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Nursery English

Language development is a key priority in Nursery. Teachers immerse children in a language-rich environment through speaking and listening, reading a wide range of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and rhymes, and encouraging them to share ideas through conversation, story-telling and role play.

You can support them every step of the way at home with useful articles and Nursery English worksheets, including  phonics and letter formation.


What your child learns in Nursery: English and literacy
What your child learns in Nursery: English and literacy
From learning new vocabulary to mastering the correct pencil grip, here are the literacy skills your child will start to develop in Nursery.
Pre-handwriting activities video
Video: Pre-writing activities to support handwriting
Support your child's pre-handwriting development in nursery and Reception with fun activities and play, all designed to help build essential motor skills and hand muscles. Our video features experts from the National Handwriting Association, sharing practical ideas you can try at home.
What are phonics phases?
Phonics phases explained
How does your child master phonics, from learning letter sounds to reading fluently? We explain the phases they may follow in the primary-school classroom.


This is me fact file
This is me fact file
We all have things that make us unique. Today you are going to make your own book all about you!
Ordering events in a rhyme
Ordering events in a rhyme
Have you heard the popular nursery rhyme Hey Diddle Diddle? Listen to it again and see if you can spot the words that rhyme.
Make a hedgehog and complete a story
Make a hedgehog and complete a story
Today you are going to create a character for a story of your own. You can then decide what your character does in the story. Get ready for some prickly fun!
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Starting School Scrapbook

My starting school scrapbook

Packed with colourful activities that focus on early English, maths and science skills, as well as supporting your child’s physical and social development, this is the perfect way to hep your child prepare for Reception.

Here are just some of the skills your child will practise:

  • Letter formation
  • Name recognition
  • Following instructions
  • Story sequencing
  • Recognising numbers
  • Carrying out science investigations
  • Identifying 2D and 3D shapes

Work through the activities in the booklet and you'll show them that learning is fun, exciting and amazing.

Nursery Learning Journey

Nursery English Learning Journey

You can support your child's English learning at home by following our Nursery English Learning Journey programme. There are 40 worksheets in the programme, one for each week of term.

By following the programme you'll be able to develop your child's early English skills, including speaking and listening, story-telling and the foundations for writing.


Nursery and Reception Activity book

The Nursery and Reception Activity eBook

This bumper eBook of carefully crafted, interactive activities is ideally suited for parents of children in the earliest stages of their education. With 60 bright, entertaining and beautifully illustrated activities, all with easy to follow guidelines, this book is perfect for getting 3-5 year olds on the road to learning fun.

The activities are grouped together by 10 themes – from dinosaurs to the farmyard, via nursery rhymes and ‘people who help us’. Each activity is beautifully illustrated and comes with any accompanying worksheets or other resources (like board games) you might need to make the most of it.

With the emphasis on fun, interactive activities that we can enjoy with our young children, The Nursery and Reception Activity eBook is packed full of brilliant activities, games, songs, rhymes and more to make learning a real delight.