Welcome to the Nursery
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We have not one but three classroom areas which (in the words of Ofsted) are "well resourced, bright and stimulating": our indoor classroom, our outdoor classroom and our garden area. In addition we have access to the school's field and hall where we have lots of fun playing games, doing dance, drama or gymnastics. Twice a week, Mr Bromley teaches PE for us.
Mrs Armstrong is the teacher, Mrs Formosa is the senior early years educator and Mrs Phillips is the learning assistant. We work hard, in partnership with parents, to make sure that every child feels happy and safe in nursery; then they are ready to learn!
All nursery learning takes place through play-based activities, sometimes adult led and sometimes child-initiated. The activities are based on the needs and interests of each child and planned using the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. Each week we have a special theme or story- you can find out more in our weekly newsletter ( see documents below). Recent photos can also be viewed in the documents below.
Our topic this term is living things, now that the warmer weather is with us, so we will be planting sunflowers and going on mini-beast hunts (looking for snails, spiders and butterflies). This will develop our understanding of the world and our communication skills as we describe what we see and think about "How" and "Why". It will also provide lots of creative opportunities as we move like different mini-beasts or create pictures and models. The topic will be further developed through stories such as "The Very Hungry Caterpillar". Sharing stories with the children helps them to learn how to read a story- you can point to the words, talk about the pictures, use vocabulary such as "characters" or "the setting" and ask questions such as "What would you do?" or "What will happen next?" In numeracy there will be lots of counting opportunities, for instance, counting how many legs on a spider and also sorting opportunities for example which mini-beasts have wings and which don't.
In RE we will be learning all about the Holy Spirit when we celebrate Pentecost and thinking about other clebrations, especially weddings. We will be asking for photos! We will be listening to different Bible stories such as Noah's Ark and Jonah and the Whale. We will also be celebrating Father's Day.
Mr Bromley will continue to teach PE twice a week and we will continue to access the school field and Forest School. We will still have a letter sound each week using the scheme “Read, Write, Inc”. This will be developed through “Busy Fingers” activities where we develop the children’s fine motor skills. You will be introduced to the letter sound on a Monday when you come into Nursery at 12 noon to hear us sing our special nursery rhyme of the week. Don’t forget on a Friday our weekly "Stay and Share a Story" where you can choose a story with your child to borrow for the weekend.
Kids' Zone? Play games, and visit some cool websites. You can vote for your favourites!