St Joseph's Rotherhithe


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

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

Our aim is to help your child feel safe, secure and happy to embark on the first step in their exciting journey in education. Our day to day activities are planned around the seven areas of learning and development in the Early Years Foundation Stage, as detailed below. 

 We provide activities that will support your child to learn and develop through following the three 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 three prime areas will help them to develop skills in the following four 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 through teaching of phonics, early number and literacy. 

Click on the tabs below to find out more about our nursery year! 

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 discuss our similarities and differences, what makes us special, and how we can be kind friends to each other.  Children develop their communication and language skills by taking part in listening and talking games in small groups.  We also work on our personal, social and emotional development, learning how to share and take turns. In literacy we sing and act out nursery rhymes, while our maths focus is 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 look at how to identify and mix colours. We also build on our previous learning in Maths, sorting according to various criteria such as shape, colour and size, and exploring pattern. This we develop our understanding of 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 terms of our personal, social and emotional development, we learn 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 aims to enhance our love of stories and reading. We learn, retell and act out familiar and traditional tales including Goldilocks, The Three Little Pigs and The Three Billy Goats Gruff.  To develop our communication and language skills we learn ways to describe characters using various adjectives. In PE we explore ways we can dance and move like different characters. Creating props, costumes and using music to enhance our storytelling enables us to apply our skills in expressive arts and design. In maths we focus on the many ways to represent and identify numbers 1, 2 and 3, thematically linking to fairy-tales involving three characters. In maths we compare, mass, size, and weight in practical activities like cooking or messy play. 

Useful links and resources

Tips to manage the transition into nursery

Birth to 5 Matters