Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, regrettably we are unable to invite parents into school for a tour of Berkswich CE primary and nursery. We understand that choosing the right setting for your child is one of the most important decisions that you will make in your child’s learning journey. With this in mind, we hope to provide you with a range of opportunities to allow you to gain an insight into life as part of our special Berkswich community and the chance to ask questions. We certainly welcome the opportunity to support and reassure you as you organise your child’s first steps into Nursery and Reception. We are offering virtual meetings to provide an opportunity for new parents to meet our headteacher, EYFS leader and teaching staff. This will provide a great opportunity for you to ask questions and find out about our community and learning at Berkswich CE. Your child is a vital part of this process, and so we welcome them to join in with the meeting.

Reception slots

Tuesday 17th November 9am – 10:30am

Tuesday 1st December 3:30- 5:30pm

Tuesday 8th December 9am – 10:30am

Nursery slots

Tuesday 19th January 9am– 10:30am

Tuesday 2nd February 3:30—5:30pm

Tuesday 9th March 9am—10:30 am

To book your ten-minute virtual meeting on one of the following days please call the school office on 01785 337360 or send an email to

Please visit our admissions page to take a closer look at our Nursery and Reception classes, as well as our admissions arrangements. Thank you.

BerkswichCE Primary School

Achieve, Believe and Care

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Autumn One





During the autumn term the children will be developing their personal, social and emotional skills by discovering things about themselves and others. The children will be learning to;


  • play with others developing good relationships
  • talk about their families 
  • adapt to new rules and routines
  • develop sustained listening
  • develop independent self help skills 
  • draw and paint themselves observing what is unique about them
  • learn about their five senses to help them explore the world around them

Rules and Routines


Autumn One is a time when we establish rules and routines.  We learn rules and routines so that the nursery is a happy and safe space to learn in. At the beginning of each session we use the visual timetable so that the children are aware of what activities are going on throughout the session. The children become familiar with the routines and they can refer to the timetable displayed in nursery to help understand what is happening next in the day. 

Being Independent

In Nursery the children are encouraged to be independent. When they arrive they find their name and hang it on the 'self- registration' tree. They learn to hang up their coats and put their snacks, water bottles and lunch bags in the designated place. They are encouraged to help tidy up at the end of each session so that they learn to be responsible for the classroom and its resources. They are taught to manage their self help skills by washing and drying hands, using the toilet independently and putting shoes and socks on and off. 




During this half term we will be using Phase One of the Letters and Sounds Phonic scheme.  Phase One concentrates on developing children's speaking and listening skills getting them attuned to the sounds around them. This includes being able to discriminate sounds in the environment and making sounds with musical instruments. We will be teaching these skills through active learning.





During this half term we will be finding out what the children know about numbers. They will be learning to recite numbers in order and count objects, claps and jumps. They will be exposed to numbers in the environment and have the opportunity to use numbers in their play. 




Funky Fingers

Funky Fingers is a series of fun activities which build up their upper body strength (gross motor skills) and finger/hand strength (fine motor skills). These activities include threading, using pegs and manipulating playdough. This helps to develop skills to use one handed tools such as scissors, pencils and paint brushes.