We are really excited about our first term working together. We hope that you are excited too! This page gives you lots of information about us and about what we do in the Nursery, here, at St Mary's. If you have any questions please feel free to telephone school and leave us a message. We will phone you back as soon as we can (usually when the school day is over) or we will make an appointment to see you. It can be tricky to answer queries when the children are being dropped off or collected as the priority at that time is the safety of the children but we can sometimes answer short questions at the end of the day if you can wait until all the children have safely gone home.
The staff in Nursery are as follows:
Dropping Off And Collecting Your Child
The Early Years gate opens at 8.30am and closes at 8.40am. If your child has a full-time place or and afternoon place you can collect him/her at the Early Years gate at 2.40pm each day. If your child has a morning place then you should collect him/her outside the main school door at 11.30am. If your child has an afternoon place please bring him/her to the main school door at 12 noon where we will meet you and take your child in to school.
What Your Child Needs In School
Your child should have in school the following
Learning outdoors is a very important part of the curriculum here at St Mary's, offering the children so many valuable opportunities to explore, talk, create. develop their physical skills and build their confidence. The nursery children have access to the outdoors for most of the day every day and so it is important that your child brings a waterproof coat into school each day. It is also vital that they have a pair of wellies in school to use when accessing our Let's Explore area which can become very wet and muddy.
This term we will be looking at some of the Autumn changes taking place outside and we will be taking walks around the school grounds, especially in the forest, to observe closely some of those changes.
This term we will begin sending home book bags each Friday in which you will find two books to share with your child. Please enjoy reading these books together and note in your child's reading record how s/he responded to the books. We want all our children to develop a life long love of reading and this begins with sharing and discussing books with adults.
Tapestry Online Learning Journal
Tapestry is an online learning journal with photos and comments which is a lovely way of sharing some of your child's experiences in nursery with you. It is also a way for you to show us some of the things your child has been doing at home as you can post your own comments and photos in the journal too. Once the children have settled in to school we will send you an email with a link to your child's learning journal.
This Term's Topic
This term's topic is All About Me and we are reading the book Happy To Be Me. To support your child's learning you could look at this book together at home or find it being read aloud on You Tube and listen to it together. We will also be reading Happy In Our Skin as part of our work during Black History Month. During this topic we will be learning to name our body parts, singing Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes and creating pictures of our faces. You can help your child by talking with them about the different parts of their body. looking at their skin and their facial features together and discussing their shape, size and colour. You could also try singing Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes together!
Phonics helps children to develop their awareness of sounds in words. You can support your child's developing phonological awareness by spotting rhymes in books and nursery rhymes, by clapping syllables in words and by talking about the first sound in words eg. playing I Spy or just noting when words begin with the same sound. In school this term we will be developing the children's awareness of environmental sounds by going on listening walks outside, listening to the sounds made by musical instruments and by reading and joining in with Peace At Last and Wake Up Do Lydia Lou which are stories about environmental sounds. You can help your child by listening to the sounds you hear when you are outside or by reading these stories together and making the different sounds from the story.
This term we will be focusing on reciting numbers to 10 both forwards and backwards and on counting objects. We will be helping the children with their counting using the following rhymes which you can practise together at home:
1,2 Buckle My Shoe
1,2,3,4,5 Once I Caught A Fish Alive
This Old Man
and by we will reading the Three Little Pigs and using it to help us count out 3 .
The children will begin to recognise their names this term by looking at their names on their coat pegs and we will also begin helping the children to write their names by tracing over the letters of their name. Some of the children are already writing their names and we will be helping them to form the letters correctly.
The children are learning that God knows and loves them. We will be making hearts to represent God's love for us, finding out that God knows us all by name and that our names are very special as well as celebrating how beautiful we all are. We will be ;learning the story of Creation and finding out that God created us out of love and for love.
The Early Years Framework
As you may already be aware, the DFE (Department for Education) have introduced a new EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) framework, commencing September 2021. Your child will follow the updated EYFS framework and will work towards the final assessment at the end of the Reception year, using the new ELGs (Early Learning Goals). These goals are short statements that teachers assess your child against at the end of the year. During the nursery year your child will be learning within the '3 to 4 year old' stage. The 7 main areas of learning remain the same. These are;
As part of the changes to the new framework, it also means that there is less emphasis on recording paperwork, meaning we, as adults, can spend more time with your child getting to know them and having those quality interactions. The new framework is also more aligned with the KS1 curriculum, further ensuring your child’s educational journey from nursery, then reception and into KS1 is building upon previous knowledge. See the attached link below for the statements that your child will be assessed against at the end of the early years. We have also provide a link below to the Development Matters 2021 document, which outlines the principles behind the new framework.
Development Matters 2021New EYFS Framework
What to expect in the Early YearsA guide for parents/carers
Partnership with Parents
Useful Information for parents from the NSPCC
Useful Information for parents from Early Education
Useful information for parents from BBC/CBeebies
Tips and clips for good oral hygiene and teeth brushing
Support with Oral HygieneAttached is some advice from the NHS for good dental care for your child.
Phonics Home Learning
Phase 2 soundsClick here to look at the Phase 2 Sound-mat and to hear how the sounds are pronounced correctly.
Phase 2 tricky wordsClick here to listen to the Phase 2 'tricky words song' which we sing in our phonics lessons.