Welcome to the Nursery Page

What children experience in the nursery creates lasting foundations for what they build on in later life. Here at Chesterton Primary School our ethos is to provide these experiences through rich opportunities to explore, investigate and discover the world around us. Children learn through play and our indoor and outdoor environments provide learning and social opportunities for children in a happy, safe and secure environment. 


The indoor area is set up with clear areas of learning so that children can access familiar resources like role play and the home corner. Investigation stations are set up throughout the year to challenge the children and broaden their knowledge and language skills.

Outdoor play helps to develop a child’s gross motor skills and allows them to build upon their physical development, balance and co-ordination. The children enjoy lots of outdoor play during the year, in all weathers! We make regular visits to our school woodland area, and field, observing changes and investigating found objects. This helps us to develop an awareness of the world around us.

Children will be introduced to Phase One Letters and Sounds and will explore a variety of songs, rhymes and musical instruments. This will help each child to understand and learn all about different sounds, and how to talk about them. This is essential when developing early literacy skills.

Alongside this we also use Jolly English which introduces all of the sounds that are taught in the Jolly Phonics programme, and helps children to build up phonemic awareness. It also ensures that children are familiar with the vocabulary used in the Jolly Phonics lessons as they progress through nursery and into reception.

Our nursery is a ‘Reading Rich’ environment, with books found throughout. In the classroom, you will find a variety of story books for you and your child to share at bedtime. These can be changed as often as you like with your child. An ideal opportunity is when you and your child come to school in the morning.

Reading aloud to a child will stimulate imagination and develop an understanding of the world. It also helps each child to develop key language and listening skills. This will familiarise your child to print, and language used within stories.

Planning is based around each child’s individual needs. This involves support and involvement from parents as we have ‘Focus children’. We will ask for information about your child’s likes and interests and personalise activities and next steps in order to maximise progress.
This kind of planning enables our staff to get to know each child’s likes and dislikes, and to learn about their interests and involve their families in these activities. You may wish to provide photographs of special people and family members for your child to talk about. These can then be displayed within the classroom and help to create a familiar and nurturing environment.
We use ClassDojo within the nursery to reinforce any positive behaviour and achievements. It is also used to share photographs, special times and key information with parents.

A strong sense of community is important within our school and we often take the children out into the local area. We can be seen in the park exploring our environment, or doing some shopping in the local shops. We are lucky enough to areas of natural beauty around us such as Apedale Country Park and The Brampton, where we have a teddy bear’s picnic, sharing special times with our family.

Nursery builds a solid foundation for each and every child, enabling them to be the best that they can be. We watch as our children grow in confidence and begin to understand the school motto of ‘learning together, growing together and succeeding together.’

Key Information for our Nursery

  •  Wellingtons

The children do a lot of learning in our outdoor area and this can get very muddy during the winter months. To prevent your child’s shoes from getting muddy, we really would appreciate it if you could provide them with a pair of named wellingtons to keep at school.

  • Labelling all items

Just outside the classroom, you will find a variety of story books for you and your child to share at bedtime. These can be changed as often as you like, we recommend reading to your child at least 5 times a week. An ideal opportunity is when you and your child come to school in the morning.

  • Sharing a book with your child

Just outside the classroom, you will find a variety of story books for you and your child to share at bedtime. These can be changed as often as you like, we recommend reading to your child at least 5 times a week. An ideal opportunity is when you and your child come to school in the morning.

  • Book bags

Please bring your child’s book bag to school daily so that we can communicate effectively with you about your child’s learning. Any important newsletters, bump notes or information regarding changes in school will be placed in the book bags as well as any relevant and appropriate homework.