Alongside their experiences at home and with families, nursery is the beginning of a child‘s lifelong learning journey, and what an exciting place to start!

In nursery, the children explore and learn through play every second of the day. They learn to share and take turns and to be kind to each other. Children are taught to express their needs and interests. They develop in resilience, confidence and independence. Nursery staff ensure that all children and their families feel valued, safe and secure. We pride ourselves on the relationships we develop with parents and families and strive to strengthen these home school links.

Nursery nurtures pupils’ strengths and helps them to learn and develop new skills to prepare them for the school years ahead and beyond.


In Nursery we follow the Early Years Framework. We base all of our classroom activities around the children’s individual needs linking to the 7 areas of learning. The Nursery staff develop learning through practical and engaging experiences such as cooking, local visits and trips as well as inviting a range of visitors into school.

We aim to make activities creative and develop a child’s passion for exploring the world around them.

You can view our Nursery Curriculum here: Our Curriculum.

We will have circle time discussions about Autumn leaves using words to describe their
colours and textures e.g. ‘crunchy’

During our next topic we will talk about our favourite toys.

We will sing and dance to actions songs, copy simple dance routines, and we will learnt to use the bikes, balls, and climbing equipment safely in the garden.

We explore different materials for mark making and talk about what we have drawn or written. We take care of our books, turn the pages correctly and talk about stories we have heard.

We are learning lots of counting songs and rhymes! We are learning to recognise some numbers and to match them to small sets of objects.

We are learning about Autumn and are talking about the changes we have seen outside.

We are making autumn leaf collages, to do leaf rubbings, to create firework picture and lots more!

We are learning to be more independent learners and to select and use resources by ourselves. We are learning to share and take turns and play cooperatively with our new friends.


Nina Rajan-Weare

My name is Miss Rajan-Weare and I am the nursery teacher and Early Years Phase Lead at John Perry. This is my fourth year here, and before that, I taught in Barking for 8 years. I have taught in EYFS, KS1 and KS2.

I love teaching in the Early Years Phase because no day is ever the same! We laugh, make a mess, make discoveries and are constantly making progress!

Susan Cross

My name is Mrs Cross, I have been a member of staff at John Perry for over 30 years, for 15 years I was a TA. I gained my teaching qualification in 2003 and since then I have taught in reception, Year 1 and Year 2. A few years ago I became the Parent Liaison Teacher and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead. I am now also the nursery teacher in the afternoons.

I run the PTA which is trying to raise funds for the school whilst having fun.

I am also a staff governor.

I really enjoy my work with parents and getting to know them and their families and hopefully building up good relationships.



Red nose day crackers

On Red nose day, we made healthy crackers using vegetables for features on the face. We also had to use a knife safely to spread the cream cheese. Yummy!

Team work!

In nursery we learn about team work. We work with our friends to achieve a goal. We are learning that tasks are often easier with support of friends! Today we are construction workers and we are busy planning and building structures!