Little Acorns - Nursery/Reception

Mrs Campbell and Mrs Dibb


Welcome to Nursery/Reception Class. This is the beginning of your child’s learning journey at St. Wilfrid’s RC Primary School.

During this very important year your child’s teachers will be Mrs. Campbell and Mrs. Dibb. Their teaching assistants are Mrs Green and Mrs Mowbray. We will work in partnership with you to care for and educate your child. We aim to offer new opportunities to your child to help draw out their ability and potential, helping each individual to grow and develop in preparation for the future.

The early years classroom is a large area with its own toilets and cloakroom. It is a happy, stimulating learning environment with many colourful, interactive displays that celebrate your child’s talents and achievements.

Our Catholic Faith is at the heart of everything we do in Nursery/Reception Class. Your child will learn that Jesus loves us all and that we are special. We all try hard to treat everyone that we meet with love and respect, just as Jesus did.

Your child will be learning new skills and knowledge and demonstrating understanding through seven areas of learning and development.

The three prime areas are:

  • Communication and language;
  • Physical development;
  • Personal, social and emotional development.

Your child will develop skills in four specific areas. These are:

  • Literacy;
  • Mathematics;
  • Understanding the world;
  • Expressive arts and design.

These seven areas are used to plan your child’s individual learning. We encourage your child to work through adult-directed tasks and self-chosen activities. The role play area, outside classroom, and a wide range of exciting, purposeful activities linked to the half termly topic, are used to encourage independence, enjoyment and learning through play.

Our Class Blog


Today, pupils from reception to year six have taken part in the Speak Out Stay Safe assembly delivered by volunteers from the NSPCC.  They enjoyed meeting Buddy the mascot, helping with the 'bag of worries', learning about the different ways children might not feel...

Safer Internet Day

Reception children really enjoyed taking part in Safer Internet Day. We  learnt all about how to keep safe on-line and how to post only kind messages. We played games to show how we are all connected and can be...

Party Time!

The children in Nursery and Reception had a wonderful time at their Christmas party. They played games, ate delicious food, played party games and even had a surprise visit from a very special...

Advent Activities

The children have been thinking about Advent, a special time to prepare for Jesus' birthday. They made Advent wreaths and wrote Advent promises to hang on the Christmas tree.                                       ...

The Kindness Elf

The children were very surprised when they arrived at school to find a Kindness Elf in the classroom! He had left a message on the classroom board for the children to read. It said, 'Dear children, I am the Kindness Elf and I am here to help you be kind to everyone...

Acorns Christmas Visit to Gibside

We had a fantastic visit to Gibside searching for Santa’s lost reindeer food. We did different activities every time we found a Christmas bag. We all had a turn of toasting marshmallows in the woods and made a woodland crown to take home. The most exciting thing was...

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