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. 

On behalf of all the team at Sacriston Academy, may we take this opportunity to welcome you and your child to our school.  It is both our aim and passion to offer excellence for each child, every day.  

During these unprecedented times, we are unfortunately unable to offer any transition visits to our Early Year provision in the summer term. However, we wanted to ensure you were well supported in preparing your child, so our EYFS team have filmed an amazing virtual tour, that I am sure you will enjoy. 


Sharing this video with your child will allow them to see our magnificent Nursery and Reception classrooms, as well as our fabulous new outdoor provision. If you have any queries or concerns,  please do not hesitate to email us at and we will speak with you as soon as possible.

For now, sit back, relax and enjoy your tour.  We look forward to welcoming you all to school soon, we know you will be Sacriston Stars!

Mrs A. Bartlett


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What their teacher says:

It is an absolute pleasure working with the youngest children in our school. Every day is part of a unique learning journey where their young, curious minds and the pure delight on children’s faces when they learn or discover something new is priceless!
Mrs Parks
Sacriston Academy art

What the children say:

I like building cranes and bridges in the create and make area. (Thomas). My favourite is the creative area (Zara). I like the exploration station. I love looking at the colour bottles (Maisie).

The summer term

Our summer term topics are ‘The Garden of Life’ and ‘Once Upon a Time’. The term begins with living things, finding out about different animals and what they need to survive. The children's virtual school tasks will include searching around the garden to find different colour plants and flowers as well as going on a worm hunt! We will practise our counting skills and recognise numbers as well as making marks with meaning.  

We finish the year by listening to different traditional tales (stories from the past), such as ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’ and ‘The Three Little Pigs’. Our activities will all be linked to a story per week as we journey through fairy tale land and discover a wealth of story vocabulary, heroes, villains and exciting adventures. We will be learning how to write our name and hold a pencil correctly and maths will focus on refining our counting skills and making simple patterns.