Red Hall Primary

Red Hall

Primary School

Believe and Achieve



Nursery Teacher: Miss Egglestone

Teaching Assistants: Lauren Hart and Beth Sewell

The children are at the center of all learning in our nursery at Red Hall Primary School. We follow their interests and fascinations, listening to any questions they have and encouraging exploration and wonder. We document this learning in our floor books, wall displays and in the children’s learning journeys. We begin each half term with a topic, how these topics develop is completely up to the children. We follow their interests and return to them repeatedly, building on their ideas and provoking deeper thinking. We value every child’s ideas and collaborate with them in the learning process.

Children love to ask questions, it is one way they make sense of the world. Children are able to pose questions to us and investigate the answers; we want to allow them to feel in charge of their own learning. We aim to use inquiry-based approaches to learning to promote investigation, in turn creating an interesting, engaging and meaningful learning for the children. Our last topic was ‘Why do leaves go crispy?’ This initial question lead to children learning about where apples come from. Which fruit grows on trees? What do birds eat? And much more. We never quite know where a topic may take us.

Our learning environment has strong Reggio Emilia and Montessori influences. We use natural, recycled materials, which support open-ended play and encourage children to use their imagination. Every aspect of the environment is carefully thought out to encourage independence and to inspire the children.






We follow a three-year plan in Nursery and Reception so your child will cover some topics in Nursery then different topics in Reception. We learn about dragons, dinosaurs, farms, the seaside, shadows, seasons, being healthy, space, mini-beasts, our senses, the wider world, plants, pets, food as well as choosing topics that the children are interested in.


Our new topic will be 'Dinosaurs' and all of the children are very excited for this. In our first week back we expect a visit from a very special dinosaur who may have some challenges for us. As the children lead our learning we don't know much more about the topic yet. We can't wait to see where the children take us this half term.

Parental Involvement

  • The role of parents and carers is very important to use. We have started a 'Parent and Carers Committee' and will soon be holding our first meeting. We want to provide a bigger voice to the parents and hope this will allow them to become more involved in the learning which takes place in nursery.
  • We are starting 'Points make prizes'. This scheme aims to provide fun projects for children to do with parents and carers at home. The more projects completed means more points, more points means more prizes. Please get involved!
  • We have provided all children with a book bag and school reading book. We are hoping to promote reading for pleasure and quality time between children and adults at home. Please read 3 times a week with your child



Children will return to school on Tuesday October 31st.

Hope you all have a fantastic half term!


We have come to the end of the topic Why do leaves go crispy? 

We held our express to showcase the children's learning this week, the Early Years team would like to thank all the parents/carers for making it a huge success!

Parents and children collaborated to decorate leaves, The Gruffalo and make a Leaf Man from the book The Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert, which the children have thoroughly enjoyed this term. 'Story time with Sewell' was amazing in the forest with AM attendees and children, unfortunately rain on the afternoon pushed us into the hall, but it didn't dampen the day at all!


Thank you to our Parents/Carers for all your continued support!


Hamsterley Forest


We had an amazing time on our trip. We met the gruffalo, completed a scavenger hunt, climbed trees, played poo sticks, explored the woodland and so much more. We collected some items we had found at Hamsterley forest to create a huge Gruffalo at nursery.