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Nursery Newsletter 11th September 2020

Nursery Autumn 1 2020 Curriculum Map - Marvellous Me!

Reception Autumn Term 1 Curriculum Map

Nursery: Mrs Hawkins video for her new class in September

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Reception: Miss Coe's video for her new class in September

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Reception: Mrs Cottle's video for her new class in September

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Learning from Home 

Please see Tapestry during the shutdown period for additional learning from home challenges. Reception are uploading 3 weekly activities for you to complete during the week at home, the learning activities will be uploaded on Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday. Nursery are uploading a daily challenge for you to complete with your child. Please upload any learning from home onto Tapestry, so we can share your child's learning and successes. We look forward to seeing what you have been doing. If you are having any problems accessing tapestry then please contact the school office so we can help. We will also be sending out a pack to your home address with some additional resources to support your child's learning at home. 


Free Access to Websites:


Below is a link to which is a website which offers interactive games, stories, powerpoints, videos and printable resources. Parents are being granted free access during this uncertain time. For a free log in use create an account and use the code PARENTSTWINKLHELPS 

Phonics Play

There is also free access to phonicsplay which is a fantastic resource with phonics games for free access use this username and password;

Username: march20

Password: home 

Phonics Workshop

It was lovely to see so many parents and grandparents at our phonics workshop. Below is the Power Point used in the session. If anyone has any further questions about the teaching and learning of phonics in the Early Years, please don't hesitate to ask. 


Tapestry Parent's User Guide

EYFS Curriculum

The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum is followed at St Catherine's School. The wellbeing and education of the children in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) follows the statutory requirements and guidance given by the Government. 


Early Years Foundation Stage

The Early Years curriculum is divided into 7 areas of learning. Each area of learning consists of a set of developmental stages and early learning outcomes which describe what children are expected to be learning at that stage in their development.

The curriculum at St Catherine's is planned carefully according to children's individual needs and stage of development to ensure all children make good progress towards the early learning goals at the end of the Reception year. We provide a range of engaging activities and opportunities to support all children at St Catherine's School to make to make good progress and reach their full potential. 

There are 7 areas of learning:

3 Prime areas of learning

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

4 Specific areas of learning

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Art and Design


More information about the EYFS can be found on:

What to Expect, When?

The What to Expect, When? document is a useful document which breaks down the development matters statements to help parents and carers find out more about how their child is learning and developing during their first five years, in relation to the EYFS. 

Nursery Autumn Term Curriculum Map

Family Support

Hertfordshire Family Centres

The Hertfordshire family centre service are available to support with all aspects of parenting. The link below will support you to find the nearest service to you and will help to signpost you to services and support that they can offer.


Family Lives

Family Lives is a national support charity providing help and support in all aspects of family life. They have a confidential helpline and provide guidance on all aspects of family life. Please also see the link below. 


September 2019

Welcome to the start of a new school year at St Catherine's School. We would particularly like to give a warm welcome to our new Early Years parents and children. We are looking forward to getting to know all the children and their interests over the next few weeks. Please look at our curriculum maps to find out what the children will be learning about in the Autumn term. 

We would like to welcome you to the Early Years Foundation Stage at St Catherine's school. Our first topic for the autumn term is 'Marvellous Me' where we will be learning all about the children in our Nursery and Reception. Please look at our curriculum maps to find more information about what the children will be learning over the next half term.     

New hard hats and vests! Thank you Ashe Construction - we are ready to BUILD!

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