Castlefort Junior Mixed and Infant School

Inspiring Bright Futures Together

Sandcastles Nursery

Welcome to Sandcastles Nursery!

Miss Duckers

Nursery Teacher

Hello! My name is Miss Duckers and I am the Nursery teacher. This is my seventh year here at Castlefort school and I absolutely love working in the foundation stage. I want our children to love school and I strive to make our classroom a place of laughter and learning!


In the EYFS we love being creative, a little bit messy and a little bit noisy, but don't worry- it's all to help us with our learning! We do lots of singing, dancing, playing and creating. Children have the chance to work with their teachers and well as find out things on their own. I have lots of exciting activities planned for the busy year ahead, and cannot wait to share these experiences with the children.


We really value your support and the role you play in your child’s education, so if you have any queries or questions, please do not hesitate to come in and see any of us.


Meet the Sandcastles Nursery Team

We're really lucky to have such a supportive, friendly team in the Early Years. This year we have two wonderful Teaching Assistants who be supporting the children throughout the year. Our Nursery class will be supported by Miss Hawtin (pictured left) and Miss Owen (pictured right).


Important information


Below there are some links to some useful information to help you and your child in Nursery. You'll find letters, curriculum information and copies of our timetable. If there's any other information you'd like but can't find, please let me know.

Curriculum Information


All of the work we do in Nursery goes towards developing your child in the 7 key areas of learning; Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language, Physical Development, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World, and Expressive Arts and Design.


All of our work in these areas will be documented by photographs, mark making, artwork and other pieces of evidence in Learning Journeys. Your child will work in groups each day completing guided maths and writing activities, as well as a daily Letters and Sounds or RWI (phonics) session to develop their reading and listening skills. These activities will develop key skills for your child, as well as being fun and interesting to engage them with their learning.


We also follow the a 'creative curriculum', which is a thematic approach to delivering aspects of the curriculum. We have a different topic each half-term, and provide lots of stimulating activities for your child to chose and explore based around this topic. 





Creative Curriumlum : What happens when it's dark?


Our new creative curriculum topic for this term is,  ‘What happens when it’s dark?’

We will be exploring the themes:

-Day and night

-Bed-time routines

-Light and dark

- Rockets, the moon and the stars

- People who help us at night time


Take a look at the creative curriculum map below! 


Our Nursery


Take a look at our Nursery learning environment, we have so many things to be getting busy with! 


Useful websites:


Counting, size and shape games -


Things to make and do! –


cbeebies - story time and songs -


Children’s digital Literacy -


Storybooks, games, activities and colouring –


Children can learn about letters, numbers, shapes, writing and words -


Children can learn the alphabet, phonics, pre-reading and reading skills

Extra Provision at Sandcastles Nursery


Our 26 places are prioritised in the following order: 30 hour children, 15 hour children and then if there is additional spaces we may be able to provide extra provision at the costs above.