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 autumn term

‘Rhyme Time’ is the first of our autumn term topics. We will be learning, reciting and performing traditional nursery rhymes, number rhymes and stories that include rhymes too. We will learn about the animals we come across, such as the spider in Incy Wincy Spider and also use different materials to build with, linked to the rhymes we learn. For familiarity, our role play area will be a caso-kitchen where we will explore mixing and using different materials to create concoctions of food. 

In the second half of term, our focus switches to ‘Sparkle and Shine’. Just how it sounds, we will be exploring all things sparkly including stars, light and of course, the sparkly decorations associated with Christmas time. Looking around the world, we will learn about the Northern Lights and have experiences of the beautiful colours created in the night’s sky. 

Throughout the term, children will have access to our weekly library, develop new vocabulary through the stories and rhymes we read and learn and of course listen to stories on a daily basis. We will learn and practice simple counting skills as well as making simple patterns. Our creative work is based on drawing and learning how to use a range of mark-making tools. A busy term! 

Curriculum information

What the children say:

I like building with the blocks and making things because I help my dad to build at home too (George). I like drawing and making pictures (Lily). I love the bikes and scooters and going fast (Freddie).