Nursery 2019 - 2020
Ms Shenton and Mrs Farrell
Welcome to Nursery 😊
Welcome to all our new Nursery children, especially those families that are new to St Paul’s.
We are looking forward to getting to know your children, here is some information that you will find useful for your child’s transition into Nursery.
Staff: Myself and Mrs Farrell are the members of staff in Nursery we will be supporting your children in their learning journey every morning.
Uniform and Clothing: We will be learning outside in all weathers; please send you child in September with a waterproof coat and a pair of wellington boots (we ask that their wellies be kept in Nursery) Please ensure that all your child’s clothing and footwear has their name on it if an item goes missing it is more likely to be returned to its owner if their name is in it.
Snacks: We would like to take this opportunity at the start of the new school year to remind everyone that we are a healthy school and fruit is provided in Nursery every day alongside milk/water. We regularly have special snacks too, that may be linked to our topic learning.
Nursery Fund: We welcome all donations to our Nursery class fund, fund will be collected on a Friday. The purpose is to help provide those little extras and special snacks, and cooking ingredients etc.
In Autumn term we will be learning to:
RE: The children will be learning about God’s World. Throughout this topic, children will begin to appreciate the beauty of the world and know that God made it. They will learn that God loves and cares for each one of us. They will hear about and respond to the things God created for us. They will know that God has asked us to care for the world and think of ways in which we can help to do it. At Home: You could help your children by looking at pictures of animals and plants and talking about how special creation is and encouraging them to notice different parts of God’s wonderful creation and think of ways to care for the world.
Physical Development: In our Physical Development we will be learning to: Move freely and with pleasure and confidence in a range of ways, such as slithering, shuffling, rolling, crawling, walking, running, jumping, skipping, sliding and hopping. Stand momentarily on one foot when shown. Catch a large ball. Use one‐handed tools and equipment. Observe the effects of activity on our body. Manage washing and drying my hands. Dress with help. We will also be having a PE session one morning each week. Children do not need to have a kit for PE.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development: During this term we will be getting to know each other and learning to get along together by taking turns and sharing our resources. We will also be learning how to choose the resources we need. We will have regular Circle Times where we will think about what it means to be a kind friends, we will read stories about kind friends to help us with our understanding. In our Monday circle time we will use Talking Ted to share our weekend news. Through a variety of speaking and listening activities, children become familiar with our Golden Rules and our behaviour Rainbow.
Literacy, Communication and Language: In our literacy time we will be reading stories about friendships, starting school, our bodies, and traditional stories. We will be learning to: Join in with repeated key events and phrases in rhymes and stories. Listen to stories with increasing attention and recall. Look at books on our own and hold them carefully. Hold books the correct way up and turn the pages.
Phonics: From the second part of Autumn term children will have a daily phonics lesson. In Phase One Phonics children will learn to ‘Tune into Sounds’ by Listening for: Sounds in the Environment, Sounds of Instruments and Body Percussion. Initially in a class group, then later the children will be split into groups based on their level of understanding and ability to listen carefully to sounds.
Mathematics: When learning about numbers we will be learning to: Use some number names accurately in our play. Begin to represent numbers using fingers, marks on paper or pictures and Numicon. Compare two groups of objects. Show an interest in numerals in the environment. Understand that not only objects, but anything can be counted. We will practise counting to 10 using our voices, numbers and objects to help us. When learning about shapes we will be learning to: Show an interest in shape and space by playing with shapes. Begin to talk about the shapes of everyday objects, e.g. ‘round’ and ‘tall’. Name some simple 2D shapes and sort them.
Understanding the World: When learning about the World we will learning to: Recognise and describe special times or events for family or friends. Comment and ask questions about aspects of their familiar world such as the place where they live or the natural world. Talk about why things happen and how things work. Develop an understanding of growth, decay and changes over time. Show care and concern for living things and the environment. Know how to operate simple equipment, e.g. turns on CD player and uses remote control. Show an interest in technological toys with knobs or pulleys, or real objects such as cameras or mobile phones.
Expressive Arts and Design: When being creative we will be learning to: Sing a few familiar songs. Tap out simple repeated rhythms. Use various construction materials. Join construction pieces together to build and balance. Realise tools can be used for a purpose. Use movement to express feelings. Create movement in response to music. Engage in imaginative role‐play based on own first‐hand experiences. Enjoy joining in with dancing and games.
Homework: The children will receive a variety of homework tasks which will be sent home regularly on a Friday to be returned the following Wednesday. This will help you to see what your child is learning in Nursery and working with your child at home will help to build a relationship and link between home and school.
Learning Journeys: Most of the learning your child does in Nursery will go into their individual Learning Journey, along with photographs and observations. Any home learning or significant achievements can be recorded and sent into school and we will add them to your child’s Learning Journey.
Keeping in Touch through Home and School: We will be sending home a set of WOW stars, these are for you to write down any observations you make of your child at home. When you think WOW! I didn’t know they could do that you can write it down and send it into Nursery and we will add it to their Learning Journey.
If you have any worries or concerns, please speak to us before or after Nursery. It is always better to resolve any matters face to face where possible, more lengthy conversations are best taking place by appointment.
If your child is not being collected by you or a regular carer, please let us know when you drop them off in the morning.
We regularly update the Nursery web page with relevant information and the latest galleries. You can follow any school events on Twitter @StPaulsHyde and on the school website http://www.st-pauls-hyde.tameside.sch.uk/ You can also download the main school newsletter from the school website.
We look forward to working with you and your children during the coming year 😊
Ms Shenton and Mrs Farrell
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