St Joseph's

Catholic Primary School Pudsey

Telephone 0113 256 5407

Telephone0113 256 5407


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Welcome to nursery's class page! 
We look forward to sharing all of our wonderful work with you for this year! 

Our nursery team is: 

Miss Bedford- Class teacher 
Miss Wood- Teaching assistant 
Mrs Lancaster- Teaching assistant

If you need any information about our curriculum please do look here and don't hesitate to contact me on: 

We are really looking forward to this academic year. We have some exciting topics planned where the children will develop their skills in the seven areas of learning with the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. 

Our topics are:
Autumn 1 - My Funnybones
Autumn 2 - When I grow up
Spring 1 - Under the sea
Spring 2 - A pirate's life for me
Summer 1 - Growing
Summer 2 - Ugly Bug Ball


The children have really enjoyed the start of our minibeast topic. We have made a minibeast mansion, gone on a minibeast hunt and learnt all about the different types of minibeasts that there are. We have done some fun arts and crafts activities too! This week we had some special friends arrive we can't wait to watch them grow into beautiful butterflies.

The Queen's Platinum Jubilee

The children have had a great week celebrating the Queen's Jubilee. We have learnt where the queen lives and who she lives with as well as how long she has been on the throne. The children have decorated their own bunting for the Jubilee, coloured in pictures, had a tea party and made cards to celebrate. Well done nursery!

Gardening Day

This week the children have had a very busy week in nursery, our focus has been on the book 'The Hungry Caterpillar'. We have enjoyed planting in the outdoor area, making fruit kebabs and learning all about healthy eating. Well done nursery!

Summer Term 1 Newsletter
Jack and the Beanstalk

This week our focus has been on the story Jack and the Beanstalk. The children have enjoyed planting beans, learning about the lifecycle of a bean, measuring and comparing the size of beanstalks, re-telling the story, finding rhyming words and building castles!


This week we have started our new topic all about 'Growing'. I was very impressed with how much the children already know about what plants need to grow. This week, we focused on sunflowers. We watched a video of how sunflowers grow, talked about the things we liked most about sunflowers and then we planted our own sunflower seeds to take home so that the children can watch them grow. The children have also enjoyed listening to stories about sunflowers, learning about the lifecycle of sunflowers and painting their own sunflowers!

Nursery Class Timetable

Please see attached an example timetable which shows the daily routine that we follow in nursery.

Spring 2 Newsletter
Useful Resources:
  • Dough Disco on YouTube:
  • Phonics Play (phase 1) :
  • Topmarks (for fun games): 

We love to read!

Miss Bedford's favourite books are:

1. We're Going on a Bear Hunt- By Michael Robinson.
2. The Very Hungry Caterpillar- By Eric Carle.
3. The Rainbow Fish- By Marcus Pfister.
4. What the Ladybird Heard- By Julia Donaldson.
5. The Gruffalo- By Julia Donaldson.
Holi Festival of Colour

This week the children have learnt all about Holi festival of Colour. Holi is an ancient Hindu festival that takes place at the beginning of spring. It celebrates new life and the triumph of good over evil. The Holi festival is also known as "the festival of spring", "the festival of colours" and the "festival of love". The children enjoyed decorating their own T-Shirts to celebrate.

World Book Day

The children have had a great day for World Book Day. We learnt about why we celebrate World Book Day, what an author does and what an illustrator does. The children spoke about who they dressed up as and why. The children also talked about their favourite books. We did a ‘Guess the book quiz’ where I gave the children clues and they had to guess what book I was talking about. The children also drew a self portrait to show who they had dressed up as. This week the children have also enjoyed making pirate biscuits and designing their own pirates!

Spring 1 Newsletter

The children have had a great first week back. This week we have introduced our pirate topic, spoke about how to be a good friend in RE, looked at patterns in maths and looked at words that rhyme in literacy. The children have enjoyed playing in our pirate ship, trying on pirate clothes, looking for treasure and making pirate maps!

Valentine's Day

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, we have done lots of fun activities. First we talked about why and how we celebrate the day. Throughout the day we had lots of fun making cards, pictures and talking about the people we love. The children also enjoyed making their own Valentine's bookmark, making potions and role playing in the Valentine's café. The children also created their own Kandinsky Valentine heart paintings.

Chinese New Year

This week the children have enjoyed learning all about Chinese New Year. We learnt that this year is the year of the tiger, we have read traditional Chinese stories, written our names in Chinese, practiced using chopsticks, looked at traditional Chinese clothes and dance and made lanterns.

A busy week in nursery!

What a busy week we have had in nursery this week. The children have enjoyed listening to the story 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' and so we went on a bear hunt of our own! The children have also enjoyed continuing to learn about different 'Under the Sea' animals. We have written postcards that we have bought from our 'beach shop' and have been painting different 'Under the Sea' pictures. In Religious Studies we have listened to the passage in the Bible about Jesus getting lost in the temple. The children drew sad, shocked and scared faces to reflect on how Joseph and Mary must have felt when they lost Jesus. The children have also been talking about their own feelings. Each morning I ask the children how they feel. They have drawn faces on their whiteboards to show how they feel and I have helped them to write the word underneath their pictures.

Under the Sea

The children have had a great first week back! We have been exploring shells and fossils in the classroom, talking about the trips that we have been on to the beach, making sea masks, making playdoh animals, practicing our letter formation and exploring different sea animals.

Autumn 2 update:

We have had a very busy half term down in nursery. We have enjoyed learning about the different jobs that people have and have been thinking about what we would like to be when we grow up. We were lucky enough to have a nurse and a lifeguard come into the nursery to talk about their jobs and what they entail. The children have enjoyed role playing being at the police station, dentist, hairdressers and doctor's with great interest and enthusiasm. We have discussed the importance of looking after our bodies, brushing our teeth, exercising and eating a balanced diet. In mathematics the children have been learning to count to 5 and looking at one more and one less than the numbers up to 5. The children have also been enjoying listening to rhyming stories and picking out words that rhyme. We are looking forward to starting our new topic after Christmas 'Under the Sea'.

 I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and a very happy New Year! 

St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School

Mount Pleasant Road, Pudsey, LS28 7AZ

Tel: 0113 256 5407

Fax: 0113 255 7449


Headteacher: Miss C Gardner


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