Nursery Information

The following information has been left up for new Nursery parents to view, as these are FAQs at the beginning of the school year:

Key Information

  • Reading Book Bags should be returned to school on Fridays so that reading books can be replaced 
  • Home learning is set on Friday's to help prepare the children for the following week (from Autumn 2)

Curriculum Overview

Summary information about what the children will be learning each half term can be found in the curriculum overview documents. These are uploaded at the beginning of each half term and can be found by clicking the buttons below.
Paper copies are available on request from the school office.





Talk for Writing Story Maps & Model Texts

Story maps are used to help children retell the model text that is used in our Talk for Writing lessons. Use the story maps (pictures and words) below to help your child practise the model text at home. If they need support to remember the words, you can view and use the accompanying model text (words only). There are actions that accompany the text that the pupils will learn in school. The more that children internalise the vocabulary and sentence structures from our model texts, the better equipped they are for creating their own stories. And practising is fun - so please have a go with your child at home!

Autumn 1: The Colour Monster (model text & story map) - coming soon!      

Key Texts & Story Spine for Nursery 

The document below shows you the key texts that Nursery will be using for their Talk for Writing units this year, as well as the supplementary reading texts that they will use as class readers. The class readers are set for all year groups and this makes our Horsenden Story Spine.

Nursery Rhyme Packs

Nursery rhymes are important for young children because they help develop their
communication and language skills in a fun, interactive way.

We have allocated set nursery rhymes for Nursery and Reception children to learn each half term. These will be sung in school with teachers regularly, and children should know them off by heart at the end of each half term. 

Click on the buttons below to view the half term learning packs: these include lyrics and links to videos for you to practise at home with your child. 





Click the 'Online Learning' button below to view the recommended websites to help support your child's learning at home.



Storytelling Videos

At Horsenden Primary, we love reading books! If you want to enjoy a story read by some of the teachers, browse through the story videos below. Enjoy!


 I want My Hat Back - read by Miss Vowles


We're Going On A Bear Hunt - read by Miss Vowles


My Many Coloured Days - read by Miss Vowles


Peace At Last - read by Miss Vowles


George And The Dragon - read by Miss Vowles


Somewhere in Australia - read by Mrs Donaghy