Monksmead School

Respect, Reflect, Believe, Succeed



Teacher: Mrs Khan and Mr Murrin
TA: Mrs Mema, Mrs Stalham, Mrs Smith and Ms White

We offer 30 hours childcare to the children in our Nursery. Please speak to the office for further information.

Further helpful information for families who are joining our Early Years classes can be found here.

News from the Nursery


Nursery Spring Term 2023

Welcome back to all our parents and children. We hope that you all had a restful and healthy Christmas holiday and are happy to welcome your children back to our Nursery.  Although we have only been back for a week we are delighted with how well the children have got back into their daily routine and how happily they have been coming into school.


This half term we will be starting a new topic about ‘Superheroes’.  We will read fictional stories such as the ‘Supertato’ and ‘Super Daisy’ series of books.  We will also use this theme to explore shape and number in maths and for our expressive art and design learning.  For the latter part of the first half term we will explore ‘People who help us’ and will discuss the roles of people such as policemen, doctors, dentists and nurses and post workers and refuse collectors.  The revised Early Years Framework has a renewed emphasis on oral health and hygiene so please remind your child about the importance of brushing our teeth twice a day especially during this topic.  We will also take this opportunity to read some non-fiction texts. 


After the half term break our subjects will be ‘Growing’ and ‘Changes in our bodies’.  This will mainly cover what the children can do now compared to when they were babies rather than changes into adulthood.  In P.E. Mr Murrin will be teaching the children about gymnastics and different ways of travelling safely. As always our topics are flexible and shaped by the children’s interests. Please let us know if your child has any particular interests within this topic or any other area and we will endeavour to follow these in class. We do ask the children what they would like to learn about and shape our sessions around them.


Our phonics is based on ‘Letters and Sounds’ Phase 1 which supports children in the development of their listening and recall skills and exploration of sounds with their mouths and bodies. Some of the things that we do at school that could be practised at home are:


  • Keeping a steady beat on a drum or clapping and then trying different rhythms.
  • Copying oral sounds e.g. shh, shh, rah, rah (like a lion)
  • Making sound patterns e.g. clap, clap, roar, clap, clap, roar.
  • Making sound effects for stories e.g. knocking at the door, gasping when a character is shocked, making animal sounds.
  • Joining in with repeated refrains in stories e.g. “Run, run, as fast as you can. You can’t catch me, I’m the gingerbread man” and singing songs
  • Giving simple instructions and getting them to repeat them back.
  • Singing songs and nursery rhymes.


Please speak to a member of our team if you have any questions or concerns.


Finally, please have a look at our Nursery reminders:


General Nursery Reminders:

  • Nursery begins at 9 a.m. The Nursery morning session finishes at 12 noon and the full Nursery day ends at 3 p.m.
  •  All children should have a named water bottle and a change of clothes in school please.
  •  Lunchboxes and all containers should be named on the outside please. Food should be nut and egg free and will be stored in a fridge.
  •  All children should bring a named book bag into school on a daily basis so that we can send work and letters home.
  •  School uniform in Foundation Stage is: blue joggers, white polo shirt and blue school sweatshirt/cardigan. Shoes should be trainers that fasten with velcro.
  •  To develop independence please encourage your child to have a go at dressing themselves and putting their coats on. We are of course always on hand to help but children feel extremely proud when they master these skills and of course it means they can get on with their activities and without having to wait for adult support.
  •  Every item should be named including all lunchboxes, sandwich boxes, etc.
  •  We appreciate your toy fund contributions of £5 per half term.
  •  Whilst Nursery children are not of statutory school age it is of course highly beneficial for them to attend Nursery regularly and punctually so that they get used to our routines and feel settled and confident. If your child is absent please call us before school so that we can mark the appropriate code on the register. Children with sickness or an upset stomach should not come into school and should be clear of symptoms for a full 48 hours before returning to school. Leave of absence forms should be filled out if you are planning to take your child out of school for reasons other than illness.
  •  Monksmead School’s telephone number is 020 8953 3328. Where possible, please phone before 8:50 a.m. to inform us of an absence as it can be very busy at the start of the school day and adults need to be with the children and on the doors.


Thanking you for your continued support,

 Mr Murrin and Mrs Khan