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Nursery - Little Stars

Teacher Welcome

Hello and welcome to Nursery Little Stars.  A star is an object in the sky that sends out its own light, generated by nuclear reactions in its centre. There are many billions of stars in our galaxy, the sun is one of them.  We all try our very best to shine like little stars in Nursery!  We hope you all love coming to our Nursery. 

Adults working in Little Stars are:

  • Miss. Kitson – Nursery Teacher
  • Mrs. Glover – Nursery Nurse
  • Mrs. Arshad - PPA teacher (Friday mornings)    

Curriculum

In Nursery, we follow the Early Years Curriculum and Development Matters.

  • Areas of learning

Your child will mostly be taught through games and play.  

The prime areas of learning are:

  • communication and language
  • physical development
  • personal, social and emotional development 
  • literacy
  • mathematics                                          
  • understanding the world
  • expressive arts and design

The children learn through play.  

  • “Play is the highest form of research” Albert Einstein. 

Learning through play is a term used in education and psychology to describe how a child can learn, to make sense of the world around them. Through play, children can develop social and cognitive skills, mature emotionally, and gain the self-confidence required to engage in new experiences and environments.

Each area of learning is implemented through planned play experiences, and through a mixture of adult led and child initiated activities.  Children are encouraged to move freely around Nursery, indoors and outdoors, using different areas of provision where they can select resources independently.  These areas of provision are:

  • Construction
  • Creative (painting and craft)
  • Fine motor(lacing, threading, pegs, jigsaws)
  • Gross motor
  • Malleable (playdough, clay, sand etc.)
  • Mark Making
  • Movement
  • Music
  • Reading
  • Role play
  • Small world (cars, farm sets, dinosaurs etc)
  • Water
  • Sand
  • Malleable
  • ICT
  • Outdoors

Activities are loosely based around a theme. Group circle times are used to inform and enthuse the children about the theme to stimulate their learning.

Information for Parents

  • Session Times

•MORNING SESSION – 8:45 – 11:45

•AFTERNOON SESSION – 12:15 – 3:15

Children should be collected at 11:45 promptly for the end of morning session and 3.15 promptly for the end of afternoon session.

PLEASE ARRIVE PROMPTLY.  YOUR CHILD WILL SETTLE INTO THE SESSION BETTER.

PLEASE ARRIVE ON TIME TO COLLECT YOUR CHILD. THIS MUST BE SOMEONE OVER 16, WHO IS KNOWN TO NURSERY STAFF.

Please let us know immediately if you have any concerns.  If you need privacy, this can be arranged.

  • Book Bags & Reading Books

•Please ensure book bags are in school on Monday and Friday, for book changing.  •Reading books are changed on Monday and Friday only.

•These books are intended for you to share with your child.  Please read and talk about the book with your child and write a comment in their reading record. 

  • Baking/cooking Fund

Each half term we will collect a £1 contribution from parents, for our baking/cooking fund, so we can make some tasty things to eat.

  • Children and Parents together time

Please come to Nursery at 11.20 or 2:55 prompt every Friday for our Parents and Children Together session. We may show you what the children have been learning, read a story or sing for you.  We also give you ideas to extend your child’s learning at home.

Our class rules and rewards

We like to be rewarded with lots of positive praise and collect special stickers and certificates for our hard work.  We also enjoy the occasional special treat for our efforts

Upcoming and exciting events

We enjoyed celebrating World Book Day, with a Mr. Men and Little Miss theme.

     

How parents can help at home

We strongly recommend that you establish the habit of reading your child a bedtime story every night.

“Parents reading to babies and young children has a strong impact on children’s language and literacy development. Parents’ reading to their children in the pre-school years is regarded as an important predictor of literacy achievement.” National Literacy Trust
Research also shows that when fathers regularly read to their children, the advantage is even greater!

Here are some websites with some useful interactive resources:

www.phonicsplay.co.uk

http://jollylearning.co.uk/

www.doorwayonline.org.uk/literacy/firstsounds/

www.topmarks.co.uk/Search.aspx?Subject=37