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 and Miss Sultan.

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









Week 7: Up to Friday 18th February 2022

The end of a very long hard term! We have been so proud of the children and the amount of learning they have done. The new children have settled in well and are making friends quickly. In this final week we dressed up in green for Environmental Day and learned about recycling; we concluded our RE Virtue which was about Simplicity; we also looked at how Jesus was and is a significant figure in Christianity; the nursery children also had lots of fun with some new musical instruments; and our classroom learning included exploring 2D shapes. Have a lovely half term everybody, we will see you in a week! Mr Prior.

Classroom Learning

We practiced tracing over lines with our pencils. This was after our daily dough disco which builds up the muscles in our fingers and helps us to grip pencils better.

Green Day

Maths – 2D Shapes

We explored the properties of 2D shapes, talking about how they looked and how many sides and corners they had. We then played with them, making pictures on the floor.


Music Fun

RE: Significant Figure

We learned about Jesus from Bible stories and watching some video links. The children then coloured in pictures from His life and told me what they knew about Him.

Week 6: Up to Friday 11th February 2022

Another busy week with the Road Safety team returning for our afternoon children. They didn’t want any children to miss out on such an important visit so we were lucky that they made time to come back and see us. We started a Polar theme this week to teach the children about a contrasting locality. We looked at lots of slides, videos and books to explore the Arctic and Antarctic. We set up ice stations for the children to explore and they were free to make their own Polar pictures.

Classroom learning


The children talked about things that made them sad and what we can do to our friends to cheer them up. Here they are telling Peter Puffin their thoughts and making him feel better too.


I feel so lucky that I have a class where so many children love looking at books! The pictures below were taken of the children choosing to look at books independently – they were not told to do so. I love how some of them read together in pairs and talk to each other about the pictures.



The children heard a song about Jesus and decided that they wanted to dance to it!

Road Safety Team Return

Here is a member of the Council’s Road Safety Team returning to do activities with the afternoon children. We again talked about where to cross the road safely and what traffic we should be aware of. It was an interactive task, with children being asked to come out and help.

Week 5: Up to Friday 4th February 2022

February is here already! The weeks are going fast, and our learning continues with pace. This week was very exciting because we had a visit from the Road Safety team who came into nursery to talk about being safe on our streets. The children loved dressing up as police officers and Lollypop men and women. We continued with themes based around The Gruffalo’s Child again and the children did some super work. In maths we learned all about the number 2 and practiced counting to 2 and knowing when to stop at the right number. Can you help your child find the number 2 in the local area? Perhaps on doors or car number plates. Send us your pictures on Tapestry, we’d love to see them!

Areas of Provision set up for the week

Maths – learning all about the number 2

Road Safety Morning

Amber from the Road Safety team came in and gave us tasks to do with being safe on the streets. She asked the children to come up and make a display showing where vehicles should go and where we should cross the road safely. We then role played crossing the road at a zebra crossing. She let the children dress up and even gave us a real zebra crossing to play with outside which helped us learn about crossing roads correctly.


How lovely to see so many nursery children choosing to read in the areas. We have a good selection of books, both inside and outside. We hope we have inspired them to read independently as we read every day. Some even read in pairs!

Indoor and outdoor learning

The children were fascinated by the ice we put in the tuff tray. Some of it was coloured, some of it was plain. They enjoyed the feel and texture of it and we chatted about why our hands were wet and why it was melting in the room. We also did Dough Disco which is where we squish and squash salt dough which strengthens our hands and fingers and will prepare us for writing and drawing. Look out for our chalk drawing outlines too!



Week 4: Up to Friday 28th January 2022

This week we set up the unit to recreate the scenes from The Gruffalo’s Child by Julia Donaldson again. The ending of the story (spoiler alert!) has the mouse frightening the child by casting a giant scary shadow of itself. Therefore we did lots of shadow work. In the art and technology area we only used black, grey or dark media such as paint, charcoal, crayon and pastels. We had a lot of creative fun shading in the outlines of the characters. The investigation station had musical instruments for us to explore and to make sounds with. The children were also encouraged to write menus for the Gruffalo cafe.

In maths nursery learned more about heavy and light and began to weigh more things on the balance scales. Outside we used the crates to help build and to work on our balancing. On Friday the children helped me wash down and clean the mud kitchen by using the hose pipe. A big queue formed as it was a popular task and helped make the kitchen look spick and span for the next week!

We completed our RE Virtue to live by which was all about FAITH. Our pictures below help explain more.

Areas set up at the start of the week

RE Virtue: FAITH

The Bible is our book of Faith. It tells us about Jesus and how God wants us to live. Here we are reading the Bible.

Our faith means we put our trust in God. When we want to talk to God we can pray. We start by making the Sign of the Cross.

What do we pray to God about?

 “I love my mummy”

 “I pray my family”.

 “My mummy and my baby”.

 “Baby Jesus”.

 “I pray to God”.

Having faith means you believe. We talked about what we believe we could do for ourselves if we had faith.

 “I can put on my coat by myself”.

 “I good at jumping”.

 “Mr Prior is my teacher. He will help me play with friends”.

 “I can zip up my coat”.

 “I can turn into the Hulk and smash people!”

 “I can put my clothes on by myself”.

 “I think I can drive. I can drive a car or a bus”.

Gruffalo’s Child Shadow Work

Maths – Heavy and Light

Inside and Outside Learning

Week 3: Up to Friday 21st January 2022

This week we continued with the topic of ‘The Gruffalo’. The children made art collages made from various materials such as tissue paper and hessian. This helped us create a large mural for the classroom wall. Some children drew their own woodland creatures and could tell me what features they had such as sharp teeth or long claws.

In maths we were concentrating on learning about the number 1. We practiced writing it in the air and on paper. We played games where we had to count things to 1.

Later in the week we explored what ‘heavy’ and ‘light’ meant. We used balance scales to see that heavy objects pushed the scales down and light objects raised the scales up. This was fun to explore!

Finally, the mild weather meant we were able to play in the water again outside and we had a lot of fun making bubbles and finding out how to make the bottles heavy with water.

The Gruffalo creative work


Maths work – writing number 1 


Maths – Heavy and Light

Outdoor play

Week 2: Up to 14th January 2022

This week we started reading ‘The Gruffalo’ by Julia Donaldson. We followed this by doing lots of arts and crafts such as recreating the characters and making posters for the classroom. In the writing area we did mark-making on pictures from the story. In Maths we have been learning all about the number 1. We looked at how to write the figure and how to stop counting objects when we count to 1. Each child had to bring Mr Prior 1 object from the classroom. We threaded string through wooden 2D shapes and had to learn their names. Outside we started playing in the water again and had lots of fun. We also made a big bus from the outdoor equipment.

Maths Fun

Playground Fun

Week 1: Up to 7th January 2022

A very warm welcome back to all of our nursery children! We hope you had a super Christmas and New Year! It was a short week for our first week back but it was very busy: we got to play with the new toys that Santa Claus brought us last term and we learned to share them and to take care of them. It was also the Feast of the Epiphany, so we listened to the story of the 3 kings visiting baby Jesus with gifts. We all made crowns and wore them to our special Epiphany dinner in the hall. In the afternoon we were very lucky and were able to watch a magic show in the hall. That was amazing! What a lovely first week back!

Epiphany Crowns

Epiphany Lunch


Magic Show

New Toys

Parachute Fun


Week 8: Up to 21st December 2021

It was a very short week, we were only in for Monday and Tuesday. But we did a lot: we had our Christmas party and disco. In the party we played games like musical statues, snowball and blind guess (where we had to feel the face of our friend and guess who they were). We did lots of dancing and enjoyed the party food that everyone brougfht in. As we were not going to be in school for Christmas Day we lit the final white candle in the middle of the advent wreath. We hope you have a peaceful and enjoyable Christmas and we will see you in the new year. All the best from the nursery staff!

Week 7: Up to 17th December 2021

On Monday Nursery and Reception performed their Nativity play “The Sleepy Shepherd” in front of the whole school. We followed this up on Wednesday by taking part in 2 further performances, this time for the parents – one in the morning and one in the afternoon. They all went really well and we were very proud of the children for the way they sang and acted. Well done everyone!

On Friday Father Christmas came to visit us! We sang him some carols and he answered some questions. Nursery sat fantastically well in the hall with the rest of the school and we were very excited when he gave us a big bag of presents! Back in class we opened them to see that he had given us some toy shop equipment, a wooden shopping trolley, some goal posts for outside and some more kitchen utensils. Thank you Santa!

Week 6: Up to 10th December 2021

A very busy week! We have been practising our Nativity play with Reception every day. We are sure you will enjoy hearing our songs if you are able to come to the performance on Wednesday 15th. Here are some of the other things we did (scroll down to see the photos).

Christmas Jumper Day

RE Virtue – Patience

For the Patience virtue we talked about how being patient meant we had to be able to wait for something. We know that sometimes it is hard to wait, especially if we want to do something straight away, but with God’s help we will build on this virtue. The photos show the children being patient with things like trying to put the straw in the milk; building a tower and not getting frustrated if it falls over; trying to zip up our coat; pushing the play dough out of the mould in one piece; cutting out pictures; sitting on the floor to listen to the teacher. Some of the children even told me some things that needed patience.

 Patience example: “Waiting for bus to school. With mummy and baby”.

 “Waiting for cars, purple cars, green bus”.

 “Waiting for dolly. Sister playing with it”.

 “I go to the supermarket with my mummy and my sister. [I waited] because mummy was buying chocolate in Asda”.

 “I had to wait for daddy because he was getting food from the supermarket”.

 “I had to wait for spaghetti for tea”.

 “I waited for the bus with my mummy and baby”.

Christmas cards

Look at our fantastic designs! We loved decorating a star with glitter and shiny materials. Inside we tried to write our names. We will be sending them home soon.

Week 5: Up to 3rd December 2021

Wow! What a busy week we had in Nursery this week! The start of Advent meant that we were able to start our Christmas preparations. Look below at the photos of all the things we did.


The start of the week brought snow! We went outside to play and to make snowmen.

Decorating the classroom

We set up the tree in our classroom and the children decorated it themselves.

Advent service

Nursery and Reception went in the hall and had a service to mark the start of Advent. We lit one candle and talked about why the wreath has different coloured candles and is made of evergreen leaves. We sang our special song which we sing every time we light the candle. This is the first week of Advent.

Elf Day and decorating the tree in the hall.

Nursery joined all the other children in the hall for the first time ever this week! We were all dressed as elves and we came to put our class-made decorations on the tree. We also sang our special song, “Snowflake Snowflake”.

CAFOD assembly

A lady from Cafod came in this week to show us pictures about the work they do for people in need around the world. We watched the slide show and were given some lovely activity sheets to do which we did back in class.

Week 4: Up to 26 November 2021

This week the children have been using various materials to cover the body of the Teddy from ‘Whatever Next’. They had to work together to cover his whole body.

The children also showed a good interest in books and loved having free choice of reading from the lovely new books lent to us from Leeds Library Services.

To work on our physical development we have set up various activities for the children to thread pipe cleaners through small holes.

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