Social story for starting school in September

Home Learning wc 21st September

Home learning week commencing 14th September

Story Time

Bringing Story time to you at home! 

Follow the links below for our story time sessions.

Rhyme Time

We have been learning 1 nursery rhyme each week of home learning..... we have build up quite the repertoire! All of our nursery rhymes are saved below.

Keep practising our nursery rhymes.... can you recite them 'off by heart' yet? heart

Phonics Activities

Activities and resources previously shared smiley

Maths Activities

Shape & Pattern

Activities for Home Learning (previous weeks)

Catalogue of previous activities for you to choose from smiley


Spot the Difference

Great for developing talking and language skills.

Arts & Crafts

Linked to past topics/themes, but still fun to try again!

Let's be pirates... aarrrhhh.....

Make a boat to float!

Online resources to enjoy together

Seedling Updates

Nursery seedlings update! Monday 13th April

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

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.

Friday 23rd October is fancy dress day. Dress as anything you like - can be Halloween but no scary masks please. 50p donation gratefully received. Thank you.