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Nursery & Reception

Welcome to the Early Years!

Hello! I’m Mrs Pattison and I am the Early Years Leader at Burnside Primary School.

I have 2 children– a boy and a girl - and I have a black Scottie dog called Stanley! I like to go to the Lakes where we can walk and kayak. I love to read and I’ve just started cycling.

I teach in the Early Years and I love to see the boys and girls follow their own interests and become confident, independent learners. My main passion is teaching children to read and see the progress they make from coming into our setting!

My name is Miss Kilty and I am the Nursery Teacher here at Burnside Primary School. Working within the Early Years is wonderful as each day is filled with excitement and change. When I’m not at work, I enjoy spending time with my own children. We enjoy long walks with our dog, exploring the woodland and splashing in rivers. I also enjoy reading, especially War Time stories. I love my crochet my own blankets and knit scarves and hats for my children. 

Hello I am Mrs Robson and I work in Early Years with Mrs Pattison, Mrs Kilty, Miss Richardson and Mrs Pearson. I am very lucky to live in the countryside and I love to walk my Springer Spaniel Flynn and take photographs of the
cows, sheep and wildlife in the fields around me. I enjoy reading, listening to music, running and spending time in The Lake District with my lovely family.

I love singing with the children in school and gathering together for rhymes! I love the outdoor space we have in Early Years and the fun we are able to have with all of our great areas. The Builders Yard
is definitely my favourite area, although I do also love to see the children enjoying our big slide!


In the EYFS at Burnside Primary School we aim to create memories of learning that will last a lifetime.

Our school has a mixed Nursery and Reception class. Staff work closely together to ensure that each child’s time in the EYFS is exciting, engaging and memorable.

Early Years education is much more than just learning numbers and letters. It is about developing the whole child – learning to be confident, sociable, independent and inquisitive. It is about having a positive attitude and forming positive relationships.

Staff will help children to build upon the experiences they have already gained at home. Young children learn by watching and doing, exploring and investigating and listening and speaking. If children are encouraged to “have a go” they can learn from their mistakes and not be afraid to try again.

These carefully planned opportunities link to the characteristics of effective learning, these are:

  • Playing and Exploring;

  • Active Learning;

  • Creating and thinking critically.

Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.

Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:

  • Communication and language;

  • Physical development;

  • Personal, social and emotional development.

These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning.

As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:

  • Literacy;

  • Mathematics;

  • Understanding the world;

  • Expressive arts and design.

The children are supported and challenged to develop their own learning in engaging environments both indoors and outdoors.

Our Learning

Details of what we will be studying this term can be found here.

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