In the Nursery class we have two teachers and a classroom teaching assistant.
Mrs Hooson (teacher): Monday-Wednesday
Mrs Fitzgerald (teacher): Wednesday- Friday
Mrs Huckle: (CTA): Monday-Friday
We have a morning and afternoon class and the session times are as follows:
AM – 8.30-11.30am
PM – 12.30-3.30pm
We follow the ‘Early Years Foundation Stage’ (EYFS) curriculum which is divided into 7 areas of learning.
Communication and Language
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Understanding of the World
Expressive Arts and Design
Also we plan our activities to focus on the ‘Characteristics of Effective Learning’ as they help the children to develop important life skills and attitudes.
Playing and Exploring
Creative and Thinking Critically
Our First Term: Autumn 2020
This term we will focus on ‘making and building relationships’ in order for the children to make new friends and get to know the staff in the setting.We will play lots of small group games to help the children get to know one another and to learn each other’s names.As well as this we will be looking at settling the children into their classroom environment and helping them to learn their rules and routines.Our school rules involve knowing what it means to be READY, RESPECTFUL, and SAFE.In Nursery we teach these via a set of big books which focus on being gentle, kind, honest and helpful as well as working hard, listening and looking after their things.These books are lots of fun for the children as the characters are jungle animals which go to school: Zelda Zebra, Gino Giraffe, Mona Monkey, Alfred Alligator, Elsa Elephant, Louis Lion and Miss Beanie the teacher!
Reading and books plays a big part in Nursery and other stories we will be sharing this term include ‘The Kissing Hand’ and ‘Owl Babies’.These books help staff to discuss any feelings and emotions the children have being away from their home and families, whilst in school.
As well as this we will sing daily, as nursery rhymes and songs are crucial for boosting children’s communication, language and literacy skills. Other benefits include early maths skills and enabling children to learn and copy actions.
Also this term the children will learn about Autumn and move onto Winter as and when the seasonal changes occur.The children have already been finding acorns and different coloured leaves in our garden!
Even though we plan specific activities for the children a lot of what we do in Nursery has a child centred approach.We observe the children in their play and base activities around their interests linking them to the EYFS curriculum.
We follow the letters and sound programme too and this term we will focus on phase 1 which helps to develop the children’s speaking and listening skills and lays the foundations for phonics work.
We look forward to getting to know you and the children and we cannot wait to spend the school year with them!