• School photograph day is Wednesday 29th September .


The Lower Foundation Stage (Nursery) has seventy-eight places to accommodate children, starting the term after their third birthday.

These are divided into two sessions, morning and afternoon.

In Lower Foundation Stage we have the following staff who work together to teach our children:

Miss Millward – Crocodiles class teacher
Mrs Morgan – Nursery Nurse
Miss Roberts – Nursery Nurse
Mrs Moxon – Teaching Assistant
Mrs Dyas – Learning Mentor

To contact Miss Millward and share your child’s achievements from home please email: crocodilesclass@purston.wakefield.sch.uk

Crocodiles Class Phonics

In both morning and afternoon Nursery we deliver a pressure-free approach to Phonics by beginning to introduce letter shapes and modelling phonics processes of reading, spelling and handwriting to our children.

We use a programme known as ‘Phonics and Talk Time’ to introduce our children to the upper and lower case letter shapes of the alphabet linked to their smallest sounds of speech (phonemes). The letter-sound links are then used to introduce early reading, spelling and handwriting. This includes oral blending (for reading) and oral segmenting (for writing).

Here are the slides with each letter including a sound button to support. We use these to encourage our children to recognise the letter and say the sound. (You will need to download the document and then close your internet browser. It needs to be opened using PDF or Adobe Acrobat Reader. Once you press the sound button there should be a link that comes up saying some features have been disabled for safety. You have to press trust this document for the sounds to work.)

Here are Phonics and Talk Time Books 1 and 2. We use these frames during our phonics sessions to support letter-sound links.

Please remember that although Phonics is a fantastic introduction to letter shapes and early reading, developing children’s language is the MOST important aspect of all our education in Nursery. You can help to develop your child’s language through talk, sharing stories, language rich play and chanting and singing with rhythm, rhyme and alliteration.

Here is some additional advice, worksheets and games to support you in teaching phonics at home if you so wish.