Canon Popham C of E Primary Academy
Church Balk, Edenthorpe, Doncaster
South Yorkshire DN3 2PP
Tel: 01302 884465
Email Address: 


 Welcome to Nursery

Our Teachers are:

Mrs Wenban, Mrs Barratt, Mrs Hollis and Mrs Penhallurick

Our Lunchtime supervisors are:

Miss Oxley and Mrs Smith


Nursery session times are:

Morning Nursery 8.45-11.45am

Afternoon Nursery 12.30-3.30pm

Full days 8.45am-2.45pm


Thank you for choosing our nursery to support your child through their early years of education and we are looking forward to getting to know you and your family.  We strongly believe in the importance of working together with parents and carers to support young children’s development and so therefore if you have any questions or would like support please email us at


This term our learning will be focused around the theme Land Before Time and will include learning about different  dinosaurs.  We will also be finding out about some of the celebrations that take place during this time of year, including the Chinese New Year.

Communication, Language and Literacy                

This half term we will be focusing on developing the children’s speaking and listening skills.  These skills are a crucial first step for children learning to read and write and it is vital that they have a good understanding of vocabulary and sentence structure for them to be able to learn to read and write.  Therefore we will be playing lots of listening games, singing songs and rhymes, modelling and encouraging them to speak in full sentences as well as developing their vocabulary through stories, exploratory experiences and imaginative play.  You can support this learning at home by singing nursery rhymes, sharing stories at bedtime and talking with your child about the things you are doing at home or the places you visit.





As part of the nursery session the children will take part in a short daily maths meeting.  During this maths meeting the children will be given lots of opportunities to develop their early mathematical skills for example counting sets of objects, recognising numbers, naming and describing 2d and 3d shapes as well as measuring objects and talking about the days, months and seasons.

Here is a link to the number formation rhymes we use to teach the children how to write their numbers.


Personal, Social and Emotional Development

As the children become more settled in nursery and confident with our rules and routines they will also be learning about relationships and how to be a good friend, taking turns and sharing the resources.  We will also be celebrating Odd Socks day, anti- bullying week and Children in need.


Physical Development

The children will have lots of opportunities to develop both their fine and gross motor skills.  We will be teaching them how to hold a pencil using a tripod pencil grip and how to use a pair of scissors safely.  The children will also be going outside everyday so that they can develop their running, climbing, rolling and balancing skills using the trim trail and the resources in our outdoor area.


Understanding the World

Science –We will be focusing on winter changes and what happens during this season as well as conducting some ice experiments.

History – We will be learning about the Paleontologist Mary Anning.

Geography – We will be learning about the different seasons and weather patterns.

R.E. – This half term we will be focusing on Celebrations around the world including Chinese New Year



The children will have lots of opportunities to develop their creative skills using the resources in our cutting and sticking area to create models and pictures.  They will learn to mix colours and use the painting resources effectively as well as learning lots of new songs and playing with the percussion instruments.  We will also be learning lots of new songs for our Nativity performance.


General Information

Nursery Gate

Just to remind you our doors and gates will be opened at 8.45 and 12.30 for you to drop your children off at Nursery.  However, due to the safety measures we have had to put in place, as a result of covid-19, we do ask that you say goodbye to your children at the door, once they have put their hand sanitiser on, rather than entering the nursery classroom.

We will be opening our gates at 3.15pm in the afternoon as we are aware that some parent’s have other children to pick up from different classes and schools.  You are therefore welcome to pick up you children any time between 3.15 and 3.30pm.



Please help us by ensuring that your child is dressed in simple clothes that they can manage quickly and easily when they need to go to the toilet.  Remember, sometimes busy children leave things to the last minute.  If you would like to bring a spare set of clothes in a bag, which can be hung on their peg, in case of accidents this would be welcomed.  However please make sure all bags, water bottles, lunch boxes and items of clothing, especially school jumpers and cardigans, have got your child’s name in them. We have got a box in nursery with lots of cardigans and jumpers in which have no name.

Nursery children also have the opportunity to play outside everyday and it is therefore important that they bring appropriate clothing, including a coat, hat, scarf and gloves.



We are using Tapestry to create online learning journeys for the children in the foundation stage.  To find out more about Tapestry please click on the following power point presentation.

Tapestry parents information presentation 06.10.20

The following guides explain how to download the Tapestry app or to login in to your account using a web browser.





The following videos show how to use tapestry and how to add observations.





30 Hours Funding and Top up sessions

As you maybe aware we are able to offer 30 hours funded places for working parents as well as top up sessions.  The prices for top up sessions are:

Cost per Hour: £5

Half a Day (8.45-11.45am/12.30-3.30pm): £15.00

2.45-3.30pm: £3.73 (£18.75 per week)

If you are interested in topping up then please speak to a member of the Foundation Team.  More information on 30hours funding can be found by clicking on the following link:

FAQ Parents – 30 Hours Feb 2018

Please remember if you do qualify for 30 hours funding you will need a code and this code needs to be reconfirmed every three months.  You will receive a message from HMRC to reconfirm your code 4 weeks and 2 weeks before the code expires.


If you have any questions or concerns please come and speak to a member of the Nursery staff.  We would like to reassure you that we will take great care of your children and their safety and welfare is at the centre of all the decisions we make. We are very much looking forward to working with you all this year.


Mrs Wenban, Mrs Barratt, Mrs Hollis and  Mrs Penhallurick

(Nursery Staff)