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St Simon's Catholic Primary School

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Foundation Stage 1 (Nursery)



Welcome to the class page for Foundation Stage 1, Nursery. Mrs Clarke, Mrs Holmes and Mrs Stewart are the staff.




In Foundation Stage 1 we love to learn through exploring our environment. We have lots of exciting learning spaces throughout our class, inside and outside. When your child enters nursery there are welcoming/settling activities for your children, we then register and find out what the day has in store for us.

For most of our session we can choose when and where we play, inside and outside. We do lots of learning through active play which is structured to ensure we make progress in all areas of our development. We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, full details of 'Development Matters' can be found here and found in FS entrance. Every day we also get together in small and larger groups for teaching sessions focusing on RE, Maths, Literacy, Phonics, PHSE, Circle Time etc.


You can find guidance to your child's learning and development in the early years foundation stage by clicking here

There are so many different and wonderful things to do in our class, we firmly believe in having lots of fun, having a go, following our interests and learning  through play.




We spent the last 10 weeks leaning and talking about books. During our theme Jump into a Book we set up role play areas based on some of our favourite books and stories.


Our theme this block is “Rhymes, Chimes and Story Times!”

We will be reading and learning from and about a range of poems, rhymes and stories.



Religious Education:


New Life

Children will learn hear about what happened after Easter and how then Jesus appeared to his friends.


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.

What you can do to help:

  • Encourage children to say prayers at bedtime.


Personal, Social and Emotional Development:


Children will continue to develop the friendships they have already formed by offering cues to peers to join them and by keeping play going by responding to what others are saying or doing.  They will begins to accept the needs of others and can take turns and share resources, sometimes with support from others.


What you can do to help:

  • Encourage your child to put their own shoes and socks and to put their coat on.
  • Encourage your child to dress and undress each day attempting buttons.
  • Praise your child when they try to do things for themselves.


Communication and Language


During Block 4 children will recognise and respond to familiar sounds and show interest in songs and rhyme. They will be encouraged to ask questions and talk about themselves. The children will learn to follow instructions. They will talk about the books we read and use drama in role play.


What you can do to help:

  • Ask your child what they have been doing at Nursery-use the pictures on Class Dojo as a prompt for the discussion.
  • Continue to chat to them whilst you are busy at home to encourage listening skills.
  • Encourage them predict what might happen next when sharing stories.
  • Discuss rhyming words used in rhymes.


Physical Development


Children will develop their abilities to self-care including toileting and getting dressed and undressed. They will take part in a wide range of activities to encourage the development of their gross motor and fine motor skills including outdoor play, dance and play equipment they will move freely and with pleasure and confidence in a range of ways, such as slithering, shuffling, rolling, crawling, walking, running, jumping, skipping, sliding and hopping.


What you can do to help:

  • Encourage you children to use a knife and fork correctly.
  • Practise holding a pencil to draw lines and circles and attempting to write their name.


Intake Meeting Thursday 28th June at 6.15pm.
Foundation Stage Liturgy Tuesday 3rd July at 3.10pm.




General Information


  • Please ensure your child’s clothing is labelled.
  • Can we please ask that while you wait children do not let your children use any of the play equipment.
  • Prams and pushchairs can be left under the shelter in the main playground; please do not bring them into Nursery.
  • PE is on a Tuesday and a Thursday, PE kits can stay in school in lockers and will be returned home each half term.



Class Dojo

The school uses Class Dojo as a way to promote growth mindset as well as being an opportunity for you to contact us about any queries you may have. Please make sure you have signed up so that we can share all our learning with you.




Children take books home from school to share with you and we encourage our children to share these books and of course there own books at home with an adult and reward them for doing this.