Glade Hill Primary and Nursery School

We are Golden and we SPARKLE

F1 (Nursery)

Welcome to F1!

Summer 2: Commotion in the Ocean

Welcome back for the final half term of the year. Our topic this half term is 'Commotion in the Ocean'. We will be learning about sea creatures and habitats, investigating floating and sinking and exploring water through water play and art work. We will be focusing on counting in maths and N2 children will begin counting objects onto 5 frames. There will be a focus on rhyme in Literacy sessions through texts including 'Shark in the Park', 'Row, row, row  your boat' and 'Commotion in the Ocean'. 

This half term we will be supporting the N2 children with their transition into F2 in September- please look out for information about class swap days and our Zoom transition meeting. 

We will be celebrating the end of the academic year with a 'Teddy Bears Picnic'. We will send you more details of this closer to the time, but we know the children will enjoy baking some goodies in school to enjoy at their picnic! 


Summer 1: Growing

This half term we will be focusing on growing. We will grow our own cress (and eat it), plant beanstalks and sunflowers and learn what is needed to nurture these seeds to grow. 

We will also learn about the lifecycle of a butterfly by using the Very Hungry Caterpillar story as a hook and will observe the growth of real life caterpillars in our classroom, before releasing the butterflies into the wild! Finally we will discuss how we have changed and grown. Children will make comparisons of ways in which they have physically changed, but will also reflect on  achievements they have made as they have grown. 

Please continue to check our Photo Gallery (link at the top of the page) to see our wonderful work in school. 

We'd like to wish you all a very Happy Easter and a restful break. We look forward to seeing you in two weeks. Please follow the link below (and scroll down to the 'Amazing Acorns' section on that page) to watch a 'Happy Easter' video we have made for you. 

Spring 2: Paws, Claws and Whiskers 

A massive well done and thank you to everyone who took part in the Easter Craft competition. We have absolutely LOVED looking at all of your creations! You are all so talented! You can see the entries in our Photo Gallery above. 
Enter our Easter Craft Competition! See the letter below for details.  

Easter Craft Competition

We have had a busy few weeks back at school and are so pleased with how well the children have settled back into the school routine. Please take a look at our 'Photo Gallery' above to see some photos and videos of children's learning this half term. 

Letter to children March 2021

We are so excited to be able to welcome everyone back to school! We have missed you all! We have been very busy planning lots of lovely activities for you.


We wanted to say a HUGE well done and thank you to all of you for your hard work during the school closure. Those children still attending school have continued to SPARKLE and try their best as have the children at home! We‘ve been very impressed with all of the photos of Home Learning work, Purple Mash work and email/ Tapestry updates etc that we’ve seen. That just wouldn’t have been possible without you grown-ups! Please take the time to celebrate all of your hard work (from the children and parents) and recognise the amazing job you have done! For the children working at home please remember to bring your packs back to school  so that we can see all of your hard work and celebrate all of this together.


Miss Mills, Mrs Beet Miss Doel and Mrs Hyde :)


We will continue to update the website weekly with a couple of Home Education activities for any children who are required to self-isolate and are well enough to complete them. Please look in the new 'Home Learning for those self-isolating' sub-folder. We will also update the website throughout the term with updates of our work in school and photos etc so please do keep checking the class page.

This half term we will be very busy settling children back into school and continuing on our learning journey!

Our topic this half term is 'Paws, claws and whiskers' and will be using this animal theme as a vehicle to develop our skills across the curriculum. In Literacy we will focus on our Listening and Attention skills by maintaining our concentration throughout a story, answering simple questions and talking about what we read/ hear. We will also orally re-tell stories and make class story maps.  Our texts include 'Dear Zoo', 'Walking through the jungle' 'Dinosaur Roar' and 'Where is Rosie's Chick'. In Phonics the younger children will be talking about and exploring instrumental, environmental and body percussion sounds. The older children will be exploring rhythm, rhyme and alliteration as well as practising some oral blending. In maths we will continue to develop our counting skills and learn to represent amounts on a 5 frame. We will also be talking about pattern and continuing repeating patterns. 

We will continue to update the Photo and Video gallery. 

Spring 1 'Sing a Rainbow'

Welcome back! We ho ho hope you all had a restful and happy Christmas. This half term our topic is 'Sing a Rainbow'. We will have a big focus on Expressive arts and design, including colour mixing, musical instruments and an Elmer parade! We will develop our understanding of the world through predicting and observing simple experiments. We will continue to learn rhymes and songs and will be sending copies of these home, so please look out for them on Marvellous Me and in your emails. Stories such as 'Elmer', 'Along came a different' and 'Grumpy Frog' will provide an introduction to the themes of equality and celebrating diversity. We will also learn about Chinese New Year towards the end of the half term.

Please continue to check our gallery and Tapestry for photos of the children's learning this half term. 

Autumn 2 'Celebrations' Topic

This half term we will be learning about different celebrations. These will include Bonfire Night, Diwali, Birthdays and Christmas. We will be sharing our own experiences of celebrations and learning about different ways events are celebrated around the world. Please read our newsletter and keep checking our Photo Gallery to learn more about our learning this term. 
Autumn 1 Learning and Home Learning

Week Beg 12th October


This is the last week of the half term and our 'Sharing and Caring' topic. We're so proud of how the children have settled into school!

We continue our pattern work in Maths this week, this time by challenging ourselves to continue repeating patterns. You can consolidate this work at home by looking through the powerpoint below with your child, discussing which colour comes next to complete the pattern. You can also use objects around the house to make patterns eg 'spoon, fork, spoon, fork' or try 'spoon, spoon, fork, spoon, spoon, fork' for a challenge!

In Phonics we are focusing on rhyming words and making 'Rhyming soup'. All you need is a large bowl and a spoon as props and some objects that rhyme eg box, socks, locks, fox. These could be toy objects, photos or hand drawn pictures. There are some resources below that you might want to use if you would prefer to print off some pictures. You can sing the rhyme (to the tune of Pop goes the weasel) as you put the objects into the 'soup'.

We’re making lots of silly soup

We’re making soup that’s silly,

We’re going to put it in the fridge,

To make it nice and chilly.

In goes a……… a ………… and ………

As part of our Technology and PSHE work we continue to think about emotions and will complete an activity on Purple Mash to draw 4 different emotions onto faces. Please contact school if you need your child's Purple Mash log on details. If you are unable to access the app/web then you could draw 4 circles for your child to turn into faces that show different emotions. You could talk about how people look when they feel happy, sad, angry and frightened. 

Remember to also take a look at our stories section for our favourite class stories and rhymes related to our topic. 
Week Beginning 5th October


This week we have a focus on People who help us. We will talk about people in our community, including Key Workers and how they help others. In Literacy we will share a Powerpoint presentation that shows logos and familiar words related to these important people. We will talk about where we have seen this text before. You can have a look at home too by clicking on the link below.

To link with our work on People and communities you and your child could also act out the roles of people who help us. Can you role play a simple shop using tins etc from your kitchen cupboards, or maybe you could play 'schools'. If you have construction toys at home your child could build a police car/ ambulance/ hospital etc. 

In maths we are focusing on patterns in the environment. You could work through the Powerpoint presentation below, talking about the patterns you see. You could also see what patterns you can find around your home. Have a look at curtains, cushions, clothes etc. You could try sorting clothing into groups eg 'pattern' and 'no pattern' or 'stripes' and 'no stripes' etc.


Week Beg 28th September 

Our Literacy text this week is 'The Family Book' by Todd Parr. We will be talking about our own families and celebrating the similarities and differences our families have. You can share the book with your child at home too by looking at the PowerPoint Presentation below. Why don't you have a chat about your family history too. 

In Maths we are comparing quantities and using Peppa Pig and friends to help us. We'll be recognising who has more/ fewer apples and using the vocabulary in our explanations. We'll practice speaking in a super sentence! There are a couple of PowerPoint Presentations you could use to compare quantities at home. 
We're learning about 'resilience' through the nursery rhyme 'Incy Wincy Spider'. Incy doesn't give up and keeps on trying, even when things get tough, just like our SPARKLE character Thomas the Tank Engine. We're encouraging the children to recognise when they are being resilient this week.

Wk Beg 21st September


This week we're taking inspiration from our Literacy Book 'Kind' by Axel Scheffler and Alison Green and we're making a 'Kindness jar'. Every time one of us does something kind we will put a pom-pom in our jar and will reward ourselves with a lovely treat when it is full! We're doing a great job so far! You might like to try this at home too. You could also draw a picture of yourself doing something kind. Chat with your family about the kind things you do for each other.


In Maths we continue to sing our number song 'Five Little Ducks'. We have been using pictures of ducks as props and acting out the song! We're finding '1 less' of numbers to 5 and practising our counting of how many ducks are left each time. Why don't you sing along with the number song video below?! 

Best Five Little Ducks - Nursery Rhyme

Best Five Little Ducks Five little ducks went swimming one day, over the hills and far away, NurseryTracks' HD version has the full lyrics to sing along and ...

Welcome Back!


Welcome back everyone- we have missed you! 


We are so happy to have the children back in school and are SO impressed with how well they are settling back into school life. We'd like to say a big well done to all of the children and their grown-ups for how quickly you have adjusted to the new morning and home time routines and for your positive attitudes to returning to school. Thank you. 

Caring and Sharing

Our first topic this term is 'Caring and Sharing'. We will be thinking about how people care for one another at home, in school and in our community. We will think about people  who help us and how we can help others. You can find out more about our topic by reading the Newsletter below. We will also be regularly adding photos of our learning as well as stories/ rhymes/ songs etc based on our topic to this class page, so please keep popping back to have a look with your child.  

Autumn 1 Newsletter