The children in Nursery enjoy a balance of child-initiated and adult-led activities throughout each school day and are provided with continuous access to high quality resources inside and out.
Our school day starts at 08:40 (registration) but the classroom is open from 08:30. When the children arrive at school they will have free play and early morning activities until registration and assembly.
Communication, language and Literacy
After assembly the children will take part in a teacher-led Circle Time which will include a daily phonics session. We use a phonics programme called Jolly Phonics, which teaches children the names and sounds of the alphabet through songs, rhymes and actions. This fun and interactive session will typically lasts about ten minutes at the beginning of the term but increases throughout the academic years as children’s ability to concentrate grows. The sessions include speaking and listening activities and games. These sessions are invaluable to the children as they aid future reading and writing skills. The physical environment is designed to encourage children to make marks, paint and draw whenever they want to.
Nursery children will be supported to move towards Reading and Writing at their own pace. The Nursery Teacher will spend time working with children individually each week enabling children to make good progress and fulfilling their potential.
Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy
Circle Time activities support this area with children participating in the singing of number rhymes and games. Children will be introduced to numbers and mathematical language through the use of graded containers in the sand and water area and through the resources in each of the areas.
Break and Lunchtime
The school can provide milk, orange juice and a healthy snack for children or you may choose to provide your own. Lunchtimes provide another opportunity to enable the children to develop their social skills and table manners. They are assisted in these areas with the support of the teaching and lunchtime staff, who will be able to encourage appropriate behaviour, within a family service environment. Your child will be supported with their choice of healthy hearty foods.
Other activities may be topic based and will be linked into other areas of learning (Knowledge and Understanding of the World, Creative Development and Physical Development) as well as the areas mentioned above. There will be direct teaching as well as child-led and child initiated learning. The children will also visit our Woodland area frequently throughout the week. Our aim is for the children to be investigative, independent, creative, caring, confident, curious and capable learners.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Nursery children will be supported by a Key Person and the Nursery Teacher. Our aim is to provide an emotionally secure environment in which each child feels nurtured and valued. From this secure base children will feel confident to test out their ideas, make mistakes and develop self esteem.
The children will be taught Music by specialist subject teachers. This gives the children a great opportunity to work with other adults in the teachers’ area of expertise.
Physical Development (PE)
The children have two PE lessons a week. The children will experience a variety of PE activities including Games, Dance and Gymnastics. The children have plenty of opportunities to play out of doors in our fantastic outdoor area, which has suitable climbing and playing equipment for our young children to explore.
Before- and After-School Care and Activities
Before-school care is available free of charge from 08:00 until 08:30. We are pleased to offer a range of activities for the children to participate in after School. This is available for Nursery children from 15:30 until 18:00, where there is a charge of £3.00 per half an hour.
We hope the information above has given you a flavour of a typical day in Nursery!
Morning Session: 08:30 – 12:00
Afternoon Session: 13:15 – 15:30
Full Day: 08:30 – 15:30
Parents need to commit to five sessions per week. These sessions will be fixed on a termly basis. We would recommend that the sessions are increased to five full days in the last term prior to transferring to the Reception class, but this is not obligatory. Full-day sessions include lunch, which is compulsory.