Mrs Curnow

About Mrs Curnow

I am the Nursery teacher here at Newdale.

Autumn fun!

We’ve had a wonderful time in the woods today. We looked for signs of Autumn. We found prickly sweet chestnuts and acorns too. The children looked for places to hide the acorns and looked for squirrels in the trees too. Can you go on an Autumn walk with your child and send in photos on parent share? You could find out if all of the leaves are the same shape, can you see if the leaves are all the same colour, are there any autumn seeds or fruit such as apples, berries or conkers. Please let us know what you find.


We’ve had fun in base camp splashing in the puddles. Autumn is definitely here! Can you find some puddles at home? Please share any splashy fun with us on the parent share app.

Builders in nursery

As many of you know our theme this term is “Homes” which is inspired by all the building work going on next to nursery. Our children have been set the challenge to build their own homes using a variety of resources. Here’s one example from today. Can you please encourage your child to build at home, perhaps a den made of old sheets or some wooden blocks? Please share your creations on parent share with us.

Busy builders!

Mighty oaks Welly Wednesday

We are planning to start our Welly Wednesday sessions on the 23rd September.  Please check the list below to see which activity your child is taking part in.

Orange group: am in the forest, pm cooking

Blue group: am in the forest, pm cooking

Green group:  am in the forest, pm cooking

Yellow group:  am cooking, pm in the forest

Purple group: am cooking, pm in the forest

Red group:  am cooking, pm in the forest

If your child is going to the forest please ensure that you send them with named wellies and appropriate outdoor clothes e.g. old jeans, a waterproof coat and so on.  If you are unsure which colour group your child is in please just ask at the gate at drop off or collection time.

Thank you for your support

Mrs Lisa Curnow

Nursery phonics challenge

We are concentrating hard at the moment on developing the listening skills needed to ensure that we will be able to differentiate sounds.  Please can you support this at home by using the website phonics play.  On this site just add the user name: march20 and the password: home.  Then select the phase 1 game “Welcome to the zoo”.  Please begin by meeting the animals, can your child name the animals and predict the sound they might make?  You can then move on to the main game in which they guess which animal is being delivered to the zoo.

Have fun!

Homes topic

If your child is in the older room for 3 and 4 year old’s called Mighty oaks, our current theme is “Homes”.  Please can you support this topic by sending in a photograph of your home and a picture of your family.  We will talk about these pictures and display them in class next week and would ideally like to share them on Monday 7th September.

Thank you for your support in advance.

Lisa Curnow

Start of term

Thank you for all of your patience at the start of term with our new dropping off and collection arrangements.  The children have coped really well and we are super proud of them.

Going forward, we would love to share your child’s progress using the app evidence me.  This allows us to share photographs of your child with you and for you to send in pictures of their progress at home.  If you would like to participate in this please email your permission to the office stating that you would like to take part in the parent share aspect of evidence me.  The office email address is

In addition, we would like you to check that you have put names on your child’s possessions so that we can ensure that we send them home with the correct things.  This needs to include their water bottles, coats, pack lunch boxes and school bags.

Please also register on the website as a parent/carer with a child in nursery.  As communication is digital we need to ensure that you receive all of the messages and this enables you to receive the latest information.

On a final note, if your child is in the Mighty oaks room please can you send in a family photograph next week for display on the wall.  Our topic this term is all about our homes and we will be talking about our families on Monday.


Thanks for all your support

Lisa Curnow

Nursery teacher