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. Our aim is to help your child feel safe, secure and happy to embark on the first step in their exciting journey in education. 

 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. 

 Our Learning - Summer 2

Summer 2 - 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. We 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 study and retell The Very Hungry Caterpillar and sing rhymes and poems related to minibeasts. In maths we 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. 


Our Learning - Summer 1

SUMMER 1 - Why can't I eat chocolate for breakfast?

We compare healthy and unhealthy foods and learn about the different types of food, looking at their origins. We explore the sensory properties of food via weekly guided cooking sessions and food-based messy play! Inspired by pop art, we make large-scale food sculptures from various materials. By the end of the project, we will understand the importance of keeping active, fit and healthy through daily yoga, dance and PE activities.  Our topic book this term is The Gingerbread Man, which we learn to retell orally. We will also begin to grow vegetables in the spring, gaining a practical understanding of healthy eating. 

This term we begin our Read, Write Inc. Phonics program. Find out more about it here: Read, Write, Inc. Phonics Guide for Parents



Our Learning - Spring 2

SPRING 2 - Animal Safari

This topic will follow our interests in animals as we look at many types of beasts, from the largest to the smallest! We will use our developing communication and language skills to talk about our favourite animals and our pets. In maths we learn about comparing length, mass, size and patterns. We (virtually) explore the world and marvel at the many wonderful animals in it. We develop our understanding of the world by looking at new life in spring, observing changes between baby and adult animals. In literacy we continue to use adjectives, aided by our focus literacy text, Dear Zoo.


Our Learning - Spring 1

SPRING 1 - 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 andThe Three Little Pigs  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.  


Our Learning - Autumn 2

AUTUMN 2 - How many colours in a rainbow?

This half-term we explore 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. We develop our understanding of the world by observing the colour changes in Autumn leaves and conducting science experiments involving colour.  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 - Autumn 1

AUTUMN 1 - Me and My Community

This project gets us 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. We develop their communication and language skills by taking part in listening and talking games in small groups. We also work on their 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.