A partner academy in the John Taylor MAT
A partner academy in the John Taylor MAT


Welcome from Mrs Farrington!

Hi everyone and welcome to our Nursery Class page!

My name is Mrs Farrington and I am the Nursery Teacher and Deputy Head Teacher at Shobnall Primary & Nursery School. I work with Mrs Curran, a very experienced Teaching Assistant, in our purpose built Nursery Classroom.

As a team, we truly believe in our aim to excite, engage and educate our children. As a Nursery Class we offer the children the best possible start through a stimulating, practical and exciting curriculum, rooted in excellent early years practice. We believe that children learn best when they are motivated through a wide range of challenging and enjoyable activities. We carefully build on what they know and can do, then help them to achieve their next steps of learning.

We are very proud of our school and the standard of care and education we provide. We believe children’s individual well-being is paramount and we ensure that children feel safe, secure and happy so that they can reach their full learning potential. We recognise that all children are different and learn in different ways with different interests. From the first day children start with us they can expect an outstanding education and they will thrive in our well-planned learning environment.

If you would like to find out a bit more about us, have a look at the fact files below…

Fact File about Mrs Farrington

Fact File about Mrs Curran

Key Information

At our Nursery, we offer 15 funded hours to 3 and 4 year olds, over five morning sessions.

There is no such thing as a typical day in Nursery. We respond to the children’s needs and interests so that every day looks different. We try and keep a rhythm to the day so that children have a mixture of whole class, small group and independent learning times.

Learning takes place both inside and outside every day, so it is important that children wear suitable outdoor clothing, depending on the weather.

The format and structure of the day also changes over the course of the school year because what is appropriate for three year olds in their first term at Nursery is very different to the needs of a four year old we are helping to get ready for their next adventure into full time education.

Our morning session is: 8.45am to 11.45am

A Typical Daily Routine

8.45am When the children arrive they enter into a free flow learning environment, they are able to explore the activities on offer and are immediately able to start their learning day.
9.00am The children gather together for a short morning adult input.  We sing our welcome song and talk about the weather, practice our counting skills and share any exciting news with each other.
9.20am Free flow – Indoor and outdoor learning time.  Adult focussed and child choice activities take place during this time. These activities focus on all areas of the EYFS Curriculum.
10.30am Snack time
10.45am Daily phonics session
11.00am Learning time – indoor/outdoor play
11.20am Tidy up time
11.25am Story time / music time / circle time / reflection on our day
11.45am Home time

Snack Time

Children will need to bring a water bottle into Nursery every day. During snack time they will be provided with a piece of fruit and offered a drink of milk. Our snack time is a social time for us where we teach children good manners and talk about healthy food and lifestyles as well as current topics of interest amongst our children.

Reading Books

To encourage a love of books and reading, children change their reading books daily in our class library. Children will therefore need to bring their book bag, containing their reading book and reading diary to Nursery every day. 

At Shobnall, we award reading certificates each half term, to support with reading at home. Ideally we ask that children are read with daily and check reading diaries every day for a log of what has been read at home. Please remember that reading can take many forms and can include magazines, e-readers, audio books and signage around the supermarkets. All print enables discussion and extends vocabulary.


Mr Attwood joins us each Wednesday and Thursday and leads a session on Physical Development. This either takes place in our school hall or in one of our wonderful outdoor learning areas. Children will only require a pair of black pumps in a named bag. These will be stored in the classroom to give children easier access to their coats in the cloakroom.

Curriculum Overview

This year the New Statutory Framework for Early Years comes into effect. Please see the EYFS curriculum page on the website for further information. 

Although we plan around half termly topics, our provision is continually changing and evolving to reflect the current interests and needs of our children.

This year’s topics are as follows:

Autumn Term 1: Home Sweet Home

Autumn Term 2: Let’s Celebrate!

Nursery Knowledge for Let’s Celebrate!

Spring Term 1: Our Heroes

Spring Term 2: Once Upon a Time

Summer Term 1: All Creatures Great and Small

Summer Term 2: Bon Voyage!


In preparation for a forthcoming topic or to consolidate learning in Nursery, we send home a weekly home learning task. These are sent home on a Friday and collected in the following Wednesday. These activities provide a fun and engaging way of learning with your child at home and can often be carried out as part of daily routines, a discussion at teatime or could be a practical activity for you to work on together.

Have fun!

Here is this week’s home learning activity…

22 October 2021

15 October 2021

8 October 2021

1 October 2021

2 July 2021


Here are some websites that you might find useful…




The Imagination Tree


Number Blocks


Hungry Little Minds