St Joseph's Catholic Primary Academy, Finkil Street, Brighouse HD6 2NT

01484 713037

St Joseph's Catholic Primary Academy

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We are proud to work with all the Catholic schools across our two local authority areas, particularly as the Trust grows and benefits from the expertise and knowledge that other schools joining in the future will bring.

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             Welcome to Nursery 

Our Nursery Team are 

Mrs Lloyd - Teacher   Mrs Normanton - Nursery Nurse   Miss Crossland - Support Assistant

If you wish to contact Mrs Lloyd please use the Class Dojo


Autumn Spring Summer
TERM 1   Why Do You Love Me So Much? Why Can't I have Chocolate for Breakfast? Why Do Spiders Eat Flies?
TERM 2   Did Dragon's Exist? Are Eggs Alive? Can We Explore It?





There is no compulsory uniform for our Nursery children, however we strongly recommend our parents/carers send their child in:

  • dark blue jogging bottoms
  • white polo shirt
  • dark blue jumper/cardigan/sweatshirt
  • white socks
  • sensible trainers or shoes (no sandals/open toed shoes – bear in mind they will be climbing)
  • waterproof coat



This half term we will be developing the children's curiosity, knowledge and imagination about dragons, castles and fairy tales. We will be learning about the different parts of a castle and about life in the past. We will finding out about real  and imagined knights, their armour and battles. About real and imagined princesses, Kings and Queens, about fairy tales and traditional tales about dragons and  their habitats.


Autumn Term                EVENTS THIS TERM               


  • Tuesday 8th Nov - School Opens
  • Friday 10th Nov -  Firework Night 6-8pm
  • Sunday 12th Nov - Diwali
  • Sunday 12th Nov - Remembrance Sunday
  • Monday 27th Nov - Nursery Open Day - Come and Play 9.15 - 11.30( For Rising 3's and Sept 2024 starters)
  • Wednesday 13th Dec - Nativity Performance 10am
  • Thursday 14th Dec - Christmas Party 
  • Wednesday 20th Dec - School closes

 BOOKS  This term we will be reading stories about Dragons, Knights and Castles.

We will be reading traditional tales of Jack and the Beanstalk and Cinderella.



    Reading At Home                                     

Read stories, poems, traditional tales and rhyming stories with your child.

Encourage them to listen carefully and join in with repeated rhymes and refrains.

Can they recall some of the events in the story ?

Can they describe where the story took place ?

Who were the main characters in the story?    What was their favourite part ? Why ? What happened ?                                            

          Magic Maths                         

     This half term we will be: 

  • Counting out loud 1-3, 1-5, 1-10 +,
  • counting objects 1-3, 1-5, 1-10 pointing to each object and saying the number
  • Using our fingers for counting 
  • Singing number rhymes and songs.
  • Looking at shapes - recognising a star, heart, circle , square and triangle
  • Choosing correct shapes for a purpose
  • Noticing and creating patterns - joining in with simple patterns in sounds and games
  • Using  and understanding positional language , on, in, to describe where something is.

 ACTIVE CITIZENSHIP                                        FUNDRAISING             

Our class charity is SENSE   

Sense is a national charity in the United Kingdom that supports and campaigns for children and adults who are deafblind.

Last Year the class raised £159.62 for their chosen charity making Christmas cakes and filling hollow Easter Eggs with loose change. Thank you to all the parents and children, your donation was gratefully received by the SENSE team. Watch the page for upcoming events for fundraising.


This term the children will be decorating Christmas cakes to sell , keep an eye on the class Dojo for more information. 



Happy Class Family

Our Happy Class Family Board - being kind to each other, doing kind deeds and helping others. When we do something kind and helpful we add a heart to our happy class family board.

Leadership Roles

We will begin working on leadership roles where we will take it in turns to have an important role during the Nursery day. These jobs will incorporate classroom areas. 



     LIBRARY DAY is Thursday

Don't forget to let your child choose a book on a Thursday morning and you can enjoy it together at home. A big thank you to all the parents who have kindly donated books to our library, this wonderful resource would not be available without your constant support. If you haven't donated a book and would like to, please talk to a member of the Nursery Team.

BOOKS, BOOKS and more BOOKS ..........reading is the best !!!

Please try and read with your child daily. We try to foster a love of books and stories in the Nursery and your child will gain so much from having you read with them and show them that books and reading is important and enjoyable.

We LOVE books!


So your child has as much fun as possible and gains as much independence as possible, please remember

  • Dress your child in clothing and coats that they can manage themselves
  • Sensible footwear, no sandals, flip flops, crocs or open toed shoes
  • Trousers or shorts to be able to access roktagons and outdoor climbing
  • No expensive clothing or coats they will get dirty
  • Wellingtons in winter or wet weather- you can leave labelled wellies at Nursery
  • Encourage your child to become independent in using the toilet, it boosts their confidence and self esteem and gives them independence in the Nursery

Our School Mission

God asks us to

be the best version of ourselves.

God asks us to
try our best and keep everyone learning.

God asks us to
keep ourselves and others healthy and safe.

God asks us to
be respectful and accept everyone.

God asks us to
look after others and the world around us.

Let us all
Love, Learn and Live in Christ!
                           This half term we are beginning to understand the virtues of 

                                            Respect and Courtesy




This half term we will beInstInstrumental Sounds

Tune into Sounds- To use instruments to develop children's listening skills and awareness of different sounds in the environment.

Listen and Remember Sounds- To use instruments to further develop children's vocabulary and children's identification and recollection of the difference between sounds.

Talk about Sounds -  To use instruments to make up simple sentences and talk in greater detail about sounds. 



The Way the Truth and the Life  
 Our Family
This half term the children will be learning that:
God gives us a family to look after us and we will reflect on what our family does for us.
 The Angel Gabriel came to visit Mary and we will reflect on the good news for Mary.
 Jesus came to earth as a little baby and we will begin to understand how important this is for us.
Christmas is the birthday of Jesus and that this is a very special celebration.


 Key vocabulary  

  God  family  thank you  mother  father  love  Angel Gabriel  Good News  Mary  baby  Jesus  Bethlehem  Joseph   Christmas  stable  manger  celebrate  birthday  angels  shepherds  lambs  gifts

At Home you could help your child by:

  • Reminding your children that Christmas is about the gift of Jesus to us and not just about receiving presents.
  • Talk about your family and draw pictures of Jesus being part of your family.
  • Take them to see Baby Jesus at church during the Christmas season.


          OUR CLASS SAINTS  are 

The Holy Family  Jesus, Mary and Joseph


 AT HOME Parents as Partners

  • Read with your child daily, this will encourage them to listen and understand that words carry meaning and we read words on the page to tell the story.
  • Talk about the illustrations with your child and encourage them to talk about the story and the parts they enjoyed.
  • Count with your child at home in practical situations, can they use their fingers to count? 
  • Encourage your child with self- help skills to increase their independence, dressing and undressing, putting on and taking off their coat..
  • Give your child lots of opportunities for climbing, running, jumping, balancing, using a tricycle or scooter and practising ball skills 
  • Encourage your child's independence and encourage them to have a go at activities on their own.
  • Give your child lots of opportunities for mark making, drawing, painting and using playdough.