Hello, Welcome to the Nursery class page

Teachers: Miss Hazlewood - Nursery Teacher/Early Years lead and I teach the Nursery class on Mondays and Tuesdays.

My name is Miss Holmes and I am the Nursery Manager and I lead the class on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Mrs Collins and Miss Singleton are 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 provides 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.  

We will post frequent updates throughout our learning journey on our school’s Facebook page as well as our Class Dojo page.