St Francis CofE Primary School



Good morning,

We are looking forward to lots of excitement in the coming weeks. The children will be taking part in lots of fun activities. Please see below for information about this weeks trip, and sports day, which is on the 29th June.

Other dates:

Saturday 15th June: Summer Fair. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Monday 18th June: Reception class induction evening

28th June: French Encounter day. Please send your child dressed in the colours of the French flag.

29th June: Nursery sports day

13th July: Nursery party day. Food provided.

16th July: Nursery school dinner in the hall, see parent pay for information and payment.

                 Children not having cooked lunch to bring their own packed lunch in a named

                 lunch box please.

18th July: All children to their new classes. Morning children arrive and leave as normal. Afternoon children arrive at Nursery entrance at 9.15am, collection from Nursery entrance at 11.45am. There will be no afternoon nursery on  this day.

19th July: Last day of Nursery


Our trip to the beach is fast approaching and we are looking forward to lots of fun together. Please see the original letter for information about what you need to bring. There following are additional requests and we hope will enable everything to run smoothly:

  • All children must wear flotation aides when in the water.

  • Adults are responsible for their own children and cannot ask others to be responsible for another child at any time, however, staff are available to help throughout the day.

  • Please ensure sun cream is applied at home beforehand, bring extra for top ups as needed.

  • Staff will bring medication that we already hold in school.

  • We want the children to experience the event as a group and so there are some whole group activities planned as well as time for independent play.




Good afternoon,

The morning children have been planning a wedding party and so on Thursday next week children are invited to come to nursery in party clothes.  If your child does not normally come on that day they are welcome, please let Mrs Thring know next week. The children will be encouraged to suggest ideas for decorations, games and food making as we get ready next week. Some have already requested a wedding cake!!


Please see below for details of our experiences in the coming days and ways that you can support your child to become involved:

Wedding letter.docx

The children will be participating in our annual Nursery Sports Day, on Friday 29th June. Parents and grandparents of nursery children are invited, so please save the date. Times and details to follow. Look out for details of Reception induction arrangements, for those children attending St Francis School, to be sent out this week.



Thank you so much for your efforts in sharing family cultures and heritage from around the world at this weeks stay and play. We had families with connections to South Africa, Australia, Wales, Italy and so many more. There was even a Great Granddad who was a former Prime Minister! The children were able to learn from collages, food samples and posters.  The sense of celebration and everyone being involved made it a fantastic experience for the children. This was an important opportunity for them to take part in learning from other cultures, and to recognise and respect their similarities and differences.

Reminder: the Nursery will be closed on Thursday 3rd May due to staff training. Information regarding the family trip in June to follow.



Please see attached information regarding our learning this term.

Stay and play: thank you for signing up. Please confirm your choice of something to share. If a city or place in Great Britain that's great too.

all around the world.pdf


Please see below for information. I am mindful of the short notice and understand this may be tricky to organise. There will be other opportunities if you cannot make arrangements this time around.

“Around the World”

This term our theme "Around the World" allows the children to share and build upon their own interests, cultures and experiences. You are welcome to come to our stay and play sessions on either the 24th or 26th April. We will be celebrating all things International, and this is an opportunity for families to think about their own heritage and traditions. Please bring something to share with us,that is important to your family heritage.  Examples could include either, food item (no nuts), traditional song/story or costume, collage of native animal, flag etc. The sign up sheet will be available in the Nursery entrance from tomorrow.

We appreciate that this may take a little planning but encourage you to keep it simple and achievable, due to time constraints.  The children will really benefit from understanding the rich culture their friends share and it is important that, in line with British Values, we help the children respect and embrace difference. We look forward to continuing our fun journey together.

If you have any questions please ask the class teacher.


Our workshop:

The children now regularly use a range of materials to create pictures, models etc. They have had lots of ideas for making models and have been very industrious, concentrating for long periods and persisting when things were tricky. The opportunity for deciding on their own ideas presents its own challenge. We noticed that the process, the decision making, and  then working out how to get to their goal, eg: materials to use and how to adapt them, engaged the children really powerfully. 

When models and pictures come home, the children may or may not be able to explain all about it and this is normal. However, you can praise their effort, the careful way they have joined materials, or their skill in cutting so many tiny pieces!

Over the Easter break please save your recycling for our workshop. We need: yoghurt drink pots, mini yoghurt pots, small plastic lids, foil cases large and small, kitchen roll/foil tubes, buttons, small boxes (mini cereal/toothpaste etc), margarine tubs, corks.

Thank you to all who were able to support the children in running for Sport Relief. We ran a total of 1.5miles over the week ,and parents joining in really helped us in completing the last leg. Please send in sponsor money in a named envelope.


Sports relief: please would children come to nursery dressed in sports clothing and trainers on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday next week. We will be running a circuit of the school field each day for sports relief. Please do not send PE kits in as there will not be time to change every day. Children not suitably dressed will not be able to take part.  Sponsor forms are available at the nursery entrance for those who wish to take them. Please ask.

Thank you for sending in extra bits about volcanoes. The children have been busy making their own volcano models, using lots of different materials independently.

If you, friends or family have unwanted baking trays, cooking racks, xylophones, metal lids,  that you no longer need we would be very grateful to receive them for our outdoor play area.


 Next week the children will be taking part in a school "Science week" project. In the Nursery some of the children have shown interest in volcanoes and so we are going to go with this and explore it as a topic. If your child is interested in looking at pictures and finding out a bit more, please send any information into Nursery, from Monday 12th March.

On Friday the 23rd March the Nursery children will be participating in Sports Relief activities. Please join your child in the Nursery at 10 0 clock (Robins) and 1.30pm (Starlings), for some fun as we  raise money for this cause, 1 adult per child please as space is limited.  We will take part in the run-a-mile activity. In the event of bad weather we will use the school hall, so the event will still go ahead.

There will be a sign up sheet in Nursery next week. Children will bring home their PE kit the previous week, so please send them in wearing it on that Friday morning. Tracksuit bottoms preferred. The activity will last approximately 30 mins and you are welcome to stay for a healthy snack afterwards. The children will be making this for you on the Thursday. Children may go home afterwards.

This is an opportunity to have lots of  fun and to support your child to understand that physical activity is a lifelong habit and is critical for general health and well being.



Nursery will be closed on Thursday 3rd May for staff training.


Good morning. Over the past few weeks we have been focussing on new opportunities and routines. The children are now confident in choosing books to take home each week, and we are excited to have a consistent shower of "Shooting Star" moments as children regularly share achievements from home as well. The area in the nursery reception is dedicated to displaying these. Thank you for your continued support in sending the slips in. PE each Friday enables us all to push ourselves to the point of collapse (adults obviously!) We work on increasing our heart rate and explore all of the large movements which we need to master before we can control small ones, such as tracing and threading. We have also been practising ball skills (can you roll a ball whilst squatting, lying on your tummy, kneeling etc).

Our focus on all things wintry continues. The children in Robins class are really confident in telling the story "Ridiculous" and we have been adapting the story to include our own animals and sentences. Children have made their own books and this week we will share them together at story time and in the book corner. The Starlings class  have focussed on he story "Lost and Found".

Our creative area is being used enthusiastically as children use lots of materials to make their own models and art work. We allow them creative freedom and encourage them work independently as they practise new skills. The  variety of things produced is fantastic and as the children become confident in their own ideas we then encourage them in extending and trying new things out.

We  have used our senses to explore inside and outside and there is lots of interest in ice at the moment. The children have been finding out about textures (hard, spikey, wet, dry etc) and explaining why they think ice will melt. There are lots of opportunities for  really extending our thinking as we ask questions, for example, how can we melt ice more quickly, where does it go, is ice ever hot?

The children were very excited to talk about pizzas last week and so we were able to have a go at making our own today. We chose toppings and sliced some different vegetables that we had not tried before. We then ate our creations at snack time.

On Thursday we are expecting a visit from Oaks and Furrows, based near Cricklade. They will be coming to talk to the children about the animals they help, and we hope to meet a four legged friend too...your children will tell you more soon.



Shooting Stars Moments!

Please see attached for explanatory letter and printable pages. If you have further questions please speak to your child's teacher.

shooting star moments.pdf 


Welcome back to the new term and Happy New Year to all our families.

Thank you so much for the wonderful presents, we have been overwhelmed by your kindness, and hope you enjoyed the treats the children made too.

Please see below for information about our learning this term.

We will  be starting our weekly  lending library. This enables the children to share a book at home in the same way that older siblings do when starting school. The focus is for parents/carers and children to enjoy time sharing books and talking about stories together, developing a love of books. Further information will be available in a letter home this week.


Please send in your child's PE kit by Friday this week if you have not already done so, (for information please see the relevant page in your Nursery Induction booklet). All items must be clearly labelled, including trainers (velcro closing).

Children should bring a named water bottle each day, with water only. Flavoured drinks should not be used, in line with our healthy schools policy.

All clothing should be named.


do all animals hibernate in winter.pdf



Children who do not normally come on the following days are welcome to come to the following special events in December:

Monday 11th - Magic Land trip.

Morning children to arrive at 8.40am. Afternoon children to arrive at 8.50am. The coach will return at 2.45pm and children are to be collected from the coach.

If you have offered to help please check with the class teacher as we have limited places on the coach.

Tuesday 12th - Nursery Christmas Party. Food will be provided and children may wear party clothes.

Thursday 14th - Nursery Christmas lunch. Children to arrive/depart at the usual times. See parent pay for details.


Dates for your diary:


Thank you for signing up for our Nativity story next week. The children brought home an invitation that they have made. The date will be the one you have already signed up for. It is important that you speak to the class teacher if your plan has changed so that we can ensure numbers remain manageable for the children. The room is not large.

If you are a morning parent and received a separate slip with the day stated, this is to ensure you have an allocated slot if your child was away when sign up sheets were available. Any questions, please speak to your child's class teacher. Our storytelling and singing will last approximately 40 mins, after which your child may go home.


If you are planning to increase your child's sessions after half term please speak with the class teacher on return.

Please see below for our summary of Diwali. Enjoy the half term break.

diwali info for parents.pdf


As we near the end of the first term in nursery we are celebrating the huge strides the children have made in starting their school journey. Parents and staff are so proud of you all.

Last week there were lots of opportunities to show how much we care for others. On Thursday this culminated in the children  hunting for Goldilocks who was lost in the woods. They chose  to make lots of things to take for her, including pictures, food and special objects. They chatted with her about how to make sure she didn't get lost again and a few invited her to come back to nursery with us so she could use our telephone to call her mummy. It was fantastic to see their confidence growing and ideas forming so quickly as they took charge of the learning and shared their knowledge with her. Parents are encouraged to look at the pictures in the nursery garden and to chat with your child about them.

This week there was lots of enthusiasm for collecting vegetables from the nursery garden, including sweetcorn and potatoes. The children prepared the veg for soup and we swopped our snack around so they could eat it that day. 

The new  water wall in the back garden is finished and children will be able to explore, develop creative ideas and grow their muscles with pumps and mops etc!

Next week we are looking forward to finding out about keeping healthy and clean with "Dirty Berty", so if we come home talking about germs and slime please don't be surprised!

In the half term break we are hoping for our tarmac areas to be resurfaced. Its hard to  believe that the school is over ten years old already. Roland will return after the holidays now, as its not fair to introduce him whilst all the noise of the machines is going on.

Thank you to the parents who have signed up for storytelling - see below for details. There are still some slots left so do come and see the class teacher to sign up soon.


Parents and Carers,

We have put the following dates together.

7th and 8th November: Parent Evenings. 3.30pm -6pm. Online sign-up information will be sent to you nearer the time


13th/14th/16th November: Parent stay and play.  Parent sign up sheet available after half term.

Robins class:    8.40-9.30am

Starlings class: 12.20-1.30pm.

30th November/1st December: children sharing the nativity story in their classroom, approximately 40mins.  Parent sign up sheet available after half term.

Robins class: 10.15am

Starlings class 1.30pm

 23rd/24th/26th April: Parent stay and play.  Parent sign up sheet available after half term.


Robins class:    8.40-9.30am

Starlings class: 12.20-1.30pm.


12th June Robins class family trip - details to follow.

14th June Starlings class family trip - details to follow.

 Please be aware that if a change occurs, you will be notified on this page.


Parents, would you like to read a story with your childs' class?! On Thursdays at the end of the session we are excited to host a parent who would like to read a picture book to the class. If you prefer to share a song or instrument that would be great too. You would need to arrive at main reception and sign in, and be available for 20 mins before the end of your childs session. If you would like to do this please speak to the class teacher so that a date can be arranged. Have an idea of what story you will bring so that we can make sure there is not too much doubling up. A CRB check is not required as you are not going to be alone with the children at any time.



Please see the link below for a summary of information about the developments you will see in your child over the coming year. For each age band there are useful tips in the "How can I help?" section. You will also find out more about the EYFS curriculum that is used at ST Francis. This information will be useful in our discussion at the first parents evening, details to follow. At St Francis we use an online booking system for parents, we will schoop when this is live.



Good afternoon, we are looking for Parents or Grandparents who are able to help with visits and walks. Your help is so valuable in esuring that the children can take part in a range of experiences.  Please see the parent helper section of the nursery booklet for details. Registration for the CRB check can be organised at the main school office. If you are able to help regularly or occasionally please speak to the nursery class teacher. Thank you.

Please see below for the topic web. This is a skeleton of learning and changes may be made as we support children in their particular interests.

nursery autumn topic web.pdf


Welcome to St Francis Nursery



We are looking forward to meeting our new families as we continue our induction programme on Monday 11th September.

Children will need:

  • Named water bottle with water only - no juice in line with healthy schools award.
  • Complete change of clothes -  including old daps if possible, in drawstring bag. Name all items please.
  • "My Story" book and box.
  • Waterproof coat and closed in shoes - no flipflops or open toe sandals please. Name all items please.
  • PE kit after half term.

Children will not need snacks or wellies as all of these are provided. Please continue to support your child in putting on coats and shoes independently so that he/she is confident and is able to make the most of the time for playing and learning.

In our first few weeks we will be getting to know your child and developing secure relationships with him/her, playing lots of fun games, sharing songs and finding out about their interests.