Welcome to Nursery

 

Hello. My name is Mr Prior. I have been invited to work in Nursery and Reception for the past few months and I am really enjoying my time here. 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.
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

Mrs Osborne Class Teacher

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nursery Long term Plan 2020-2021

MTP-Autumn-term-1

Due to the current lockdown, we are following a whole school Remote Provision plan, which will be updated weekly:

Remote Provision Model

Remote Provision PLAN – Week 1

Remote Provision PLAN – Week 2

Remote Provision PLAN – Week 3  

Remote Provision PLAN – Week 4   

Remote Provision PLAN – Week 5

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.

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PLEASE CLICK ON THE “REMOTE LEARNING” TAB TO SEE ALL OF OUR PHOTOS.

HALF TERM 4

Weeks 3 & 4: 8th – 19th March 2021

This has been a lovely couple of 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 even welcomed some new starters. Our topic is still “How Does Your Garden Grow?” so we have been planting different kinds of seeds like broad beans and cress. We have also been watering onion bulbs and are keeping an eye on them as they grow. In the classroom we have set up a planting area in one of the Tuff Trays. In here we have filled it with soil and the children are free to come and dig in the soil, see how it feels and use garden equipment to plant more seeds and bulbs. As well as the planting we have been working on our pencil control and are trying to make marks and trace over patterns to help towards writing our names. We have had so much fun, it’s as if we’ve never been away!

                   Nursery Learning Last Week

                 

 

 

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

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/2rhzl8wl99uz3kj/AAB7iA7a1AemX6d1BYA1yKxwa?dl=0 

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!

Half Term 4 

Week 5: 22nd – 26th March 2021

This week Nursery was closed to staff and children so we returned to remote learning again. Lots of activities were sent out including daily videos by Mr Prior. Every day children could watch and take part in lessons like RE, art, phonics, maths and story time. We also had a live Zoom lesson every day at 2pm where we read stories, sang songs, did exercises and played games. Hopefully we will be back in school next week, just in time for Easter activities!

Nursery Remote Learning week 5- 22-26th March 2021

                                     Nursery Home Learning Last Week

Weeks 3 & 4: 8th – 19th March 2021

This has been a lovely couple of 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 even welcomed some new starters. Our topic is still “How Does Your Garden Grow?” so we have been planting different kinds of seeds like broad beans and cress. We have also been watering onion bulbs and are keeping an eye on them as they grow. In the classroom we have set up a planting area in one of the Tuff Trays. In here we have filled it with soil and the children are free to come and dig in the soil, see how it feels and use garden equipment to plant more seeds and bulbs. As well as the planting we have been working on our pencil control and are trying to make marks and trace over patterns to help towards writing our names. We have had so much fun, it’s as if we’ve never been away!

                                           Nursery Learning Last Week

Week 2: 1st – 5th March 2021 

This coming week sees the final week of remote learning as school will be reopening for all of the children. We cannot wait to see them all! This means that we will only be doing 1 more doorstep visit. Please have your reading books ready for collection and any final pieces of work glued in the exercise books. Further details will be given nearer the time about what exactly is happening, so our advice is to keep checking Tapestry daily as memos will be written there. Of course there will still be this week’s videos and lessons for your child to do at home.

Remote Learning week 2 – 1st – 5th March 2021

Nursery Home Learning Last Week

Week 1: 22 – 26 February 2021

A warm welcome back to you all. We ended the last half term with our first live Zoom lesson. It was great to see so many children join in with our story time and to share our news. For many of you it was the first time you had seen your friends for weeks! We hope to make this a regular occurrence until the school reopens. We look forward to continuing with our doorstep visits on Mondays and Tuesdays as it gives us a chance to catch up with you and say hello. Our new topic is called “How Does Your Garden Grow?” so we will be doing lots of work on seeds, plants and growing. Our first week we will be focusing on the traditional tale of Jack and the Beanstalk. Keep looking at Tapestry every day for our videos and activities and remember to upload your photos and videos. Thank you! Mr Prior and the Early Years Team.

Remote Learning week 1 – 22-26 February 2021

 

Nursery Home Learning Last Week

 

Week 6: 8-12 February 2021

The final week of this half term is here! It feels like a long time since we had a normal day, we miss them so much! Fingers crossed that in the next few weeks we will have some positive news about their return. In the meantime this week we are continuing the winter theme, with activities planned to really get them being creative. Our learning packs will have craft activities such as making a bear cave with a hibernating bear! And straw to make winter scenes. Our doorstep visits are going really well, they are the highlight of our week. By now you should be used to us asking to see the work done by your child. Please remember that if your child has done the work they should glue them into the large exercise book. If you have not already done so, please start uploading photographs or videos onto Tapestry, that way we will know your child has been accessing the work. Half term is next week so enjoy it with your family and keep safe! Mr Prior and the Early Years staff.

Remote Learning week 6 – 8th -12th February

 Nursery Home Learning Last Week

 

Week 5: 1st – 5th February 2021

Thank you to all the parents who are ensuring their children are accessing the home learning. We have put lots of phonics and Maths videos on Tapestry for you to watch with your child. We especially thank parents who are uploading photos and videos to share with us and it means I am able to put them on this website to give examples of good learning. This week we start a new topic – Winter – which means a new story and activities. Please ensure you look at the planning below or on Tapestry to follow. On our weekly doorstep visits we will be looking at the practical work your child has done, such as writing sheets, drawing or art work. To make it easier for you to keep the work we recommend you glue any sheets into the big purple workbook. Thank you again for your cooperation. Mr Prior and the Early Years staff.

Remote Learning week 5

Nursery Home Learning Last Week

 

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

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

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

Remote Learning HT3 wk 2 Jan 11-15

 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

 

 The Wednesday Word

http://www.wednesdayword.org/stopgap/Temporary-Special-Edition.pdf

 

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

www.bbc.co.uk/schools/websites/4_11

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

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

www.whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/

 

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

https://www.edshed.com/en-gb

Spelling Shed & Maths Shed

Yr1-Yr6

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