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:
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 Class Saint
The Holy Family
In the Early Years Foundation Stage the children are learning about family and how we are part of many important families. The feast day for The Holy Family is celebrated on 30th December 2019.
Harry and the Dinosaurs go to school
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 reading the story Harry and the Dinosaurs go to school and comparing the feelings of the characters to our feelings. We have used the small world area to show this.
In Nursery this week, we have been looking at how we are all different through the story of Elmer. We enjoyed creating our own Elmer elephants and naming the colours we used to create them. We have been getting use to our new routines and have enjoyed following instructions and learning how to do things, such as, putting on our own coats and how to tidy the classroom.
As part of our topic of Ourselves, we drew self-portraits this. We started by looking at our faces in mirrors and describing the different features we could see. We talked about the shape of our face and eyes and how to draw these. We looked at our friends faces as well and told them what colour hair and eyes they had. As you can see from the pictures, we did an excellent job of drawing our faces!
This week, the children have been looking at 2D shapes. We have described the shapes that we can see in our houses and homes. We then made our own 2D shape pictures and described the shapes used. The children also dressed up as builders and built different things for their homes. These included an oven, a roof, a kitchen and also a bed.
As part of the topic of looking at ourselves, we have started to explore our different senses this week. First, we looked at the sense of touch. We had a selection of materials and had to use our hands to describe how they felt. We used the words bendy, soft, hard, rough and crinkly. We also had some messy play of gloop to investigate and we said this was wet and slimy!
Our next sense we explored was listening. We made some listening ears and then went on a listening walk to see what sounds we could hear. The words we used were loud, quiet, jingle and crash. We really enjoyed making our own shakers so we could make some noise!
The Sleepy Shepherd
Today, pupils and parents alike were treated to an excellent re-telling of The Christmas Story through our nativity play, The Sleepy Shepherd. Children from our Nursery and Reception classes led superb performances which included many wonderful songs, clear confident speaking and of course lots of sleeping and snoring! The children were delighted to see so many happy, familiar faces in the audience, thank you for your support. The Early Years staff would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Below are photos from the performance and a short video. See if you can watch the highlights below without feeling sleepy!