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. 

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 spring term

During spring, our topics are ‘All the Colours of the Rainbow’ and  ‘5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Blast Off!’ . As scientists we will be exploring colour and along with art activities, find out about mixing colours and the affect this has as well as learning about life in space.  Excitingly, our learning environment is being been further developed and we will be enjoying our new music and performing areas where confidence in speaking will be developed. Developing a love of reading is a focus this term and our new reading corner, library sessions and inviting our adults in to share stories are all part of the plan.