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.  Our early years is rated OUTSTANDING by Ofsted which means our youngest children receive the highest quality education possible in a fantastic learning environment.  Very few schools receive this accolade and we are delighted that Sacriston is one of the few schools considered exemplary.

We love to welcome prospective parents and pupils to our school, as we understand how important it is for you to come and see our environments and meet us in person.   Please get in touch with our school office on 0191 3710777 to make an appointment.

In the meantime, we hope by sharing this video, we hope you get an insight into our true community school.  So, 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:

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 spring term

‘Explorers Here We Go!’ is the first of our Spring term topics. We will be learning about the land, sea, animals and landmarks from around the world as well as finding out about some famous explorers such as Jacques Cousteau. We will study India and compare it to our country and village of Sacriston to see what is the same and what is different about life here and there.  

In the second half of term, our focus switches to ‘My World, Your World’ where we will be finding out more about our own families, how to keep ourselves fit and healthy as well as how to look after animals. We will find out about different jobs and how different people help us.  

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 continue to develop our counting skills and start to make sets of objects, carefully counting them to check we have the correct amount! We will also explore weight and capacity.  Our creative work is based on printing, cutting and sticking skills that we will use to create some fabulous artwork. We certainly have a busy term ahead! 


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).