In Nursery we have high expectations and challenge each child to achieve the best they can. We offer a balance of adult-led and child-initiated learning to ensure children make the best progress.
In the Early Years Foundation Stage children learn most effectively when they experience learning first hand, through meaningful interactions with others, through physical activity and through play. Our Early Years practise is based on on-going observations and assessments of the children within the curriculum. The observations and assessments we make can be seen through our online journal Tapestry.
The Early Years curriculum emphasises:
Prime areas of learning:
Specific areas of learning:
These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning activities. Children in the EYFS learn by exploring, being active and creative, both indoors and outdoors. Over the year, we will gather evidence through observations and children’s independent work, which will form a profile of your child’s learning journey. You are welcome to come in at any point throughout the year to look at your child’s profile and we welcome contributions from home to assist us in tracking your child’s development. The education of your child is something we aim to do in partnership with you and as such parents are always welcome to discuss their child with staff.
For more information about these areas, please visit:
Our Early Years principles are based on the EYFS statutory guidance, four overarching principles of good practice:
EYFS outdoor and indoor learning environment
The children enjoy exploring and learning in our newly developed indoor and outdoor areas.
Nursery is the first step in your child’s school life. One of the most important things to work on at this age is their fine motor skills. The reason why we work on fine motor skills at this age is because this is what helps them to hold a pencil, therefore getting ready to write. We prepare and carry out lots of activities to help children with this in the classroom. The most loved activity by all the children is making and playing with play dough. The children use skills such as squeezing, rolling, mixing, patting and pushing. All these skills are used by hands or fingers. You can make this fun by using music.
This is a link for something called dough disco by Shonette Bason. She uses play dough and shows you how to do this activity.
You can have lots of fun making your own playdough at home. Here is how to do it:
No Cook Playdough Recipe
4 cups of flour
1 1/2 cups salt
2 tbsp oil
1 cup water
1. Put all the ingredients into a bowl then mix together with spoon.
2. Knead the dough with hands to form a firm dough.
Our first week in Nursery
This week, we have been getting to know our new friends and teachers. We have had lots of fun exploring our new classroom and the learning environment outside. We have been looking at how we are different to everyone else through the story of Elmer. We enjoyed creating our own Elmer elephants and naming the colours we used to create them.
Argh me hearties!
All hands on deck, batten down the hatches and roll-out the big guns for International Talk Like a Pirate Day today. This light-hearted holiday started 20 years ago in the USA. It’s now held worldwide and even Barack Obama has tweeted about it!
What did we do?
This part was easy. We dressed ourselves as pirates and used pirate words in our best and loud voices. We made our own pirate flags for our pirate ships outside where we all walked the plank! We also made old treasure maps to go on a treasure hunt around the school. We had a jolly (roger) day. Arrr!
Here are some of the key words and phrases to help you be more pirate!
Ahoy = hello
All hands on deck = emergency
Aye = yes
Booty = stolen goods
Hearties = friends
Land ahoy = land spotted