Welcome to Nursery. In our Nursery class, Mrs Johnson teaches the children and Mrs Hughes is the Nursery Teaching Assistant.
The Nursery school day begins at 8:30 am and ends at 11.30 am, Monday – Friday.
Nursery Staff will be out in the playground each morning at 8:25am ready to greet parents and children.
If parents/carers wish to discuss any matters, they can email Mrs Johnson directly using the email address firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Nursery Morning
Every morning in Nursery, we have a ‘Good Morning’ carpet session that focuses specifically on developing the children’s Communication and Language knowledge and skills. We also have daily Phonics and Mathematic sessions. Throughout the week, we focus on all aspects of the Early Years Curriculum through Adult Directed/Supported learning activities, to ensure the children receive a full range of experiences. Our environments are also set up specifically, to enable the children to demonstrate what they know and can do; whilst also encouraging challenge through learning.
The Prime Areas of Learning, which include: Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development and Communication and Language run seamlessly throughout our setting in all aspects of teaching and learning, they are at the heart of all that we do.
Our curriculum map and weekly timetable can be downloaded by clicking on the links at the bottom of the page.
Every morning in nursery we offer the children a piece of fruit and a carton of milk, this happens at 10 am. This snack time is a very important part of the children’s Personal, Social and Emotional Development and teaches the children about the importance of a healthy lifestyle from a young age. The children also have their own, named water bottle so that they can access water independently throughout the morning. A bagel is also offered each morning on arrival, the children look forward to this as part of their Good Morning routine.
Important weekly events in Nursery
If it is your child’s turn for Forest School, could you please ensure that they have their Forest School kit with them.
Forest School Kit:
- Warm waterproof coat.
- Wellington boots.
- Older clothes to wear that are appropriate for the time of year to keep the children warm.
- Spare socks.
- In Autumn, winter hats, gloves.
We will provide the children in Nursery with waterproof trousers to wear over their clothes.
Thursday Morning – PE and Daily Outdoor Physical Development
Could you please ensure that your child comes to Nursery wearing their PE kits on a Thursday morning. All Nursery children will take part in a PE session in the outdoor area.
We also have daily Physical Development sessions in the outdoor area. The children really look forward to riding on the bikes, using the balls and moving in a range of ways. Developing their Physical Skills is such an important part of their learning at this stage; building large gross motor movements also supports their early ‘mark making’ (writing) knowledge and skills.
Parent Reading Groups – Sadly, we are currently not able to facilitate these groups in school due to COVID safety regulations. You will be informed in writing of your Parent Reading Group dates when they are able to once again commence. We thoroughly enjoy sharing the children’s reading development with you, these sessions are aimed at supporting you as parents/carers to develop your child’s reading at home and foster a love of reading from a very early age.
Nursery children have the opportunity to bring home a book of their choosing from the class library. They are allocated a day each week to bring their book in to school and change it for a new one. We are currently unable to accommodate this under our Covid safety restrictions, however we hope to begin this again soon. This is an exciting way from the children to be introduced to bringing a school reading book home every day.
Nursery Weekly Homework
Currently, weekly ‘Home Learning Challenges’ are posted on Google Classroom every Monday morning. There is a specific challenge set for each day (the focus of the challenges incorporate all aspects of the Early Years Curriculum throughout the week.) The challenges link to the children’s learning in Nursery and allow you as parents to share in their learning achievements every week. Please comment on your child’s Google Classroom Page to give feedback each time they complete their weekly homework tasks.
We really value your feedback; parental voice is key to your child’s learning and helps us to set their next steps.
Learning Bear Targets
The children are set three specific and individual targets for each term that they are in Nursery. These targets focus on developing their knowledge and skills in the Prime aspects of their learning. They have one Personal, Social and Emotional target; a Physical Development target and a Communication and Language Target. Parents and Carers set these targets together, in doing so we are able to truly support the needs of the whole child
We are currently unable to hold workshops in school, due to our COVID regulations, however we will still be sharing information and inviting you to share in the children’s learning via Google Classroom.
Each half term in Nursery and Reception we will invite you to join us for a Parent Workshop. Every workshop will begin with a short presentation explaining ‘what’ and ‘how’ your child learns, linked to each aspect of learning during their Early Years Education at MBA.
Half term Parent Workshop Focus
- Autumn 1: PSED (Family Snack Morning)
- Autumn 2: Phonics and Reading
- Spring 1: Mark Making/Physical Development
- Spring 2: Mathematics
- Summer 1: Understanding the World
- Summer 2: Expressive Art and Design
We will inform you at least two weeks before of the date and time for Workshops.
Useful EYFS parent websites to support early learning and development
Nursery knowledge maps
To support teaching and learning in Nursery, we have created ‘Knowledge Maps’ to help the children to remember key knowledge and subject specific skills, across all aspects of their early learning. Please click on the links below to view the individual maps and use them to support the children to recall key knowledge that they have been learning.
OUR NURSERY ENVIRONMENT…
Take a look at our learning environment…
What we are up to…
Currently, we are learning all about ‘Water.’ As part of our learning we have shared the story, ‘Sharing a Shell’ and made our own rock pools just like the one in the story. We also made our own Rainbow Fish sculptures, we were just like real artists!
We have also explored ‘ponds’ and ‘pond life’ that may live here, this is what we discovered…
We are also beginning to blend and segment phonemes to read CVC words!
Getting ready for our transition in to Reception is another key focus in Nursery at the moment. We are making sure we are ‘Reception Ready’ by eating lunch at school every Thursday! We love it and we are so reading to make our big Reception step!
We love to share our lovely learning experiences in Nursery. Please keep checking our page for updates about, what we are up to and also, Twitter.