Appleby Primary School

Appleby Primary School

Seedlings Nursery

Seedlings Nursery is an integral part of the Foundation Unit where a warm and welcoming atmosphere awaits your child. We are situated in the main school building and have an open plan approach allowing us to play and learn alongside reception class.


We offer a wide range of excellent resources and give the children ample opportunities to investigate and discover new things for themselves, as well as ensuring that the child’s interests are provided for through well planned activities.


The children develop good literacy and numeracy skills through a play-based approach giving them the advantage of a readiness to learn. This subsequently facilitates the transition process as children progress into Reception class.


At Seedlings we aim to accommodate you and your child’s needs for nursery provision by offering flexible and varied childcare options including lunchtimes if required. Parents can either choose a full day (8.45am to 3.15pm) or a morning (8.45am to 11.55am) or afternoon (1pm to 3.15pm).


We look forward to welcoming your child into Nursery.


Mrs Johnston


The Early Years curriculum comprises seven areas of learning covering each Early Learning Goal (ELG). To reach a Good Level of Development (GLD), pupils must achieve at least expected levels in the prime areas and in literacy and mathematics by the end of the Reception year.

The prime areas of learning:

  • communication and language     
  • physical development
  • personal, social and emotional development


The specific areas of learning:

  • literacy
  • mathematics
  • understanding the world
  • expressive arts and design


Characteristics of effective learning:

  • playing and exploring
  • active learning
  • creating and thinking critically


Assessments are based primarily on observation of daily activities and events. Teachers and EYFS co-educators note in particular the learning which a pupil demonstrates spontaneously, independently and consistently in a range of contexts. Accurate assessment takes account of a range of perspectives including those of the pupil, parents and other adults who have significant interactions with the pupil.

Our learning - Spring Term


Our first theme this term is 'Transportation'. Children will learn how we can transport objects from one place to another. They will also learn about what transport is available in our local area and begin to explore forces and materials. Children will use a variety of materials to create their own modes of transport by learning how we join pieces together using a variety of adhesives and using their problem solving skills to find out which works best. They will create small worlds in which they can make up stories using their modes of transports to enhance their play. 



Our theme for the second half of the term is 'Our amazing World'. Children will be introduced to the 'Planet Earth' and why is it special to us and the need to understand the importance of looking after it. They will also be learning about how we can recycle and reuse our own rubbish, sort materials and how we can use our rubbish to create new small world creations, resources and constructions.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Personal, Social and Emotional Development is recognised as one of the building blocks of success in life. It supports children's development by helping them to interact effectively and develop positive attitudes to themselves and others and is crucial for children to lead healthy and happy lives. In Seedlings Nursery we support children through adult modelling and guidance. They learn to look after their bodies, manage their personal needs and learn about healthy eating by providing hands on activities, experiences and visiting our local Dental Practice. 

Physical Development

Physical activity is vital for children's development, enabling them to pursue a happy, healthy and active body and mind. Therefore we aim to provide your child with fun and interactive activities to develop their fine and gross motor skills throughout their early years.

Understanding the World

Children enjoy planting seeds and caring for the plants we grow in our vegetable garden. They learn about growth, change and decay. We use our produce to cook with and make lots of delicious food.

Welcome to Appleby Primary School