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Nursery - Little Stars

Teacher Welcome

Hello and welcome to 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.  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 Nursery - Little Stars are:

  • Miss McAleavey - Nursery Teacher

  • Mrs Glover - Nursery Nurse

  • Miss Saher - PPA cover

  • Mrs Mulliner - Cover supervisor 

Curriculum

In Nursery, we follow the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage. An abbreviated version of this can be seen on YR Parents’ noticeboard. The children learn through play.

Your child will mostly be taught through adult led and child initiated activities, games and play.  

 Areas of learning:

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 purposeful 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 using the different areas of provision where they can select resources independently.  These areas of provision are:

Areas of provision in the Unit Themes
  • Construction
  • Small world (i.e. dolls house, people, dragons)
  • Creative (i.e. painting, craft)
  • Mark making
  • Mathematics
  • Reading
  • Role play
  • Music
  • Sand
  • Playdough
  • Water
  • Outdoors
  • All about me
  • Why do leaves go crispy?
  • Where does snow go?
  • Can I have a dog?
  • How does the building stay up?
  • Can we explore it?

 

 

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 need to 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 as your child will settle quicker into the session.

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 for book changing, this will be at the start of the sessions. 
  • Reading books are changed on Monday only, you will receive 2 books a week.
  • 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:

  • Parents will be invited into Nursery every half  term, where you will have to opportunity to play with your child and complete activities linked to their current learning. We may also 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

In EYFS, we like to be rewarded with lots of positive praise and collect special stickers  for our hard work. We use a visual representation of the behaviour policy so that the children are able to relate behavioural expectations to the symbols. The underlying theme of our strategies are based on positive reinforcement. This supports the children’s development, which in turn helps them to regulate and manage their own behaviour.

 

Our TARGETS

  • To implement the REAL project
  • Develop the outdoor provision to further enhance the learning opportunities.
  • Develop the Nursery provision

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:

https://kirklees.50thingstodo.org/app/os#!50thingstodobefore5/whats-it-all-about

www.phonicsplay.co.uk

http://jollylearning.co.uk/

http://www.lancsngfl.ac.uk/curriculum/literacy/lit_site/html/earlyyears/soundgames/soundgames.htm

https://www.phonicsbloom.com/uk/game/list/phonics-games-phase-1

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

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

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/Early-Years.html

https://www.earlylearninghq.org.uk/

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/topics/numeracy