Supporting Your Child at Home
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. 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 and talk about the weather, practice our counting skills and share any exciting news with each other.|
|9.20am||Free flow – Indoor and outdoor learning time. Adult focussed and child choice activities take place during this time. These activities focus on all areas of the EYFS Curriculum.|
|10.45am||Daily phonics session|
|11.00am||Learning time – indoor/outdoor play|
|11.20am||Tidy up time|
|11.25am||Story time / music time / circle time / reflection on our day|
Children will need to bring a water bottle into Nursery every day. During snack time they will be provided with a piece of fruit and offered a drink of milk. Our snack time is a social time for us where we teach children good manners and talk about healthy food and lifestyles as well as current topics of interest amongst our children.
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.
Mr Attwood joins us each Friday and leads a session on Physical Development. This either takes place in our school hall or in one of our wonderful outdoor learning areas. Children will only require a pair of black pumps in a named bag. These will be stored in the classroom to give children easier access to their coats in the cloakroom.
This year we have volunteered to be an Early Years Adopter to the revised EYFS curriculum, which will be statutory in September 2021. More information regarding this will be available later in the year.
Although we plan around half termly topics, our provision 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: Home Sweet Home
Autumn Term 2: Let’s Celebrate!
Spring Term 1: Our Heroes
Spring Term 2: Once Upon a Time
Summer Term 1: All Creatures Great and Small
Summer Term 2: Bon Voyage!
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…
Here are some websites that you might find useful…