St Joseph's Catholic Primary Academy

Love, learn and live in Christ!

Welcome to our website! We hope you enjoy having a look round! Hover over the tabs for the different aspects of school life as well as scrolling down on this page. We do hope all our families will join us for the first Advent Mass this Saturday at 6pm in church! The choir will be singing and it will be a lovely way to begin the season together as a school and parish community! Mrs Hodges



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

Come and have a look at what's going on in our Nursery.

It's where the fun begins!

Kids and balloons


Our Nursery Team are:

Mrs L Lloyd - Teacher

Mrs R Acheson and Mrs K Normanton - Nursery Nurses 

Mrs G Howgate Support Assistant

If you wish to contact Mrs Lloyd please email


                       Why Do Leaves Go Crispy   
This interest provides ideas for stimulating children's curiosity, understanding and imagination about how plants and animals adapt to the changing seasons.

 This half term we will:

  • Investigate the fruits and seeds that plants produce in the autumn.       
  •   Discover how these fruits and seeds are used.
  • Explore the different seasons and the types of weather each season brings.
  •  Find out about hibernation, what it means and how birds and animals prepare for the winter.  


WELCOME to Nursery   

Welcome back. We hope you have had a lovely autumn break. We have got lots of exciting activities planned in the lead up to Christmas.


 Read together Books  

Check out some of the books we will be looking at this term



    We will also be reading 


The Percy the Park Keeper Series of Stories





The Seven Habits

Here is a reminder of our Seven Habits. 

                                                     Let's start at Habit 1  Be Proactive

Remember to always do the right thing :-)

                            Practise the Be Proactive Song

Our Emotional Bank Account

 This half term we will continue adding to our Happy Class Family Board - being kind to each other, doing kind deeds and helping others.

Leadership Roles 

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

 Habit 1     Be Proactive

Habit 2        Begin with the End in Mind   

Habit 3 Put First Things First 

Habit 4 Think Win Win

Habit 5 Seek First to Understand then to be Understood

Habit 6 Synergize

Habit 7 Sharpen the Saw

        LIBRARY DAY     is  Thursday  

 Don't forget to let your child choose a book 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.

Due to the Covid virus parents will not be allowed into Nursery. Please hand your library book in on THURSDAY MORNING, a staff member will change your child's library book with them and return it with their weekly work at the end of the school day. Thank you.

 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!   



                                                                KIND REMINDERS

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

         VIRTUES             VIRTUES  

This half term we are practising the virtue of HOPE 

I am hopeful when 

  • I believe and trust that God will not give up on me
  • I am positive about the future
  • I don't give up on myself
  • I have hopes and dreams that we can all work for a better world
  • I pray to God placing my life in his hands
  • I know God has a plan for me  

Phonics Focus

Help your child to begin to recognise their name. Begin to look at the initial letter of their name, what sound does it make. Talk about other things that start with the same sound.

Practise some phonics sounds with Geraldine the Giraffe. Click on the picture for the link




See if your child can learn some Jolly Phonics letter sound song.

    The Way the Truth and the Life

 This term our RE focus is     God's Family

“Creation is the first and universal revelation of God’s love ...

Each human person is made in God’s image …”

     We will:

  • Be aware that God made all the people in the world to be part of his family and we are part of it too;
  •  Know that God made us to know and love him and to show our love for him by helping one another;
  •  Know that He has given us gifts so that we can show His love to others;
  •  Know that God's greatest gift to us was to send his only son Jesus and respond to that gift.

At home
You could help your children by:
• reminding them 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.



  Take some time for Peace 

     Try this Time Out Meditation


Helping your child at home

This term you can help your child in the following ways :

  • Talk about the seasonal changes taking place, the weather, environmental colours and how and why they think things are changing.
  • Take your child on a nature walk and encourage them to investigate autumn. 
  •  Allow them to bring in any autumn things they find and they can talk about their discoveries in class.
  •  Encourage your child to begin to notice patterns in the natural and man-made environment. 
  • Do they know what a pattern is ? Can they find something that has a pattern ?Let your child bring a patterned object into Nursery and we will encourage them to talk about what they have observed.
  • Use the language of measurement and position with your child. Can they describe the position or size of an object. Can they describe where something is ? Which words do they use ?
  • Encourage your child to put on their own coat and fasten it.
  • Provide your child with lots of opportunities for mark making, drawing, cutting, painting, dough play, outdoor movement, climbing, balancing and running.
  •  Read stories and traditional tales with your child, encourage them to listen carefully and join in with repeated rhymes and refrains.
  •  Can your child answer some questions about the story ? Who was the story about ? Can they recall some events that happened in the story ?
  •  Continue to count with your child, count objects and help your child to begin to recognise numbers and understand what they represent.Can they give you 3, 5, 7 objects from a group of objects ? Do they know what happens when one more is added or taken away ?


Check this Box each day for an activity to complete, don't forget to add it to your child's tray. 

Find your link here to access Purple Mash

Activities to try this term:

  • All About Me
  • Colours
  • Growing
  • People Who Help Us

    Thank you for the fabulous work you are doing on Mini Mash !