Welcome to Nursery

My name is Mrs Hough and I’ve been teaching for fourteen years. I taught in Nursery this year and I will be your child’s class teacher in September. I believe that early years is a unique, fun and exciting place to be. It’s the start of your child’s educational journey and the opportunities are endless.

As an early years teacher, I have a passion for outdoor learning, as it allows children to explore an ever-changing world around them. My role is to create many unforgettable learning experiences for your child. These ‘WOW’ moments are where your child will be totally enthused in their learning and motivated to learn more.

I teach children using as many real-life experiences as possible and bring the curriculum alive through our topic and story focus. Your child will go on a bear hunt, become a wildlife explorer and perform a minibeast bop. I look forward to welcoming you all in September.

 Please click on the video below to see where to bring your child to school and take a look inside our classroom.





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 Hough- Class Teacher 

Mrs Smith– HLTA

Miss Sultan– Teaching Assistant








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)






Coming soon ….

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 

Please click on the blue links below

Rainbow certificate (3)

Rainbow challenges W.B 6.7.20

Maths home learning Week beginning 6.7.20

Rainbow challenges W.B 13.7.20

Maths home learning Week beginning 13.7.20

Please click on the link below for phonics activities

Phonics activities 13.7.20

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