Cross Gates

Primary School

Respecting Others, Learning Together, Moving Forward

Cross Gates

Primary School

Respecting Others, Learning Together, Moving Forward


Nursery is all about learning whilst playing and having fun! 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. Nursery is a wonderful place to be - please check our page each week to share in our achievements, see what we have been learning about in school and find out ways that you can support learning at home!

The Wheels On The Bus!

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The children built their own bus this afternoon and went on a journey to the seaside, the museum, the park and Asda. There was lots of singing on the bus on the way!

Fabulous music session with Mr Rickson! 🎡

Learning to use scissors βœ‚οΈ

One of the current interests driving children’s play in Nursery is ‘bridges’. They have been very busy exploring different ways of making bridges in the indoor and outdoor construction areas! 

This week the children have been learning about some of the common, regular 2D shapes: circle, triangle, square and rectangle. They have been learning their names and some of their properties. We have set a home learning challenge on Tapestry this weekend for you to go on a 'shape hunt' with your child, looking out for these shapes in everyday objects around the house or out and about on a walk. We would love it if you could share some photos and notes of what your child said during the activity by uploading observations to your Tapestry Journal.


We have been exploring rhyme in our Phonics sessions and the children have enjoyed listening to rhyming stories and spotting the deliberate mistakes the adults have made when singing familiar Nursery Rhymes. We have also been playing games such as 'spot the odd one out', showing 3 pictures and trying to work out which doesn't rhyme - this has been quite tricky so we will keep practising!

Nature Play Sessions

Our Favourite 5!

Messy Play - Aqua Beads!

We have had a lovely time in Nursery in our first week of the New Year! The children all returned with big smiles and full of stories about their Christmas experiences. There has been a lot of interest in the new aqua beads which we added to our messy play tray this week. The children were fascinated by their feel and bouncy properties. Outside it was the cold weather and ice that captured their interest and sparked curiosity. Cracking the ice was something the children were set on doing and they had a great time banging, tapping and smashing through the ice that had formed in the water trays. Some children decided to explore painting the ice that had frozen on the table too. 

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Merry Christmas!

We have had a wonderful time celebrating Christmas in Nursery this week. The children had a brilliant time at our Christmas Party, joining in with party games, dancing and an outdoor elf hunt. Thank you to all our families for all the lovely cards and gifts for the children and staff - you are so generous and thoughtful!

We wish all our families a very Happy Christmas and we look forward to hearing all the exciting stories from the children in the New Year. Don’t forget - Nursery reopens on Wednesday 5th January as we are closed for a training day on the 4th. 

Our T4W Nativity!

Christmas Dinner & Jumper Day

Autumn 2

Autumn 2 Newsletter for Nursery - Carle Class

The children had a great time today dressing up in rainbow colours for Children In Need. We  had a lot of fun at our 'Finger Light Disco' dancing to the Children in Need single - there were some fabulous moves!

World Kindness Day heart

As part of Anti-Bullying Week, we focused on the theme 'One Kind Word' following on from World Kindness Day on Saturday. We have been thinking about what it means to be a good and kind friend to each other in Nursery. We have read stories and spoken in our key worker groups about all of the qualities we like about each other that make us good friends to one another:


"I like playing with Luna... look at that funny face!" - Isabelle

"Cos she likes cuddling me... she's cuddly!" - Daisy H.

"Cos he makes me laugh" - Luna

"She always plays with me and shares" - Trigan

"She always plays with me and being kind" - Nellie

"Thomas is my friend because he is nice" - Yousef

"She plays with me. She shares with me" - Daisy B.

"He plays with me a lot and cuddles me" - Thomas

"Mia-Rose loves me and plays with me" - Rilee

"I like Thomas because you play with me outside and tells me funny jokes" - Oscar 

"I love Daisy. She holds my hand when I go somewhere" - Evony


Our very well-loved outdoor painting easels really needed a good scrub and clean this week. Armed with lots of big buckets of soapy water and plenty of scrubbing brushes and sponges, a group of Nursery children spent all afternoon completely engrossed in cleaning them until they were spotless! They worked so well together as a team and persevered with some very stubborn paint stains. This was a great activity for working on our gross-motor skills and strengthening all of those muscles in our shoulders and upper bodies! Throughout the afternoon, the soapy water play developed into lots of children wanting to splash (and even lay down in) the water trays - we suited up and enjoyed a full afternoon of fantastic water play... even the dinosaurs got involved!

Hot chocolate and singing on a Friday afternoon!

Our New Swing! πŸ˜ƒ

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We have had a wonderful time in Nursery this week! The children have been enjoying taking part in Maths Week England #MWE21 and experiencing lots of fun maths activities inside and out. The children particularly enjoyed finding 'treasure bags' hidden by the Gruffalo and counting the treasures inside during our Nature Play session on Wednesday morning. They have also been brilliant at exploring 'the oneness of one' in our Number Study work in which we will be exploring each number in detail. The mathematical mark making they have done in our floor book is so detailed!

We have also had great fun on our new swing in the outdoor area. The children have made huge progress in a short space of time and are now confidently swinging independently - the frowns of determination and concentration on their faces that become smiles of pure joy once they master it are just amazing.

We finished off the week with an impromptu outdoor sing song with hot chocolate (as requested by the children) - what a lovely way to spend the afternoon!

Nature Play!

We were so lucky to have a visit from Killingbeck Fire Crew this week! The children absolutely loved seeing the fire engine - exploring inside, trying on some of the kit and even having a go at squirting the hose! What a fabulous experience for them. We hope you all have a safe and enjoyable Bonfire weekend! 

Favourite 5

Autumn 1

Autumn 1 Newsletter for Nursery - Carle Class

A HUGE thank you to everyone who brought in pumpkins this week! We have had so much fun exploring them in just about every way possible. The children have been rolling them, racing them, balancing on them, using them as yoga balls, painting them, drawing on them, exploring their insides, toasting the seeds, hammering golf tees into them, sticking push pins in and stretching elastic bands round them, ordering them by size, lifting the heaviest pumpkins they could find and cuddling them! It has been wonderful - thank you smiley


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The children were totally engrossed in digging this afternoon. Great activity for their gross motor skills development!

πŸŽƒ Pumpkin Request πŸŽƒ 
The children in Nursery have shown a keen interest in pumpkins over the last couple of weeks and we have been painting faces on pumpkins, singing songs about them and selling them in our very own 'Pumpkin Shop'. It would be great to have lots of pumpkins of all different shapes, sizes and colours for the children to explore so we would greatly appreciate it if your child could bring a pumpkin into Nursery next week for a 'Pumpkin Bonanza!' We will be doing all sorts of exciting pumpkin related activities such as investigating the insides, toasting the seeds, and even hammering golf tees into them!


It would be great if as many children as possible could bring a pumpkin in this week.
We look forward to sharing our explorations with you on the school website and Tapestry πŸ™‚

Reading CafΓ© Update!

Thank you so much for joining us each Tuesday & Friday for our Nursery Reading Café. We know some children are finding it difficult to say goodbye when Reading Café has finished. We have therefore decided to change the time to 2.30pm. We hope this will also allow more parents and careers to join us too. The change of time will start from Tuesday 12th October. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Natural Paint Explorations - ‘Sweet, Red Mush!’ πŸ“

The children really enjoyed making a strawberry mush paint and splatting it onto the paper with nature paintbrushes made from sticks and leaves. They made some delicious, sweet-smelling artwork which is on display in our school hall.

Reading Cafe!

Thank you to the parents and grandparents that joined us for our Reading Cafe this morning. It was so lovely to be able to welcome you all back into Nursery and see the children snuggling up to share books with you. If you missed the fun this morning, don't worry - we are hosting Reading Cafe sessions every Tuesday and Friday 8.45am to 9.15am throughout October.

Favourite Five

Each half term in Nursery we will be introducing children to our 'Favourite Five' stories. We will read these five stories lots of times throughout the half term (alongside lots of others as well) so that the children become really familiar with the language and pattern of the story. By reading these 5 stories regularly, children are exposed to lots of new vocabulary. Our 'Grandpa Fantastic' collects all of the new vocabulary that we have learnt from each story. We revisit this new vocabulary frequently to support children to absorb the language and explore it in a wider context.


Our 'Favourite Five' for Autumn 1 half term are:









Take a look at our Nursery!

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