Dear Families,
The latest home learning plan is now available.  Learning plan 3 is based on under the sea and asks children to consider the question 'what lives under the sea?'  Have fun and keep us posted with your learning adventures on Tapestry.
Stay safe and keep smiling!
Sharon Donaldson
Dear Families, 
First of all we hope everyone is safe and well in these uncertain times.  As the national lock down continues we have updated our learning journey to add some additional ideas for the children to work on from home.  Please remember that these are just suggested ideas, please do what is best for you and your family.  We are finding that short sessions, little and often are working best, if the children are interested in something, go with it, if not, move on!  As always I am available via tapestry or email.  Any questions do not hesitate to get in touch,
Stay safe and keep smiling,
Mrs Donaldson and the Early Years Team
Tapestry - our home learning journal.  
As you know we use Tapestry regularly to share information with parents and carers about your childs learning.  Over the next few weeks we will be using this system regularly as a way of sharing home learning ideas and opportunities and we would love for you to share the work you have completed too!  If anyone is having trouble accessing their childs tapestry account please do not hesitate to get in touch.  The easiest way to resolve tapestry issues is to email me at
Many thanks,
Sharon Donaldson
Dear Families,
We know this is a difficult time for everyone and we hope you know we are here help and support you as much as possible throughout this period.  Home learning is a new idea for many of us, please do not try and replicate school but do what works for you and your family.  The children in Reception learn in many different ways!! 
I added the home learning pack at the bottom of this page and will continue to add ideas to tapestry and the Edwin Street Nursery page for both Nursery AND Reception as regularly as I can.  My email is also on the home learning pack - please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions at all.  
Stay safe and stay smiling
Mrs Donaldson and Mrs Mallaburn
Welcome to Reception!
Staff members in Reception are Mrs Donaldson, Mrs Mallaburn and Mrs Poulton.  
In our early years unit we recognise the importance of building our curriculum around the interests of the children we teach.  Staff use their daily observations, discussions with the children and our regular links with parents to plan topics which interest, engage and inspire our very youngest children!
We value transition and Reception staff work daily with the Nursery class in school.  We also regularly visit our feeder nurseries to ensure the transition to 'big school' is as seam-less and stress free as possible. 
We have very much enjoyed our recent transition sessions.  They have been a brilliant opportunity for staff to get to know children and find our particular interests, helping us plan for our September topics.  See the photos below to see the activities the children have been trying out.
Watch this space for more information about our class, our curriculum, our adventures and, most importantly, our learning!
Transition Tuesday Two!
In our second transition session the Nursery children continued to explore the Reception classroom!  They showed lots of interest in writing activities so we practised our mark making and letter formation skills on the whiteboard.  The children also asked for the dinosaurs and the dolls house - we will definitely be planning a dinosaur topic for next year!
Information about Reception...
We have created a 'Welcome to Reception' booklet to share information about what to expect when your child enters Reception. We hope you find this useful, we will hand out copies of this and give further explanation at our 'Welcome to Reception' meeting on Wednesday the 10th of July at 9am.  
Please also find a copy of our proposed September timetable which will give you an idea of when different activities take place.  Please note that children will work outdoors every day!
Please see information below from our recent parent meeting 'Helping your child succeed in Reception'.  If you have any questions please don't hesitate to get in touch.  
Learning in Reception
In Reception we use a range of guidance and documents to support or planning.  We use the Development Matters government document to help outline our termly objectives.  We use this, and the children's interests to plan half termly topics across the year.