Welcome to Nursery

 My name is Mrs Hough and I am delighted to be teaching Nursery class this year.

Hello everyone. My name is Mr Prior and I will be teaching the nursery children on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. I have been a teacher for a long time but I have been teaching here at St Francis since October 2020. In that time I have taught mainly Nursery but last year I also covered in Reception, Year 1, Year 2 and Year 4, so I feel I have a wide range of experience of our wonderful children. I am very excited to be back in Nursery and am so looking forward to seeing the children explore the new layout inside the classroom and the new resources outside.

In my spare time I like to travel when I can, especially to Glasgow where I was born and still have family, or to London to take part in guided walks and see shows. I try to keep fit by going to fitness classes or having long walks. I certainly build up my steps during the school day when we are outside learning through play! Keep looking at Twitter where photos of your children are uploaded regularly for you to see what we get up to.


Welcome to  Wonderful Nursery Class

Your Class Teacher is Miss Hough and Mr Prior.

Supporting Miss Hough and Mr Prior in class is Miss Brown and Miss J. Qureshi

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. 

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








2023-2024 Please turn your phone to landscape for the best view. Scroll down to see previous photographs.

Hello and welcome back to a new academic year, 2023 to 2024!

We are delighted that you are visiting our learning gallery to see photos of your children exploring the areas inside and outside the Nursery classroom. Back in September, Mrs Hough was still on maternity leave so Nursery was taught by Miss Durkan at the start of the week and Mr Prior at the end of the week. We were supported by Miss Brown and Miss Greenwood. When Mrs Hough returned for Autumn 2 Miss Durkan moved to year 3. We were also joined by Miss Qureshi as further support. Here below you will find photographs of those first few important weeks where the children learned through play and explored the resources. We hope you enjoy looking through them. We also publish further photos every week on the school’s Twitter page (at https://twitter.com/StFrancisLeeds ) and print many pictures off and display in the classroom windows.

Spring Term 2

Week ending 28 March 2024

Our final week of the term and it was very busy – as usual! All the children made Easter cards. We gave them a cross outline but they were free to decorate it in any way they wished. There were some beautiful designs. In our final RE lessons we heard that it was a sad time when Jesus died on the cross but we know that it was followed up with good news when He rose from the dead (we will learn more about this when we return). We passed round our wooden cross from the altar, we looked carefully at it and its beautiful coloured decorations and we felt how smooth it was. We had a final picnic outdoors before we broke up for the Easter holidays. See you in a week!

Week ending 22 March 2024

Our caterpillars arrived this week! We received ten of them and as the week progressed we observed them with our magnifiers to see how they changed. The children also made caterpillars from playdough. In maths some of us were counting to 2, whilst others were subitising 1, 2 and 3. Our bean seeds continue to grow, some of them are very tall now. In phonics we were clapping out syllables and also matching words that rhyme. In outdoor play we made dens to shelter from the poor weather but it made us feel warm and dry to hide inside. Our sand area now has a pulley system and the children were learning how to cooperate with each other to make it all work. In RE we were learning why it is important to say ‘sorry’ when we have done something wrong. We drew pictures of things we were sorry for and put them in a prayer box. We also learned the Makaton sign for ‘sorry’. Scissor cutting is an important skill and we practice this together for a few minutes a couple of times a week – the children are improving so much and they can use this skill when choosing to make some craft in provision. The children who will be moving up to Reception in September also practice their name writing several times a week, we love their efforts!

Week ending 15 March 2024

We are now into Lent so our daily collective worship reflects this. The children have also been using junk materials to create the characters from our stories. Can you recognise any? The weather was good this week so we got a lot of activities done outside especially in the mud kitchen. In maths we learned about ‘more’ and ‘fewer’ when we were sharing apples with teddy. In phonics some of the children were learning about onset and rime whilst some others were jumping on spots to count the syllables of words. In the hall we threw and rolled balls to each other to help our physical development. In our RE lessons we heard the account of Jesus healing Blind Bartimaeus and we wore blindfolds to experience a little bit of what it is like to be blind. We also made lenten promises and stuck them onto leaves for the class altar display.

Week ending 8 March 2024

A very busy week! We had a singing session for the parents in the hall, lots of you came to watch which was lovely; we celebrated World Book Day; in maths the children learned about ‘tall’ and ‘short’; we made the Giant’s castle from Jack and the Beanstalk; and the children made Mother’s Day cards for their loved ones.

Week ending 2 March 2024

We got a new music wall in the outside area this week. We shall add more pots and pans to our collection to make plenty of noise! In maths we explored ‘heavy’ and ‘light’.

Week ending 23 February 2024

Welcome back, we hope you all had a lovely half term. This week we continued with our learning in nursery, including counting to 5, clapping out syllables in words and learning about sharing in our RE topic.

Spring Term 1

Week ending 9 February 2024

We celebrated Chinese New Year this week by parading around school playing along with Chinese music. Do you like our dragon? It also snowed so we had fun playing outside.

Week ending 2 February 2024

Our new story is The 3 Little Pigs. In provision we built houses for them to live in. We learned about 2D shapes in Maths and in RE we learned how Jesus wants us to love our neighbours.

Week ending 26 January 2024

We made porridge this week as we were learning about Goldilocks and the Three Bears. It was delicious!

Week ending 19 January 2024

This week we welcomed more new children who settled in very well. Look at our pictures of learning including colour mixing and building churches from construction.

Week ending 12 January 2024

We welcomed all the children back for the start of another exciting new term and new year. This week we made winter weather collages, tried out our new outdoor monkey bars, subitised numbers to 5 and did some pop-pom printing.


Autumn Terms 1 and 2

First Weeks In September 2023


Week ending 6 October 2023: We were visited by Leeds Council’s Story Bus where we were read a story by the librarian and allowed to keep 5 books for our class. Very generously, we were also given a box of bookbags which we decided would be used every week in class – on Fridays, each child picks a book themselves and brings it home to look at with their families. In Maths we learned what ‘same’ and ‘different’ meant; in phonics we explored the difference between ‘loud’ and ‘quiet’; and in RE we listened to Bible stories about God creating all the animals.


Week Ending 13 October 2023

This week we did some outside learning whilst listening to ‘The Tiger Who Came To Tea’. In RE we continued learning about the story of creation. Our Virtue To Live By was ‘Prayer’.


Week Ending 20 October 2023

This week we made chocolate crispies! We brought the portable oven into the classroom and carefully melted the chocolate over the heat. Each child then mixed the cereal into the chocolate and scooped it into a bun case. Yum Yum!

Week Ending 28 October 2023

This week we had 2 very successful Stay and Play sessions – one for the morning session and one for the afternoon/all day children. It was wonderful to see so many parents attend. They were encouraged to play with their children, both inside and outside, hear them read and join in with their learning. To finish the session we all sat together and sang songs. We hope to do this next term too.

Half Term 2 Week Ending 10 November 2023

The children made diva lamps from clay to learn about the festival of Diwali; our topic is Transport so they made lots of different art pictures showing different vehicles.


Week Ending 17 November 2023

The big news this week was the new outdoor equipment has been installed. We loved playing on it. Now we can do more climbing and jumping to help with our physical development. In maths we learned how to continue simple repeating patterns.


Week Ending 1 December 2023

Now that Advent is here the Nursery children have been doing all sorts of activities to link with the special time of year. We created an Advent wreath in class and talked about the meanings of the features and the colours; on ‘Dress Like an Elf Day’ we decorated the Christmas tree; in Maths we were doing more counting and recognising simple shapes; our RE virtue is Citizenship; and more new children joined us as they started their learning journey in our school.


Week ending: 8 December 2023

We continued doing lots of Christmas activities but the biggest news of this week was our trip to Middleton Railway to see Father Christmas! All of the nursery children – including the morning-only and afternoon-only children – got a coach to the station and we got on a steam engine. Santa himself joined us and gave all of the children a present! We loved this trip!

Week ending 15 December 2023

Our RE Virtue was Generosity, quite appropriate for this special time of year. Our activities in class tried to match that ethos.


Week ending 22 December 2023

In our final week of the term we had so much to pack in: we had our class party with a special guest who popped in to give us a class gift! We made Christmas cards and sang some Christmas songs to the parents; and we finished with the Nativity play supporting Reception. Have a lovely Christmas everybody and we will see you in 2024! Mr Prior, Mrs Hough and the Nursery team.

Summer 1 (2022-23)

This half term has been very exciting. We have had more and more children joining us and they have loved getting to meet new friends. We have learned lots of new things, including how to plant seeds and learn traditional stories. Our RE Virtues have been Perseverance & Resilience and throughout the month of May we have been learning about Mary, the mother of Jesus and how to pray the rosary. Please look through our photos to see all of our learning.

Collecting flowers for Mary

Collective Worship in Our New Prayer Garden

Making Rosary Bracelets by Threading – Finger Gym Skills


RE Virtue – Perseverance & Resilience. Here are the children staying on a task and not giving up!


Jesus is Alive! In RE we learned all about The Resurrection. To celebrate this good news we made dancing ribbons and danced to joyful music.


Water Fun

The children certainly have enjoyed our new water feature.

Spring Term











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