Great Preston VC C of E Primary School

Believe And Achieve Together

Headteacher: Mrs Katie Pashley
Chair of Governors: Mr David Jordan

Preston Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS26 8AR

0113 232 0034

Happy Half Term from all the children and staff in Nursery!

We hope you all have a lovely well deserved rest after all your busy learning over the last six weeks...


Lovely Learning in February so far....

The children in Nursery class have been so busy over the last half term enjoying lots of learning opportunities! We have enjoyed creating Chinese New Year Dragons, which the children were very interested in, as well as shape hunts outside, treasure hunts and creating pet beds! Here are a few photos to give you a taster of our busy hard work!

Bedtime Story Evening!

All of the Nursery team would like to say a huge thank you to all parents, carers and children who were able to attend our Bedtime Story Evening last week! We absolutely loved seeing all the wonderful learning surrounding the story Supertato, and we hope you had as much fun as we did! Photos to follow...

Bedtime Story Evening- Tonight @ 5.40pm

We are very excited for our Bedtime Story Evening which is tonight! Please don't forget to arrive in your pyjamas, grown ups- You're more than welcome to arrive in pyjamas too! And also please bring your favourite story along. There will be hot chocolate, cookies, reading and story-based activities for you to join in with!

Hope to see you all there for some lovely out-of-school reading fun!


Welcome back to a new year all Nursery children! January 2020...

Welcome back to all Nursery children this week, and to our new starters! We cannot wait to begin our learning this year and post our inspiring photos on our class page of what we get up to this half term!

Just a reminder that our Bedtime Story Evening is on Wednesday 15th January, and all are welcome! The event begins at 5.30pm and we hope to see you all there for some hot chocolate and gorgeous bedtime reading, where the children and adults can share their favourite bedtime stories!

Merry Christmas to all our lovely Nursery pupils and parents and carers!

Merry Christmas to everyone, all the staff who work within Early Years would also like to say a huge thank you for all the kind, generous Christmas cards and gifts! We hope you have a fantastic two weeks off!


Start dates back at school after the Christmas period:

30 Hours & Beginning of Weekers: Monday 6th January

End of Weekers: Wednesday 8th January

Polar Express Days

A huge thank you to all parents and carers who helped make our polar express days magical in Nursery the last two weeks! The children really enjoyed their Christmas breakfast of crumpets, hot chocolate on our polar express and of course reading the magical story and truly getting into the Christmas spirit!

Christmas Nativity next week...

Just a reminder to all parents and carers that is is the Early Years Christmas Nativity on Tuesday and Wednesday next week. Please, if you have not already done so, bring you child's costume requirements in a bag with their name on! Thank you! We are all very excited! 

Thank you!

Just a thank you to all parents and carers who have donated prizes to our Christmas Fayre which is this Friday 6th at 3-4pm! Hope to see you all there and thank you again for you generosity!

Starry Night photos...

Starry Night Event 18th November!

Thank you to everyone who attended our Starry Night Event yesterday and thank you parents, carers and children for playing beautifully! It was wonderful to see and we hope you all had as much fun as we did! Photos to follow shortly...


Remembrance Sunday

Nursery Class created a beautiful wreath to celebrate Remembrance Sunday!

Parent Photo Permissions

Please can parents who haven't already, sign up to the school Parent Lite app ASAP. Once this has been done, we can share the gorgeous pictures we have of learning in Nursery Class on our class page!

As always, thank you for your continued support, Miss Lumley.


Welcome Back! This Term News 4th November...

Welcome back to all Nursery children. We hope you all had a lovely half term break and managed to find lots of hidden books! Upcoming dates this term are:

Monday 18th November 5.30pm

Early Years Starry Night Event

Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th November

Parent Consultation Evenings

Tuesday 10th December 9.15am and Wednesday 11th December 2.15pm

Early Years Christmas Play

Happy half term everyone!

I just wanted to say that I hope all our lovely, fantastic children have a well-deserved rest over half term! What a start to Nursery Class! All of your children have worked so hard and must be tired from all the lovely learning that they have been getting up to and the new friends that they have been making ! Wow!

Normal nursery attendance pattern to resume w/c 4th November- See you soon!

Look for a Book...26th October-3rd November!

Books that you all have kindly donated will be hidden over half term around Great Preston by your local school! They will be in plastic folders with a lovely message inside from your school! If you find this book, take it home to read and replace with another book of your choice, or read the book and bring it back to hide. Just remember to keep safe if you find a book- and always ask an adult you trust if you are unsure. When you re-hide a book- please do not hide them up high or out of reach, ensure they are in a safe space away from roads. 

Happy half term reading everyone!

Glow Disco Fun...2-3pm

This Thursday 24th is our school Glow Disco for Early Years!

All children are invited to join us for the fun, regardless of attendance pattern. It is £1 for a drink, glow stick and a bun , which is payable via ParentPay. Children will be collected via our usual classroom door at 3.15pm.

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Thank you!

Thank you to all children and parents who attended our sponsored Welly Waddle!

We hope you all had a fantastic morning like us! And hope you all celebrated with a nice hot coffee or hot chocolate after all the cold and mud!

Early Years Sponsored Welly Waddle on Friday 18th October

All children & parents welcome!

It is our sponsored Welly Waddle on Friday! Regardless of Nursery attendance pattern, all children are welcome to participate with parents. Sponsor forms and letters are getting sent out shortly with all the information and we would love to see as many of you as possible. We will be waddling around laps of our school field!

Thank you as always for your support :)

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Wear Yellow Day- Friday 11th October

We invite all nursery children to wear something yellow this Friday to raise awareness and fundraise for the charity 'Shine'. Children will be invited to donate £1 which will be payable via Parentpay.

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Harvest Festival

Thank you parents and carers for joining us to celebrate our Harvest Festival! The children were fantastic- they sat beautifully and sang with such enthusiasm- it was gorgeous to see! 


Harvest Festival Monday 7th October - All Welcome! :)

Parents/ Carers- Please don't forget it is our Harvest Festival on Monday at 2.15pm in the hall! All Nursery children, parents and carers are welcome.

We look forward to seeing you all there to celebrate our Harvest Festival! Thank you.

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Poetry Day 3rd October 2019 Nursery Class Edition...

A mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood...

Nursery Class loved National Poetry Day! We got to perform our favourite part of the story 'The Gruffalo' to Year 1! I was so proud of all the children- we remembered all the words and had fabulous Gruffalo actions and performed with such confidence!

Photos to follow of the children performing like superstars. Watch this space Parents & Carers. :)

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Curriculum Evening- This Wednesday 18th 3.30pm

Parents & Carers- Don't forget it is our Curriculum Evening on Wednesday- You are welcome to come and join us in Nursery to find out about our routines and curriculum and ask any questions on the evening regarding your child's learning and development!

We look forward to seeing you there! There is also a McMillan Bake Sale after the evening that our Year 4 & 5 children have been baking for!

What a start and what a week! 

We have all had a lovely start to Nursery- all the new children and our Nursery 2 children have settled so well and are happy! We have had so much fun learning our routines and loving our new classroom! 

Photos to follow of our busy learning...

September 2019-20

Welcome back to all Nursery children!

We look forward to welcoming you back for lots of lovely new learning! Please keep you eyes peeled on this page for regular updates, pictures and important information! 







Garforth Fire Engine Visit

We had some exciting visitors to school on Thursday. The firemen for Garforth Fire Station brought a fire engine to school! We had such an amazing time looking at the different parts of the fire engine and asking lots of different questions which we had thought about before the visit. We even got to sit in the back and in the drivers seat of the fire engine! We were really excited and really enjoyed the visit. This visit will kick start our new topic of People Who Help Us.

British Science Week

 During British Science Week we have been learning all about The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We are very familiar with the story and were able to retell it and talk about key events.  We tasted some of the fruits at snack time and then we began to think about the different textures of the fruit. We used super words such as wet, soft, rough, watery, hard, juicy and smooth. We then chose different fruits to print a beautiful picture with using lots of bright colours that reminded us of the story.

We have had an extremely busy few weeks learning in Nursery. We are currently learning all about growth and changes over time. We are observing this by planting beans, sunflower seed and cress and watching them grow. We are keeping track of the changes in a special diary where we can document how our seeds have changed over time. We also have some exciting new creatures in Nursery! We are now home to Indian Stick Insects - we have asked lots of questions about them and are going to be finding out the answer to these over the next few weeks! 

We really enjoyed celebrating Pancake Day and World Book Day too!

Planting sunflower seeds: 

Labelling parts of a flower: 

Shrove Tuesday:

World book day:

Chinese New Year

This week we have been learning all about Chinese New year. The children have enjoyed learning the story of the Great Race - the origin of the Chinese Zodiac. We have created a class Chinese Dragon and learned all about Dragon dances during the festival. The children have explored several ways that people all over the world celebrate Chinese New Year. We even had some very special snack of different Chinese foods including prawn crackers, wontons and spring rolls!

Tasting prawn crackers
Tasting prawn crackers
Painting material to be the body of the Chinese Dragon
Painting material to be the body of the Chinese Dragon

Space explorers

This week the children have been interested in space. After reading How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers the children have been exploring the idea of outer space and space travel. Together we decided to build a rocket to fly into space. The children spent a lot of time decorating our rocket, ensuring it had enough windows, seat belts and seats for everyone. 

We needed windows on the bottom so we could see Earth!
We needed windows on the bottom so we could see Earth!
Making sure there are enough windows.
Making sure there are enough windows.

After watching a short clip of British astronaut Tim Peake on the International space Station the children knew we needed special space helmets to help us breathe in space. The children chose blue shiny material to make helmets and some decorated these in the creative area!

Space helmets to help us breathe in space.
Space helmets to help us breathe in space.

The children then decided to draw maps to the moon and different planets to we didn't get lost in space! 

A map to the moon.
A map to the moon.
A map to space.
A map to space.

The children decided to go to the moon first. They discussed whether the moon was made of cheese or rocks. The children also practiced moon walking and wondered if aliens would live on the moon. Together we made alien costumes.

Return after Christmas

Welcome to all our returning children after a busy Christmas holidays! 

Last week the children explored 2d shapes. The whole class were extremely interested in 2d shape and we completed a range of different activities to secure our knowledge and understanding. The children were most excited to be 2d shape detectives and find a range of 2d shapes around the classroom on a top secret mission! We even learned about some tricky 2d shapes like oval, kite, diamond and even trapezium!

A warm welcome to all our our new families joining us this week. The children thoroughly enjoyed their visit last week and we can't wait to welcome them into our class :)



We have been very busy in Nursery for the past few weeks! The children have all settled into Nursery routines wonderfully and are taking part in some amazing learning. We are letting the children lead the learning by following their interests..


So far we have learned about dinosaurs, autumn, fruits, zoo animals, and the children are currently very interested in dancing!


We are looking at lots of different dances from around the world this week. The children are having great fun joining in and learning new dance moves!




Welcome to all our new and returning families! We have had a fantastic first week in Nursery and are all enjoying learning in the new areas of provision - especially outside!

Welcome Back!

We hope all of our nursery families have had a wonderful Summer and we can't wait to see you all next week.

All nursery children will begin their chosen sessions week commencing 10th September.

If your child is a new starter, we look forward to seeing you at your home on Friday 7th September :)