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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:

We love working with our nursery children and seeing the progress they make every day. We enjoy working with the children to develop their relationships, confidence and their love of learning.
Miss French
Sacriston Academy art
“I like the sand. I like to make a giant sand castle.” (Jude) “I like to play with the blocks. I like to build a house.” (Winnie) “I like to play in the kitchen and the drawing area.” (Lillie)

The autumn term

During the Autumn Term in Nursery, we look forward to getting to know our children and discussing their families, interests and passions with them. We will explore this through our topic of “Twinkle, twinkle, little star”, talking about day time, night time and our own daily routines with our families. We will begin to embed children’s love of learning through stories such as “Peace at Last”, “Goodnight, I love you” and “Laura’s Secret”, placing a focus on embedding reading throughout our routines.