Home "Learning"

An Activity A Day

To Learn Through Play



Dear parents/carers.


This is a very unusual time for us all and the most important thing is keeping safe and well. We appreciate that the thought of educating (and occupying) your children at home for a long period of time can be daunting. However, in these circumstances, please remember: a home filled with positivity, love and laughter will be the best medicine!

We hope you enjoy the activities we post daily, if you enjoy them (or need a little help or support), please email us on


Mrs Rice, Mrs Whitworth and the Nursery Team 

9th April - Cutting practise & Easter Eggs

Time to put your feet up and enjoy a favourite of nursery...

Tuesday and time for some simple Easter baking, with opportunities for maths, phonics and science!

Monday 6th April The word of the week must be...egg!

Who's been walking in Mrs Whitworth's field? A Springwatch special!

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I borrowed my Dad's night vision camera and look who I found!


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Story Time

Bringing Story time to you at home! 

Follow the link below to today's story time. I am reading 'We're going on a Bear Hunt' by Michael Rosen. It's a wonderful story. I hope you enjoy it (my little monkey did, we have had to rewatch it numerous I really sound like that!??!?! hehe blush)

I wonder if you could make your own Bear Hunt around Whitworth??? Draw, paint, craft your own bears, or place your teddy bear in the window (just like your beautiful rainbows) and when our friends are out walking, they ca go on a magical bear hunt adventure!!! Don't forget your binoculars! smiley

The Liverpool Museum of Natural History

They are currently hosting a virtual tour.

As the children LOVED learning about dinosaurs, I thought they would appreciate this!

heart Mrs Rice x

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April the 1st! Could it be a day for baking?

Remember this? Our Spring walk around the school field. What did we find?

Nursery Seedling update. They are ready to prick out. Can you see the leaves, roots and stems?


Friday 27th March - Playdough

Thursday 26th March

Wednesday 25th March

Tuesday 24th March - Water Mark Making

Monday 23rd March - Scooping, Pouring and a little bit of maths

World Book Day

World Book Day - 5/3/2020

Today has been an exciting day, celebrating all things BOOKS! We focused on the Gruffalo (an alllll time favourite), sharing the story with puppets, making Gruffalo biscuits, playing Gruffalo games like dominoes, snap and 'What time is it Mr. Gruffalo?'. We also painted pictures and made puppets. All of this was shared with parents and grandparents, which made for a wonderful morning and afternoon. We rounded off our session with our yummy biscuits and milk as we watched the video adaptation of the book and spotted the differences!

How lovely :) 

Spring is always an exciting term in nursery as the season slowly changes from winter.

We are hoping for some snow (sorry - just a little) as our theme, based around Julia Donaldson's Snail and the Whale, will take us off to the Antarctic for a short time!

The pictures below, from 2019,  show some of the things we look forward to sharing again.

When you are out and about with your children, look out for signs of new growth and small signals that spring is on the way.

Listen to the birds, put food out for them in your garden, check branches of trees for buds and watch for signs of daffodils and spring flowers peeping through the soil.



Tonacliffe School Nursery

Tonacliffe nursery offers teacher-led nursery education for your child.

Our setting prepares children for school and supports a smooth transition into reception classes.

Learning takes place naturally through a careful balance of play and structured activities in a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

“In the Nursery and Reception classes, outstanding teamwork from teachers and teaching assistants coupled with accurate assessments of what children need to do to propel them to the next stages, result in rapid gains in learning” (Ofsted:2013).


Your child can attend for full days (30 hours) or 5 mornings or 5 afternoons (and receive 15 hours) of free nursery education each week and they can start in the term following their 3rd birthday.


Are you eligible for 30 hours of free childcare?

We can only offer a limited number of 30 hour places, when these come available they will be offered to families already in our setting on a first come, first served, basis.


However,   if you are only able to receive 15 hours per week within our nursery, did you know that you can use the other 15 hours at a different setting, including childminders and private nurseries? Some providers may even be able to offer transport for your child between our nursery and their setting.


If you would like to find out more or arrange a visit to see for yourself, please contact us.

Tonacliffe Primary School,
Whitworth, Rochdale,
Lancs OL12 8SS
Telephone: 01706 344609

Headteacher Mrs Joanne B Heap.

School is open over the Easter holidays including Good Friday and Bank Holiday Monday for those parents who are key workers and have no other form of child care. Thank you.