Nursery

Staff

  • Evonne Williams – Assistant Head Early Years
  • Carol Reece – Class Teacher
  • Michelle Flynn – Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA)
  • Caroline Gee – SEN TA
  • Michelle Knott – Classroom support

What happens in Nursery

The Nursery classroom is set up so that children can choose where they want to play and they access the resources independently. There are different areas of the classroom which have specific intended learning experiences. These are called Continuous Provision areas such as reading, maths, writing/ mark making, role play, sand, water, playdough, small world and creative.

This encourages independence and allows children to approach challenges at their own level. Resources for independent play are carefully planned so that there is appropriate challenge at all levels.

The children in Nursery follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Development Matters curriculum. We aim for a seamless transition from Nursery to Reception and the same areas of learning are taught. Nursery and Reception children share the outdoor learning and play area and also eat their lunch together.

Seven areas of learning

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development:  a continuous process with a lot of nurturing, discussion and modelling talk and behaviour. The focus is on relationships and being confident, responsible and independent.
  • Communication and Language: the focus is on speaking, listening and understanding. Children will be actively taught speaking and listening skills through guided talk and news discussions.
  • Physical Development: includes fine and gross motor skills both indoors and outdoors. Nursery children will have hall time for dance activities. Cutting, playdough, small construction, bikes and the climbing frame are all activities which develop motor skills. Children will also learn about health and self care.
  • Literacy: includes Reading and Writing. In Nursery the focus for Reading is rhythm and rhyme, enjoyment of stories and noticing print in the environment.  Daily Phonics teaching underpins reading in Nursery and Reception. Writing begins as mark making in Nursery on a small or large scale with a variety of tools and resources.
  • Maths: the emphasis in Nursery is on practical activities, counting and problem solving within the children’s own contexts and interests
  • Understanding the World: children will be encouraged to investigate, explore and talk about what they find out in their own environments, within their family life and school visits. This also includes technology such as using cameras, microphones, CD players, programmable toys, ipads and laptops.
  • Expressive Arts and Design: This includes music, art, dance, design, construction and role play.

Parent partnerships

Parents and Carers are regularly invited to a variety of activities and workshops in the classroom alongside their children and are encouraged to support home learning through activities such as Play Club phonics bags.

Outdoor learning

The outdoor learning area is set up to ensure that children have learning experiences on a larger scale. For example mark making might be twirling large ribbons, chalking on the floor, painting with brushes and rollers. Outdoor learning also supports different learning styles. Our Mud Kitchen has a surprisingly calming effect on children and is a contented hive of harmonious and cooperative activity.

Curriculum overview – Spring 2

Topic
In Nursery, our main theme is ‘Springtime’.  We will be using the Spring season to learn new vocabulary related to the weather. We will learn a Spring poem with actions.  We are continuing to learn about different celebrations enjoyed by people and their communities, such as Easter. This half term, the children will continue to learn to write their names.  To encourage correct letter formation, the children will start by tracing over the letters in their names.  This will become our morning activity that you can complete with your children before registration.

Literacy
We will continue to complete our work in Literacy through different texts.  This half term, we will read the texts ‘Walter’s Wonderful Web’ by Tim Hopgood and ‘Daisy and the Egg’ by Jane Simmons and non-fiction texts about Easter.  Using these stories and non-fiction texts, we will complete short mark making, drawing and writing activities, comprehension and concepts-about-print activities. We will be using warm up gross motor activities and will continue to enjoy Dough Disco developing our fine motor skills.  Phonics is taught daily and we will learn through playing with Beat Babies, rhyming games such as ‘silly soup’ and nursery rhymes. We will continue learning new vocabulary using Concept Cat stories and songs.  The word for each week will be displayed on a poster in the Nursery classroom window together with activities you can complete with your child at home.  We will also upload the word for the week on the Tapestry app.  You can use Tapestry to upload photos or videos of your child completing the activities at home.

Maths
This half term we will continue to develop our counting skills and explore the composition of numbers within and up to 6.  We will do this in our Maths sessions, through our daily routines as well as learning through our play.  We will continue to learn to recognise objects without counting them (subitising).  We will also compare the height, length, mass and capacity of different objects.

Other Curriculum Areas
Personal, Social and Emotional Development – We will continue to use our ‘Think Equal’ scheme, focusing on friendship and naming emotions and feelings.  We will continue to talk about the zones of regulation to support children in their self-regulation.

Understanding the World – Learning about the season of Spring.  Looking after living things, growing plants, caterpillars

Expressive Arts and Design – Focussing on representational drawings and using a variety of media to create Spring scenes.  We will learn songs and poems about Spring.

Physical Development – Fine and gross motor activities including Letter Join and Dough Disco activities and taking part in City in the Community sports skills

Important Dates
Thursday 7th March – World Book Day
Friday 15th March – Red Nose Day
Wednesday 20th and 27th March – Progress Meetings
Thursday 28th March – Yellow Day
Thursday 28th March  – End of Spring Term School finishes at 2pm.  There will be no after school club on this date.
Monday 15th April – School reopens

Empowering learning skills

Self manager

  • Organise themselves and work out goals and priorities
  • Show personal responsibility, initiative, creativity and enterprise
  • Anticipate, take and manage risks
  • Commit themselves to learning and self-improvement
  • Respond positively to change 

Effective participator

  • Engage actively with issues that affect them and those around them.
  • Play a full part in the life of the school
  • Take responsible action to bring improvement for others as well as themselves
  • Discuss issues of concern, seeking resolution
  • Present a persuasive case for action
  • Propose practical ways forward
  • Try to influence others, negotiating and balancing diverse views

Resourceful thinker

  • Think creatively by generating and exploring relevant ideas, and making original connections
  • Find links and see relationships
  • Explore & experiment with resources and materials
  • Ask ‘why’, ‘how’ and ‘what if’ questions
  • Apply imaginative thinking to solve a problem
  • Try different ways to tackle a problem
  • Work with others to find imaginative solutions and outcomes that are of value

Reflective learner

  • Evaluate their strengths and limitations as learners
  • Review their work and act on outcomes
  • Set themselves realistic goals and criteria for success
  • Monitor their own performance and progress
  • Invite feedback and deal positively with praise, setbacks & criticism.
  • Make changes to improve their learning
  • Communicate their learning in relevant ways to different audiences

Independent enquirer

  • Gather, process and evaluate information in their investigations
  • Plan what to do and how to go about it
  • Draw conclusions and evaluate outcomes
  • Take informed and well-reasoned decisions, recognising that other have different beliefs and attitudes
  • Use range of techniques to collect and organise information

Team worker

  • Work confidently with others, adapting to different contexts and taking responsibility for their own role
  • Listen and take account of others’ views
  • Form collaborative relationships, resolving issues and reaching agreed outcomes
  • Adapt behaviours to suit different roles and situations
  • Show fairness and consideration towards others