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The importance of valuing others, listening to different viewpoints, taking care of belongings, manners, appreciating the diversity which exists in our community and beyond


The determination to reach the highest standards, every day.


The desire to grow and develop, achieving the best for ourselves and each other.


The knowledge that working with others, asking for help when needed and supporting others to develop are the foundations of growth.


The importance of joy in what we do, discovering our strengths and using them.

Early Years

If your child is 3 years of age before 1st September 2017, they will be old enough to be in our Nursery in September. Please collect an application form from the school office and return it with their birth certificate before Friday 31st March and your child will be placed on the waiting list.

Welcome to Early Years!

At Irk Valley Community School, staff in Early Years plan according to Early Years Outcomes, a government publication to help structure children's development from birth to 5 years old. The publication is available on the following link: 

... In simpler terms! 

Early Years Outcomes has also been published as a supporting document to help parents and carers work alongside teachers and learn with their children at home. This is available on the following link:

Early Years Staff

Early Years Staff 1 Mrs Marshall- Early Years Lead
Early Years Staff 2 Miss Lillley- Reception L teacher
Early Years Staff 3 Mrs Brien- Reception L Teaching Assistant
Early Years Staff 4 Miss Shakeel- Reception S teacher
Early Years Staff 5 Mrs Akhtar- Reception S teaching assistant
Early Years Staff 6 Miss Watson- Nursrey Blue teacher
Early Years Staff 7 Miss Waite- Nursery Blue teaching assistant
Early Years Staff 8 Mrs Wild- Nursery Green teacher
Early Years Staff 9 Mrs Duffy- Nursery Green teaching assistant
Early Years Staff 10 Miss Williams- Nursery Yellow teacher
Early Years Staff 11 Mrs Galbraith- Nursery Yellow teaching assistant

We always appreciate an extra pair of hands and it's lovely when parents come and join us to help us with our learning on Fix it Fridays and other celebration days. In 2017 we have had a Mother's Day tea party and a football tournament on Father's Day. Please always have a chat with your teacher or Mrs Marshall if you have any questions concerns about your child's learning and development, or if there is anything else we can help you with

On June 21st we all had fun at the beach. We played on the sand, went to the park, had a train ride and ate ice cream! Thank you to all of the super parents who came with us. One parent said "My face is aching from smiling all day!" What a great day out!

Reading with your child

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As children move through Early Years, we follow 'Letters and Sounds'- a method to support children's phonic skills and help them learn to read and write. This begins in nursery with Phase 1 of Letters and Sounds, which encourages children to listen to and join in with nursery rhymes and songs as well as listening carefully and helping them to tune into sounds around them. Once they move onto Phase 2, children begin to learn actual letters, although they are first introduced to the sounds they make not their names. To listen to these sounds, please click on the link below: 

To support your child with their reading, we ask that you promote a love of books through reading school books and bedtime stories at home with your child. Trips to the local library are a great way to encourage their interest in books, or else come and use our Early Years library where you can borrow books to share at home.

Visit to the Library:

On Tuesday 7th February, our Nursery classes visited Central Library in Manchester for a fantastic storytelling session. The children were very well behaved and we all had a great time listening to the stories and music. 

Learning through play:

Throughout the Early Years, we aim for every child to enjoy their day at school and encourage them to become independent and motivated learners. Staff encourage playful interactions to help children develop across Seven Areas of learning:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development: making friends; developing their confidence and self-esteem; being self-motivated in their own learning. 
  • Communication and Language: interacting with peers and adults, speaking and listening, paying attention. 
  • Physical Development: Developing gross and then fine motor skills; looking afer their own personal hygiene; understanding the need for a healthy lifestyle.
  • Literacy: Phonics/ the beginning of reading and writing
  • Mathematical Development: Numbers and counting, Space, shape and measure. 
  • Understanding the World: Looking at their own environment and community; beginnign to understand technology. 
  • Expressive Arts and Design: Through different expressive art and creative media- paint, dance, drama 


At Irk Valley Community School we like to celebrate festivals and religions which happen all over the world, especially when some of our children have links to particular countries and religions. We have This year we have celebrated Eid, Christmas and below are a few pictures form Chinese New Year (January 2017). 

Learning through play- some examples

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