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








Summer 1

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