety and to help us fit bells onto our Balance Bikes. The children loved using the screwdrivers to fasten the bells onto the handlebars of our bikes!


Rob was very kind and brought in extra bells for our Balance Bikes and scooters at home. If you would like a free bell for your child's Balance Bike or scooter, please chat to a member of Nursery staff!

Librarian visit!


On Monday 14th October 2019, Morning Nursery had a special visitor - Nicola from Alfreton Library! Nicola came to visit us to tell us all about libraries and to encourage us to go with our families. She shared some of her favourite stories with us and even sang some Nursery rhymes - we had a lovely time! Nicola will be returning to Nursery in November and will lead a session for our Afternoon Nursery children. 



We have started teaching phonics to our Nursery children. The phonics scheme we follow at Riddings Infant and Nursery School is Read, Write, Inc. (RWI) and therefore the children learn the sounds in the RWI order and they learn the RWI writing rhymes for each letter.


However, we know that young children benefit from a combination of different methods and therefore we also sing the Jolly Phonics song for each letter and practise doing the Jolly Phonics action. Each week we make a craft that starts with our special letter sound and we even try some food that starts with this letter too.  


Our Nursery classroom has a special phonics table that is dedicated to our sound of the week - we encourage children to bring in something from home that begins with this letter so we can talk about it and share it in class.  


If you would like to learn how to say the different letter sounds in a pure way, so you can practise with your children, please watch the video below or visit the RWI website and click on the parents section. 

Read Write Inc. Phonemes Pronunciation Guide DVD



Each child at our Nursery has an online Learning Journey. We are really enjoying our new system of recording and celebrating children's learning, and we like being able to instantly share information with parents/carers. 


If you would like to sign in to your account to view your child's Learning Journey - click the link below and sign in using the information provided by your child's class teacher. 

Nursery rhymes 


We share Nursery rhymes on a daily basis at Nursery. If you'd like to listen to or learn some of our Nursery rhymes, click the link below.