Greenside Avenue, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S75 6BB

01226 381273

Welcome to Mapplewell Primary School. Inset days Friday 19 July and Monday 2 September.enjoy the summer hoildays.

Mapplewell Primary School

We provide excellence in learning; encourage a growth mindset
in all pupils and promote independence and motivation to succeed.

Eric Carle - Nursery       

Session times

Morning nursery session: 8:40am - 11:40am

Afternoon nursery session: 12:25pm - 3:25pm

Meet the staff

Mrs Travis - Nursery Teacher
Mrs Travis - Nursery Teacher
Mrs Smith - Nursery Nurse
Mrs Smith - Nursery Nurse

Welcome to Eric Carle class page. In Foundation Stage One we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, focusing on the three prime areas:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional development.
  • Communication and Language.
  • Physical development.  

We learn through a range of adult planned activities, adult led play and child initiated play, accessing the continuous provision available both in the indoor and outdoor learning environment. A calm and caring environment is what we aim to provide focusing on building positive relationships, resilience and independence.

This year we are enjoying reading and retelling some of Eric Carle's stories in class. Our favourite stories include 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar', 'Brown Bear Brown Bear what do you see?' and 'The Very Busy Spider'. 

Here are some children retelling 'The very hungry caterpillar' using the fabulous props made by Grandma Judy.
Here are some children retelling 'The very hungry caterpillar' using the fabulous props made by Grandma Judy.

Class assembly

Both the morning nursery and afternoon nursery worked extremely hard today in their class assembly. We hope you enjoyed it.

Well done to all children you were super stars!

Police visit

Today we had a special visit from police officer Sarah and community support officer Roy. They spoke to us about their job and about how we can keep safe when we are out. Police officer Sarah asked the children to learn their address, some children already knew their address and police officer Sarah was very impressed. Sarah and Roy then told us that all police officers have a different number and we looked at the numbers on their uniform.

We were then allowed to try on the police uniform and sit in a police car. The police car had bright flashing lights on top and it said 'POLICE' on the side.  

Thank you very much Sarah and Roy for coming in to see us.

Summer Fayre

Today was the Summer Fayre and we had our faces painted to celebrate. Look how fantastic we look!

Swimming achievement  

Well done to Taylor who achieved his 5 metres swimming badge today. Excellent work Taylor!

Half term fun.

It sounds like all the nursery children have had a fun and busy half term! 

George has been on holiday to Alcudia where he touched a dolphin. "It felt like a wet sponge" said George.

Well done Etta you have achieved Duckling 4 award in swimming.

Frankie has been on holiday to a big house in Scotland where she met a real fairy godmother and made fairy potions!

Layton has been to Skegness and brought a map in to show us all the rides that he went on.

Maisey has been looking after some tomato and pepper plants at her Grandma's house. She must remember to water them every day!

The sun has got his hat on

On Thursday the 21st June summertime will officially begin but the sun has already started to shine in nursery.

You can come to our wedding, the best wedding yet, the wedding that no one will ever forget!

Today we have been looking at weddings, and learning about the Royal Wedding that will be taking place this weekend. We practised our royal wave, and some children designed wedding dresses that Meghan Markle might like the wear on Saturday for her wedding.

We read the story 'The scarecrow's wedding', then we dressed up and acted out "the best wedding ever, the best wedding yet, the wedding that no one will ever forget".

After all that busy work, it was time for a royal picnic of cucumber sandwiches and party rings. Delicious!

Have you ever been to a wedding?

Whose wedding was it?

Where was the wedding?

What happened at the wedding?

How did you feel?

Releasing our butterflies

Today was hot and sunny with just a little breeze, so it was a perfect day to release our butterflies. 

We gently lifted the butterflies out of the net and held them in our hands. The butterflies stayed in our hands for a few minutes before flying away to find a new home. 

If you see a 'painted lady' butterfly when you are out, it might be Tommy, Rosie or Peter coming to say "hello!"

On the way back to nursery the morning children realised that they had a shadow following them. We stopped to have a look at our shadow and realised that whatever we did, our shadow followed copied us.

Ordering Number rods to 10


When we got to nursery this morning we discovered that 2 of the butterflies have hatched! The morning children named the butterflies 'Tommy' and 'Rosie'.

Then over lunchtime a third butterfly hatched. The afternoon children called this butterfly 'Peter'.

Our butterflies are very beautiful, they are 'Painted Lady' butterflies.

In the butterfly garden we have put a piece of orange, a slice of apple, and some sugar water on a paper towel to feed the butterflies. 

Tomorrow, if the sun is shining and it is warm, we will release our butterflies!


Mrs Kellett who now looks after the chicks has sent us a photograph of the chicks playing outside in their new home. They look very happy and they are getting much bigger.

Take a look at the pictures below that show how the chicks have changed since arriving at our nursery.

Numicon City

This week the children have been building a Numion city using the Numicon shapes. It was interesting looking at the different possibilities that could create each building. 

This weeks letters sounds.

 This week in nursery the N2 children have learnt the letter sounds: 

  • 'f' ("fffffffff")
  • 'b'
  • 'u'

Can you practise writing these sounds at home.

What words can you find that start with these letter sounds?

'Oh Dear' by Rod Campbell

Can you practise telling this story at home using our story map?


The four chrysalises are fully formed... but when will they hatch?

Tour De Yorkshire 2018

This weeks sounds

This weeks sounds are:

  • 'o'
  • 'c'
  • 'k'

Can you practise these sounds at home.


Tour De Nursery

To celebrate the Tour De Yorkshire, nursery had their very own 'Tour De Nursery'. We all made a flag and went outside to race on our tricycles and scooters. All the children were very supportive of their peers as they cheered and helped them when they needed.

We then went inside to eat bananas and Yorkshire parkin, and have a drink of milk.

The children absolutely loved the Yorkshire parkin!

Some of the morning children have been very busy at home...

The carpet time this morning was very busy as lots of children brought things to share at nursery:

Millie and Lottie have been practising their scissor skills as they cut lots of sticky tape to fix their masks together.

Etta has been practising writing letters at home.

George has been creative and made a house with his friend Alfie in the window.

Lucia made her own teddy bear.

Francine brought in a book to share about colours, then Lucia taught us all the colour names in Spanish. 

Choo Choo!

 Using our gross motor skills to make tracks onto paper. 

Blossom tree.

Today we went for a spring walk around our school grounds. Once we reached the large playground we stopped to use our senses. First we closed our eyes and used our nose to see what smells we could smell. The morning children could smell the school dinners cooking, and bread from the bakery. The afternoon children could smell flowers.

Next we closed our eyes again and used our ears to see what we could hear, both sessions could hear birds singing. 

Then we continued across the playground and looked at the beautiful cherry blossom. The children showed great fascination as they observed the tree. As we walked down the path some children found blossom on the ground and picked it up to look closely at it.

Before setting off back to nursery we made a circle around the tree and sang "Here we go round the blossom tree".

Mark making in the block area.

This week in the block area we are designing our own buildings!

The caterpillars in nursery.

Unfortunately, one caterpillar has not survived, however, we do now have 3 chrysalises and 1 caterpillar ready to transform. When all 4 caterpillars have transformed into a chrysalis, they will be moved into the butterfly net so we can observe them hatching.

Phonics this week

This week when working with Fred the Frog, we have learnt the sounds:

  • 'i'
  • 'n'   ("nnnnnnnn")
  • 'p'
  • 'g'

Can you find words that start with these sounds?

Can you practise writing them at home?


This week N2 have been counting out amounts that correspond with the number on the spinner. We practised counting out the Numicon pegs onto the base board using both out hands, and placing the pegs at the bottom of the board, working up into a Numicon shape pattern.

Once we had reached the correct amount we checked by placing the Numicon shape on top of the pegs, sometimes we had to add or remove some pegs to achieve the required amount.

The N1 children are working at matching the Numicon shapes to the base board pictures. The children are getting very good at matching the shapes using colour and size.

Outdoor fun

 We have been building on our gross motor skills and balance by rolling down the hill!

We had a lot of fun too!

Our very hungry caterpillars

Our 5 caterpillars are getting very big now. They are eating so much food, as they are getting bigger they shed their skin. We can now see the caterpillars skin that they have shed in the bottom of the cup, it looks like little black dots.

Do you know the story of 'The very hungry caterpillar'? can you retell this at home?

You could also sing the Caterpillar song at home:


There's a tiny caterpillar on a leaf, Wiggle Wiggle.

There's a tiny caterpillar on a leaf, Wiggle Wiggle.

There's a tiny caterpillar, a tiny caterpillar, a tiny caterpillar on a leaf, Wiggle Wiggle.

He will eat the leaves around him till he's full, Munch Munch.

He will eat the leaves around him till he's full, Munch Munch.

He will eat the leaves around him, eat the leaves around him, eat the leaves around him till he's full, Munch Munch.

A cocoon is what he's spinning for a home, Spin Spin.

A cocoon is what he's spinning for a home, Spin Spin.

A cocoon is what he's spinning, a cocoon is what he's spinning, a cocoon is what he's spinning for a home, Spin, Spin.

Then he'll be a butterfly and fly away, Flap Flap.

Then he'll be a butterfly and fly away, Flap, Flap.

Then he'll be a butterfly, he'll be a butterfly, he'll be a butterfly and fly away, Flap Flap.



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Child initiated outdoor play

  • Finding and digging up treasure!
  • Discovering and reading secret clues.
  • Finding a dinosaur egg
  • Making a nest for the dinosaur egg.
  • Walking the plank off a pirate ship. 

Exploring shaving foam in the construction area.

This weeks Numicon activity

Handling our chicks

Today we were able to take the chicks out of their cage and hold them. We had to be very careful when holding the chicks, they were very wriggly and sometimes tried to jump onto the floor. The chicks felt soft and their feet tickled our hands.

Chick update

The 8 little chicks are keeping Mrs Travis busy at home this weekend. They are enjoying exploring their pen, they are eating lots, drinking lots and also pooing a lot! They need fresh straw every day to keep them clean. Now that they are bigger, the chicks are looking forward to being held by the children next week in nursery.


This week the N2 children learnt these letter sounds:

  • m  "mmmmm" 
  • a    
  • s "sssss"
  • d

Can you play the game eye spy, thinking of words that begin with these sounds.

Can you also practise writing these sounds at home.

  • m "Maisey mountain mountain"
  • a "round the apple down the leaf"
  • s "slither down the snake"
  • d "around the dinosaurs bottom, up his tall neck and down to his feet"

Any questions please do not hesitate to ask a member of staff.


Have fun!


Today we watched 7 chicks hatch in the incubator. Some hatched really slowly and some hatched very quickly. We called the first chick 'Cheerleader' but we have not yet named the other 6 chicks.

When the chicks first hatched all their feathers were wet, but they soon dried in the heat of the incubator. The chicks were exhausted after hatching and needed lots of sleep to recover.

The chicks are lots of different colours, some are yellow and white, one is brown and one is black! They are beautiful.

A special delivery

Today in nursery, we had a special delivery. 9 eggs were delivered to us in an incubator. It was very exciting and we enjoyed observing the eggs. We discussed what an incubator does, and even practised saying the word 'incubator'. A large cage was delivered too, so that when the chicks do hatch they can be moved into the cage, giving them space to move around. 

We observed the eggs all day but no cracks have appeared yet, we thought about how they chicks might be feeling when they hatch and what they might say if they could speak.

"Mummy, Daddy, cheep, cheep" Said Lucia.

"Cheep cheep" thought Mabel.

"Febee" said Febee.

The children in nursery need to be very responsible as they look after these eggs / chicks. When the chicks hatch their water, food and bedding needs changing once a day to keep them in good health.

Possible discussions for at home:

How long will it take for the eggs to hatch?

What will happen?

How will the chicks feel when they hatch?

What do you think they will do?

How will we look after the chicks?

What will happen as they chicks get older?

Do you have a pet at home? How do you look after it?

How do we keep healthy? 

Do you know any other animals that hatch from eggs?

Summer term 1

 It was lovely to see all the children returning to nursery with a smile this week. We are now at the beginning of the Summer term. Our topic this half term is 'Spring and Growing'. We will be looking at and discussing signs of Spring that we see around us, and animals and their babies.

Also, we will be welcoming some new friends into our nursery who start this week, there will be a focus on getting to know each other and forming friendships. 

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Happy Easter!

Congratulations to Ruben (am) and Reuben (pm) on winning the Easter egg competition this year.

Thank you to everybody who decorated an Easter egg they were all wonderful and you did an amazing job.

Happy birthday to Harper who will be celebrating this holiday! We hope you have a great day.


Have a lovely Easter holiday everybody.


Hot Cross Buns

Today in nursery we discussed the Easter story. We then looked at hot cross buns and talked about how the cross on top of the bun relates to the story.

Using a butter knife we carefully spread butter onto the hot cross bun and then ate it! 

Some children thought it was delicious, and some children were not so keen, but most children did try tasting the hot cross bun.

"I've had a hot cross bun before at Grandma Eileen's house, they are nice" explained Emily A.

"I do like it... but I'm done now" said Mabel.

"Nice" said Francine.

"Mine is yummy" Said Brooke.

"Yeah beautiful" replied Etta.

Spring Chicks

This week in the dough area we are making spring chicks!

World Storytelling day

 On Monday it was World Storytelling day. The children in nursery created a video to share what their favourite story is.

We're going on a Bear hunt.

Listen to our storytelling skills as we retell the story "We're going on a Bear hunt".

Easter egg competition

 We had some EGGcellent Easter eggs brought in today! Every single egg was special and wonderful.

Thank you for your hard work this weekend.


Number Rods

 This week we are being introduced to the number rods. After discussing what we noticed about the different rods e.g. colour and size, we made patterns and pictures on the table using them. 

"This ones a cube" said Ruben holding up the number one rod.

"This orange one looks like a carrot stick" explained George.

"You have to put it flat so it doesn't fall down" noticed Harry.

"This is dark green" said Millie.

"I need four blocks of squares and it makes a Numicon four" said Emily W as she placed four number 1 rods together. 

Making a rainbow

  Today we had a special delivery of rainbow seeds in nursery.

We placed the seeds onto a plate, in the shape of a circle. Then we poured warm water onto the seeds and watched a rainbow appear before our eyes! It was magical. We then sang the rainbow song together.

Ocean in a bottle

We started science week by making an ocean in a bottle. It was fascinating to observe how the materials mixed and reacted with each other when adding them into our bottle.

To make an ocean in a bottle we used:

  • Vegetable oil
  • Water 
  • Food colouring
  • Sand
  • Glitter

Rainy day

 Today was a rainy day, we found puddles in our playground and we had to jump in them! 

We also got the paints out and painted pictures on the playground floor. Some children practised their number formation. 

Happy Mother's Day 2018

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Fred the Ted

This week Fred the Ted has been staying at Harry's house. Harry took Fred shopping for new clothes and some food. Harry put Fred into a basket and pulled him around the shops, Fred had so much fun!

Thank you for Harry looking after Fred.

Tabby McTat

 As Arran missed our day when we decorated a potato, he decided to decorate his own at home. Arran brought his masterpiece in to nursery to share with his peers. Arran decorated his potato as Tabby McTat.

Great work Arran!

World Book Day pt.2

   Continuing our World Book Day celebrations, today we had fun decorating a potato as our favourite book character!

World Book Day 2018

 Today in nursery we celebrated World Book Day by coming to school in our pyjamas and bringing in our favourite bedtime story to share. It was lovely to read and listen to all the wonderful stories that were brought in by the children. The year 6 children came to visit us throughout the day and read stories to us in small groups. It was great to see how the children interacted with each other, the year 6 children were excellent role models and it was a pleasure having them in nursery. 

Outdoor sand pit

We have started to explore our outdoor sand pit. We used our gross motor skills and dug huge holes in the sand. Using the spades we tried to move the sand into the buckets, we had to practise this skill as the sand kept falling off the spade.

Wolly-Bob Coconut

 Wolly-Bob Coconut had a wonderful time at Scarlett's house this week. Woolly-Bob sang nursery rhymes to Scarlett's baby sister to help her go to sleep. In the morning Wolly-Bob shared Scarlett's porridge. Scarlett then took Wolly-Bob to a wedding fair at a posh hotel, and they ate a donut. Scarlett says that Wolly-Bob really likes donuts!

Thank you Scarlett for looking after Wolly-Bob Coconut!



This morning when we got to school we found that our playground was covered in snow! So we got wrapped up and went outside to have some fun. Some children had little snowball fights, others enjoyed digging the snow and making different patterns using our new wheelie painters and our wellington boots.

We're going on a bear hunt

This week we will be retelling the story 'We're going on a bear hunt' by Michael Rosen, using our story maps. 

Can you retell this story at home?

Wheelie painters

This afternoon the postman came and brought us an exciting parcel, inside was 4 wheelie painters. One was red, one was blue, one was yellow and one was green. We decided to get them out and give them a trial run using water. It was a lot of fun dipping the wheelie painter in the water then rolling it across the floor to create different patterns and marks. We enjoyed mark making on a large scale whilst developing our gross motor skills in the process.

Next week we will see what happens when we use them with paint!


This week we have been ordering Numicon shapes from one to ten, discussing which shape was the smallest and which was the biggest. In pairs we played a game where partner number 1 closed their eyes, and partner 2 removed a shape from the sequence. Partner 1 then opened their eyes and had to work out which Numicon shape was missing. Together we discussed how we knew which Numicon shape was missing, which number comes before and which number comes after.

Fred the Ted

 Fred the Ted returned from Martin's house today. Martin and Fred had a lot of fun together including a trip to town, a visit to the barbers where Martin got his hair cut, and making lots of bubbles in the bath before bedtime.


Thank you Martin for looking after Fred!

Reading taxi

The morning children are enjoying reading so much that during free play they worked together and created a "reading taxi". They each chose a book from the reading area and sat in the 'taxi' to read it.

"We're going on holiday" explained Aleana.

"We're going to sunny Spain" said Emily A

February half term

It is great to see all the nursery pupils returning to school with a smile. We have enjoyed hearing all about what everybody has been doing over the holiday.

Brown Bear Brown Bear what do you see?

By Eric Carle

Over the past half term, the children in nursery have been retelling the story 'Brown Bear Brown Bear what do you see?' By Eric Carle, using a story map.

We then had a go at creating our own story maps based on the story. The stories were very exciting as Brown Bear saw lots of different things such as, a pumpkin, a princess, a lip balm and even a magical unicorn!

They were brilliant, and children were also able to retell their own stories using their story maps. Great work nursery!

Listen to our amazing story telling skills!

Nursery Teddy Bear Mascots

In nursery we have two teddy bear mascots that go home with a different child each weekend for lots of fun!

Fred bear has gone home with Martin for the holidays. We look forward to hearing all about the exciting things that Fred and Martin have been doing this week.

The morning children decided to name their brown bear 'Fred' and the afternoon children decided to name their white bear 'Wolly-Bob Coconut'
The morning children decided to name their brown bear 'Fred' and the afternoon children decided to name their white bear 'Wolly-Bob Coconut'

Stay and Play

We finished off the half term with a fantastic stay and play session. It is lovely to see so many parents involved in play and having fun! 

Stay and Play sessions run every Friday 9-10am / 12:25 - 1:25pm. 

Come and join us and explore all the learning opportunities in our wonderful nursery!

These videos shows some children explaining what they got up to when their adult came to play.

Once upon a time ...

We have worked hard to develop our reading area in nursery linked to our class author 'Eric Carle'. The reading area now offers a wide range of literacy opportunities for our children to access, including 7 key stories with puppets, class mathematics scrap books, our personal family albums, and a variety of math and topic stories.

There is even a selection of dual language stories in Polish and Spanish for our children and parents who speak two languages.

With a special 'Thank you' to Ava H's grandma Judy for making such amazing resources linked to 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' to enhance our storytelling skills! (See photograph at the top of page).