In St Chad’s Foundation Stage we get to know our children really well and we find out what interests them and motivates them. We then enhance our learning environment to reflect the needs and interests of our class to encourage and support them meet their next steps. When we observe a group of children who share an interest or fascination we start a project based upon that interest. The children lead the learning, deciding what they would like to find out next. We place a very high value on play, where children get to explore, investigate, problem solve and collaborate in a safe and engaging environment. We aim to create a calm and stimulating learning space with a home away from home feel, where children feel valued and secure.


Learning in Nursery this half term


We look forward to another very busy and happy half term…


This half term we will continue supporting the children with making relationships and building friendships in Nursery. We will encourage turn taking when playing and support the children to listen and respond to each other ideas. We will discuss, support and model sharing, talking about either playing together or sometimes needing to wait for a turn.


In phonics we will be finding out about rhyme and alliteration. We will read lots of rhyming stories and nursery rhymes to develop the children’s awareness of rhyme. To extend this we will encourage the children to find rhyming pairs. We will learn and recite our rhyme of the week.


This half term in maths we will practice counting, singing counting songs and learning about the order of numbers. We will develop strategies for counting small sets of objects accurately. We will continue talking about the similarities and differences of objects and shapes. We will encourage children to speak in a full sentence, describing, noticing and comparing.


As usual talk plays a vital role in Nursery this half term. We will be encouraging children to talk about what they are doing, supporting them to use full sentences and extended sentences, and to ask and answer questions about their learning.


In RE we will be learning the story of Christmas and practicing for the Nursery nativity play. We will also be added our own lines to our end of day prayer. We will continue reflecting on our school statement, ‘In the light of God, we care, we share, we laugh, we learn,’ thinking about what that means to us in Nursery.

In our outdoor learning sessions, we will be developing our experiences of using tools, building confidence using hand drills, thinking about our own safety and that of those around us. We will also start looking at ice, adding colourings and salt, and talking about what is happening and why.


We will continue working on developing our fine and gross motor skills, in both our inside and outside classrooms, developing a comfortable and efficient pencil grip for those who are ready. We will encourage the children to make marks with meaning, writing for different purposes in all areas of provision.  We will read and talk about lots of stories and look at some non-fiction texts too.


It is very important to us that we work in partnership with our families. Please try to add some observations from home to your child’s learning journey so we get to know the whole child. If you would like any support with this, please do not hesitate to ask.

Meet the staff


Mrs. McMaster

Ms King

St Chad's Church of England Primary School Northolme Avenue West Park Leeds West Yorkshire LS16 5QR Telephone: 0113 274 7110 Email: For all school information and enquires, or to make contact with a member of staff, please contact Mrs. Katy Dixon, Senior Administrator Abbey Multi Academy Trust, c/o Chapter House Abbey Grange C of E Academy Butcher Hill Leeds LS16 5EA Telephone: 0113 275 7877 Email:
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