St. Joseph's Catholic Primary Academy

We Value All in the Name of Jesus the Christ

Nursery / FS1

In Nursery we follow 'in the moment planning'. This means we regularly identify children's current interests and plan and evaluate from day to day or during the moment it is happening. Staff are skilled at seizing the moment, when a child shows interest in an activity, which can be built upon and is a 'teachable moment'. We offer an environment that enables child initiated play.


In nursery we have enjoyed settling back into school and have been making the most of all of the learning opportunities we have found in our classroom!


In this section you will find the planned topics to be taught within Nursery. This helps you to talk to your children about their learning and support them at home.

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Outside learning

Outside learning is very important to the development of young children and to support their learning.  Here are some examples of some of the activities that we do in school.

Making mud pies

Building our own obstacle course

Water painting

Our calm corner

Nursery’s thinking corner

Because we have therapeutic classrooms, this is our Thinking Corner. The children can sit here when they are feeling tired or upset, or if they need to feel calmer. There is a calming nursery rhyme book, fiddle toys, weighted stuffed animals, feeling cards and a soft blanket.

Our new topics -  Once upon a time and Sparkle and Shine

This half term (Advent 2) in Nursery our topics are Once Upon a Time and Sparkle and Shine.

Once Upon a Time 

This project supports children to develop a love of stories and reading. It encourages children to learn, retell and act out familiar and traditional tales including 

Cinderella, Goldilocks, Little Red Riding Hood, The Three Little Pigs and The Three Billy Goats Gruff.



Sparkle and Shine

This project teaches children about the celebrations that take place during the autumn and winter seasons, and focus on the significance and symbolism of light at this time of year.

Black history month


As part of Black History Month, today the children listened to ‘Coming to England’ by Floella Benjamin - a true story about the Trinidadian-British author’s journey and life in England as part of the Windrush Generation. They loved the pictures and sat smartly for the whole story!

The tiger who came to tea

Last week in R.E, we introduced the topic of ‘Welcome’. During this session we read The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr. Here are some pictures of the children playing with the focus area.


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Spring Term 2020




Autumn Term 2019


In Nursery we are beginning to form relationships with our peers. Here we are playing alongside each other in the sand. Sand play promotes many areas of our development. We also love playing in our outdoor sandpit. We enjoy digging, pouring, scooping and shovelling It strengthens our large muscles. As we pour sand into containers, our hand eye co-ordination improves! 

Our workshop is very popular. We enjoy using our imaginations to create many materpieces! We practise cutting, sticking and mark making as well as extending our vocabulary by learning new words.

Painting with our hands, a fun multi sensory experience.

Our book area is popular. We enjoy sharing stories with the staff and each other.

We love to learn outside. Reece is developing his fine motor skills whilst enjoying using the pegs.



Transient art, bubble blowing and exploring our 'investigation area' 


Exploring volume and capacity, learning about sequence and following instructions, along with developing hand-eye coordination. All this through having a tea party. Great fun!

   Planting sunflowers

In Nursery we follow 'in the moment planning'.

This means we regularly identify children's current interests and plan and evaluate from day to day or during the moment it is happening. Staff are skilled at seizing the moment, when a child shows interest in an activity, which can be built upon and are a 'teachable moment'. We offer an environment that enables child initiated play.

Here are some photos of our children highly engaged in their play. 





Autumn Term 2018

We have been busy settling back into nursery after the summer break and welcoming our new starters.



 2017- 2018

In Nursery, we enjoy using numicon in our play. Numicon allows the children to see numbers visually and helps them to see the relationship between numbers.

We love to learn outside whatever the weather!


Our texture kitchen became an ice kitchen.

We love to get creative! Here we are creating Santa's grotto. Later we enjoyed role play, taking it in turns being Father Christmas. Great fun.

We discussed the words 'love' and 'peace' then  joined the whole school in decorating a rock for our peace garden. 

Autumn 2017

Physical Development

We love listening to and exploring stories. Supertato has been the favourite this term.

Oh no! The evil pea is out of the freezer again, Mwa ha ha! I hope the children can find their name when they arrive.The children decided they wanted to protect the 'Super Veggies', so they made a jelly and counted out evil peas as they threw them in. 

The evil pea strikes again! Mwa ha ha ha! The children were desperate to save him and lots of discussion went on about how they could free him from the ice. 

In Nursery we love to sing and dance. Here we are singing 'Punchanella'.

In Nursery we enjoy making activities that develop the muscles in our shoulders, arms, wrists, hands and fingers. We had great fun squirting our friends.

Den Building - The Nursery children have seen the FS2 children den building and are keen to have a go themselves, building strength in their fingers as they squeeze the clips to hold the frame together. It was lovely to hear their imaginations developing as they played in their den when finished.


Outside Writing  


PE Lesson  

Summer 2017

Dolly Parton Imagination Library



Spring 2017

This term we have introduced lots of new and exciting activities to the continuous provision. We love being able to make our own play dough in our dough kitchen.


Our new mark making trolley is fantastic. We have had great fun exploring what marks we can make. 

 We love paint flicking! it strengthens our wrists ready for being able to write.

We have been learning about what we need to do to be a good friend.

On World Book Day we all dressed up as our favourite characters. We talked about and read some of our favourite books.

Autumn 2016

In Nursery we love to sing, here we are joining together for a sing song! Our teachers have been introducing us to our fantastic outdoor provision. We love choosing what we want to play with, free flowing from inside to outside. Here we are enjoying sand and water play and exploring what happens on a windy day.   




In Nursery we love our texture kitchen and are looking forward to introducing mud to it very soon!

We love to play outside whatever the weather. Here we are exploring colour by adding paint to puddles, great fun!

We enjoy learning in our construction area. Luca and Blazej decided to find out how tall they are.

In Nursery we enjoy some group time. During 'Nursery Rhyme' week we carried out a science investigation to find out why spiders don't stick to their own webs. We love being scientists.



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