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30 hours free childcare is now available at Pentland Primary School 

with limited places.

We will offer 30 hours places where they are requested and we remain within legal limits and ratios and we will continue to offer 15 hour places where they are requested and total nursery places do not exceed legal limits and ratios. We also share the total 30 hours with other nurseries (15 hours at Pentland/15 hours at another setting). Please ask staff in the Foundation Stage for more details. Also, please let your families and friends know that we have both 15 and 30 hour places available for September 2018. Please ask them to contact nursery on 01642 559609 , if they would like to register their child or come for a visit. Eligibility for free 30 hours places is detailed on the Gov.uk website. https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/

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Welcome to Nursery - Class England


We are pleased to welcome your child into Pentland Primary School’s Early Years Foundation Stage. The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the statutory framework that sets the standards that all Early Years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children are ready for school and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.

At Pentland Primary School we place great value on partnerships with parents and carers. All of us working together for the benefit of each individual child.

Our Topic is:

Why do leaves go crispy? 

This half term, we’ll visit a woodland to hunt for autumnal treasures. Back in the classroom, we’ll watch what happens when frozen objects melt. Getting creative, we’ll press leaves into clay to make beautiful impressions, and we’ll trace the patterns on leaves. Things could get messy in our mud kitchen when we use different tools to dig, mix and pour. We’ll also enjoy making marks in the mud. Our maths skills will help us to count conkers, and we’ll use them to make different numbers. Using sticks, we’ll explore lengths and use the language of size. It will be lovely to curl up in the reading corner to enjoy autumnal stories and poetry. After looking closely at seasonal fruits, adults will help us to prepare them. Working together, we’ll collect fallen leaves and have lots of fun playing with them! Using our senses, we’ll explore conkers and acorns, thinking about why they fall in autumn.


At the end of the project, we’ll make a colourful and tasty harvest soup or fruity dessert, and read a book about autumn that will encourage us to reflect on our learning.

Homework ideas

Autumn is awesome! Why not go for an autumn walk to play in the leaves? You could also collect natural objects to make a colourful autumnal collage. Alternatively, use recycled materials to make a woodland creature.


We finished our last topic by exploring what our amazing bodies can do outside.

Nursery have been on an Autumn walk in our woodland area and collected lots of materials to explore in our environment.

General Ideas to support learning at home

Here are some general ideas to support your child learning at home. 

  • Draw a picture together. Encourage your child to talk about what they are drawing  and what colours they have used. Model holding the pencil correctly.
  • Counting in everyday activities. Eg. Count stairs as you go up them or dogs as they walk past.
  • Share a story with your child every night before bed. Talk about the characters and how they feel, discuss what might happen next and make your own ending.
  • Encourage your child to put their own coat and shoes on when you go out.
  • Sing number songs together. EG. 1,2,3,4,5 
autumn leaves

Dates for your diary

Our Autumn Open day is Wednesday 24th October.

Our Staff


Mrs Brockbank & Mrs Sykes

Teaching Assistants

Mrs. McGhee

Miss Leighton

Miss Oliver (part time)

Mrs. Allan (lunch time)

Miss Etherington ( lunch time)

A day in the life of Nursery


Pentland Primary follows the Ruth Miskin programme Read, Write, Inc. 

It is a fun and interactive way to support children in learning how to read and write. Once children begin learning sounds, they are used quickly to read and spell words. Children can then see the purpose of learning sounds. For this reason, the first six letters that are taught are   ‘m’, ‘a’, ‘s’, ‘d’, ‘t’. These can immediately be used to make a number of words such as ‘sat’, ‘mat’, ‘dad’, ‘sad’, ‘mad’. We use our Fred Fingers to help us sound out and blend words. 

Tricky words are words that cannot be ‘sounded-out’ but need to be learned by heart. They don’t fit into the usual spelling patterns. In order to read simple sentences, it is necessary for children to know some words that have unusual or untaught spellings. It should be noted that, when teaching these words, it is important to always start with sounds already known in the word, then focus on the ‘tricky’ part. The first 6 tricky words we learn in class are: I, go, to no, into and the.


Reading with your child is very important. Encouraging your child to share books and making this a positive experience will help on their journey to becoming competent readers. In the Early Years your child will be given a book when he or she is ready. Children will start by taking picture books home to develop their imagination and knowledge of how a story is structured. When their class teacher or you feel they are ready to start the schools reading scheme (Oxford Reading Tree) we will start to send one home on a Wednesday. A record will also be sent and an informative note would be appreciated on how the child has read. A good example of a useful and specific comment would be:

‘Enjoyed story, b/d reversal, struggled with sound 'sh'.'

We will use this information to inform our guided reading and phonics planning with the children.


In problem solving, reasoning and numeracy the children will be given a wide range of experiences both indoor and outdoor to develop their skills and knowledge in counting, number recognition, shape, space, measures and pattern. We will provide the children with opportunities to create their own patterns and continue a repeat pattern. At home please practise number formation, simple addition, subtraction, counting, time, money etc. and relate these to everyday life.


A Special Folder

We value your child's work and like to keep work samples to make up a learning journey. Each child has  a  file which is kept in nursery and available for you to look at and share with your child at the start of each session. If your child has done something special at home, please bring it in so that we can share it and add to their journey. Thank you.


Useful Links

Supporting your child at home is of paramount importance. We regularly send out activities for you to share with your child. Links below may also give you some valuable ideas.






WOW Moments

Here in Nursery we get as excited as you do watching your child grow and develop, and would like to celebrate all their achievements - whether they happen at school or at home with you. We would love to hear from you about the things your child enjoys or achieves. It helps us to create a 'well-rounded' picture of who your child really is. 

These 'WOW Moments' can tell us anything of interest that you'd like to share with us. For example, your child talked about the characters in their bedtime story, a trip to the park or farm, how they built a tall lego tower and counted how many blocks they used, and many more besides!

We are here to help and support.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

Parent Share

Watch this space! We’ve added a new way to stay up-to-date with what your child is doing in school by sending reports home showing you what your child has been learning and the new skills they are developing.

We think these reports will really brighten up your day! We will send an email to you very soon. 

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