Castleview School




Hello and welcome to our Early Years webpage! Here you will find our new transition documents for all Nursery and Reception children starting in September 2021. In addition to this, stories from your child's new class teachers will also be uploaded. We are very excited to meet you all soon and we hope you have a wonderful and safe summer. 

Welcome Books

Nursery Welcome Book

Reception Welcome Book

Welcome Presentations - see hear audio, please watch as slide show from the beginning.

Nursery Presentation 

Reception Presentation


Story Time 

'The Koala Who Could' - Mrs Smith, Venus Class



 'Little Monkey' - Mrs O'Sullivan, Venus Class



'Owl Babies' - Miss Saunders, Pluto Class







In Nursery there are currently two sessions that run each day. 

Comets - 8.45 - 11.45 am

Rockets - 12.30 - 3.30 pm

There is a full time class teacher and additional Learning Support Assistants (LSAs) in both.


We currently have 60 children in Reception across our two classes, Pluto and Venus. Each class has a class teacher as well as Learning Support Assistants and a LSA designated to support children who have English as an additional language (EAL).


Learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage at Castleview 


Play-based learning

Throughout both Nursery and Reception, we focus on independent learning and play through carefully planned provision. In addition to our indoor classrooms, both year groups have an outdoor area resourced with bikes, muddy kitchens, sand pits and much more. 

Adult-led activities

In Nursery, the children have short adult-led activities throughout the week which focus on the different areas of the EYFS curriculum. In Reception there is a phonic session and maths session every day as well as short adult-led activities throughout the week which focus on different elements of the curriculum. The learning takes place in small groups to support children further.


Online Learning Journals

Every child has an online learning journal where parents and staff can document their child's 'wow' moments over the year.



Starting in Nursery and continuing through Reception, Year 1 and Year 2, the children take part in RWI phonics which focuses on the systematic teaching of letter sounds and decoding of words. You can learn more about phonics on our website here.


In both Nursery and Reception children are given optional homework every Friday and this can be found on the Nursery and Reception homework page on the school website under, 'Children.'