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Banks Road Primary School

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Banks Road, Liverpool, Merseyside, L19 8JZ


Ian Fennelly Class

Welcome to our new Ian Fennelly class page! We are named after a Merseyside artist, who has created some wonderful sketches of our beautiful city. We will be learning all about our artist, and some of the wonderful architecture the city of Liverpool has to offer. This includes the Liver buildings, the cathedrals, museums and many more. Take a look at our artists website here


A foreword from Ian Fennelly.

"I always dreamed of being an artist but when I was little I never thought I was any good. But my teachers gave me lots of encouragement and I worked really hard. So I went to Art College in London and now I'm able to sell my work all over the world. But I also teach teachers and children because I want to try and inspire them to follow their dreams, just like I did."

 Some useful information.

Some important things to remember when your child starts in Nursery are
– we play outside lots of the time so please make sure your child has appropriate clothing (wellies and waterproof coats.)
– please make sure you put your child’s name in all their clothes (including coats etc)
– playing can sometimes be messy so send in a change of clothes to keep on their pegs, and don’t be surprised if they do get messy as that means they have had a busy, exciting day and learned lots !
Things you can do to help your child be ready for school
– support your child as much as possible to get themselves dressed (coats and shoes especially)
– share stories and sing songs
– practice counting in real life (going up the stairs, getting plates out etc)
– spend time playing outside (splashing in puddles, looking for changes in nature etc)
-make sure your child has a good bedtime routine, if they sleep well they will learn well !
Experiences your child will have –
Lots of time to play indoors and outside, with well planned opportunities to learn.
Time to work with their key person, learning new things.
Chances to go out and about to have new experiences in the local environment

Our Curriculum

In Nursery we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. This has PRIME and SPECIFIC areas of learning.

 The Prime areas are-

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

In this area we support children in developing their self esteem, confidence and independence. We learn to play together, take turns and share.

 Communication and Language

In this area we support children to develop their listening, comprehension and speaking skills. We learn to take turns in conversation and remember what others have said and we enjoy listening to lovely stories, we sing lots of songs and nursery rhymes too

Physical Development

In this area we support children to develop their large and small motor skills such as climbing, running and balancing as well as using tools such as scissors and pencils. We also develop our self help skills and develop independence in dressing and taking care of ourselves.

We also work on 4 Specific Areas of Learning. These are...


Our focus is around enjoying lots of lovely stories and rhymes, we work hard on developing our ability to hear and differentiate sounds in the environment as this will support us in learning phonics later on.

We spend lots of time developing pre writing skills through large and small motorwork such as using spades and brushes outside and malleable materials and tweezers inside. We also give the children lots of chances to explore mark making for real purposes.

We incorporate a whole school Talk 4 Writing approach and in nursery will develop children's story telling and mapping through imitation and innovation.  

We will also use some key vehicle texts to teach books skills, vocabulary and opportunities for shared reading and writing.


Maths in nursery is very practical and based on the world around us. We learn to count, recognise and order numbers and to perform simple calculations but all in a practical and playful way. We learn about time, shapes, length, capacity and weight too - again all through using our well planned resources to play and learn at the same time.

Understanding of the World

In this area we learn about nature and the world around us, we learn about traditions in our lives and those of other people. We use technology for a range of purposes to support us in our learning too.

Expressive Arts and Design

In this area we explore lots of ways to be creative. We explore colours, textures and a wide range of different media to show our thoughts and feelings. This may be through paint, blocks, music , dance, technology  or role play. 


Welcome to nursery! – Ian Fennelly Class.


The adults working within nursery this year are:

  • Mrs Holmes – Nursery Class Teacher.
  • Mr Morrisey – Nursery Nurse.

I am so looking forward to starting our nursery journey together this year. I have already met so many children, parents and carers.

Please keep checking our page for updates of our nursery learning journey. We look forward to sharing ideas and exploring the fantastic opportunities waiting for you at Banks Road Primary School. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to ask.


Mrs Holmes 

Exploring these beautiful sketches will take us on our very own exciting tour around Liverpool throughout the year, and we will use children’s book by Nic and Sean Ryan “Scouse Mouse has lost his house!” to help us.

This half term's Curriculum Newsletter:

Coming soon...