Nursery 2021 - 2022

Ms Shenton

Nursery 2021/2022

Ms Shenton and Mrs Farrell

Welcome to Nursery

Dear Families,

Welcome to St Paul’s Catholic Nursery School, please find below information about your child’s Learning Journey at St Paul’s.

Staff: Myself and Mrs Farrell are the part time members of staff in Nursery we will be supporting your children in their learning journey every morning.

Uniform and Clothing: We will be learning outside in all weathers; please send you child in September with a waterproof coat and a pair of wellington boots (we ask that their wellies be kept in Nursery) Please ensure that all your child’s clothing and footwear has their name on it if an item goes missing it is more likely to be returned to its owner if their name is in it.

Nursery Fund: We welcome all donations to our Nursery class fund, fund will be collected on a Friday. The purpose is to help provide those little extras and special snacks, and cooking ingredients etc.

Snacks: We would like to take this opportunity to inform families that we are a healthy school, and fruit is provided in class every day, water is always readily available. Children will be offered milk or water at snack time. We regularly have special snacks too that may be linked to our topic learning.

The EYFS Curriculum in Nursery:  This year the new EYFS curriculum encourages a focus on practitioners building a knowledge and understanding of your child as a learner; supporting them to develop individually, through a mixture of individual and group play, alongside practical assessment at key points in their development.

Development Matters is the Non Statutory Guidance that we use to plan our Curriculum in Nursery and Reception. We use I can statements to plan Next Steps for children’s learning in Nursery.

Development Matters is for all early years practitioners, (including) nursery and reception classes in school. It offers a top-level view of how children develop and learn. It can help you to design an effective early years curriculum, building on the strengths and meeting the needs of the children you work with.

The curriculum consists of everything you want children to experience, learn and be able to do. It must meet the requirements of the educational programmes in the statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

DfE Development Matters Non-statutory curriculum guidance for the early years foundation stage 2021

In Nursery children learn through the Prime Areas of; Communication and Language, Personal and Social Development and Physical Development and the Specific Areas of; Mathematics, Literacy, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.

Characteristics of Effective Learning:  The Characteristics of Effective Learning are connected and linked to the Prime and Specific Areas of Learning and Development. They are they are the elements we observe and support children to develop through their play and interaction with others. These elements are evident alongside each area of learning and the objectives we work towards taken from the Development Matters non statutory Guidance.

Playing and exploring – children investigate and experience things and are willing to have a go.
Active learning – children concentrate and keep on trying when they encounter difficulties and enjoy their achievements.
Creating and thinking critically – children have and develop their own ideas, are able to make links between ideas and develop a range of strategies for doing things.

This Term Our Curriculum Topics are:

Summer 1:

Topic: What can you hear down on the Farm?

R.E: New Life

Summer 2

Topic: Magnificent Minibeasts

R.E:  Our Church Family

Religious Education:

This half term: Children learn to show care for one another. They hear the story of Easter. Children come to know that Sunday is a special day for the Church family to come together to celebrate. They experience praying with others as a celebration.  In Summer two we will learn about The Catholic Church and Our Church Family: Children will experience that a church is a special place where God’s People gather to pray. They will come to know that Sunday is a special day for the Church family who come together to celebrate. Children will experience praying with others as a celebration. They will be able to join in simple prayers and hymns.

Physical Development

Children will be continuing to develop their gross and fine motor skills in a variety of ways both indoors and outdoors. They will take part in design activities to support the development of their cutting skills and Dough Disco to develop their fine motor movements and muscles. 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development: 

During this term we will be continuing to develop our ability to identify and talk about our feelings, understand why we have rules and develop further our friendships with others.  We will have regular Circle Times where we will think about what it means to be a kind friends, we will read stories about kind friends to help us with our understanding, we will also do this through our RE Curriculum. Through a variety of speaking and listening activities, children will continue to follow our Golden Rules and our behaviour Rainbow.


Talk about my feelings I can understand the feelings of others

Follow basic instructions and the “rules” of the setting.

Managing Self

Start to handle new experiences with more confidence.

Building Relationships.

Play with others co-operatively

Use appropriate ways of being assertive when needed.

Communication and Language:

Listening Attention and Understanding: Listen carefully to songs, stories and rhymes and respond by joining in. Understand and respond to instructions with: *2 key words- Put on your hat *3 key words- Can you wash dolly’s face? Understand and respond to ‘why’ questions.

Speaking: Start a conversation and take it in turns to speak. Explain, describe, recount and retell. Join in with conversation (linked to listening) Use a sentence of 4-6 words e.g. Can I have more milk please? Use connectives to link words in sentences e.g. I want the car and the crayon/ I like milk because it tastes nice.


Throughout our ‘play learning’ we will read stories about farms, minibeasts, families, friendship, feelings and Bible Stories.

Further Reading: On Monday Children will bring a Nursery Reading Book and a library book home, to be returned on Friday. Our local libraries have a wide range of books to enjoy!

Phonics: In Nursery children take part in Phonics Play and learning; this will be in provision as they play or in carpet sessions. In Phase One Phonics children will learn to ‘Tune into Sounds’ by listening to: rhyming stories and poems and begin to match rhyming couplets, listen for words with the same sound at the beginning, begin to hear and say the initial sound in words. In summer term we will develop this further by; learning how to articulate a range of sounds, and practising segmenting and blending CVC words orally. Children will begin to recognise both orally and in reading the Phase Two sounds S A T P I N. Some children will begin to link letters to sounds.

Further Curriculum information can be found on the Curriculum Page of the  school Website St Paul's Catholic Primary School: Nursery (

Home Learning:  Children will receive a variety of homework tasks which will be included on the weekly Nursery Newsletter. This will help you see what they are learning in school as well as working with your child to build a relationship and link between home and school.  

Learning Journeys and Home & Nursery Partnership:

The learning your child does in school will go into an observation on Evidence Me or into their individual Learning Journey, along with photographs, notes, observations and Focused Tasks. You can view your child’s learning on Evidence Me by logging into the App and using Parent Share. You can also contribute your own observations and interactions with your child at home. We support and encourage our families to do this, and value your contributions as part of our Parent Partnership, this enables us to share your child’s Learning Journey together.

We will be sending home a set of WOW cards: these are for you to write down any observations you make of your child at home. When you think WOW! I didn’t know they could do that you can write it down and send it into nursery and we will add it to their Learning Journey.

If you wish to communicate with us in Nursery, you may speak to us at Nursery pick up, or via email to  However, lengthy conversations are best taking place by appointment. If your child is not being collected by yourself, please let us know when you drop them off in the morning.

We look forward to continuing working with you and your child during the Summer term; and thank you in anticipation of your valued support.

Ms Shenton and Mrs Farrell

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Contact the School

St Paul's Catholic Primary School

Miss M Flynn (Headteacher)
St Paul's Catholic Primary School
Turner Lane
SK14 4AG, United Kingdom

Main Contact: Mrs S Phoenix (School Business Manager)

Tel: 0161 368 2934

SEN Contact: Mrs K Higginbottom