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Teacher: Mrs Sparrow

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Cheesman

Teaching Assistant: Miss Scott

Welcome to Nursery. Your child’s class teacher’s name is Mrs. Sparrow and the teaching assistant is Miss. Scott and Mrs. Cheeseman.  Each child has a key worker however the children work with all the adults in the class. As the year progresses your child will be placed into groups to enable us to challenge their learning and cater for their learning needs.

This year we are going to have some great topics for the children to extend their learning. The children will be learning about ‘Ubuntu‘, celebrations, traditional tales and ‘ourselves’. These will aim to cater for the children’s individual interests.

We aim to foster independence in the children and would ask you to support your child in this, such as allowing them to hang their coat on their peg, put their books on the unit on the relevant day and place their book bags on their coat peg. We have different strategies in place such as self-registration and child initiated play, which will assist with this as well as a helping hands board, whereby the children complete the weather chart, hand out the fruit and milk during snack time and assist the adults with other jobs in the classroom throughout the day. We will add to some of the responsibilities throughout the year.

We support the whole school positive behaviour policy, using the lily pad system. All of the children start on the green lily pad at the start of the day and if they continue to show positive behaviour such as; taking care of everyone and everything; using kind hands, kind words and kind feet; trying their best; keeping safe within the classroom; and showing good listening when another person is talking, they will remain there. We also have a gold star, where the children can move to if they behave above the expectation.

We also plan to offer parent workshops, in ReadWrite Inc. – Reading and handwriting to assist you in supporting your child at home using the same strategies used at school.

We look forward to having lots of you come forward and join in with these sessions.

Important things for you to remember

  • We change the reading books once a week (please see book bag day on the outside of the classroom door).
  • Your child has an ‘School to home learning book’ which can be used to celebrate or inform us by way of photos of them doing different things, a piece of writing about what they have done or a drawing. We send the Home Learning out on a Friday in this book and it needs to be returned the following Thursday.
  • Can we remind you that ALL of your children’s clothing should be labelled with their name. The children’s coats are all the same and this makes it impossible to identify a coat that is unnamed. Can we suggest placing a key ring on the zip that your child can identify. Can you also ensure all book bags are named to prevent loss.
  • P.E will be on a Tuesday (am) and Friday (pm).

Early Years Foundation Stage

Don’t worry if you child is friends with someone in the Year R classes, we all mingle a lot during our free-flow child initiated time.

Curriculum

The Early Years Foundation Stage is a play-based curriculum, that is very much centred around the child and the child’s interests.

It is made up of six areas of learning that the children will be assessed on throughout the year:

  • Personal, social and emotional development – social skills, level of involvement and so on.
  • Communication and language-Speaking
  •  Literacy – English
  • Maths- number, counting and shapes
  • Understanding of the world – Science, ICT, geography & history.
  • Physical development – P.E., fine motor skills
  • Expressive Arts and Design. – Music, art, D&T, dancing and singing.

Our planning is very cross-curricular and follows the children’s interests. Whilst we do participate in whole school themes we like to plan our lessons around what the children have been enjoying.

During child initiated time children are able to plan an activity they are going to do, do the activity and then review it at the end.

Assessment

Assessment in the foundation stage are made up of:

  • Observations
  • Post-it notes
  • Photographs/video’s
  • Children’s work including any work they have done at home
  • Importantly comments from parents – we value contributions from parents and will give opportunities for parents to share these comments, especially on the parent observation sheets provided. We want parents to be involved in their child’s learning.

We hope that your child enjoys their time at school and has fun with learning lots of new and exciting things!

Please feel free to speak with us at the end of your child’s day if you have any questions for us, however if there is something urgent do not hesitate to speak to us in the morning if it is likely to affect your child’s ability to learn.

The Nursery Team