Teacher: Miss Cross
Phase Support Team: Mrs Andrews, Mrs Midford, Mrs Cheeseman, Miss Sparks, Mrs Challis, Miss Brooks.
The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. With members John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, they became widely regarded as the foremost and most influential music band in history. Rooted in skiffle, beat and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented with several musical styles, ranging from pop ballads and Indian music to psychedelia and hard rock, often incorporating classical elements and unconventional recording techniques in innovative ways. In 1963, their enormous popularity first emerged as “Beatlemania”; as the group’s music grew in sophistication, led by primary songwriters Lennon and McCartney, the band were integral to pop music’s evolution into an art form and to the development of the counterculture of the 1960s.
Welcome to Nursery, our class name is Beatles Class. Your child’s class teacher’s name is Miss Cross and the teaching assistants are Miss Midford and Mrs Andrews. Our class has been named after the famous band The Beatles.
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 will be following a scheme of work called Cornerstones. This years topics are Why do you love me so much? Why do squirrels hide their nuts? Why do zebras have stripes? Are eggs alive? How high can I jump? And what is a shadow? Also, the children will learn about Ubuntu, which is one of the schools values.
We support the whole school positive behaviour policy, using the ‘Good to be Green’ 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 an other is talking, the child will move onto the next lily pads which are silver and gold.
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 in their tray.
Important things for you to remember
- We change the reading books once a week, the timetable will be displayed in class so you are aware of what day your child’s books will be changed.
- Your child has a ‘My Learning Journey from Home’, which can have photos of them doing different things, a piece of writing about what they have done, or they can draw their own pictures. We send the book home on a Wednesday and it needs to be returned the following Monday.
- 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 so 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. Book bags must be brought into school everyday.
Early Years Foundation Stage
The Early Years Foundation Stage is a play-based curriculum that is very much centred on 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 and 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 in the foundation stage are made up of:
- Post-it notes
- 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.
Miss Cross, Miss Midford and Mrs Andrews.