Welcome from Mrs Farrington!
Hi everyone and welcome to our Nursery Class page!
My name is Mrs Farrington and I am the Nursery Teacher and Deputy Head Teacher at Shobnall Primary & Nursery School. I work with Mrs Curran, a very experienced Teaching Assistant, in our purpose built Nursery Classroom.
As a team, we truly believe in our aim to excite, engage and educate our children. As a Nursery Class we offer the children the best possible start through a stimulating, practical and exciting curriculum, rooted in excellent early years practice. We believe that children learn best when they are motivated through a wide range of challenging and enjoyable activities. We carefully build on what they know and can do, then help them to achieve their next steps of learning.
We are very proud of our school and the standard of care and education we provide. We believe children’s individual well-being is paramount and we ensure that children feel safe, secure and happy so that they can reach their full learning potential. We recognise that all children are different and learn in different ways with different interests. From the first day children start with us they can expect an outstanding education and they will thrive in our well-planned learning environment.
If you would like to find out a bit more about us, have a look at the fact files below…
At our Nursery, we offer 15 funded hours to 3 and 4 year olds, over five morning sessions.
There is no such thing as a typical day in Nursery. We respond to the children’s needs and interests so that every day looks different. We try and keep a rhythm to the day so that children have a mixture of whole class, small group and independent learning times.
Learning takes place both inside and outside every day, so it is important that children wear suitable outdoor clothing, depending on the weather.
The format and structure of the day also changes over the course of the school year because what is appropriate for three year olds in their first term at Nursery is very different to the needs of a four year old we are helping to get ready for their next adventure into full time education.
Our morning session is: 8.45am to 11.45am
A Typical Daily Routine
|8.45am||When the children arrive they enter into a free flow learning environment, they are able to explore the activities on offer and are immediately able to start their learning day.|
|9.00am||The children gather together for a short morning adult input. We sing our welcome song, talk about the date, practice our counting skills and share any exciting news with each other.|
|9.20am||Free flow – Indoor and outdoor learning time. Adult-led and child-initiated activities take place during this time. These activities focus on all areas of the EYFS Curriculum.
A rolling snack is available for the children to access when they choose.
|11.10am||Tidy up time|
|11.15am||Daily phonics session|
|11.25am||Story time / music time / circle time / reflection on our day|
Children will need to bring a water bottle into Nursery every day. Our timetable enables children to have a long uninterrupted period of continuous provision that enables them to reach a deep level of involvement as they engage, play, investigate and talk. To enable this to happen we have a rolling snack time where children can choose when they would like to eat their piece of fruit, provided by school.
To encourage a love of books and reading, children change their reading books daily in our class library. Children will therefore need to bring their book bag, containing their reading book and reading diary to Nursery every day.
At Shobnall, we award reading certificates each half term, to support with reading at home. Ideally we ask that children are read with daily and check reading diaries every day for a log of what has been read at home. Please remember that reading can take many forms and can include magazines, e-readers, audio books and signage around the supermarkets. All print enables discussion and extends vocabulary.
Each week, Mr Attwood works in Nursery on a Wednesday and Thursday and leads a Physical Development session on Thursday. This either takes place in our school hall or in one of our wonderful outdoor learning areas.
Children will need to come to nursery in their kit on their allocated day. An outdoor kit should consist of jogging bottoms, a sweatshirt and trainers. For health and safety, children who wear earrings should have these removed on Physical Development days.
This year the New Statutory Framework for Early Years comes into effect. Please see the EYFS curriculum page on the website for further information.
Although we plan around half termly topics, our provision is very flexible and is continually changing and evolving to reflect the current interests and needs of our children.
This year’s topics are as follows:
Autumn Term 1: It’s Good to be Me!
Autumn Term 2: I can sing a rainbow!
Spring Term 1: All Aboard!
Spring Term 2: The Great Outdoors
Summer Term 1: All Creatures Great and Small
Summer Term 2: Our Heroes
In preparation for a forthcoming topic or to consolidate learning in Nursery, we send home a weekly home learning task. These are sent home on a Friday and collected in the following Wednesday. These activities provide a fun and engaging way of learning with your child at home and can often be carried out as part of daily routines, a discussion at teatime or could be a practical activity for you to work on together.
Here is this week’s home learning activity…
What to expect in the EYFS
The DfE has published a new guide for parents, produced by Sheringham Nursery School and Children’s Centre, entitled ‘What to expect in the Early Years Foundation Stage’. This document supports parents in understanding the seven areas of learning and children’s development at particular ages and stages. Please click on the link below to view this useful document.
Here are some websites that you might find useful…