Cross Gates

Primary School

Respecting Others, Learning Together, Moving Forward

Cross Gates

Primary School

Respecting Others, Learning Together, Moving Forward


Make A Snow Kitchen

Why not explore making snow cakes and pies outside today in your own ‘Snow Kitchen’. You could experiment with adding food colouring too! 

It's Snowing! 

How lovely to see all the snowflakes falling this morning! We've got some snowy day challenges for you to explore with your grown ups today:

1) Making Foot Prints - who has got the biggest footprint in your family? Who has got the smallest? What shapes can you see in your footprints?

2) Writing in the snow - find a stick and explore making marks in the snow with it. Can you draw lines like a number 1? Can you draw dots? Can you draw a long line? Can you draw a wiggly line? Can you draw a zig zag line? Can you write any letters from your name?

3) Make snow angels with your family. What can you tell us about the size of them?

4) If enough snow falls, we'd love to see if you can make some jolly snowmen!


5) Watch the snowflakes falling, can you move like a snowflake? How does it make you feel?


6) Can you think about and come up with your own ideas to answer these questions:

How does the snow feel? What does it sound like? What do you think you should wear to play out in the snow? Why? Tell us what happens to the snow if you hold it in your hand? Why do you think this happens? 


Click on the link below to watch a lovely story about A Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats.

We've missed you all so much this week and we're really looking forward to seeing some of your photos and videos. Have fun playing in the snow!

Happy New Year to all our Nursery children and families! Although it is definitely not the start to the year we had hoped and planned for, we will endeavour to work in partnership with you to ensure the children continue accessing playful learning opportunities to support their development. 


This week we were really looking forward to hearing all about the children's Christmas experiences in our 'Keyworker Talk Time'. Even though we can't do this in person, we would still love to hear from the children so please could you film your child telling us about some of their favourite memories from the Christmas holiday and upload this to Tapestry?

We will begin our weekly home learning challenges and keyworker phone calls from next week - w/c Monday 11th January.



We have had such a wonderful week in Nursery! The children have been so excited everyday about Christmas and all the festive, fun activities we’ve been doing. It really has been magical! Everyone had great fun at our parties and the children were thrilled with all their little treats and chocolate gifts. As always, their dance moves were something very special and they had lots of fun playing musical statues and joining in with the Freeze Dance song. On Friday afternoon we enjoyed our Christmas Elf Hunt. The children found all the elves and then got a lovely surprise when they discovered the last elves under our Christmas Tree holding a present from Santa. It was a tunnel for our movement area 😃

We would like to say a big thank you to all our families for the many cards and gifts we’ve received. You’re all so kind and we hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your brilliant children. See you in 2021! 


Nursery Christmas

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Dear Santa Text Map

Decorating our Christmas Tree

Making Christmas Dinners in the Mud Kitchen!

Christmas has arrived at Cross Gates Nursery! The children had a wonderful time decorating their Christmas Tree and we have been busy making a start on our Christmas cards and decorations to take home - what busy little elves! The making of our Christmas cards did involve painting our feet so they will definitely need a good scrub in the bath - we did wash our feet after but a bit of paint may still remain between our toes! The children have also been working hard to learn our Talk4Writing Nativity Story. This is the text map we use to tell the story and the children have been learning actions to match the pictures and help remember the words. I have also uploaded a video of myself (a bit further down the page) reading the text map with the actions so you can practise together at home.

In Maths this week we have been exploring the number 3. Can you spot 3 things anywhere in your house? Can you organise your teddies into groups of 3 or set up a tea party for 3 toys?

We have continued to explore 'body percussion' (making sounds with our bodies) as part of our learning in Phonics. We have been singing a song called 'Make your sound the same as mine' and the children have been listening to and repeating back the sounds the adults made - of course we made each sound 3 times to keep reinforcing our learning on 3 too. 

The song is sung to the tune of Mary had a little lamb and I have shared the words below so you can play together at home.

"Make your sound the same as mine, same as mine, same as mine.

Make your sound the same as mine and make it after me: * * * " (adult makes 3 sounds eg claps, tapping knees, stamping feet, tapping teeth, rubbing hands...)

We had lots of fun using our tapping sticks to explore 3 in this song too (see link below). Why don't you try to join in with the song at home? If you can't find any sticks then try using spoons or even bananas or carrots!

Planting bulbs

We love rainy days!

Jumping up and down in puddles is so much fun!

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The Nativity Story with T4W Actions

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This is the simplified version of the story that the children are learning in our ‘Talk 4 Writing’ sessions. Please practise together at home using the text map shared further up the page. Thank you!

Is your child due to start school in September?

You can now apply for a primary school place for your child for September 2021. Please visit or telephone 0113 222 4414 for more information. It is so important that you apply for a school place before the deadline of 15th January 2021. Please contact us if you have any question or need support with your application.

Happy St Andrew’s Day 



We have designed our own kilts to celebrate St Andrew’s Day. We talked about how to draw a tartan pattern using straight lines going one way then the other way. We had lots of fun. We hope you like them.

This week we have been learning the nursery rhyme 'Humpty Dumpty'. The children really enjoyed this rhyme and they even made their own Humpty Dumpty's and built walls for them to balance on. It was lovely to hear them singing the rhyme as they played. Why not decorate some boiled eggs at home to make Humpty Dumptys and explore different ways of building walls for him. I wonder how you could make the wall safe for Humpty Dumpty?

We have also been learning about number 2 this week. Can you find sets of two things at home? The children enjoyed playing 'is it 2?' This was a game where they had to look at pictures and decide if it showed 2 or not and show their opinions with their thumbs. This is a good game to try at home. 

The children had a great time on 'No Pens Day', exploring different ways of mark making - lots of which were quite messy! Please see the photos below.

World Nursery Rhyme Week

This week is World Nursery Rhyme Week. Launched in 2013, World Nursery Rhyme Week promotes the importance of nursery rhymes in early childhood  development and education. Did you know that if children know 8 nursery rhymes by heart by the time they are 4 years old then they are usually among the best readers and spellers in their class by the time they are 8 years old? (Mem Fox, Reading Magic) The initiative is open to parents and EY practitioners worldwide and downloadable resources are provided free of charge. 


The chosen 5 nursery rhymes this year are:

Miss Polly Had A Dolly

Hickory Dickory Dock

The Wheels on the Bus

Old MacDonald

5 Little Speckled Frogs



In Nursery, our Talk 4 Writing this week will be based around Hickory Dickory Dock and I have attached a copy of our text map below for you to practise with your child at home. I have also attached a link to the World Nursery Rhyme Week website should you wish to access any of their resources. Happy Singing!



Hickory Dickory Dock

Odd Socks for Anti-Bullying Week

School Admissions

You can now apply for a primary school place for your child for September 2021. Please visit or telephone 0113 222 4414 for more information. It is so important that you apply for a school place before the deadline of 15th January 2021. Please contact us if you have any question or need support with your application.

Wearing Spots for Children in Need

Threading with ‘wiggly worms’!

This week the Nursery children have been learning about number 1. They have been practising writing the number, making the number with objects, sounds and pictures and they have been counting out 1 item from a group. It would be great if you could practise writing the number at home, encourage the children to make pictures about 1 and ask the to find 1 of a variety of objects. Please upload any notes or photographs of this learning onto Tapestry and we can share it with the rest of the class in school - the children are always so proud to share and explain their learning at home with their friends.


Learning about number 1

What a busy week we have had in Nursery! The children have enjoyed exploring different ways of using paint to create ‘firework’ pictures. They loved flicking the paint in the outdoor area and another favourite was rolling a marble round a tray to leave colourful paint trails on the paper. This method was quite tricky and it was great to see the children concentrating so hard and persevering to keep the marble on the tray and get it to roll through the paint.

Our love of digging for worms has continued and we now have a special ‘worm project’ space set up in the outdoor area for the children to closely observe the worms they find. They have enjoyed counting how many they can see in the tuff tray and they are so excited by the worms wriggling in their hands! 
We now have a new ‘Den Building’ area outside and the children have been very involved in creating cosy dens to shelter from the November weather!

Marble rolling

Paint flicking

Worm project

Welcome back! We hope you all had a lovely week at home together. Our nursery rhyme this week has been Miss Polly had a Dolly. The children have been singing the rhyme using the text map to help them remember the words. Why don’t you practise reading the text map together at home? Can your child remember the words to match each picture?

Miss Polly had a Dolly

What’s inside the pumpkins?

Pumpkin maths!

This week the children have continued to be very excited about the pumpkins and Halloween. They were very curious about what might be inside the pumpkins and some children thought it might be toys! We opened them up to find out and whilst there were no toys inside, they were very excited by the seeds and ‘slime’ they found. They all love singing ‘5 little pumpkins in a pumpkin shop’ and setting up a shop with the 5 munchkin pumpkins we have. Some children have been able to do some brilliant mathematical mark making through drawings linked to this rhyme too! Why don’t you try singing it together at home? It’s the same tune as ‘5 currant buns in a baker’s shop’, you just change the words slightly! 
The children also continue to be fascinated by digging for worms and have spent lots of time engaged in this activity in the outdoor area. Can you find any worms together in your garden?

Painting pumpkins 🎃

Printing ‘Twinkling Stars’ 🌟

This week in Nursery the children have enjoyed printing twinkling stars and making glittery play dough stars. They have explored the concepts of big and small through this play too. Their interest in and live if sticks has continued as they have been busy painting gold and silver sticks then arranging them in frames to create pictures.

Some children have been talking about Halloween and pumpkins and some parents have shared observations from home linked to this so we have set up a ‘Pumpkin Discovery’ station. The children loved using the magnifying glasses to look in detail at the pumpkins and their drawings reflected their observations of the ridges and ‘lines’ they spotted! Next week we will explore inside the pumpkins - I wonder what we will find? 

Water Exploration

Text map - Twinkle Twinkle Little Star ⭐️

This week in Nursery the children have continued to explore the provision with a particular focus on water. They have been learning how to put on the waterproof suits and have been creating their own ‘muddy puddles’ to splash in - see the videos below. We have been learning the nursery rhyme ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ and will continue to work on this next week with a focus on identifying the pictures from the text map and putting them in the right order. Our text map has been added below so have a go reading/singing it together with the actions at home. The focus of our learning in maths has been sorting, categorising and matching objects to help with tidying up in the classroom. At home, you could sort and tidy the washing together, organising into whites, colours and dark washing piles and sorting clean washing into groups of who it belongs to and matching pairs of socks! Could you count how many items each person has to find out who has the most? We would love to see your photos and observations of any home learning uploaded to a Tapestry 😃

Making muddy puddles

Muddy Puddle Fun!

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Wiggly Worms!

This week the children have been very settled and gained lots of confidence in Nursery. They have enjoyed exploring the setting, particularly the outdoor area and had a great time looking for worms and playing in our 'Mud Kitchen'.

We have been learning the Nursery Rhyme 'Incy Wincy Spider'. Our text map is attached below. We will use text maps throughout the year to help us recite rhymes and stories to develop our language and reading skills. Why not try singing the rhyme together at home and upload a video to Tapestry? Or maybe explore making/drawing spiders together or looking outside at where spiders live. We'd love to see your observations, pictures and videos from home!

Incy Wincy Spider

Mud Kitchen

Making dens to shelter from the rain

Family Photos

Please can all parents upload a family photo for their child to Tapestry so it can be added to our Home Corner display? Each child has their own photo frame displayed on the wall and we would like them to have photos of their families in. It doesn't have to be the full family, just a selfie with a sibling or parent or grandparent would be lovely. If you are struggling to upload the photo, please just ask a member of staff at drop off/pick up. Many thanks to the parents who have already sent these in - the children have really enjoyed sharing them and have been very proud to see them on the wall!

Enjoying Lunchtimes!

Fun in the Movement Area

Nursery Team


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Welcome to our Nursery Class page. Nursery is all about learning through play. The children are encouraged to find out new things by exploring the world around them and asking questions. Nursery is a safe, friendly place where children feel happy to take risks and engage in new experiences. All staff strive to build strong relationships with their key children so that they flourish in our setting; children are supported to become "confident communicators" so that they can express themselves effectively to others. We pride ourselves on providing an inviting and engaging learning environment that promotes the Characteristics of Effective Learning and support independent and collaborative learning across all 7 areas of the curriculum.

Please check our page each week to share in our achievements, find out what we have been learning about in school and get ideas for ways in which you can support learning at home.