Welcome to Nursery



“Hello! My name is Mrs Osborne and I am new to the St Francis family. I have recently relocated to Leeds from Edinburgh and I am looking forward to teaching my new Reception class in a new setting.

I love all aspects of teaching. I used to be a clarinet tutor before becoming a primary school teacher, so music will be an important part of our week. My classroom is a nurturing environment where pupils can explore and understand our world. I am passionate about encouraging children to be the best version of themselves through creative approaches and a range of learning experiences. In my free time I enjoy painting and learning new craft skills – clay modelling is my new favourite. I also enjoy playing my musical instruments and creating my own music.”



















Welcome to our Nursery


We are pleased to welcome you to the Nursery page of our school website. Our aim in the EYFS is to help you and your child to settle into school life so that your child’s first experience is a positive one. In Nursery we build skills where children learn and develop through play. Our aim is to prepare the children to be school ready by the time they reach the Reception Year. We will work with you as partners in the education of your children.



Our Nursery Staff


Mrs Osborne- Class Teacher 


supporting Mrs Osborne is Mrs K Smith, Mrs Daniels and Mrs I Smith

















Our topic this half term is……………


This is Me!


Our Curriculum


At St Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School we provide a curriculum which is individualised for each year group and we incorporate children’s interests. To support your child’s learning and development we use a document called development matters. Activities are planned around seven areas of learning and we value both in and outdoor play. To find out more about development matters, please click on the link below.




Rhyme Time


Every two weeks the children learn a Nursery rhyme, the rhyme is linked to our Nursery topic and the children perform this to their parents/ carers during reading morning/ afternoon.




Our Learning Journeys


Each child has a personalised ‘Tapestry’ online journal to show their progress, learning and fun in Nursery and parents can securely see their individual child’s journal on their phone, tablet or laptop but also add to it with photos and comments.



Medium term planning

 MTP Autumn term 1


 Long term planning

Nursery Long term Plan 2020-2021 (1)






Please click on the link below to access our Christmas performance.


At St Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School Nursery, we offer 15 and 30 hours free, flexible, teacher-led, early years education for children from their 3rd birthday; subject to available places and children being physically and emotionally ready to start. This includes being fully potty-trained and out of nappies during the day.

There are 5 options to choose from:

  • Monday to Friday (30 hours, with a Government code)
  • Monday to Friday mornings (15 hours)
  • Monday to Friday afternoons (15 hours)
  • Monday & Tuesday all day and Wednesday morning (15 hours)
  • Wednesday & Thursday all day and Friday morning (15 hours)

If children are in Nursery over Lunchtime 12.00-12.30pm, parents need to provide a packed lunch for their child.

We are more than happy to speak to you about the timings, details and any further questions you may have. Please visit the school office for an application form or call school on 0113 2700 978 and ask for a Nursery teacher to call you back.

Home Learning 

A warm welcome to all of our Nursery parents. In this section you will find all the information you need to know about how to help your child learn at home whilst school is closed. The links below will take you to the planning. The planning has activities for both Nursery and Reception in places. We will also try to provide some other guidance such as daily routines and activities. Please note that the majority of your child’s planning and personalised videos will be uploaded daily on Tapestry. It is very important that you log onto this every day. Some of the activities are planned for specific days, others can be done at your own leisure. Please remember that letting your child play is vital too. Our activities are to support their development in all areas. Have fun!


Week 4: 25 – 29 January 2021

We are now halfway through the half term. We do hope you have been enjoying watching the videos we have been putting on Tapestry for you. It is vital that you log on to Tapestry every day as we are adding things constantly for your child’s home learning.  Another week went by with successful home visits – even Storm Christoph didn’t stop us! We really hope your child enjoys seeing us as much as we do them. From now on we will expect to see your child’s work in some form, that can be the workbook pages or any models they have made. If you regularly upload your photos and videos then we will already know that you are accessing the resources. For a taster, please enjoy looking at the pictures below of some of the home learning going on. Well done to those families who have been using the planning, especially if you remember to let your child express themselves in other ways. Thank you. Mr Prior.

Remote Learning week 4 (Word document)       Remote Learning week 4  (Open document)

Nursery Home Learning Last Week

Week 3: 18th – 22nd January 2021

What a busy week last week! All of our early years staff spent a lot of time getting your packs ready and the work planned, but the best bit was getting to see you! It was lovely to see you all and to hear how you are all getting on. As we explained, we will be coming out at roughly the same time each week to see how you got on with the learning activities. This week we will be looking at your books to see how you got on colouring in the Gruffalo pictures and to see if you managed to cut them out and stick them on your first page of your workbook. And I know from looking at Tapestry that some of you have been making your own models of The Gruffalo characters. Keep up with the photos please and don’t forget to click ‘like’ on Tapestry if you have done one of the tasks. Thank you. Mr Prior.

Remote Learning week 3

Remote Learning week 3

Mr Prior enjoyed playing in the snow last week. Upload your pictures onto Tapestry so we can see what you got up to too!


Week 2: 11th – 15th January 2021

The snow may have closed the school fully this week but in Nursery that just opens up a world of possibilities! Log into your Tapestry account to see all the videos and pictures the early years staff have provided. We would love to see your outdoor learning and playing! Mr Prior.

 Remote Learning week 2

Week 1: 4th – 8th January 2021

A warm welcome back to school in this new year! But a strange start with everybody having to learn from home again. We are sorry that we will not be able to see you in class but we have exciting news: starting from next week the early years staff will be coming to visit you at your homes! We cannot wait to see you! We have made you all up a special pack which will contain resources to help you learn at home such as pencils, books, paper, name cards, glue and Numicon plates. Please can parents keep an eye out on Tapestry and for our phone calls to see when we will be coming to visit. In the meantime please click on the link below to see detailed planning for this week. Some tasks can be done any time, others are for specific days. We will also be uploading videos to help your child learn. Thank you. Mr Prior.

 Remote Learning HT3 wk 1 jan 4-8




Please click on the link below for phonics activities


CVC Pictures cards






The Wednesday Word




Let’s get talking

Please click on the blue ‘Let’s get talking’ link below for games and ideas to support communication skills at home.

Let’s get talking!



Physical activities


Home Learning useful websites

Website Age Range Content
www.classroomsecrets.co.uk Early Years – Yr6 Home learning packs covering English, phonics, maths and practical activities.
www.twinkl.co.uk Early Years – Yr6 Covers the whole curriculum
www.phonicsplay.co.uk Early Years -Yr2 Phonics games and activities



Early Years – Yr6 Various activities and video links to many subjects
www.spellingframe.co.uk Yr1-Yr6 Some free spelling games
www.primaryresources.co.uk Yr1-Yr6 A range of activities and worksheets for all subjects
www.teachingideas.co.uk Early Years – Yr6 A range of activities and worksheets for all subjects
www.topmarks.co.uk Early Years – Yr6 Wide range of subjects with lots of interactive online activities and games
www.crickweb.co.uk Early Years – Yr6 Free online education resources and games
www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/ Yr1-Yr6 Excellent website with a really wide range of subject coverage



Yr1-Yr8 Free resources and learning videos that link directly with our in school maths curriculum
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAxW1XT0iEJo0TYlRfn6rYQ Early Years – Yr6 Body Coach – Online exercise videos to keep you active 9am live daily
https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/ Early Years – Yr6 Free e-readers
https://corbettmathsprimary.com/ Yr1 – Yr6 Free maths resources
https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/teacher-category/primary-resources/ Early Years – Yr6 Lots of geography resources
https://www.tts-group.co.uk/home+learning+activities.html Early Years – Yr6 Free downloadable home learning activities
http://www.iseemaths.com/home-lessons/ Yr1-Yr6 Daily maths learning
https://www.mathswithmum.com Yr1-Yr6 Maths videos to help with children’s learning
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCj0shfH3pzhrf3dOrSj_pRw Early years – Yr2 Phonics based video and dancing
https://hungrylittleminds.campaign.gov.uk/ 0-5years A government recommended website for Early Years
https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/75809/12-world-class-museums-you-can-visit-online All the family Virtual Tours of 12 museums around the world
https://www.stem.org.uk/primary-science Yr1-Yr6 Science activity ideas

Websites currently giving free subscriptions due to school closures

Website Age Range Content
www.twinkl.co.uk Early Years – Yr6 Wide range of resources covering the whole curriculum
www.purplemash.co.uk Yr1 – Yr6 Computing and digital skills – free 14 day trial


Spelling Shed & Maths Shed


Children already have log ins for this. Please use their current usernames and passwords.


Lots of non-fiction e-books to access free: https://worldbook.kitaboo.com/reader/worldbook/index.html?usertoken=Mjk5MzQ6MTpJUjA5MjAxNjoyOmNsaWVudDE2OTc6MTY5NzoyMjE2Mjg4OjE6MTU4NDM4MDExMzA2Mjp1cw==&fbclid=IwAR2pwHf6d30wVXcDUq0zL5DOZ_lVLGkelBWEwpXTWDmwDrdajrkw8OAWBwY

The Big List of Children’s Authors Doing Online Read Alouds & Activities

The Big List of Children’s Authors Doing Online Read-Alouds & Activities