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Parkside Primary School, Parkside - Welcome to our school website! Please take the time to explore the website. Should you require a paper copy of any of the information on the website, please contact the school and a copy will be provided free of charge. The office hours are from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Please do not call into the office if you are displaying any Covid-19 related symptoms.if your child tests positive for Covid-19 in the days immediately following the end of term, please email us at: with the following details and call 07927643262

Summer Term Little Explorers

Wk Beg 03.07.17


Developing the children's creativity and imagination, they have spent some time drawing pictures of themselves with their family.  They have decided what and who they want to include, how they want to colour them and they have tried very hard to write simple words on their drawings.  It is lovely to see the children so enthusiastic in their work and incorporating they families and friends.


As we are fast approaching not only the end of the term but the end of the school year, we are practicing all of our songs ready for graduation.  If you hear your child singing, please encourage them in their big voice and help them to practice any actions they might show you.  In their bags last week, we sent home a sheet with some words from Toy Story.  Please help your child to learn as much of the song as you can as it will make a beautiful finish to our concert.


Finally the Teddy Bears Breakfast.  All parents and siblings have been invited to join us for a small breakfast with their children. 

Wk Beg 26.06.17


This week at Nursery, we are looking at the story of 'The Hungry Caterpillar'.  We have discussed what a butterfly is and how it grows and emerges.   Everyone has made their own story board of the caterpillar, concentrating  on the order and sequence of the story, practicing their cutting skills and working on number formations.  We then looked at a factual book on butterflies.  How the caterpillar turns into a pupa and eventually a beautiful butterfly appears from its sleep. 

The children have made their own caterpillars using different shaped materials, sticking and gluing them and adding special features.  They included legs, feelers and facial features.  They have all worked really hard this week and it shows in their work that they have produced.

The children love this story so ask them to tell you all about it!!


A few weeks ago the children planted various plants on the balcony at Nursery and this week we have been admiring everything that is growing.  We have beans, potatoes, tomatoes, sprouts, peppers and pumpkins.  We also have some amazing sunflowers that we have brought  inside to help with our measuring.  The children have been standing beside the sunflowers to see which is taller or smaller, using the Duplo bricks to build towers the same height and counting the blocks to build their number knowledge.  Using new language with the children of tall, medium, small, higher, lower or the same, extends their vocabulary.  Please help us at home to use the same words and work on developing their understanding with new language.



Thank you for all of your continued support.

The Nursery Team

Wk beg 19.06.17


Well what an amazing time we had on Friday in sports day!!  We hope you all enjoyed the morning with us.


This week we are working on our literacy skills, some numeracy to follow from last week and bring out our inner creativity.


The children will be learning to sequence the days of the week, helping them to remember when they come to Nursery and what they get up to at the weekend and the days that that includes.


The story for this week is The Very Hungry Caterpillar and looking at the sequence that the story takes.  We will be following the caterpillar and all of the fruit he manages to eat his way through.  We will be using a variety of questions to ask the children, what did the caterpillar eat, where did he go and who did he see?  To go with the story, the children will be writing down the number of pieces of fruit he eats and matching the numeral quantity with it. 


Moving from the caterpillar, the children will be working with butterflies and looking at the symmetry of them.  Bringing out their creativity to colour and paint their butterflies!!


As part of phonics, all of the children will be sounding out and seeing if they can write some tricky words eg. Cat on a mat or Dog on a log.


An action packed week for all of us at Nursery, hopefully the sun will shine and we can have some play outside too!!


Enjoy your week everyone


Little Explorers Team

Wk beg 12.06.17


After the excitement of the first week, with a bank holiday and a polling day, it is the first full week back at Little Explorers.

This week we are working together on our numeracy skills.  The children are counting and matching quantities with the numerals 1-10 and selecting objects from a larger group.  Using numbered animal masks, learning rhyme songs with numbers in them.  This helps the children with their number sequencing and making sure they understand the order of numbers.  Which number comes before and after a given number.

As a special treat, the children have been working on a card for Father's Day.  If they come home with a tie card in their bag, please help them hid it somewhere safe, ready for Sunday.


In literacy this week, we are working on a few stories about little creatures and beasties.  These are The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Bumble Bee Helps Out and Mad About Mini Beasts.  We have been singing songs of Ladybird, ladybird red and black, Busy bee, busy bee, Down at the bottom of the garden and The ants go marching.  Ask your children to sing it with you!


As we have sports day coming up, we have started practicing on our activities for the day.  The children will be running, doing giant steps, galloping and jumping their way to the finish line.


See you all on Friday morning for the sports day.  Please come to Nursery for the usual time of 9am, ready to begin at 9.30am.  If you have any cake donations, please bring them with you on the day.  All donations gratefully received!!


The Little Explorers Team. 

Wk beg 05.06.17


Welcome back to Nursery after the half term.  We have lots of exciting things in store in the coming weeks!!

Wk Beg 22.05.17


All this week, we are talking about 2D and 3D shapes again and on Monday the children will be treated to an ice-cream as snack.  They will be discussing the cone and the sphere of the ice-cream.  They will need to talk about pennies to buy their ice-creams and talk about adding the 1p's together to make their purchase.  All of this language will help the children understand shapes, positional language and the start to use everyday language related to money.


To be able to develop the children's taste buds, we will be making a fresh fruit salad on Tuesday.  They will learn to chop the fruit and how fruit is a healthy part of their diet.  On Wednesday we will be venturing out onto the playing field to explore the nature environment, discuss what they see and it grows.  When we come back to Nursery we will have freshly baked mini jacket potatoes.  They will talk about the shape of the potato, sphere, butter, cube, and cheese in a triangle.


School photographs will take place on Thursday morning at 9am so if your child attends Nursery in the afternoon, please arrive in time if you would like them to be part of their class photograph.  We will follow this with milk shakes and toast for snack and again discuss why milk is good for us and where it comes from.  The children will be able to say if their cup is full, half full or empty and pour it themselves.  On Friday we will be outside practicing for sports day, so lots of running and fresh air!! (Weather permitting!)


Please remember to label water bottles, clothes and apply suncream before you bring your children to Nursery.


As this is the last week before half term, have a wonderful holiday everyone!!


Little Explorers Nursery Team

Wk beg 15.05.17


Welcome to another week at Little Explorers Nursery.  This week the children have been on story street.  We have revisted all of our previous stories that we have enjoyed together and the children have used they recall ability to tell their favourite story to their friends.  We have concentrated on communication and language and used talk to connect ideas together.  They have focused on past, present and future tenses and have an amazing ability with retelling their stories. 


Following on with communication and language, the children have been asked questions that are personal to them.  Who is really special to you and why?  How do you know them?  Using reflection, asking the children what makes them smile and why?  What do they see when they smile and happy?

The children are encourage to talk to their friends and explain their feelings to each other.


Please remember about the sun cream and sun hats!!


Enjoy your weekend everyone.


Little Explorers Nursery Team


Wk Beg 08.05.17


This week in Nursery, the children have been working on their maths.  They have been concentrating on shape and whether they are 2D flat shapes or 3D solid shapes.  We have talked about the properties of all of the shapes and asking the children to describe what they see.  We have made a 'shape shop' were the children can go shopping and describe what they have bought and what shape it is.  Is it flat or solid?  How many sides does it?  Is it a 2D shape or 3D shape?  Please help your children at home with the language of shapes and if they can tell you something about the shapes they see when you go shopping or around the house.


We are encouraging the children to talk about what they do in a day and in particular, the order in which they do it.  They wake up in the morning, have their breakfast and get ready for Nursery etc.  To help the children think about correct orders, we use sequencing jigsaws that show the order in which daily routines get completed.  If you can ask your child any questions in which they complete something like washing hands, sitting having tea, clearing the table and playing before bed.  They can then share this with the class. 


We still have flowers of achievements for your children to complete so please remember to pick up a new one, the children love sharing these stories with their friends. 


New the weather is hotting up (hopefully) please remember that your child needs sun cream applied before they attend Nursery.  This needs to be an all day application, something that will not need reapplying throughout the day.  Sun hats, fully named, also need to be kept in Nursery from now on.


Thank you


Little Explorers Nursery Team

wk beg 24.04.17


Welcome back after Easter and we hope you have all enjoyed the break!!  The children seem to be refreshed and have all come into Nursery well.

This week we have been using lots of positional language, getting the children to describe where they see things, on top of or behind, who are they standing beside and they are working hard to use this language during the day.


Being creative this week and the children have done some beautiful work including portraits of themselves and looking at their reflections to see what they notice about themselves like eye colour or hair style, long or short.  They have been practicing their scissor technique and holding the scissors in an effective grip to cut out shapes.  If you can help your child at home by providing a chance for them to cut old birthday cards or pictures, we would appreciate your support in this important development stage.


Before Easter the children planted some seeds and they have now started to grow.  We have been discussing how the seeds grow, what they need to grow and what we think they might look like when they are bigger.


Finally this week we have had the sponsored bounce on the playing field.  All of the children that attend on a Friday took part and had a wonderful time.  Thank for sending in their sponsor money and supporting our pta and school activities.


Enjoy the Bank Holiday Weekend!!

Wk beg 01.05.17


Wow, its May already and where is the time going?   We hope you enjoyed the long weekend and finally the sun is shining!


This week at Nursery we are carrying on the planting theme and we will be planting carrots and potatoes.  The children will be practicing their counting skills and discussing number set, how many in a set and identifying their numbers.


We will be looking at daytime/ night time this week and talking about now, next, later and before.  As part of next steps we are encouraging the children to stay in their own beds at night and getting them to talk to us about how proud they are of themselves if they manage to do it.


Moving on with shapes, we will be progressing the children with 2D and 3D shapes and getting them to talk about what they see and if the shape is flat or solid.


As you are aware, Monday was a Bank Holiday and this Thursday the school is closed due to a polling day.



Enjoy your week!!