Welcome to Nursery!
We are really looking forward to working with you and your children this year. This term we are focussing on making friends and feeling secure in the environment. It is important that we understand the rules and boundaries in Nursery that help to keep us safe especially in these times of covid.
All Early Years settings have introduced the new Early Years curriculum this September. In Nursery we learn through play. We have short teaching sessions to introduce new ideas and then consolidate these skills and ideas through play. The adults in Nursery also lead small group activities with the children as well as playing along side the children and modelling new skills and language. As well as having themes that we focus on each half term we also plan activities around the childrens’ own personal interests. We will be learning to count, order, recognise, represent and arrange quantities of numbers in different ways and explore 2D and 3D shapes. In literacy we will be sharing stories, rhymes and poems. We also have daily phonics sessions during which we will learn our letter sounds and do lots of listening activities. Every Monday we will send home a ‘Nursery Rhyme of the Week’ which we would like the children to learn. We will be doing lots of talking about and retelling of stories through role play and expressive arts and design. Each week one child will bring home a rhyme pack and a prayer bag to share with you and your family. We will also try to do as much learing outside as we possibly can so could you send your children dressed appropriately for the different weather and seasons.
P.E. will take place on a Tuesday so could you please make sure your child has a pair of pumps to keep in Nursery and your child will need to come dressed ready for P.E in a school P.E.T-shirt and a pair of shorts/ leggings/jogging bottoms. The children also need to have a spare set of clothes and a pair of wellies for wet weather – all labelled with their name please.
After all the restrictions over the last 18 months because of Covid, we are so happy to start our library again after the October half term and we are really excited about going out on trips again this year. All letters/notices about upcoming events will be posted on the school website.
Each Friday we do a Nursery blog telling you what we have been doing in Nursery each week and letting you know what our learning focusses will be for the following week. We will also let you know what your child has been learning each week via Tapestry.
Each week we place a Teddy Bear money pot outside the Nursery door for you to pop in a weekly £1 donation which helps us to buy such things as cooking ingredients and compost.
Finally – a few reminders about times and illnesses. Children should arrive for Nursery at 8.30am. For security reasons the side gate into Nursery and All Sorts will be closed at 8.45am prompt – any late comers should enter school through the main reception area. If your child is absent because of illness could you please inform the office in the morning. Children should not return to Nursery until 48 hours after their last bout of vomiting or diarrhoea.
If you don’t get the opportunity talk to us in the mornings or at hometime then please feel free to give us a call or send an email if there is anything you need to discuss.
We look forward to a busy and exciting year ahead!
The Nursery Team
Mrs Sarah Schofield – Nursery Teacher
Mrs Tracy McCloskey – Nursery Nurse