Welcome to Nursery


Hello. My name is Mr Prior. I was invited to work in Nursery and Reception last year and ended the year becoming the full time Nursery teacher. With the big lockdown from January to March myself and the Early Years team were able to provide remote learning and visited every single child at their home every week to check on their progress. I really enjoyed my time here and was delighted to be asked back to continue teaching Nursery this September.
I went to teacher training college for four years (many years ago!) and specialised in Early Years so I am delighted to be here working with a fantastic team who are devoted to bringing out the best in every child at such an important time in their school lives. We are especially looking forward to seeing how the children enjoy the new learning environment, created during work in the Summer break.
It is so rewarding to see the children’s development and confidence grow. Play is vital to their learning and we try to have a motivating and stimulating environment for them to explore in.
I was born in Scotland and moved to Leeds when I was young, but in normal times I still go back to Glasgow every month where I have family and I can watch football. As well as Scotland I am lucky enough to have travelled to places like Ireland, Italy and Canada. In my spare time I like to watch films and read books about cinema. I try to exercise when I can by going for long walks and jog around the park, even when it’s raining! I have worked in many schools around Leeds but I have to say St Francis is one of the friendliest I’ve been to!



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

Mr Prior  Class Teacher

Supporting Mr Prior is Ms Daniels, Miss Sultan and Ms Aslam.

Have a look at our new Early Years Unit in these videos. We cannot wait to see the children’s learning in their new environment.

















Medium term planning for Nursery:


MTP Autumn term 2


Our topic for Half Term 2 is ………………….

To Infinity and Beyond!

Our topic for Half Term 1 term is……………


Fabulous Friends!


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.

Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) document is available here



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









Weeks 1 to 3: Up to 21 November 2021

In these first few weeks we have been doing tasks linked to the story “Whatever Next”. The children have especially liked making their own spaceships and rockets to fly to the moon.

We have moved the mud kitchen to be nearer the water supply and we have loved getting messy and making mud pies!

We have been learning lots of things in Maths such as sorting objects, recognising shapes and counting to 10 and beyond. We love singing, we do it every day! The most fun is when we use the instruments to help.

While the weather is nice we also like to play at the back of school where we can climb and slide on the climbing frame – it really helps develop our physical skills.

RE Virtue – Hope

We talked about our hopes when learning about this term’s virtue. The children came up with answers such as, “I hope I play with my friends”, “I hope it does not rain” and “I hope the baby is okay”.

Diwali Celebrations

The children watched videos and looked at artefacts showing how Hindus celebrate Diwali. We then used clay to make our own diva lamps and painted them when they were dry. Some of the children dressed up in traditional outfits.


Weeks 5 to 7: To 22nd October 2021

We celebrated St Joseph in this, his special year, by creating works of art inspired by his image and life.

RE – Other Faiths

We learned about other faiths and how some people go to special places to pray. Here we heard how muslims go to mosques and ways that they celebrate. We then used construction materials to build our own churches and mosques.

St Francis Celebrations

In October we had a day celebrating St Francis. We listened to stories about him, drew pictures and had a small party in class where we shared food and drinks.

Weeks 1, 2 & 3: September 6th – 24th 2021

This has been a lovely few weeks. It was fantastic to see you all back happy, healthy and safe. All of the nursery children settled in very quickly and remembered our routines. We welcomed some new starters who continue to settle and explore the unit. Our topic is “Fabulous Friends” and within this topic we will learn about how our families are similar and different to others’ and how our feelings can dictate the mood we are in. In the classroom the children have loved exploring our new unit: both Reception and Nursery classrooms have been combined to make one full unit. After a short group session of phonics or Maths the children are free to explore any zone they wish, including outside. There are distinct areas for things such as writing and mark-making, arts and crafts, reading, Maths and role play to name a few. We love our new environment. Watch our video to see the full experience. We have had so much fun, it’s as if we’ve never been away!

Nursery Learning This Year

Here are some photos of the children’s learning in the first few weeks.

Nursery Learning Last Year




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 3 options to choose from:

  • Monday to Friday (30 hours, with a Government code)
  • Monday to Friday mornings (15 hours) 8.45 – 11.45am
  • Monday to Friday afternoons (15 hours) 12.30 – 3.30pm

If children are in Nursery over Lunchtime 11.30 -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 if school is closed. The links will appear below as and when needed and 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 if school is shut. 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!

 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 For Children

 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







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 Virtual Author Activities


    Click on the videos below to see how the nursery children learn their daily prayer, the days of the week and the months of the year.

    Why not sing along with them to help them learn? We’d love to see videos or pictures of you doing this on Tapestry!

    Nursery Daily Prayer

    Nursery Days of the Week Song

    Nursery Months of the Year Song