Hello, Welcome to the Nursery class page

My name is Miss Holmes and I am the Nursery Manager and I lead the nursery at Westcliff, with Miss Hammond, Mrs McMillan and Miss Fineman, our lovely teaching assistants who support the classes each day.


At Westcliff Primary Academy, We want to ensure that our children develop a love of learning and become enthusiastic, inquisitive and resilient learners who have the opportunity to develop the necessary skills and knowledge needed to enter the next stage of their education and to become a lifelong learner.

We aim to give our pupils rich and memorable experiences which provide them with first hand experiences and develop their awareness of the wider community and cultures. Language and vocabulary lie at the heart of our curriculum - we plan carefully to deliver our words of the week, using a word aware approach, to ensure that children move into Reception with the core tier one vocabulary.

In Nursery, we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage which is a statutory document that sets the standards for Learning, Development and Care for children aged 0 to 5 years old. Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through the 7 areas of learning and development. The prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning. As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas.

For more information about the EYFS please take a look at the What to expect document via the link below :


We work as a foundation unit, which means that we (Nursery) share our learning environment and classroom with our lovely Reception class. As teachers, we work collaboratively to plan and enhance all the areas of the classroom to provide exciting learning opportunities for all of our pupils that are appropriately matched to each child’s needs and abilities.

Lessons are tailored to each individual child’s needs and interests, helping children from a young age build a love for learning. Learning through exploration and open ended play is the key focus of our nursery day as we believe this is the best and most natural way for children to learn. Play allows children to explore, investigate, recreate and make links between new and previous learning. We value the importance of outdoor play and therefore plan carefully for opportunities for children to learn and extend their play in the natural environment. Learning is delivered through a variety of adult led and child initiated experiences, supported by high quality adult interactions to ensure children are moved on in their learning.  Adult directed teaching time such as phonics, maths and story sessions, are short and sharp. Throughout the year we carefully plan for more experiences to ensure that children are ‘school ready’.  In Nursery, phonics activities concentrate on developing children's speaking and listening skills which lays the foundations for the later phonics work. The emphasis of our phonics work is to get children attuned to the sounds around them and ready to begin developing oral blending and segmenting skills. In Nursery, we plan phonics activities from the Red Rose Letters and Sounds scheme around:

●    Environmental sounds
●    Instrumental sounds
●    Body Percussion
●    Rhythm and rhyme
●    Alliteration
●    Voice sounds
●    Oral Blending and segmenting.

We have designed the curriculum around your child’s current interests to ensure we captivate and enthuse the children whilst ultimately covering all areas of the curriculum Each half term is based around a topic; however mini-topics develop within each half term based on children’s interests. Each topic will be based around a text and by using talk for writing, children love becoming absorbed in the book, developing their story language and understanding of characters and settings. We also embrace important celebrations throughout the year such as Harvest, Diwali, Remembrance Day and Chinese New Year. During your child’s early years, we will teach them to be curious about the world around them, to develop a love of learning and to be a kind and caring member of our School. 


The impact of the Nursery curriculum is reflected in having school ready children transitioning into Reception. We measure progress and children’s learning across the year through formative and summative assessments which are based on the adults' knowledge of the children, written work and pivotal moments that are recorded on dojo from both school and home. We expect all our children to make more than the expected steps progress from their starting points. This is measured by being baseline assessed as the children enter our Nursery class. We make regular assessments of children’s learning and we use this information to ensure that future planning reflects identified needs. Assessment in the EYFS takes the form of observations, and this involves the teacher and other adults as appropriate. These observations are not time consuming and used to record pivotal moments of learning for each child and to inform next steps.  

Learning in Maths

There are six key areas of early mathematics learning, which collectively provide a platform for everything children will encounter as they progress through their maths learning at primary school, and beyond:

  • Cardinality and Counting

  • Comparison

  • Composition

  • Pattern

  • Shape and Space

  • Measures

These areas form the fundamental mathematical basis of a CBeebies series of five-minute animated programmes called Numberblocks. We use these and the NCETM materials to draw out and build on the maths embedded in the stories contained in each episode.

You may also like to check out the EYFS websites below:

  1. null Rose Math null Rose Maths Team has prepared a series of five maths lessons for each year group from Year 1-8. Every lesson comes with a short video showing you clearly and simply how to help your child to complete the activity successfully.

  2. Active Learn: Read online Bug Club Books and visit the Math Factor. 

  3. Numberblocks:  Sing along and learn all about numbers with the Numberblocks!

  4. AlphablocksWatch as the letters of the alphabet tell stories and make words using phonics. Play the learning game, watch clips and print colouring pages.

  5. Epic Phonics: One month free membership.

  6. Phonics PlayYou will find lots of games and ideas to explore with children at home. Free membership.

  7. Oxford Owl : This website has a free ebook library where you can find a wide range of ebooks to share at home with your children.




Support and Training for parents

Please see the links below for a range of training, support and events available for parents. If you would like any more support, training or events in school then please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Foundation Stage team.


Early Years Alliance 

Family sessions | early years alliance 

Parent Connects are one-off online events providing wellbeing and other advice. They are an opportunity to connect with other parents and carers via Zoom and learn about topics relevant to families and children aged 0-5 and share ideas in how to support children’s early education and each other.  

Please see the link below for lots of videos on youtube related to supporting your child. 

You tube Videos from EY alliance  


Speech and Language UK

Progress Checker 

Our progress checkers will provide short questions you can answer to see how your baby or child is getting on with their talking and understanding of words. It's based on what we know about how talking and understanding of words develops in babies and children.  It’s not the same as a standardised measure a specialist would carry out but it should give you an idea of how your baby or child is developing and whether you need some support or advice to help you and them

Speech and Language UK's “TALK” Parent Webinars 

This exciting addition to our family support offer consists of four webinars aimed at parents of children aged 18 months to 2 ½ years who are concerned about their child’s language development.


Talk to a professional 

They also have the option to book a free 30 minute slot with a speech and language therapist. 


Family hub timetable 

Better start family hub timetable is attached below with lots of blackpool based activities, support sessions and information.

North Family Hub Timetable


Communicate Blackpool

Communicate have lots of easy to watch videos on their website giving lots of handy tips and training videos. I have attached a few of the videos to this post!



Videos to watch

Top tips for talking - Sharing books

Top tips for talking - Questions & Comments

Top tips for talking - Dummies

Phonological Awareness

Sabotage Strategy