Lower Foundation – Kangaroos

Lower Foundation – Kangaroos

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Welcome to our Nursery!

We aim to be a friendly, welcoming environment where every child feels happy, safe and secure.

The Nursery children are the ‘Kangaroos’. Mrs Kenworthy is the teacher supported by Mrs Hunt and Miss Goodair.

In nursery, we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum with a strong emphasis on the ‘Prime’ areas of learning; Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language and Physical Development. These areas are fundamental and work together to support development in other areas of learning called the ‘Specific’ areas of Learning; Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.

In nursery, we aim to provide an enabling environment where children learn through play and are challenged, stimulated and engaged. This is planned through fun, purposeful activities, both indoors and outdoors, responding to the children’s interests and stage of development. We are committed to providing positive relationships where children are a valuable member of the team and community. We encourage all children to cooperate and share and to have the confidence to make choices and decisions for themselves.

An information board for parents is displayed in the cloakroom and hard copies of leaflets linked on this page and items of interest for young families are available to read.

Meet the Nursery Team

At this moment in time we are unable to welcome parents into our nursery building but you can access ‘Seesaw’ to see what your child has been up to at school.

You can also upload your own photo’s onto ‘Seesaw’ to show us what your child has been doing at home!

School and Parent/ Carer communication continues to be vitally important to us and we appreciate that it’s not always easy to speak with staff at this moment in time so please use ‘Seesaw’ as a way of working in partnership.

Take a virtual tour through our nursery.

Our Indoor Provision

Our Outdoor Provision

Our Wow Wall!

In our Nursery we have a ‘Wow Wall’ so that we can record special events in your child’s life. Wow cards, completed by parents/carers, give a wonderful display of achievements and events that the children feel very proud of. They don’t need to be amazing feats, just special to your child. So it could be that, ‘David slept in his own bed all night’, or ‘Jane got dressed all by herself’, or ‘ Tom tried a new fruit and liked it’.

Wow cards are a huge boost to your child’s self esteem and confidence, and show them that their life events are truly important to the adults around them. Each time your child brings in a new wow card, we place the previous card in their individual learning journey folders.

Session Times:

Morning sessions

8:30 – 11:30

Afternoon Sessions

12:20 – 3:20

(Please note that we open the doors 10 minutes before the end of each session to ensure the children are released in the safest way possible while allowing staff to pass on any messages regarding your child)

Attendance is really important, should your child be unable to attend their nursery session, please inform a member of staff.

It is very important to us that you and your child feel happy and settled at Nursery, therefore if you have any queries or concerns please do not hesitate to talk to any of our nursery staff.

We are sure your child will thoroughly enjoy their time with us!

Spring 1 – 2022:

Our Topic for Spring 1  is ‘If you go down to the woods today…’

What do you already know?

What do you want find out?

Our Curriculum Map for Spring 1: If you go down to the woods today…

Nursery 2021-2022

Autumn 2 – Let’s Sparkle!

In this half term we have looked at and joined in with many celebrations. Here are just a few of the fun activities we have been doing in nursery.

Bonfire and Halloween

In nursery the children had lots of fun dressing up, dancing and playing games. They looked at our pumpkins, helping to carve them and remove all the insides as well as retelling stories using puppets and creating fireworks using a range of media.

Remembrance Day

In nursery we enjoyed exploring and playing with a range of activities focused on Remembrance day. We made poppies in the dough, coloured poppies, created sticky poppies and made poppy biscuits.

Diwali

Children in Need Day

We came to school in non uniform to raise money for ‘Children in Need’. The children had lots of fun adding spots to the bear at the funky finger station, manipulating the dough to make Pudsey bear, colouring Pudsey, sponge painting Pudsey and taking part in our whole school challenge to ‘balance a penny on a lemon’.

Christmas Fun

In nursery we have been very busy retelling stories, dressing up, setting the elves to work in Santa’s workshop, making a Christmas list and many many more fun activities!

Autumn 1 – Marvellous Me!

What a busy half term. Once all the children had settled into our setting we started our topic ‘Marvellous Me!’ We started by looking at ourselves in the mirror and talking about what we could see, eyes, nose etc. We explored our environment and recreated our faces using different objects and materials. We have shared photos of when we were babies and compared them to now and how we have changed. We also looked at our own family pictures and talked about the members in our family.

Communication and Language:

We have completed a Rhyme Challenge. It involved learning 6 rhymes over 6 weeks. The rhymes below are what we learnt and performed to some Year 6 pupils and the Upper Foundation Meerkats and Ladybirds. We raised a staggering £1334. I am pleased to announce that with the money we raised we have ordered a made to measure sand pit cover, Story sacks (stickman, Monkey puzzle, dear zoo and many more, all include the story, characters and props), many small world toys such as scenery, cars, car mat, microphones, clipboards and weaving numbers! I can’t wait to share our new toys with the children. Thank you so much once again for your amazing support.

The children will be performing their rhymes to the Reception children. All the money raised will enable us to purchase more much needed resources for our nursery provision, such as small world toys and story sacks.

Phonics 

This half term we have been developing our listening skills and we went on a listening walk around our school grounds.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development:

I am pleased to say that all the children have settled well into our nursery routine. This has been with the support of our class ‘Buddies’. Everyday we have chosen some children to be the class buddy and these children have risen to the challenge and supported their peers, through being a friend to play with or helping them in whatever they are doing, eg opening their straw, putting on their coat.

Physical Development:

In nursery we have enjoyed copying dances and moves, making hedgehogs in the playdough, using scissors, squeezing pegs on to lego people, building and balancing and much much more!

Dough Disco

As the bones in our hands are not fully formed until we are seven years old it is really important that we support the development of structure and strength in our hands. Everyday we warm up our fingers and hands with some fun ‘dough disco’ activities.

Literacy:

We have started to find and recognise our own names. We have loved looking at and sharing stories. We have enjoyed retelling the story ‘The Three Little Pigs’ and ‘The Little Red Hen’ at our story table with friends. We have also enjoyed retelling ‘Owl Babies with the puppets.

Mathematics:

In nursery we always start our day with the daily calendar, changing the day and date and learning language to talk about time, such as ‘today is…, yesterday was…’ We have also been counting out the correct number of candles for the cakes and exploring our environment.

Understanding the World:

In nursery this half term we have been exploring our environment and developing an understanding of the natural world around us. We went on a ‘leaf hunt’ in search of signs of Autumn! Their excitement and visible displays of awe and wonder were infectious and they just cant wait to put on their wellies and go back to our forest! When we came back to our nursery we used the leaves to create hedgehogs at the creative table!

“I’ve found a long yellow leaf!” – Ethan

“My leaf has brown spots on it!” – Edward

“It’s brown!” – Olivia

“There’s lots of leaves here!” – Layla

“It’s changing colour!” – Leo

Expressive Arts and Design:

In nursery we have explored the materials in the modelling area and enjoyed finding ways to join them together to create models. We have also been enjoying pretending in the role play area, making lots of delicious meals and cups of tea!

Celebrations

Every week we choose children who have tried really hard, who we are super proud of and share their achievements and give them a big ‘faaaan-tastic’. We have also celebrated some birthdays!

EYFS Phonics Meeting for Parents

In the Autumn term we normally hold a parents meeting to share how we teach phonics. Due to the current situation we have been unable to do this. However, we will be sharing a series of presentations out on seesaw to inform our parents about how we deliver phonics.

EYFS Phonics Presentation

Useful Booklets

Aspect 1 Environmental

Aspect 2 Instrumental Sounds booklet

Aspect 3 Body Percussion booklet

Aspect 4 Rhythm & Rhyme booklet

Aspect 5 Alliteration Parent booklet

Aspect 6 Voice Sounds – Parents booklet

Aspect 7 Oral Blending

Phase 2

Useful Websites:

Oxford Owl

Letters and Sounds

Phonics Play

ICT Games

We have created some long term goals for our children to achieve by the end of nursery. These goals will be supported with a variety of opportunities and experiences throughout their time with us.

We recognise that all experiences at this age are learning opportunities and therefore we love to hear about your child’s home experiences. This can be done through seesaw (where you can upload photos, videos and messages).

You can also send a ‘wow’ card in to school to say what your child has done to support and achieve each goal, these can then be celebrated with their peers and displayed on the ‘wow’ wall. These are displayed and available in the cloakroom.

 

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