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Welcome to Sacred Heart Primary School

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Welcome to Nursery.  


We hope you will be able to find out lots about the learning that takes place in our happy and stimulating nursery environment.  


The Curriculum.

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and this sets the standards for us to meet to ensure the children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning by giving children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.

Each child is unique and develop in varying ways. We observe and plan using the characteristics of effective learning, prime and/or specific area and age bands of the EYFS.

Characteristics of Effective Learning are ways in which the child engages with other people and their environment-

  • Playing and exploring
  • Active Learning
  • Creating and thinking critically

These underpin learning and development across all areas:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional
  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

Key person groups


Your child will be allocated a key person when they start nursery. We have two key groups, the squirrels and rabbits.  The key person acts as the key contact for you to help establish secure relationships as well as being responsible for ensuring your child feels happy in nursery. Your child’s key person will keep your child’s learning and development records up to date that highlight development and progress.



We love to read!

We love to read a wide variety of books from traditional tales to modern day stories. Through reading children are developing their vocabulary and their understanding of the world around them, as well as developing their self-confidence and imagination. Here is a snippet of some of our favourite stories this term:     




What have we been upto in nursery so far?


Here is some fabulous work we have done in nursery. 



             Exploring loose parts.                                        Drawing our family


 Rangoli patterns




What we are doing in nursery this term?


We strongly believe in following children's interests to enable them to fully engage in their own learning. We consider ways to support your child to strengthen and deepen their current abilities and interests. This is achieved by planned, purposeful play and a balance of adult-led and child-initiated activities. We respond to each child’s needs and interests through positive interactions. This is essential for development as it builds their confidence as they learn to explore, think critically and interact with others. 

 Spring 1 overview


This half term we will be focusing on the traditional stories of Goldilocks and the Three Bears and The Gingerbread Man. We will be looking at the features of a book such as the front cover, title, author and illustrator. We will be retelling the story using role play and through story maps. We will also be learning the meaning of new vocabulary.  


Understanding the world...

We will be celebrating Chinese new year / valentines day / pancake day and the season change to Winter this half term.

We will be talking about our families and who is special to us.



In Maths we are focusing on counting using 1:1 correspondence and knowing that the last number is the total number of objects in a group. We will also be looking at different ways to show numbers and how they are represented without counting, this is called subitising.  



We are welcoming some new children into nursery this half term. So they will be making friends and the current children will be supporting them to settle into the nursery routine.



This half term we are will be using role play to support storytelling using props. We will also be learning about colours and how we can make new colours by colour mixing.

We also have a music specialist come into School once a week to teach us specific skills, closely linked to the season and weather.



We will be practising getting changed for P.E into our P.E kits and pumps. We will be taking part in parachute games to demonstrate team work. We will then follow getset4pe.




We are continuing to have daily phonics through phase 1 and will be progressing onto the RWI scheme that is followed throughout school. We have continuous writing and reading opportunities throughout sessions during out ' continuous provision' and have daily story time sessions. 


In nursery, children's interests are followed and learning is based around these, so this can be subject to change. 

Parents/carers as partners


We really value your comments and contributions and believe this is vital in ensuring your child's needs are fully met. There is an open door policy so please feel free to share anything that you think will support us in supporting your child. 

We welcome 'proud cloud' and 'wow' comments at any time, to celebrate any achievements your child has done at home or in the community. 


Home learning tasks will be sent home linked to learning that we are doing in nursery. Please spend some time completing these with your children. These will be added to your child's special book, called their 'Learning Journey'. 

Reading books will be sent home weekly. Please find some special time to read for pleasure with your child. A reading record will be included for you to add comments about what your child enjoyed about the story and maybe their favourite character. As a school, we follow Read, Write, Inc and when your child is ready, a phonics sheet will be included to practice at home.