St Joseph's Rotherhithe


Hello, my name is Miss Hope and I am the nursery teacher. 

Here are the principles of our nursery:

  • We build on what our children already know and can do
  • We ensure that all children are included, feel secure and valued
  • We offer a structure for learning that has a range of starting points
  • We create opportunities for the children to engage in activities planned by adults and those that they plan or initiate themselves
  • We provide a rich and stimulating environment both indoors and outdoors

We provide activities that will support your child to learn and develop through following the 3 prime areas. These are deemed most essential for healthy development and future learning:

  • Communication and Language

  • Physical Development

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

 As children grow, these 3 prime areas will help them to develop skills in the following 4 specific areas:

  1. Literacy

  2. Mathematics

  3. Understanding the World

  4. Expressive Arts & Design

We believe in the importance of active learning. Children encounter the seven areas of the EYFS curriculum through play, as we encourage the children to work collaboratively and become confident explorers of the world around them. By the end of the year, children are also prepared for the transition to Reception class by a firm grounding in phonics, early number and literacy. 

As the Allotment Lead of St Joseph's, I am passionate about outdoor learning and Food Education. In the Nursery, children cook once a week with an adult, using produce from the school allotment as much as possible. 

Together with Saphron and Ruth, the experienced nursery team, I look forward to welcoming you, your child and your family to St Joseph's RC Primary.

Useful Documents for New Starters

Our Learning - Autumn 1

For the first few weeks we get to know and settle in the new children so that they become used to the routine of nursery and sitting at group times for stories and songs.  Talking to your child about this routine will help them to manage it sooner and in a calmer way.  Sitting for short stories and song or rhymes at home will also support this transition. 

Our topic this half-term is: Me and My Community

This project gets children talking about themselves and what makes them unique. We will discuss our similarities and differences, what makes us special, and how we can be kind friends to each other.  Children will develop their Communication and Language skills by taking part in listening and talking games in small groups.  We will also do lots of work on our Personal, Social and Emotional Development, learning how to share and take turns. In Literacy we will be singing and acting out nursery rhymes, while our Maths focus will be matching and sorting objects. 


Our Learning - Autumn 2

Our topic this half-term is: How many colours in a rainbow? 

This half-term we will be exploring all aspects of colour. In Expressive Arts and Design we will be looking at how to identify and mix colours. We will also build on our previous learning in Maths, sorting according to various criteria such as shape, colour and size, and exploring pattern. This term we will develop the learning area of Understanding the World by observing the colour changes in Autumn leaves and conducting science experiments involving colour. This term also provides the perfect opportunity to engage in Forest School crafts like making natural paint.  In Personal, Social and Emotional Development we will be learning how to express and regulate our emotions using the coloured zones of regulation. Our focus text in literacy will be My Many Coloured Days, which will inspire us to compose our own colour poems!

   Our Learning - Spring 1

 Our topic this half-term is: Once Upon a Time

This project will enhance our love of stories and reading. We will learn, retell and act out familiar and traditional tales including Goldilocks, The Three Little Pigs and The Three Billy Goats Gruff.  In Communication and Language we will learn ways to describe characters using various adjectives. In Physical Development we will explore ways we can dance and move like different characters. Creating props, costumes and using music to enhance our storytelling will enable us to enhance our skills in Expressive Arts and Design. In Maths we will begin our journey into number, focusing on the many ways to represent and identify numbers 1, 2 and 3, thematically linking to fairy-tales involving three characters. We will also compare, mass, size, and weight in practical activities like cooking or messy play. 

 Our Learning - Spring 2

Our topic this term is: Animal Safari 

This topic will follow the children's interests in animals as we look at many types of beasts, from the largest to the smallest! In Maths we will talk about comparing length, height and weight, and will begin to count to four. We will (virtually) explore the world and marvel at the many wonderful animals in it. Our Understanding the World learning will focus on new life in spring, observing changes between baby and adult animals. Our Communication and Language will see us continuing to use adjectives, aided by our focus literacy text, Dear Zoo.  We will hone our Design skills in Expressive Arts and Design by creating different 3D animal habitats and animal masks using various materials. Our fabulous animal topic will end with a trip to the local farm. 

Our Learning - Summer 1

 Our topic this term is `Why can't I have chocolate for breakfast?`

This topic concentrates on healthy eating, nutrition and movement, with a focus on Physical Development. Children start by developing an understanding of healthy and unhealthy foods and the different types of food, looking at their origins. We will explore the sensory properties of food via weekly guided cooking sessions and food-based messy play! Inspired by 60s pop art we will make large-scale food sculptures from various materials. In addition, children will understand the importance of keeping active, fit and healthy through daily yoga, dance and PE activities, as we monitor the effect of exercise on our bodies.  Our topic book this term is Handa's Surprise, which offers a wealth of opportunities to learn about and count fruit. We will also begin to grow vegetables, flowers and herbs in the spring so the children gain a practical understanding of healthy eating. 

Our Learning - Summer 2

Our topic this term is Creep, Crawl and Wriggle

The year is rounded off a topic which looks at all things creepy crawly! Our aim this term is to spend as much time outdoors as possible, and we will try to find and explore mini-beasts first-hand. Children will find out all about the astounding creatures in the school allotment and choose their own minibeast to make out of 3D materials. In literacy we will study and retell The Very Hungry Caterpillar and will sing or recite rhymes and poems related to minibeasts. In Maths, we will learn about positional language and times of the day as well as continuing our explorations of counting and number. At the end of the year,  transition activities will take place for children moving on to Reception. 

In the summer we continue with our interest in growing and life cycles by planting more, caring for and eating what we have planted already. We will also look at the transformation of live caterpillars to butterflies.   

Useful links and resources

Tips to manage the transition into nursery

Birth to 5 Matters