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Welcome to Nursery Class


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Nursery Curriculum


The Nursery is open five days a week - Mondays to Fridays during term time.  The morning session begins at 8.30 am and finishes at 11.30 am.  The afternoon session begins at 12.30 pm and finishes at 3.30 pm. Each session can accept up to twenty six children.  The Nursery is staffed by a Nursery Teacher, a Nursery Nurse and a Classroom Assistant.


Initially, the parents are invited to a meeting with the Headteachers where the parents are given some details about how the Nursery is run.  Parents are then invited to an interview with the Nursery Staff and this allows the staff to discuss the children in more detail with their parents.  Separation anxiety is dealt with very sensitively and children are settled in very gently and carefully.  Parents are invited to discuss how well their child has settled in after the child has spent one half-term in the setting.  Later on, during the academic year, parents are given a verbal report on their children’s progress.  This is then followed by an end of year school report.


The areas that are taught within the setting are :


Personal, Social and Emotional Development.

Physical Development.

Communication and Language.



Understanding of the World.

Expressive Arts and Design.


The children are encouraged to work on various activities in both the indoor and outdoor areas.  There is a strong emphasis on experimenting with exploratory materials (such as playdough, compost, wet sand, jelly etc.), so as to encourage their curiosity.  


Both the indoor and outdoor areas are set up on a daily basis to ensure that the areas of learning are covered.


From the start of the Spring term, the children are asked to complete a homework sheet once a week to help them with their pencil control skills and mathematical development. By Easter early reading will also be introduced. The children will start of with picture books to support their communication, language, and imaginary skills, and then onto early reading books with links to phonics, which by then the children will be aware of and be able to recoginse each sound of the alphabet. Please look at the phonics link below to help you understand the process of Letters and Sounds - The phonics programme used in nursery.


The children have the opportunity to take part in a ‘Special Assembly’, which will begin after Easter and parents are invited along, so as the children can show some of their art work. Parents will also be invited into Nursery for 'Stay and Play' and 'Stay and Read' sessions. The children will have an opportunity to show off their work, show parents what they enjoy playing with, singing songs and sharing their favourite stories. Dates for these sessions will be sent our in due course. The EYFS team also offer the chance for parents/carers to come along to a Literacy Workshop during the Autumn term. Although the workshop is based around Literacy; reading and writing, you will notice that all seven areas of the EYFS are closely linked and one of the areas cannot be engaged without linking another. This is a great opportunity to learn how to support your child's learning through playful and enjoyable activities. 


We like to think that we create a happy and positive environment for our Nursery Children.


Autumn Term


Our topics for this term are:


  • Ourselves
  • Our bodies
  • Our Five senses
  • Babies
  • Healthy Eating
  • The importance of exercise
  • The importance of personal hygiene
  • Our families
  • Our Favourite food
  • Christmas
  • The birth of Baby Jesus
  • Christmas Presents
  • Christmas wrapping paper (printing)
  • Christmas decorations
  • Christmas carols
  • Christmas food
  • Santa Claus
  • Diwali
  • Discussing the festival of Diwali. Making Diwali pots for tea lights.

Spring Term


Our topics for this term are:


  • Changes in the environment, including the weather
  • Baby animals
  • Spring animals
  • Spring Colours
  • Chinese New Year.


Mother's Day

  • All the nice things that our mothers do for us
  • Nice things that we can do for our mums.



  • Easter eggs
  • A treasure hunt
  • The religious importance of Easter


Nursery Rhymes

  • Jack and Jill
  • Old Mother Hubbard
  • One, two buckle my shoe
  • Polly put the kettle on
  • Mary had a little lamb
  • Humpty Dumpty

Summer Term

At Bishop Ridley we will be trialling our new and exciting curriculum 'Cornerstones' during the summer term. Come back soon to see what we have been up to!