Foundation Stage Long Term Planning & Curriculum Statements OverviewCTA
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.
8:30 – 11:30
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!
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 this will be unable to take place so below is the information that we would share with parents.
Our Topic for Autumn 1 is ‘Marvellous Me’
What do you already know?
What do you want find out?
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.
Summer 1: To Infinity and Beyond!
This half term we have been exploring the wonderful world beyond our planet. We created a rocket in the role play area so we can zoom off into space! Over the half term we learnt lots of new vocabulary whilst exploring their meaning. We conducted a gravity experiment whilst making our predictions first, we created our own constellations, we found out about what the satellites are for as well as creating some fabulous space craft models using a variety of media.
To finish our topic ‘To infinity and Beyond’ we watched a real rocket launch into space then we all share a picnic on the moon! We made fruit rockets, star sandwiches, alien faces crisps and popcorn asteroids. What a feast we had!
Spring 2: All Things Bright and Beautiful!
And that’s another term done! We’ve had so much fun learning about ‘All Things Bright and Beautiful’ we’ve looked at the life cycles of chicks, including hatching our own, and butterflies, we learnt about the celebration Easter and joined in with some festive activities. Not to mention ‘Red Nose Day’ and ‘World Book Day’.
Easter Egg Hunt
Before the end of the term the Easter Bunny came and left us a challenge to find all the eggs that had been hidden in our woodland area. The children did a fantastic job at finding all the eggs. We shared an Easter story in the woodland then brought our eggs back to the nursery hoping the Easter Bunny would swap them for some treats and guess what? The Easter Bunny returned over night and swapped all the eggs we found for some chocolate bunnies! Thank you Easter Bunny!
Red Nose Day – Superheroes
Wow, what a week! It has been jam packed with loads of fun activities in order to support and understand what ‘Red Nose Day is?’ The children have thoroughly enjoyed designing their own red noses, painting giant red noses for targets, cutting out superhero masks, sharing superhero stories, dancing and copying actions, balancing on the beams then jumping, egg and spoons around the track and hit the red nose!
World Book Day
We had a fantastic day! We all dressed up, shared stories and talked about the different characters.
Look what arrived in Nursery! 10 eggs!
We waited and waited and waited, then CRACK! The chicks started to hatch.
We have been super busy observing the changes that have happened to the chicks. We did some careful observational drawings and manipulated the play dough to create our own chicks. The children have been super helpful in helping to look after the chicks ensuring that they have plenty of food and water as well as a clean cage.
Dinosaur: Stomp! Stomp! Stomp!
In nursery we have had lots of fun finding out about dinosaurs! We’ve been completing jigsaws, sharing stories, moving like dinosaurs, comparing them, using our words to describe them and making our own dinosaur clay fossils. Below are just some of the fabulous activities we have been doing in Spring 1.
An unexpected start to the term but the fun and exploration continues! We had fun building with snow, throwing snow, making marks in snow, sliding on snow as well as creating our very own snow angels.
In nursery we have been very busy retelling stories, dressing up, setting the elves to work in Santas workshop, making a Christmas list and many many more fun activities!
Christmas Jumper Day
All the children joined in with our Christmas Jumper Day raising money for ‘Save the Children’.
We joined in with the ‘Reindeer Run’ in nursery with a Joe Wicks 5 Minute Move activity. The children were amazing and with your support we have raised over £800 for the Wakefield Hospice. Thank you!
Communication & Language
Our Rhyme Challenge involved learning 6 rhymes over 6 weeks. Our 6 rhymes were:
The children performed their rhymes to the Reception children through a video link. All the children joined in with the actions and the rhymes – they were ‘faaaaan-tastic!’ With the support from our families and friends we managed to raise a staggering £596.00, which I am please to say will enable us to purchase more much needed resources for our nursery provision.
Understanding the World
We have been learning about the different celebrations ‘Bonfire Night’, ‘Diwali’ and ‘birthdays’
Nursery have enjoyed making cakes in the playdough, joining in with making some big marks, as well as taking part in obstacle courses and joining in with Joe Wicks’ 5 minute moves.
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.
In nursery we have been exploring instruments and the sounds they make. We have had fun using our bodies to make noises and enjoying making rhyming ‘silly soup’.
Expressive Arts and Design
In nursery we have been pretending, joining in with the celebrations and rein acting what happens at birthdays. We have also been making our Christmas cards.
In nursery we have been using the character puppets and retelling the ‘story of light’ and the ‘Gingerbread man’. We have enjoyed sharing new stories outside which have involved us lifting the flaps and making objects move!
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
In nursery the children are very settled and are building on their friendships, playing together and helping each other.
Nursery have enjoyed making hedgehogs in the playdough, using scissors, squeezing pegs on to leaves and much much more!
Understanding the World
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 made leaf fairies!
“I’ve found a yellow leaf” – Freya
“I got a big leaf” – Ewan
“Lets have a selfie Mrs Hunt!” – Reggie
“It’s a leaf fairy, it has 2 eyes” – Lola
We have had fun listening to the different sounds in our environment and exploring the sounds we make with our objects.
Every day we join in with dough disco. This helps to build up our fine motor skills.
We love looking at and sharing stories. We have enjoyed retelling the story ‘The Three Little Pigs’ at our story table with friends.
In nursery we enjoy baking, weighing the ingredients, mixing it altogether then watching it change in the oven. We’ve made a variety of buns, shaped biscuits, decorated gingerbread men and made hedgehog bread rolls!
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.
“ooo it feels really slimy ” – Libbie
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!
In nursery we enjoyed exploring and playing with a range of activities focused of Remembrance day. We made poppies in the dough, coloured poppies, created sticky poppies and made poppy biscuits.
Children In Need
We came to school in our sport clothes ready to take part in Joe Wicks’ ‘5 minute move’ and our very own obstacle course. The children also 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 baking spotty buns.