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Nightingale Academy

St Thomas Cantilupe Church of England Primary School

Shine bright your light (Matthew 5 : 14-15)

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Welcome to Early Years at St Thomas Cantilupe

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Our Early Years team welcome children from 2 years old into our caring, special nursery. Children move onto Reception in the year in which they are 5 and the whole team work together to support each child's individual needs and interests. Learning in the Early Years is built on, over time, until children leave us in Y6. Our extensive grounds, city centre location, Christian ethos, forest school and experienced staff alongside innovative teaching make St Thomas a wonderful place for your child to start their education. Do get in touch for a personal tour and a conversation with our team.
Reception Class 

Welcome to Reception Class. Reception is taught by Mrs Bentley and our two teaching assistants are Mrs Double and Mrs Coulthard.


We love getting to know each child and helping them to become confident, motivated learners. It's so important that the children have a love of learning so that this can continue throughout their school life. We get to know each child's individual interests and use this to help us create an inspiring environment with challenges that are personal to them. Our aim is to make children as independent as possible and to thrive on challenges. Our topics this year are ‘Let’s go explore’, ‘Once upon a time’ and ‘Superfoods’. Reception will join up to perform a Nativity performance with Year 1 at Christmas; we would love it if you could join us celebrating this special time of year.


We will be sharing your children's learning using Seesaw- our online learning journal. This is a fantastic way for you to see what your child is doing at school, share in their learning successes and also to add photos/videos from home. We really do love it when parents share what their child has been doing at home. Parental involvement is so important to children’s development and we really do need your support, particularly with helping the children to become fluent readers and writers. Reading with your child every night makes such a big difference to their learning.


We have PE each Wednesday morning.  Please could you send your child into school in their PE kit on these days. They will not need to change and will stay in their PE kit all day. This means the children don’t have to worry about changing and they have more time to do their PE lesson.


Please come and speak to us if you have any worries or concerns, we are always here to help. We are looking forward to a lovely year ahead!

Access Remote Learning

Please login on to your Seesaw account to view, download and complete the activities for the week.


In your Seesaw class you will be able to access:

  • the weekly timetable and announcements 
  • lesson content and resources which are scaffolded and modelled by the teachers
  • links to supporting resources and interactive tools tailored to support you
  • updates and messages from your teachers and teaching assistants
  • tools to ask questions and receive feedback on your learning
  • teacher guided opportunities to interact with peers 
  • materials to support wellbeing

I need help with my tasks

If you need more guidance or have a query regarding the learning tasks please send a message to the admin team via the contact form. We will endeavour to respond as soon as possible.


Stories and Rhymes to Share


Useful websites to support learning at home


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Nightingale Academy

St Thomas Cantilupe Church of England Primary School

Shine bright your light (Matthew 5 : 14-15)

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