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St. Michael & St. Martin

Catholic Primary School

Learning our faith, living our faith, loving our faith


Starting Nursery in September 2021?


Find out more information about what to expect and how to help your child by reading our transition information below.

Welcome to Nursery

Welcome to Nursery

Class Teacher: Mrs Mahmood

Nursery Nurse: Mrs Doyle


At St Michael and St. Martin, we want your child's first experience of school to be happy and exciting where they discover and learn through play in a stimulating environment.


To enable young children to make good progress in their learning we build upon the skills they have when they join the school in Nursery. The children have opportunities to develop emotional security, their self-belief and social skills. Our aim is to assist all the children to develop a love of learning and an excitement about coming to school each day.


The Early Years Foundation Stage overview:

In Nursery, we support children in three prime areas:

  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Physical development
  • Communication and language

These three prime areas are strengthened and applied through the following specific areas:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design


Each prime and specific area is further divided into related aspects.

Our learning programmes involve the following activities and experience:
Personal, Social and emotional development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.


PSED is made up of these aspects:

Self-confidence and self-awareness

Managing feelings and behaviour

Making relationships


Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their coordination, control, and movement.  Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.


PD is made up of these aspects:

Moving and handling

Health and self-care


Communication and Language development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.


CL is made up of these aspects:

Listening and attention




Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write.  Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.


LD is made up of these aspects:




Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces and measures.


MD is made up of these aspects:


Shapes, space and measures


Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.


UW is made of these aspects:

People and communities

The World


Expressive arts and design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play and design and technology.


EAD is made of these aspects:

Exploring and using media and materials

Being imaginative 


What are the changes in the new Eyfs 2021?


Physical Development will be strengthened to include a greater focus on development from birth to reception and on the link between gross and fine motor skills. Literacy will include a stronger emphasis on pre-reception literacy learning, and the link between language comprehension and later reading and writing.


Religious Education

Our topic this half term is called, ‘Beginning with God.’ We will learn about our class Saint (St. Anthony), classroom rules. We will learn how to make the sign of the cross and learn our morning & afternoon prayers.  

The children will learn about themselves, their families and their new school. 


We will be looking at how we are all different and unique and come from diverse families from all over the world. As well as their own immediate families, the children will also learn about being part of the church family which they were welcomed into at Baptism. The children will understand that in the church family, God is Our Father. Additionally, the children will be learning that time spent with God is called Prayer. 


Our Topics for the Autumn terms are:

  • Colours  Autumn 1
  • All About Me Autumn 2


Our books this term will be, Colour Monster, Elmer, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, The days the crayons quit. Each week we will learn a new colour. 


General Reminders 


  • Children need to bring a water bottle from home 
  • Don't forget to label your child’s coats, jumpers, t-shirts, jogging bottoms, shoes and water bottles
  • Please make sure your child eats a healthy breakfast in the morning so that their day goes well. 
  • Children will have a healthy snack at school (we will provide it)
  • Please order your child’s milk 
  • Please collect your child on time
  • Each week your child will bring a book home
  • Book bags every Monday (You can buy book bags from us £5) 
  • We will be using Tapestry this year

Tapestry is a secure online Learning Journal to record photos, observations and comments, in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, to build up a record of your child's experiences during their time with us. 

More information will be provided once your child starts Nursery. 



Nursery Team!