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St Andrew`s Nursery and Infants School
Hickory Avenue, Greenstead, CO4 3QJ, UK Colchester
+44 (0)1206 864510

Greenstead St. Andrew's Nursery and Infants' School is a community school, which caters for children between the ages of three and seven years. The pupils are offered a rich and varied curriculum by a dedicated team of staff led by Head Teacher Mrs Jackie Breeze, who has been in post since September 2002. The school was awarded Investors in People in July 2004 and Healthy Schools in 2005.

School photo

The school was last inspected by OFSTED from 31st January to 2nd February 2005 . They quote “The school has many, significant strengths and provides satisfactory value for money. There is a very good high quality of care and welfare of the children, with good, effective behaviour management strategies in place. There are a good range of extra-curricular activities, which are a real strength for the school. The partnership with parents is making a very effective contribution to the work of the school. Excellent involvement with the community and very good links with other schools enrich children's learning opportunities. Parents provide extensive support and their views are taken into account in the decision making process. Very good information is provided about the school and children's progress. Excellent, wide ranging community links make a significant contribution to educational and social needs of children and many parents.”

St Andrew's Nursery and Infants' School is situated in Greenstead just outside of Colchester . Coming from Colchester , travel down Cowdray Avenue , onto St. Andrew's Avenue then, at the Greenstead roundabout, turn left onto Avon Way . At the mini roundabout turn left onto Hawthorn Avenue . Follow Hawthorn Avenue all the way up and round, then turn left again onto Hickory Avenue . The school is a few hundred yards down the road on the left and is easily visible.


The Foundation Stage has a 104 place Nursery and Two Reception classes. The nursery has two classes, Bears and Owls, which take children in the morning and another set of children in the afternoon. The Reception classes are the Tigers and Lions.

Our aim is to ensure that our children are happy, have fun and feel secure. All learning is through practical, hands-on experience and play. We cover a topic every half term, and our curriculum is divided into 6 areas: Personal, Social and Emotional development, Communication, Language and Literacy, Mathematical development, Creative development, Knowledge and understanding of the world and Physical development. Outside activities and play are as important as indoor, and we are currently in the process of redeveloping the outside area.


Reception  RECEPTION


Children enter the reception classes over a three term intake. We continue the children's education by working within the same 6 areas as the Nursery. Children's levels of achievement in each of the areas are recorded on entry and again at the end of the Reception year. This clearly shows the progress they have made, which we regularly share with parents. We aim to continue the development of the whole child through practical and relevant activities. Over the Reception year they will begin to develop skills to support more formal recording i.e. writing their names and other familiar words. They will be given tasks, which build their number knowledge. They will be continuing their enjoyment of books and stories, which then lead on to reading skills. As in the Nursery we cover one topic each half of term; the final half of the summer term will become more structured in readiness for the move to Year One.

The children learn good social skills, how to make friends, communicate appropriately with each other, and become increasingly independent and confident, which prepares them for Key Stage One.





Key Stage One is made up of year one (Penguins and Pandas) and year two (Giraffes and Zebras).

In Key Stage one, we follow the National Curriculum, using the National Literacy Strategy and National Numeracy Strategy, and the Open Worlds RE syllabus. Much of our work is cross-curricular and topic based.

In literacy, we read a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts. Children are encouraged to write and respond to a variety of styles, including stories, poetry, lists, letters and recounts.

Reading is heard individually and in a group, with guided reading planned to take place during the literacy hour. We do a lot of work on developing phonic skills to support reading, writing and spelling.

Our role- play is planned to develop speaking and listening skills and changes half termly, to fit in with our topics. Examples in year one are a Succah, a dark corner, a fairy tale castle, a Victorian house and a seaside cafe. In year two our role play area has been a Post Office, an old bakery Shrek`s house, a doctor's surgery, a vet's surgery, and an underwater research station.





In numeracy a variety of concepts are constantly revisited throughout the school year. There is a continued focus on developing counting skills and children are expected to solve simple problems.

ICT (Information and Communication technology), is taught as a subject and the skills learnt are then applied to be used in other subject areas e.g. using a paint program to draw a picture of The Great Fire of London for History or typing a story instead of writing it in Literacy. Other programs may be used to reinforce a particular area of Maths or Literacy.

Other subjects the children study are science, history, geography, art and design, design technology, music, physical education and Personal Social and Health Education. (PSHE).


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