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
This half term we will be celebrating the seasonal changes of Spring and developing our curious minds through the theme of 'Growing'. Where do seeds come from? How do they grow? What do we need to do to grow a plant or some vegetables? All of these questions and more will be answered through fun, practical experiences.
Reading and books plays a big part in Nursery and some stories we will be sharing this term include ‘The Enormous Turnip’, ‘Supertato’ and 'Jack and the Beanstalk' .
As well as this we sing daily, as nursery rhymes and songs are crucial for developing children’s communication, language and literacy skills. Other benefits include early maths skills and physical development through learning and copying actions.
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 will continue with the Letters and Sounds programme too. This helps to develop the children’s speaking and listening skills and lays the foundations for phonics work.