Holy Family

Catholic Primary School

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Welcome to FS1!


Early Years Practitioner: Miss Channing

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Haries



 A very warm welcome to all FS1 children and parents. I know this can be a nerve-wracking time for both you and your children, but rest assured they are in expert hands.


Every term will be taken at the pace each child requires and personalised support provided if required, this could take the form of 1:1 time reading a book together, or introducing small group activities to allow children to begin to develop their social skills. This will ensure each child feels comfortable within their environment.


Here at Holy Family, we operate an open door policy, Nursery door is always open and if you have any questions or concerns regarding your child, their development, their education or how you can support their learning journey at home, please do not hesitate to speak with any member of the unit.



Just a few reminders as we head into the new school year:

  • The morning session starts at 8.45 and finishes at 11.45. The afternoon session is 12.25 till 3.25.
  • Please ensure your child brings a coat as we head into the cooler months, on wet days please also bring wellies for your child.
  • Make sure that your child comes to school in correct uniform, including ties and suitable footwear.
  • Please remember to label all your child's clothes.
  • Please provide your child with a water bottle - do not place these in their book bag, we have had books ruined because water bottles have leaked.


We are looking forward to the year ahead with all of you!



Nursery children are using a range of different media to create fabulous art work to be displayed in our reading room. They chose 'What the Lady Bird Heard' as there reading for pleasure book linked to World Book Day 2023.

Anti Bullying

Children in Nursery talked about what bullying is and why we don't do it. We watched a short video about a little boy being bullied at school and we talked about the video. The children were given the opportunity to comment on what they had watched. Then as a group, they designed their own own Reach Out poster.

Black History

FS1 children read the story all about Harriet Tubman. They discussed emotions and sequenced her life events.




Autumn 2 - Walk through Winter Woodland

Welcome to Nursery and our new topic, Walk through Winter Woodland. Lots of purposeful provision to explore and activities to be made but most of all, lots of fun learning! We can not wait to start our Autumn 2 journey. 

Baptism in Nursery

In RE, Nursery children learnt all about Baptism. They collected a white robe, candle, Bible and water. Children reinacted this sepcial time.

RSE - Handmade with Love

Nursery children learnt all about God's Creation. They used a range of materials to represent each day, perfected fine lotor skills, used full sentences to explain the different creations and used colours for purpose.

RE - Welcome

Nursery worked together using a range of different materials to create a welcome sign for part of their RE topic, Welcome.

Month of Mary

Nursery children gathered in the main reception area to say the Hail Mary prayer.

We explored the virtue of "Thankfulness" by gathering in a circle and the 2 of the children laid out the green cloth, while another turned the lights off.

We read the word of Luke 17:11-19 - Jesus Heals Ten Men With Leprosy. The children took away from this that” its kind to help people” and “when someone helps you, you should say thank you”

The children responded to this scripture by ringing the bells for something they are thankful for. "I am thankful for my sister”.

Prayer Liturgy in FS1

The newest member of FS1, please say hello to Prayer Bear. They will be coming for a sleepover at the children’s houses to help them learn their prayers.

Prayer Bear

Welcome Back Prayer

In FS1 this week we have used our outside environment to support our learning and development. We have worked together and learnt to be patient while we wait our turn, we have looked to build new skills such as hula hooping and hopscotch. We worked as part of a construction team “fixing” the playground and ate to many “ice-creams” from the stand. The superhero’s rescued those who needed it, while others wrote letters to loves one or explored books. We also conducted an experiment, working as a team and listening to different ideas on how we could get the ball to move.

We took our first trip to the reading room this week, some of the children enjoyed sharing a book with a friend while others enjoyed the relaxing atmosphere and browsing a book on their own. We spoke about how these books are all about reading for pleasure, we asked the children about what they could see, what they thought would happen in the story and why. Some of the children then explored the books we had in the garden.

Come See Our Classroom - Autumn Animal Antics

We have had a fantastic first week in FS1, the children have been amazing and enjoyed exploring all areas of the classroom, shared areas and outside. 

Welcome to Our  Classroom!


Our theme this term is Autumn Animal Antics!


Our classroom has continuous areas of provision for Maths, Literacy, Phonics, Role Play and Mark Making. The theme of the classroom is reflected in the topic, as we explore the changes in the season and animals which live in a woodland.


Children will begin their day by placing their bee on the beehive, giving the commitment to their teachers, their classmates and themselves that today they will “be kind”. This will be followed by emotional registration, children will be taught all about the colour monsters, what emotion they represent and how all feelings are valid, it is how we deal with them that counts! We will also spend time on our class rules, explaining why they are important.


Our home corner is all set for role play if your child wishes to bake a cake or make a cup of tea in the kitchen or children can become a “decorator”, we have paint pots, rollers, wallpaper, overalls and of course a spirit level to make sure its hung straight!


The Dojo Reward board is where children can earn points, 10 points gets a special sticker, and 20 points gets your child’s name in “Miss Shaw’s Post Box” names will be pulled and the winners earn a treat from “Miss Shaw’s Treat Box”. Points are earned in a variety of ways; good manners, being helpful, using listening ears, super sitting, being kind ect.


We strive to develop a love for reading with all children, on top of cosy Reading Area where children can get comfortable on Big Ted or the huge pillows, all the areas of provisions include books or elements of reading.


If you wish to come and look around, please feel free to ask me.