Welcome to our Nursery!

The Foundation Stage is what we call the early years of education; the time spent in a Nursery and in the Reception class. It is exactly what it says, a foundation for future learning. Most of the time it won’t feel like learning, the children see it as fun and an extension of their play. There are seven broad areas of learning in the Foundation Stage. These inform planning and teaching and promote learning to ensure children’s ‘school readiness’. The areas also give children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life. Our Nursery Class expectations are that we are safe, happy and healthy, and that we make good choices, listen and learn.

Making Music

Outside learning

Outside learning

Look at our refurbished Nursery!

Thank you to parents for your understanding while the building work was completed.

Our Teachers

Foundation Stage leader - Mrs Smith
Teacher - Mrs Watters
Support - Miss Dickinson (Mornings), Mrs O’Connor (Mon & Tues), Mrs Realmuto (Wed - Fri)

Supporting all classes in our school

Mrs Murphy - SEN
Mrs Rees - PSHE
Mr O'Neill - PE
Mrs Grisley - Pastoral Care
Mrs Doherty - ICT

Please ensure children wear trainers on a Wednesday for these PE sessions and no tights please on PE days.

"The children in the Nursery class and those in the Reception classes make outstanding progress and have an excellent start to school life” Ofsted Report, July 2011

Class Times

Morning Nursery 8:45-11:45am (Doors will be open from 11:40 am so all children are dismissed by 11:45am)
Afternoon Nursery 12:15-3:15pm (Doors will be open from 3:10pm so all children are dismissed by 3:15 pm)
A teacher will be standing by the door with a Nursery communications book at drop off times and collection times. Any messages, such as changes to your collection arrangements, can be given at this time. For any last minute changes, please notify the school office 01727 854643. We will not let your child go home with someone different unless you have informed us of this change and they know your password.

Our Work and Projects

In Nursery, we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). The seven areas of learning and development that shape our curriculum are:
• Personal, social and emotional development (PSED)
• Mathematics (M)
• Communication and language (CL)
• Literacy (L)
• Understanding of the world (UW)
• Expressive art and design (EAD)
• Physical development (PD)

The Characteristics of Learning: We have friendly class dinosaurs : Thinkosaur, Tryosaur and Explorosaur who will encourage our children to think it out, try their best and explore as they learn.

Nursery Class expectations: We are safe, happy and healthy. We make good choices, listen and learn (based on ‘Every Child Matters’).

Maths in Nursery

A lot of fun comes from playing games and a lot of maths learning can take place at the same time. It is important that young children are aware of numbers from an early age and that they have fun with numbers in a relaxed atmosphere. In Nursery, talk to children about maths in the environment – e.g. as you drive along in the car or on the walk to the shops etc. It is important to develop curiosity and good observational skills which will transfer to other areas of life.


Children borrow one book from the library each week. Books should be returned the following week. Children will not be allowed to take a new book home if the previous one hasn’t been returned.

Our day

In Nursery, we include lots of regular activities in the day to help children get used to Nursery and know what to expect. Activities include:

• Fidgety Fingers Time
• Welcome Time
• Group Time

• Letters and Sounds
• CIL Time (“CHIL”) (Child Initiated Learning)
• Muscle Time

Events in the Year

In Nursery we celebrate all the main events of the year, such as Harvest and Christmas, and parents are invited to join us for some of them (eg Mothers day).

“…the Early Years Foundation Stage is exceptionally well led and managed.” Ofsted Report, July 2011

Magic moments!

We are really keen to know about anything exciting / any achievements that occur for your child outside of school. They can share these with us and the class. We provide magic moment cards for you to fill in and send to school, you can download them here too.

Nursery arrival prayer

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen
Thank you God for this [insert type of weather e.g. sunny] day
In my school to work and play
Please be with me all day long
In every story, game and song
From my head to my heart, from shoulder to shoulder, I love you Jesus, Amen

Nursery home time prayer

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen
School is over for today
We have enjoyed our work and play
Before we go we’d like to say
Than you heavenly Father
From my head to my heart, from should to shoulder, I love you Jesus, Amen