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Martenscroft Nursery School & Children's Centre, 33 Epping Street, Hulme, Manchester, Lancashire, M15 6PA

0161 2261266

Martenscroft Nursery School & Sure Start Children's Centres

Play, Learn, Grow

Willow Room Blog....

                                              WELCOME TO WILLOW ROOM.

Happy New Year everyone, and welcome back!

We’ve had a busy time in Willow Room so far. This half term we’re learning all about journeys and transport, and we’re expecting this topic to take us in lots of different directions. We've explored 'Talking Tubs' full of different items connected with travel, which prompted lots of ideas, comments and suggestions from the children. We're looking forward to exploring these further.

In Literacy, we've been enjoying reading books linked to our topic, and have particularly liked 'Oi! Get off our train' by John Burningham and 'The Train Ride' by June Crebbin. We've also been listening out for words that rhyme. Ask the children about the silly soup we've been making in our Phonics sessions!

For our Rights Respecting Schools work, we’ve been looking at articles 28 (Every child has the right to an education) and 31 (Every child has the right to rest, relax and play). We think these are so important that we’re going to use them in our new Willow Room RRS Charter.

We can't wait to receive all of the pictures you send us of your children's achievements at home - we'll celebrate them all on our display!


It seems ages ago but how wonderful for the children to be able to play in the snow on Monday.
We enjoyed creating a snow kitchen! Some of us found out that the snow melted when we picked it up in our hands. We were also lucky enough to explore ice this week, as on a few early morning ice covered the ground. We have made decorations for the Christmas tree and sang songs around the tree. We have been learning that turning lights off can save energy at school and at home. We've been enjoying retelling our story 'Night Monkey, Day Monkey' and exploring light and dark with a special focus on stars. We've even danced like shooting stars. Please ask us to sing 'Six Christmas Puddings in a Baker's shop' - it's great fun!

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We’ve had another lovely week in nursery class this week. Many children have been able to participate in the ‘Puddle Walk’ and they had great fun. They walked around the local area looking closely at the environment together. We will certainly be looking to extend activities like this as we move forward this academic year for the children who weren’t involved this time.
We have continued with our story ‘Mopoke’. The children have been enjoying creating owl dough models and pictures. We are looking forward to the dough drying so we can display them in the room. We have also continued to explore and find out more about the Diwali celebration. The decorations that have been created are lovely.
It was great to meet up with so many parents this week for parent meetings. If you haven’t been able to attend please rearrange with your child’s key worker.





Happy Diwali

In Willow Room we have been joining in the celebration of Diwali – the festival of light. We have had a great time making and creating different objects reflecting the celebration. Children joined in with dance and movement. They had the opportunity to make Diya’s, which are special lamps. We have also been creating rangoli patterns.
We have also been sharing the story of ‘Mopoke’ at group times. The children have found out that he is an owl all the way from Australia. There has been lots of laughter as they have followed Mopoke’s journey through the book.
It’s been a great first week back in Nursery Class.

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Video Clips

Little Seed Video

Hello, story time is here

The Five Gingerbread number rhyme and the Gingerbread story.

Gingerbread Story.MOV

Five Gingerbread Men Number rhyme.MOV

Hello all, Story Time!

The story is ‘This is the bear and the Picnic Lunch’ by Sarah Hayes and Illustrated by Helen Craig

                                                       The rhyme Is ‘Cuddle Him’.

When you’re feeling down,

When you’re feeling blue,

Go and get your teddy,

Here’s the thing to do,

Cuddle him!

Snuggle him!

Show him that you care,

Then you’ll feel much better,

When you’ve hugged your teddy bear!

this is the bear.MOV



Hi everyone, take a look at the children shows on at Z-Arts. 

They are so excited to be running some brilliant shows during the Easter break to keep your little ones entertained. With the tickets from just £3 per screen, they have everything from creative learning, poetry and we're even going to blast off in to outer space!

Check out the shows below to find out what to expect!

April 6th: Play-Along Plink and Boo

April 7th: Robot Boy

April 9th: AlgoRHYTHM From Home

April 10th: Dragons and Goblins and Magic and YOU!

Click on the link to learn more:,HAGU,10IYRT,21KVC,1#whats-on


Hello everyone, especially parents of children who have SEND. 

More information on our local offer

We are having a visit from Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission to look at how Manchester has supported children and young people with Special Educational Needs and their families during the Covid-19 pandemic. Ofsted and CQC would really like to hear your views. 

Here are some new activities to keep you busy this week...

Dan the flying man (2).MOV

Remote Learning 2 Spring 2 .docx


Hi everyone - here is our story of the week and activities to enjoy...

splishy sploshy.MOV

Remote Learning 1 Spring 2 .docx

Please continue to share your lockdown stories with Shabnam and Christina!

Some important information for families with children who have SEND
There are still places on the Working with your child during lockdown session 1-2.30 on Thursday, 11th February, run by Educational Psychologists from One Education. 
Please contact Donna for more information

 Willow Spring 1 - Remote Learning 6.docx

Hey Diddle diddle rhyme.docx

The Train Ride Story.MOV

Shabnam's Lockdown story video.MOV

Willow Spring 1 - Remote Learning 4.docx

Who's in the shed.MOV

old macdonald.docx

Willow Spring 1 Remote Learning3.docx

I looked Through My window Big Book Story.MOV

Hickory Dickory.docx

 here are the activities to extend the story Baby Bear, Baby Bear by Bill Martin Jnr/Eric Carle

Daniel is reading the story "Brown Bear, Brown Bear" 

brown bear brown bear-wk2.MOV

Willow Spring 1 Remote Learning2 (1).docx

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Willow Spring 1 Remote Learning.docx

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A little calm down yoga session for the festive season!  Penguins and snowflakes.

Winter Yoga Day.MOV

Hello everyone, I hope you are all safe and well whilst you are not in school.  I will be posting some learning activities onto the blog over the next week or so.  Also, please check your child's Tapestry.  Your key worker has been putting activities on there just for your child during this time.  Please remember to "like"  and comment.  We are looking forward to  hearing about all the things you have been doing.

See you all soon - Donna, Steph and the team.


Welcome to Willow Room Christmas activity blog - we hope you enjoy taking part.

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salt dough recipe.docx

Saltdough Snowmen.docx

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winter 1-lockdown.docx


Welcome to our countdown to the Winter Festival, we hope you like our Winter Poem.  hope you have fun learning it with your child!

winter poem.docx

Here is a poem by Shirley Hughes all about the cold.


Introducing Daniel...

Interviewing Daniel.MOV


This week, our Rhyme Time Challenge is called "Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear!"  Have fun learning the rhyme and please upload your photos to Tapestry! 

Teddy bear, teddy bear.MOV


Hi everyone, here is our rhyme time challenge - 5 Currant Buns.  Enjoy and please post to Tapestry any activities you have enjoyed with your child. 

Currant bun video clip.MOV

Currant bun recipe.docx

Reading books are going out this week - here is Steph giving you some top tips on how to share the book with your child.

Reading book blog.MOV


Hello everybody, here is our second rhyme all about an elephant!  Have fun learning the rhyme and getting your child to copy the actions!

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Hello everyone and welcome to our blog!  We are taking part in rhyme time challenges across the year.  The first rhyme we are learning is: Jelly on a Plate.  Here are the children practising their rhyme for the first time.  Please can you practice with your child and let us know how you get on using Tapestry?  Thanks, Donna and the Willow Team.


Jelly on the Plate.MOV


Take a little look at Willow room both indoors and outdoors.  We will have lots of fun!

Willow classroom.MOV

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Hello everyone, we hope you are keeping safe and well.  Enjoy our stories and activities we have planned for you and please let us know if you need any further support.

Here is our final story all about starting school - good luck everyone!

Starting School video.MOV

Starting School activities.docx

Enjoy our story about Mud!   Let's hope for better weather soon...


Mud activities.docx

Hello everyone, here is another story about pets to deepen your learning!

This is my pet video.MOV

This is my pet activities.docx

Lynnette has a special surprise for you this week - her dog Nala joined her for storytime!

Spot Stays Overnight video.MOV

Spot Stays Overnight activities.docx



Pip and Posy this week. Enjoy!

The New Friend read by Shabnam.MOV

The New Friend activities.docx


Hello everyone. We hope you enjoy this week's story and activities:

A Bit Lost video.MOV

A Bit Lost activities.docx


Hello, here is Courtney reading Just Like Jasper.

Just Like Jasper video.MOV

Willow activities.docx

Here is the BAM weekly challenge:

BAM Challenge - Wacky Week.pdf

Here are some ideas on keeping your child safe.

Child safety - parent pack.pdf


Wishing everyone Eid Mubarak!  We hope you enjoy your special festival



Hi everyone, routines have changed so much recently and with the prospect of your children moving onto their Reception classes in September, Julia and Donna thought it would be a good idea to share some time activities with you.

My First Big Book of Time video.MOV

My First Big Book of Time activities.docx

Hello everyone, here is our story " Jasper's Beanstalk" for you to enjoy.  See you soon, Donna and Julia

Jasper's Beanstalk Video.MOV

Jasper's Beanstalk Activities.docx

Here is our new story - Pip and Posy.  Hope you are keeping safe.  We miss you!  Donna and Julia!

Pip and Posy video.MOV

Pip and Posy Activities.docx

Here are some activities to wind down with...

BAM Challenge - Wind Down Week.pdf



Willow Room activities for you and your child to enjoy this week.

Willow Who Am am I activities

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Hello everyone, we hope you enjoy this week's activities

Farmer Duck Activities.docx

Willow - Where's My Teddy-story.MOV

willow- wheres my teddy-activities.docx


Please look at this information on how to talk to your child about coronavirus

A childrens guide to coronavirus.pdf


Here is a great set of activities where you and your child can move to music both indoors and outdoors.



We have added some great web links to help with home learning - please take a look!

Useful Links for Parents and Children.docx


Here are some tips for taking care of yourself during these difficult times.

Taking care during the covid 19 outbreak.pdf


here are some ideas for teaching children how to be independent - enjoy the cooking!

Small Steps - Independent Living Skills.pdf

My Manchester Fayre cookery book.docx


Hello everyone, hope you are keeping safe and well.  I hope you enjoy our story "Cat on the Mat" by Brian Wildsmith. There are lots of activities you can do at home.  Hope to see you all soon!  Donna, Julia, Michelle and Courtney.

Cat on the Mat story time.MOV

Willow Cat on the Mat activities.docx


Here are some ideas of things to look after ourselves during isolation

Psychology Wellbeing Pack.pdf


This is an important poster showing you how to manage your child if ill or injured during the current covid 19 outbreak



Hello everyone, we hope you are keeping safe and well.  Our story this week is called " The Monster Pet" by Jan Pienkowski and is read by Julia.  Let us know how you are getting on via tapestry, Donna and Julia

The Monster Pet - story.MOV

The Monster Pet activities.docx