Welcome to Nursery (Foundation 1)
Welcome to Wren Class
We are the Nursery class who love to spend out days together busily learning through play.
Our Daily Routine
Our Nursery doors open at 8.30am where parents/ carers are encouraged to bring their child into the classroom and help settle them into their day. This provides a fantastic opportunity to see what your child has been learning and play alongside them until register time at 8.45am. It is also a chance to chat to staff as well as other parents.
After register time all children take part in a phonics session. We spend time in phonics developing their listening skills through fun activities., and some children learn letters and sounds when we feel that a child is ready.
Children then have access to both indoor and outdoor provision. We encourage independent learning through play, all adults interact with the children to help build communication skills and develop relationships with their peers. Our neutral classrooms include quality resources that we provided to help your child engage in meaningful activities.
Children have Milk and Fruit break within both morning and afternoon sessions. During this time we find the children enjoy chatting to their friends and we take this opportunity to also promote good manners and self-care.
Nursery children also take part in a short daily group activity. During this time children are encouraged to develop a range of skills including physical development, maths and personal, social and emotional development. These activities are planned to meet the interests of the children the children love learning both inside and outside.
How we learn in Nursery
The Nursery curriculum is based around the 'Early Years Foundation Stage Framework' (EYFS) which covers 7 different areas of learning. These are:
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
Learning is play - based which means that on the whole, children choose the activity that they would like to do and their learning is supported and extended by adults in the classroom, as part of their play. Learning also takes place in small groups, or whole class sessions. See the Nursery timetable to see when independent and group learning takes place.
Mrs Wesley is the Nursery teacher and Mrs Lean is our teaching assistant.
Children can join our nursery from the term after their 3rd birthday. All 3 and 4 year old are entitled to 15 hours per week free childcare during term time.
Our session times are:
08:30am - 11:45am Morning Session
11.45am - 3.00pm Afternoon Session
We also offer places for children that receive 30 hours funding, for more information about this please speak to Mrs Wesley or the School Office. Follow this link to check if you are eligible for the funding https://www.gov.uk/30-hours-free-childcare
Children who attend the Nursery during the morning can stay for the full day (8:30 - 3:00) at a cost of £10.00. If staying all day children are asked to bring a packed lunch or they can order a school dinner costing £2.30 per day.
Children wear a full school uniform, jumpers and coats can be purchased at the school office. Please make sure that all your child's items are clearly labeled.
Please also bear in mind that play in Nursery can be very messy! Whilst we take every opportunity to remind child to wear aprons to protect their clothes in play, sometimes children forget or the aprons do not protect every part of their clothes. As such it is recommended that the children keep spare clothes in a bag on their peg in case of any accidents, and we will happily change them in order to keep them clean and comfortable.
As we spend a lot of time outside we request that children come to school in a sensible outdoor coat/clothing appropriate for the weather conditions. As the weather is unpredictable we recommend that the children have a pair of wellies in a bag on their pegs so we can access our outdoor area whatever the weather. During the summer we ask that children are provided with sun cream and a sun hat to leave at school.
Everyday children will bring home a reading diary. The children love going to the reading area to choose a book to share with friends and adults. Each time we share a book with the children we write it in their reading diaries. .
Wow Moments and Achievements
We love to share with you any achievements the children have made within school as well as hearing about all the successes they achieve outside school. In our cloakroom, there is a 'Wow Moments' board for us to share these achievements. It could be anything from putting on their own coat, going to the toilet independently, learning to ride a bike or learning to swim, every little step is an achievement that needs to be shared. Simply complete a ticket, bring in photographs and stick it to the board so you can share the children's learning at home and we can celebrate these accomplishments.
We also share the children's achievements in a Nursery assembly. If you receive a text message to say your child is star of the week, all you need to do is stay 5 minutes on a Friday after dropping your child off at Nursery, so we can present them with their certificate for you to see. As a treat for their achievements they will also get to take our Nursery teddy bear home to have fun with at the weekend, and then return it on Monday for us to see what you have been up to.
Coffee Mornings / Stay and Play
Each Half Term we hold a coffee morning where parents/carers are invited to come for a cup of tea/coffee and a chat. They are very informal and it a great opportunity to build relationships with other parents and staff.