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                                                                                Welcome to Nursery!

Hello everyone, my name is Miss Nott, I am the Nursery teacher here at Grace Mary! I am joined by my two wonderful classroom assistants; Mrs Purcell and Mrs Dark. We would like to welcome all of our children, those who were already with and us those who have just joined us, to Grace Mary Nursery. Myself, Mrs Purcell and Mrs Dark are really looking forward to getting to know all of the children and the exciting learning the children will experience with us.


At Grace Mary Primary School, we truly value the importance of the early years foundation stage (EYFS) in providing a secure foundation for future learning and development. We aim to make a significant contribution to that start by helping young children to develop a love for learning which they will carry with them through life. It is their right to be safe, healthy and happy and the welfare of the children is central to our provision of care, learning and play. We ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. The ‘Reggio Emilia’ approach influences our everyday practice within class. The philosophy behind the approach promotes respect, responsibility and community, and a strong emphasis on exploration and discovery. We believe all children have potential and curiosity, and it is our role as adults to observe, then further develop their natural abilities. 


If you would like more information about the topics the children will be exploring, please see our curriculum overview and end of year goals below. Please check back here to keep up to date with all the children will be getting up to this Autumn term.


Please feel free to book an appointment with myself by calling the school office if there is anything else you would like help and support with.


I look forward to a fantastic year getting to know the children!


Miss Nott smiley

Key Dates:


17th November - Pupil Progress Meetings (throughout the day)

13th December – Nursery Christmas Stay & Play (Crafts with Parents)


15th December - Brunch with Santa






Dough Disco!

Dough disco is a great way for our children to develop their fine motor skills which help them hold pencils to write! All you need is a small amount of play-dough, then press play on the video and follow what the hands are doing. I will also attach a simple play-dough recipe if you would like to have a go at making your own.

Simple Play-dough Recipe: 

You will need

  • 8 tbsp plain flour
  • 2 tbsp table salt
  • 60ml warm water
  • food colouring
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil 


1. Mix the flour and salt in a large bowl. In a separate bowl mix together the water, a few drops of food colouring and the oil.

2. Pour the coloured water into the flour mix and bring together with a spoon.

3. Dust a work surface with a little flour and turn out the dough. Knead together for a few minutes to form a smooth, pliable dough. If you want a more intense colour you can work in a few extra drops of food colouring.

4. Store in a plastic sandwich bag (squeeze out the air) in the fridge to keep it fresh. You can make a batch of colours and give away as kids’ party bag favours or hold a playdough party for your child’s next birthday