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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.


During your child's time in nursery we aim to create a great love for books and reading. We encourage all children to share this love at home too. There are many reading skills that are taught during your child's first years in school.

When reading at home the following activities will help your child to embed these skills 

. Talk about the  pictures .

. Talk about the characters / setting of the story. 

. Talk about the writing / text.

. Can they verbally order the story they have listened to?

. Can they role play the  story?

below are some Videos demonstrating these skills and how you can teach these skills at home also. At the bottom is a link to some of the books we read during the year , please listen to the stories with your child and practise the above skills. 

Reading parent meeting - 05.05.22

Nursery Literacy Skills recalling a story from memory

Getting your child to talk about and retell stories is a great way to check their understanding and recall.

Nursery literacy Skills using descriptive language

Allowing your child to describe characters and setting verbally at an early age helps them to transfer these skills into their writing when they are older.

nursery literacy skills story map

Story maps are a great way to recall a familiar story with a young child. The one in the video is from our story used this year dear zoo, but this can be don...

Nursery Literacy Skills labelling initial sounds

As an early writer your child will practise writing just the initial sounds in words .