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Nursery - Saplings

Welcome to Nursery - Saplings

Our teacher is Mrs Akhtar and our teaching assistants are Mrs Johnston and Mrs Bi.

There are currently 24 children in our nursery class. We have 11 girls and 13 boys. These consist of Nursery children and Little Victors.
Children either attend sessions in a morning (8:40-11:40 or in an afternoon (12:20-3:20).
Alternatively they attend for either the first half of the week or the second half of the week. We also offer an option of 30 hours for working parents.





Get in Touch

Use the nursery email address to send us a picture of what you have been doing or a little message:


The Early Years Curriculum 

We focus on 3 prime areas in Nursery. These are Personal and Social Development, Physical Development and Communication and Language. We also learn to read and write, count and learn about shapes, explore where we live and the world around us and get very creative, singing, dancing and creating pieces of artwork.

Stay and Play Sessions and Toddler Group

Stay and Play session will start after  October half term when mummies and daddies can come and work in nursery for 1 hour every week and see how clever we are all getting. The times are 8:40-9:40 for the morning nursery and then 12:20-1:20 for the afternoon nursery. This is also a toddler group, so younger children are welcome to attend with parents also. It is an opportunity for you to come and work alongside your child and to see what we are doing in nursery. 

Class Codes

  • Keep your hands and feet to yourself.
  • Respect everyone and everything.
  • Be a good listener and try your best.
  • Be proud to be in the Victoria team.
  • Show good manners.

British Values   

As part of our British Values in Nursery, we will be learning about where we live and how we can be part of the community we live in. 


We learn about respect through our class codes and behaviour expectations. Everyone in nursery is important and we share our celebrations and special times together. 


We learn about different jobs and people who help us. We find out about how to stay safe and who could help us if we were in danger. 

Victoriana December 2020

Our Topics For This Year


Autumn 1

All about me

Exploring Colour

Autumn 2

Into the deep dark wood (Julia Donaldson stories)

Christmas and celebrations

Spring 1

Once upon a nursery rhyme

Spring 2

I spy with my little eye- in the garden

Summer 1

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside

Summer 2

It’s a big world


Reading and Stories in The Sapling Class

Reading Area

Our Timetable


During the 3 hours we spend in nursery we have lots of things to do– we don’t just play!


There is a lot of hard work to be done, but we always have lots of fun.

We are in charge of our own snack time.   Each day we have to remember to get our own milk and fruit and sit at the table to eat it nicely.  Our teachers always make sure we have all had our snack each day!


Have a look at our busy timetable:


We don't just learn inside, we do lots of learning outside too and will be practising taking turns in going outside to explore the challenges our teachers have set us.




Self registration and

exploration time



Welcome and Weather time



Adult focus

12:50– 1:00


Free flow, snack and

observation time


9:50– 10:00

Adult focus

1:30– 1:40

10:00– 10:30

Free flow, snack and

observation time

1:40– 2:10

10:30– 10:40

Adult focus

2:10– 2:20


Free flow, snack and

observation time

2:20– 2:40


Outdoor free play

2:40– 3:10

11:30– 11:40

Story and Home time

3:10– 3:20




Reading and Homework 

We change our reading books every week, please make sure that you have always got your book bag with you with your books inside– some children have already won their Bronze Award and Silver Award, hopefully there will be lots more before the end of term. Please read with your child at least once a week and fill in their reading diary.

Shared learning is sometimes sent home so that you can support your child with their topic work or next steps. This may be sent home on paper or through the Marvellous Me App. Please make sure you have activated your child's account so that we can share their learning with you. 




Our Targets


By the end of nursery, we should all be able to:

  • put our own coat and bag away on our own peg.

  • find our own name to post it each morning.

  • take ourselves to the toilet and ask if we need help.

  • talk about our favourite stories and reading books.

  • have a go at mark making and writing our name.

  • recognise and write some letter sounds.

  • count to 10 and read the numbers.

  • recognise and name shapes and colours.

  • sing some songs from memory.

  • problem solve and work creatively.


Our Nursery Garden