Nursery

Welcome to St John Fisher’s Nursery Class Page!

Our Nursery opened in January 2019 and our indoor and outdoor classrooms have grown and developed throughout our time and we are having a fantastic time 🙂

Have a look around our nursery classroom!

Take a little look around our provision! 

A few of our displays! Our displays are updated regularly linked to our learning at the time.

Celebrating our schools motto each day!

Will you reach the SHINE today?

We begin each day on the green grass and work very hard following following our nursery rules to travel up the SHINE wall. We then take home a slip to let our families know ways we have SHINED today!

Our family tree helps us feel more at home when we are at nursery. We enjoy talking about our family photographs and times we share at home together.                                                                                              

Role play is a big part of our day and we have access to lots of different resources so we can choose what role play to engage with each day.

We begin each day with our weather song and poetry bag. We also have lots of new songs and poems that we learn every half term.

We love to learn and recite poems and we use our ‘Poetree’ every day to recite our favourite ones. 

 

 

Key information:

Nursery Teacher: Mrs Glenister
Teaching Assistant: Mr Harrison
Teaching Assistant (am) : Mr Wilton

We have 30 children altogether in  our nursery who are 3 and turning 4 this year or over the summer: 16 boys and 14 girls attending either part time and full time. Staff are always available at the door for day to day enquiries but if you wish to have a private meeting to discuss a matter of any kind, this can be arranged. 

How we learn in the Early Years

In Nursery, we enjoy learning through play. We have access to both indoors and outdoors classrooms and access lots of different areas to help develop our learning powers. We have the opportunities each day to become builders, readers and mark makers, mathematicians, scientists, artists, explorers, investigators. We enjoy exploring areas such as small world, water, sand, creative and mark making, messy play, role play, bikes and physical development and so much more. 

These allow us to cover all of the areas of the EYFS curriculum which include:

Prime Areas

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

  • Communication , Literacy and Language

  • Physical Development

Specific Areas

  • Literacy

  • Numeracy

  • Understanding of the World

  • Technology

  • Expressive Arts and Design

Click on the link for more information about the Early Learning Framework which acts as a guide for us to support your child in the best way possible.

Spring Term 2 2020

What did we enjoy last half term?

Welcome to our Spring Term in Nursery. We had a wonderful half term exploring our topic of bears. Children became story tellers retelling the stories of ‘Brown bear’ and ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’. They had a great time fully immersing in the story and going on a real sensory bear hunt. Children enjoyed exploring the traditional tale of ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’ exploring lots of mathematical opportunities linked to capacity, measure and weight.

What will we learn this half term?

Our core traditional tale this half term is ‘Little Red Riding Hood.’ The wolf has been a favourite of ours in nursery, so we will continue to explore this interest through this traditional tale. This will lead us on an interesting journey to explore other ‘creatures’ that live in the woods. Children have particular interest in monsters giving us a nice opportunity to explore one of our core texts.

Can you guess which story we will explore?

Who is this creature with terrible claws,
And terrible teeth in his terrible jaws?
He has knobbly knees ad turned out toes,
And a poisonous wart on the end of his nose.
His eyes are orange, his tongue is black;
He has purple prickles all over his back.

In our outdoor provision, along with exploring our core themes and texts, we will continue to developing our imagination through adventure and journey stories and themes such as; woods, space, pirates, under the sea etc. We have some exciting new resources in our outdoor area so we will enjoy using and developing these during this half term. Our Come and See topic of ‘Growing’ will be embedded within our outdoor provision as we begin to look for signs of spring.

Literacy and Phonics

This half term, we will continue to look more closely at the sound itself learning to read the sound, explore the shape of the letter itself and continue to hear and say initial sounds. We will continue to focus on rhymes and enjoy lots and lots of songs and poems. Children will be being sent home with songs and poems to enjoy at home also so keep hold of them to create your own collections at home.

We will be focusing on developing and adapting our own stories this half term using lots of different methods to do this including; story stones, story dice, story maps etc.

Number

This half term, we will focus on become masters of numbers focusing on securing skills including;

  • Ordinality-Recognising the order of numbers, counting out of sequence, recognising numbers can be counted from different starting points.
  • Cardinality-Exploring the value of numbers, ‘The threeness of 3’.
  • One to one correspondence-Securing counting amounts in lots of different situations.

We will continue to learn and enjoy becoming independent learners with a particular focus on creative skills this half term including; painting in different ways with different tools, exploring creative resources and using junk modelling resources.

Let’s see where this half term will take us, with children bringing their own individual interests to us each and every day making nursery a very exciting place to be each and every day.

Read Write Inc

Alongside being immersed in a language rich environment with language and communication being at the heart of our learning, children in nursery will be taught phonics using Read Write Inc as a programme to learn these skills. Childrens phonic skills will develop throughout the year with the first term focusing on; focused listening and attention, listening for and identifying sounds, copying and repeating initial sounds in words, exposure to RWInc pictures to prepare for the learning of sounds. Some of our children have already had access to RWInc if they attended last year so their individual needs will be supported through daily provision to ensure maximum progress of their skills building on what they already know.

To find out more, copy the link or feel free to ask us for any advice of information you may want. We will be holding workshops throughout the year which will help you understand how we teach phonics better.   

Come and See

Celebrating

In our first topic this term will be thinking about different ways we can celebrate together and talk about other celebrations around the world including ‘Chinese New Year’. We will enjoy a special celebration in school as it is Nursery’s 1st Birthday.

We will also learn about how Jesus was taken to the Temple in Bethlehem to celebrate his special birth.

Gathering

Our second topic this term we will learn about different ways we gather together and talk about different reasons why we might gather. We will think about the special way in which we gather in school, at church and in our homes with our families.

We will listen to Mark’s gospel which teaches us how, ‘People brought their children to Jesus, he took them in his arms and blessed them.’

Growing

In our third topic this term we will learn about ways in which we can grow together. We will look for signs of growing all around us and have lots of opportunity to plant our bulbs to watch them grow.

We will listen to the scripture from John thinking about God’s message, ‘I love you and want you to love one another.’

Collective Worship

Collective Worship is special time each day in which children gather together to reflect. this may take part; in small groups, as a whole class, with another class, as a school. 

The collective worship process:

Gather: This may be through a song, dance, or quiet reflection. 

Listen: Children will listen to the Word of God including scriptures, psalms, prayers and gospel readings.

Respond: Children will be taught to respond in many ways which may be through song, prayer, making the sign of the cross, taking away an object, responding in words.

Go Forth: Children will take forth a message. This may be something to carry away with them, an action to do or a positive message to pass on to others.

Alongside this, children will take part in daily prayers.

Useful websites

Here are a selection of websites which will complement learning across a range of subjects. Some are interactive walk-throughs, others are games for children to practice skills and have fun.

Topmarks

This provides lots of fun maths games online

Primary Games

More fun online maths games

Oxford Owls

Even more fun to be had!

Cross the Maze

Give simple directions to solve the puzzle

Hidden Ships

A chance to test your use of coordinates

ICT Games

Mathematics games from the ICT website

Maths Zone

Mathematics games from the Maths Zone website

Rabbit Takeaway

A quick game requiring mental subtraction

River Tables

Challenge yourself to answer times tables quickly!

ICT Games

English games from the ICT website

Superlame

Create your own comic strip

Blobz

Science, making an electrical circuit game

Computer Coding

Practise your computer coding skills with a range of games

Timestables Rockstars

Times Tables Rock Stars offers daily times tables practice.