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…


The children have settled brilliantly back after the  Christmas holidays and we look forward to a very busy half term. WE also have some new starters so we will be supporting them learning new routines and helping them develop relationships.


In phonics we will continue our work on rhyme and alliteration. We will try to find rhyming pairs and The children have settled brilliantly back after the Christmas holidays and we look forward to a very busy half term. We also have some new starters, so we will be generate rhyming strings of words. We will learn and recite our rhyme of the week. We will look at and sort objects that begin with the same initial sounds, making silly sentences using the objects.


This half term in maths we will be finding out about 2d and 3d shape, matching and sorting, developing mathematical language to describe what we see. We will talk about patterns and try to extend them. We will practice counting, singing counting songs and learning about the order of numbers. We will continue talking about the similarities and differences of objects and shapes. We will be thinking about 1 more.

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. In our ‘talk for writing’ sessions we will be learning a story, adding actions and using a story map to show the key parts of the story. We will then look at changing key features of the story, using the children’s ideas.


In RE we will be reflecting on our nativity play, encouraging the children to talk about what they remember of the Christmas story. We will also be added our own lines to our end of day prayer.


In project work time we will be developing some new projects based around the observed interests of groups of our children. We will start project work based around a sustained interest in making food, in map making and an art project, looking at some famous paintings and sculptures and making natural frames for some of our own art.


In our outdoor learning sessions, we will be developing our experiences of using tools, building confidence using hacksaws and 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, developing a pencil grip and encouraging 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 nonfiction texts too.

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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