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Nursery - Donaldson

Nelson Academy Nursery - Donaldson

Nelson Academy Nursery

Welcome to Nelson Academy Nursery. In our nursery you will find Mrs Carman (Nursery Room Leader), Miss Sharpe, Mrs Lloyd and Mrs Barber. 

We are very excited to share with you our new and exciting Curriculum within our EYFS at Nelson Academy! We will be following Norfolk’s 50 things to do before you turn 5, developing skills, language, a passion for learning and resilience through life-long learning experiences, ensuring all children reach their full potential.  

Every child that joins our Nursery and continues their journey through to the end of Reception will achieve Norfolk’s 50 things. These will include #23 See it Live! in our Reception Year, #30 Yummy Picnic in our Nursery and another exciting 48 experiences!  

The Educational Programmes within the EYFS Statutory guidance will be found within every experience ensuring that all 7 areas of learning progress throughout your child’s time in our EYFS.  

We use our ClassDojo page to keep you all up to date with events and news. This is also a great way to keep you all involved in your child's learning. 

Being part of the Nelson Academy also means that we are able to access all aspects of the school e.g. using the hall for physical development activities and the wildlife area to learn about the world around us.  All children are provided with free fruit and milk, and have access to both indoor and outdoor learning environments.  If you are planning to send your child to Nelson Academy, then being in our Nursery will make the transition easier. 

Nursery sessions:    Morning session – 9am – 12noon
Afternoon session – 12noon – 3pm
All day – 9am – 3pm

Claim your 15 hours FREE education or 30 hours of FREE education (subject to eligibility) – Contact us for more details 01366 383824  

We believe that Nursery should build on the valuable learning experiences that children have at home to give them a head start in their social, physical and educational development. 

Research shows that children learn best when they feel happy, safe, secure and excited about what they are doing. It is our job to encourage children to explore, question, make choices, collaborate and have fun learning. These experiences will allow them to develop a love of learning, build strong friendships with their peers and learn new independent skills. 

Children can start at Nelson Academy Nursery with funding (15 or 30 hours) the term after their third birthday.  However, if you would like to pay extra, your child can start as soon as they turn 3.  All of our sessions are 3 hours long and we understand that every family has different work and home commitments. Therefore, we offer a flexible approach to how these sessions are used. You can choose between morning or afternoon sessions, or a mix of full and half days. 

Sessions and fees 

Our timings are:
Morning session – 9am – 12noon
Afternoon session – 12noon – 3pm
All day – 9am – 3pm 

Additional paid sessions will be available soon at a cost of £10 per session; please call the Nursery on 01366 383824, or ask for more information when you visit us. 

We look forward to meeting you and your child here at the nursery. 

Mrs Sykes - Assistant Principal EYFS/KS1 

Reception - Attenborough & Anning

Reception – Attenborough and Anning


Welcome to Reception!

We are very excited to share with you our new and exciting Curriculum within our EYFS at Nelson Academy! We will be following Norfolk’s 50 things to do before you turn 5, developing skills, language, a passion for learning and resilience through life-long learning experiences, ensuring all children reach their full potential.  


Every child that joins our Nursery and continues their journey through to the end of Reception will achieve Norfolk’s 50 things. These will include #23 See it Live! in our Reception Year, #30 Yummy Picnic in our Nursery and another exciting 48 experiences!  

The Educational Programmes within the EYFS Statutory guidance will be found within every experience ensuring that all 7 areas of learning progress throughout your child’s time in our EYFS.  

We have 2 classes within our Reception team – Anning Class with Mrs Sykes and Attenborough Class with Miss Chown. Our team include Miss Gipp, Miss Driscoll, Miss Knapp, Mrs Whiting and Miss Smith. As well as our 50 things we will all be busy helping your children learn their Letters and Sounds through our phonics sessions, Maths through our White Rose Maths and lots of storytelling, singing and rhymes.  

If you have any questions or would like to look round our EYFS, please do not hesitate to call the school and ask to speak to us.   

Mrs Sykes - Assistant Principal EYFS/KS1 

Year 1 - Banks & Goodall

Year 1 – Banks and Goodall

Year 1 - Banks and Goodall

Welcome to Year 1

We are Mrs Limbert and Miss Atkinson, Banks and Goodall class teachers.  In our classrooms you will also find Mrs Bunting, Mrs Francis and Mrs Crane.

Everyone has started the year with a positive attitude to learning and friendship and we look forward to lots of exciting times ahead.

In our year one rooms, we have created an inviting space for learning, including cosy reading areas, ambient lighting and an outdoor classroom space.

There is so much to look forward to as we start the Autumn term.  In English we will continue to develop the children’s reading and writing skills through the teaching of phonics and a wide range of topics.  We will include a number of experience days to help the children to develop their understanding of the world and to further develop their exposure to vocabulary.

In History we will be researching and learning about the Ice Age, Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age, being catapulted back in time using a wide range of activities.

Our PE day is on a Wednesday, so please remember to wear PE kits and remove earrings.

Reading Books are given out on a Thursday and we ask that they are returned on a Tuesday for changing.

We hope your children enjoy their time in Year One and we are sure they will leave our classes knowing more, remembering more and achieving more!

Mrs Limbert- Banks Class

Miss Atkinson – Goodall class

Year 2 - Boudica & Cleopatra

Year 2 – Boudica and Cleopatra

Welcome to Year 2!

Our team is made up of two classes: Boudica and Cleopatra. The adults in Boudica class are Miss Hare and Mrs Pepper. In Cleopatra class the adults are Mrs Nyarko and Mrs Clark.

Our first major topic this term will be Ancient Egypt! We will be comparing our lives to those of the Ancient Egyptians, becoming archaeologists discovering Egyptian artefacts and learning about the importance of the River Nile.

In Science we will be learning about our body. We will be learning about our skeleton and how muscles help our body to move.

In English, we are now following a new scheme called ‘The Write Stuff’’. Our first unit will be a twist on a traditional fairy tale.

In Geography, we will be exploring the British Isles and learning about their different landscapes and traditions.

Maths, this term will be focused on place value and the four basic operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division), using lots of equipment to secure an understanding of numbers and applying to reasoning and problem-solving.

We will be continuing with daily phonics sessions to help develop reading, spelling and comprehension skills.

Our PE day this year is Tuesday, please come to school wearing a PE kit on this day. We also have additional time for the daily mile on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. You do not need a PE kit for this but you may bring in trainers.

Homework will be set on a Wednesday and will need to be returned on the following Monday.

We will set weekly spellings on a Friday for a test the following Friday.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact any member of the year Two team. We look forward to an exciting year!

Miss Hare - Boudica Class Teacher

Mrs Nyarko - Cleopatra Class Teacher

Year 3 - Archimede & Drake 

Year 3 – Archimedes and Drake

Welcome to Year Three! 

Your class teachers are Mr Bidder and Mr Taylor. In our classes you will also find Mrs Klyn, Mrs Tasker, Mrs McDonald and Miss Armstrong. 

We are currently learning about Magnestism and this will link into our next topic of simple machines.

We love to read in Year Three which gives children the opportunity to learn new vocabulary which they can use in their writing and their daily lives. 

Year Three is a great year to learn a variety of topics in great depth! Please ask your children at home about all the learning they are doing, they may surprise you!

PE is on Thursdays, Reading books to be handed in on Tuesday and will be sent home on Thursdays. 

Homework will be set on Wednesdays. 

Mr Taylor - Archimedes Class Teacher

Mr Bidder - Drake Class Teacher

Year 4 - Cromwell & Wren

Year 4 – Cromwell and Wren

Hello and welcome to Year 4, it is great to be back. The teachers for Cromwell class are Miss Payne (Monday – Wednesday and Friday) and Mrs Sykes (Thursday). The teacher of Wren Class is Miss Abbott. We are lucky to be supported by Mrs Short, Miss Veal and Miss Jeffries.

After the summer, the pupils have returned, eager to learn. The year will start with recapping the basics in English and Maths then we will build and develop knowledge throughout the year. We will read a variety of books to support learning both in English and for pleasure.

Our Science work is already well underway with light and optics then moving nicely into astronomy. We will then study the human body, animal classification followed by ecology. In Geography we will be building our knowledge of UK geography, then moving into Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean.

During the Autumn term in History we will explore the house of Stuart, Union of the Crown and Gun Powder Plot. Following this The Civil War, Plague and Fire of London.

Homework will be sent home (via dojo) on a Wednesday for completion by the following Monday. We would like this homework returned by dojo or portfolio. Daily reading is still vital in Year 4 and Reading Journals should be completed and return to school. Spellings will continue to be set each Monday and we also have a big push on times tables – they can revise these using Times Tables Rock Stars.

PE day is on a Friday and children must wear their kit to school on those days. Just a reminder that earrings should be removed (at home if children struggle to do this themselves).

 As you can see you have a very exciting, fun and busy year ahead. We can’t wait to see what year 4 can achieve.

Miss Payne and Mrs Sykes – Cromwell Class Teacher

Miss Abbott – Wren Class Teacher

Year 5 - Hepworth & Tubman

Year 5 – Hepworth and Tubman

Welcome to Year 5 Tubman and Hepworth Classes. We have already settled in to our new rooms and are beginning to learn Year 5 routines.

Our teams are (Harriet)Tubman Class: Mrs.Melia (teacher), Mrs.Galley and Mrs. Clarke; (Barbara) Hepworth Class: Mrs Sekatawa (teacher), Mrs.Gallagher and Mrs.Wilson. We are also very lucky to have a share in Mrs.Boyes when she is not being a superhero covering elsewhere.

Together we came up with our year group rules. Easy to remember as they are covered by 3 words:

Ready, Respectful and Safe.

The Year 5 team are looking forward to starting the year with an introduction to the Georgian Period: learning why the Georgians replaced the Stuarts… and why some people didn’t particularly think this was a good idea!

We’ll be learning about why the Jacobites and the Red Coats fought (a lot) and how this all came to a very sticky end at Culloden.

In English, we will be starting on our (school-wide) ‘Write Stuff’ programme, a fantastic format for making our writing even better. Our first unit will be a setting description based on ‘Journey to the Centre of the Earth’ and then we are looking forward to writing based on the narrative poem, The Highwayman.

In Geography, we will be learning about Mountains which links with our Science unit of rock formation. Lots of practical work which is great fun!

Our creative subjects also include links to our topic - Georgian artwork and a fair amount of cross-curricular drama too!

Our RE learning this half-term is about Judaism – we will learn what Jewish people believe and how they express their beliefs through their daily lives.

We’ll be recapping the basics in French: greetings, vocabulary for around the classroom, colours and musical instrument names.

We have a new music scheme and are all very excited to be learning about rock music this half-term. We’ll be ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’ that we’ll get more than ‘halfway there’ with learning about beat and rhythm.

We really hope you check in to Dojo for regular updates and watch out for pictures in the gallery too. Please remember to let us know if you have any questions or ideas. We are always happy to hear from you.

Mrs Sekatawa – Hepworth Class Teacher

Mrs Melia – Tubman Class Teacher

Year 6 - Darwin & Fleming

Year 6 – Darwin and Fleming

Hello and welcome to Year 6!

We have two Y6 classes called Darwin and Fleming. In Darwin Class we have Mr Rossiter (Teacher) and Mrs Plummer (Teaching Assistant). In Fleming Class you will find Mrs Jack (Teacher) and Mrs Barnes (Teaching Assistant). The adults in our Year 6 classes are determined to give our pupils the perfect end to their time in primary school, ensuring outstanding progress with lots of fun along the way.

The year starts with a focus on the basics of English and maths. The knowledge and skills developed early on will stand our children in good stead as they move onto more challenging Year 6 work. We will also read a variety of books that accompany our learning, as well as providing opportunities to relax and listen to a good story. This year we will be starting with Thornhill, by Pam Smy, before moving onto Clockwork (by Philip Pullman) which is always a favourite of our Year 6 pupils.

Throughout the school we look at some fascinating topics, and this year is no exception. We start by looking at the processes and life cycles of plants. This is a particularly detailed piece of scientific study that will help to prepare pupils for their science work at high school. In our history lessons, we will be looking at both world wars and the tremendous sacrifices people made, as well as the impact these conflicts have had on today’s world.

Our geography work starts with a look at the world, learning some valuable life skills (such as map reading) along the way. In RE, we will focus on Christianity and Islam. Our art work will also tie in nicely with our history, researching Victorian artwork and creating our own imitations. We will also be developing our understanding of Renaissance art, looking at famous pieces such as the Mona Lisa. Our language work will continue to focus on French and in PE we will cover a variety of different team and individual sports. As the year progresses we like to see our pupils become more competitive when participating in team events. Yes, taking part is important but we also love to see that competitive edge that will help children as they grow up and take their place in the world.

It’s going to be a great year and we are so excited to see what our latest group of Year 6 pupils can achieve.

Mr Rossiter – Assistant Principal KS2 and Darwin Class Teacher

Mrs Jack – Fleming Class Teacher

SRB - Packham

ASD SRB Unit – Packham

ASD SRB Packham

About us-

Packham class is an ASD specialist resource base (SRB) for children in both key stages 1 and 2. The maximum capacity for the class is 10 children, enabling a higher adult to pupil ratio to support learners. Pupils benefit from a low stimulus work environment with different areas for students to work, learn and play. Our SRB is attached to the main school and is a safe secure space divided into appropriate spaces such as chill out areas and learning environments adapted to the children’s needs. We access all areas of the main school including the playgrounds and outdoor spaces, halls and library.

Why apply-

Applications should be made if the school-based interventions at a child’s home school are not proving effective in supporting their progress in line with their assessed ability. A higher ratio of adult to child staffing can support additional needs and provide interventions needed. Pupils are not required to have an EHCP (Education, Health, Care Plan) to join the SRB.

How to apply-

School can apply for a pupil to attend the SRB by completing the online referral form on the Norfolk Schools website: A panel meeting happens once every half-term to discuss suitability of a placement and to assign places should they be available.

The first step in the application process is for the home school and the child’s parents to contact the SRB Lead Teacher to have a discussion and arrange an observation of the child in their home school. The home school will then be required to complete the SRB referral form by the deadline dates published on the Norfolk Schools website.

The approach to teaching and learning at the SRB-

In Packham class we offer a differentiated curriculum which enables children to learn in a variety of ways: 1:1, in small groups, whole class and with their class in main school. All staff have specialist ASD training and Norfolk Steps to support de-escalation and reduce the likelihood of a child reaching crisis. Children will progress with academic skills through engaging activities.


Pupils arrive in school at 8.55am.

The day starts with reading and sensory circuits followed by a morning lesson. At break time they have both time outdoors and indoors to play as well as snack time. There is a session before break that is usually split into 2 lessons. The afternoon includes a lesson, a sensory activity and ended with some relaxation. The day school day finishes at 3pm.

SRB Curriculum

In the SRB we follow the National Curriculum. We make adaptations to ensure the needs of the students are met as well as making academic progress. We include; social and emotional development though extended P.S.H E sessions, sensory activities to support self-regulation such as sensory circuits. The timetable is also adapted to give appropriate sensory breaks and small group interventions.

As a class, we try to join in with the mainstream school as much as possible. We engage with whole school activities, as well as encourage staff and students to come to visit the SRB.

SRB Network-

The teachers from Packham class attend the ASD SRB network meetings to liaise and share best practice with professionals working within similar settings and specialist provision. As part of this network, all staff working within the SRB can access specialist training. We have a specialist partner from Fred Nicholson special school that comes in to support staff, observe and provide additional training. Please see the Norfolk site for further information: This will provide you with further information relating to the programme, details of SRB specialism, key stage (and ages) catered for and name of SRB.

Should you wish any further information please contact either Mrs McAndrews on 01366 383824 or via email