Nursery's Christmas Show
The staff would just like to wish everybody a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Welcome to Nursery
We have a fabulous team across our Nursery and Reception classes. Our enthusiastic, committed and talented staff team work exceptionally well together to provide the very best learning environment for our children so that they can all achieve their very best.
Meet our Nursery team.
Class Teachers: Miss Allardice and Mrs Giles (Tuesday).
Teaching Assistants: Mrs Leach, Mrs Painter and Miss Porter.
Forest School Leader: Mrs Bromley (Monday pm and Friday am)
Our Curriculum - children in Nursery and Reception are taught through the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework. This is made up of 7 areas;
Prime areas of learning – Communication and Language, Physical Development and Personal, Social, Emotional Development
Specific areas of learning– Maths, Literacy, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.
The children are provided with lots of activities and opportunities to play each and everyday, both indoors and outdoors in our well equipped learning areas. Throughout the year, they are encouraged to develop their independence and develop their Characteristics of Effective Learning.
Each day your child will take part in a mixture of fun, creative and educational activities, as well as free play. The children are provided with lots of opportunities to explore the classroom and to follow their own interests.
In Nursery, the children will be placed into groups for focus activities. The groups are age based to allow us to work closely with specific age related expectations from the framework.
Phonics - Each day the children will participate in a daily phonics session. We follow Phase One of the Letters and Sounds phonics teaching program. This provides the children with the necessary skills needed when starting in Reception Class.
Speech and Language Therapy - In consultation with parents, some children in Nursery will also be supported by our Speech Therapist Miss Charlotte Deykin. All children will participate in our Word Aware sessions led by their class teacher, to strengthen their knowledge and understanding of Early Years concepts. Talk is promoted throughout the curriculum to enhance children's speaking and listening skills. We expect children to speak in full sentences and will provide the children with a sentence stem to assist them in developing their own ideas when talking with others.
Dough Disco - We are currently in the process of launching a new initiative here at Cookley called Dough Disco. These sessions combine the use of playdough with a series of hand and finger exercises designed to improve fine muscle control. The movements develop children's fine and gross motor dexterity, hand-eye coordination and self-esteem. These daily exercise classes will ensure our children have the necessary Physical Development skills to hold a pencil and become a writer.
Squiggle While You Wiggle - We are equally excited to be introducing our Nursery learners to a kinaesthetic approach to stimulate early writing. Children use movement with music to develop their motor skills in preparation for writing.
Snack and Chat - The children will be provided with a piece of toast and fruit as well as the option of a drink of milk or water during the morning and afternoon session. Children will need to bring a drink for lunchtime and a drink for Forest School. This is a social time and children enjoy having conversations with the adults and other children in their class.
Reading - Each week we will be sending home a library book and a picture book for your child to enjoy with you. This is to encourage your child to develop a love of reading and learn how fun and exciting books can be. Books and rhymes are read each session in class to develop the children's knowledge of stories and rhymes.
Your child's books will be changed on their first session after the weekend. Book bags can then remain at home until the following week. All books will be quarantined for 72 hours before being given to other children.
Tapestry - Online Learning Journal - Once started entries can be made into your child's online learning journal. We encourage families to share learning from home as well as respond to what your child has learnt in school. This is a great way of finding out how your child is learning in school as well as having the opportunity to receive suggestions and support on how you can support your child with their next steps on their learning journey.
Personal Bags – It is really handy for your child to keep a bag in Nursery with spare clothing in. Should children have a toileting accident, or get their clothing wet in the creative or outdoor learning areas then they can change into their own clothes. Children bringing nappies, pull ups and wipes can also store their bags in the cloakroom but should take them home each night so additional supplies can be added.
Forest School – Every Monday afternoon and Friday morning, Nursery will attend Forest School. They will have lots of opportunities to explore the environment, play with their friends and enjoy tasty treats cooked on the open fire. We ask that children come to Nursery dressed ready for Forest School on a Friday morning. If your child is staying for the afternoon session in Nursery, they may need a spare change of clothes and a pair of trainers to wear, just in case they get wet or muddy. We suggest that children wear long sleeved tops, leggings or trousers, hoodies, waterproofs and wellies. They need to wear clothes appropriate for the weather, if it is cold they will need extra thin layers of clothing and if it is hot, they will need a hat and sun cream.
Attendance/Punctuality – It is important to arrive at Nursery on time each day, so your child is ready to join in with lots of fun learning activities. We currently offer a staggered start and end to the school day to reduce the amount of parents in the playground at anyone time. Please adhere to social distancing guidelines and remain 2 meters away from other families. We ask that all parents wear a face mask whilst on the premises. At the beginning of each term, you will be given a new form to select the sessions you wish your child to attend and then these will be fixed until the next term. If you require any additional sessions, please phone Mrs Hoult in the school office.
We hope your child enjoys their time at Nursery. If you have any questions, please come and speak to any member of staff within Nursery or email us and we will do our best to help you.