Sacriston Academy art


Children in nursery learn through exciting and engaging activities, which are planned to motivate and inspire young learners through their own interests and enjoyments.

We believe children learn quickly and animatedly when they are able to follow their own joys and passions. We encourage our children to be independent learners and to believe in themselves and each other.

Children's communication and language skills underpin everything that they go on to achieve in their life, so we place a high value in encouraging our children to develop a love of books early on. We do this through fun and engaging story trays, role-play activities, costumes and repeat reading! Once children know a story well, they will often select the story to re-tell to themselves and their friends.

We also recognise just how important talking is to young children so we regularly set up activities to encourage children to engage with their peers and adults, developing relationships and their vocabulary.

Towards the end of the year, we begin to develop children's awareness of phonics through Read, Write Inc. in order to prepare the foundations for their Reception year. Early mathematics skills are also taught through a range of exciting songs and games, both adult and child initiated. These encourage counting, number recognition and an awareness of shape and measure.

We believe in following the interests of children so that they engage fully in their learning and we explore a range of themes and topics based on children’s interests. The children will develop listening and communication skills through a range of fun and lively phonics activities and will explore mathematics through play-based activities, nursery rhymes and counting games. 

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What their teacher says:

Working with our youngest children in school is such a privilege. To be part of a child's first step in their school learning journey is both exciting and rewarding in so many ways. The natural curiosity of children combined with their enthusiasm for learning and discovering ensures a fun, joy-filled day!
Mrs Parks
Sacriston Academy art

The summer term

Our first Summer term topic is ‘The Garden of Life’ where we will be learning about all of the living things that can be found in our school and own gardens, the range of activities our gardens are used for and planting some seeds of our own to nurture and take care of. The theme will permeate all of our continuous provision with tasks such as using our large construction to build a garden shed and roleplaying ‘Al Fresco’ eating in our pizza oven and BBQ area.   

In the second half of the term, our ‘Once Upon a Time’ topic will be based around traditional tales. From Jack and the Beanstalk to Goldilocks, we will enjoy a range of learning activities provoked by the themes in the stories. Our roleplay will transform our school into a giant’s castle, we will be trying to make the best porridge for Goldilocks to eat and try to grow a giant beanstalk. 

Throughout the term, we will develop confidence in counting, begin to learn the names of shapes and continuing simple patterns. Listening to and enjoying stories will continue to play a huge part in our daily routine along with using a range of mark-making tools to develop our prewriting skills on our writing journey. Textiles and malleable materials will be our art focus linked to both themes.  

What the children say:

I like playing in the sand because it's got glitter in (Maisey). I like the bricks because I can build (Thomas). I like riding our bikes and playing with cars (Zara).