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Nursery

EYFS Class Right: Rest and Play

       Every child has the right to rest, relax and play. 

Welcome to St John Fisher’s Nursery Class Page!

Each one of us have a little quirkiness – if a child requests that we be a chef in our mud kitchen, we will be the best mud chef there can be! We all have vibrant imaginations – we are all able to eat playdough creations realistically and drink numerous cups of pretend tea. SJF Nursery really is a fun place to be!

Miss Mould (Teacher)

Miss Mould (Teacher)

Mrs Dixon (Teaching Assistant)

Mrs Dixon (Teaching Assistant)

Nursery TA

Mrs Foulkes

Nursery TA

Key information

We have 32 children altogether in our Nursery most who are 3 and some age 4. Within EYFS at SJF we currently have a provision for children which offers exciting learning opportunities for all. Here at SJF we recognise the benefits of parental involvement and we value relationships we have with parents. We have an ‘open door’ approach to parents! All staff members are happy to discuss any issues or concerns with parents and we will also be delighted to share the positives too.

Special Moments

We know this has been We begin each day on the green grass and work very hard following our Nursery rules to travel up the SHINE wall. It’s good to shine and be green! If they reach the top of our shine wall children receive a positive praise certificate to take home and keep. We also have some golden star tickets we like to give out in Nursery – shining star tickets for those extra special shining children who never fail to make good choices!

Quiet Area

This as a quiet, protected place where Nursery children can choose to go if they become overwhelmed, upset, or angry. We encourage children to go to this space to help discuss, deal and regulate their emotions.

Construction Area

In the construction area children can play, explore and actively learn. Construction allows them to design, build and construct lots of various things. During construction tasks children have to create and critically think – all things which are crucial to a child’s learning and achieving.

Small World Area

This area sparks a child’s imagination and roleplay. In this area the children play with little people, miniature houses, animals and many of them stomp around with the dinosaurs up and down the classroom whilst bellowing ‘Roar’ at the top of their lungs!

Reading Area

This is our reading garden where children can enjoy a variety of different storybooks and texts. This is a comfortable calm space where children can truly engage with the stories and books around them.

Painting Area

Welcome to our new painting area – where things get messy! We Paint in SJF EYFS because it not only helps their creative development but it also stimulates their brain. Most children enjoy a good messy painting experience, this will allow them to freely express themselves and develop their creativity. Children can freely help themselves to painting resources and paper to become little artists.

Our day

We start our day off with a ‘Wake and Shake’ session – It’s very fun and loud! We shake our hips, we wave our arms and wiggle and jiggle around the classroom. This is a great way to ensure the children are energised and ready to learn, which then adapts a positive approach to the day.

Below are links to some of our favourite ‘Wake and Shake’ songs. If you wish to have a boogie at home and help encourage your child to become more familiar with our morning songs then please see the list below.

We then sign each day with our hello song and encourage the children to ask each other how they feel and discuss our feelings. We then sing our weather song and many more poems and rhymes to start our day off. We then engage in a gather time together often linked to our topic and core text. This excites us for the day and helps us make exciting learning choices. We then can choose to play indoors or outdoors. We gather together for snack to reflect on our learning so far and share songs and stories together. We then go off to play together before tidy up time and lunch.

Sometimes we are lucky enough to receive a little visit from our school Dog Star!

How we learn in 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. 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.

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:

Early Learning Framework

Tapestry learning journal

As your child learns and makes progress during their time at SJF nursery, we record their achievements in an online ‘learning journal’ through Tapestry. With a secure username and password, you will be able to view all of your child’s observations, photographs and even videos from their time in Nursery. Nursery Staff will use school iPods to take photos, video and make written observations of your child’s learning. They will reference your child’s learning to the Early Years Curriculum, so you will know in which area of learning your child is achieving and the age-band they were working in for that activity. You will even receive an email telling you when a new observation is available for you to view. Then you can look at the observation together with your child and talk about their learning together.  As a parent you will receive observations, photos and videos of the activities your child is participating in during the day, you will also be able to send observations to staff to show them the things your child is doing at home. This on-going communication really helps us to form a rounded picture of each child and their learning and development.

DOJO

Please use Dojo to the best of your advantage – it’s a quick, fast and easy way to communicate with Nursery staff. If used effectively it is brilliant for day to day enquiries or any concerns. If you do wish to have a private meeting to discuss a matter of any kind, this can be arranged with social distancing measures in place. We do kindly ask that you use DOJO effectively for any quires or concerns – we are here to help so any quires please do not hesitate in contacting us!

Autumn Term

What will we learn this half term?

Autumn 1

This term our core texts will be You Choose? this book looks at a whole range of scenarios where choosing is made fun! The book provides Nursery children with a fantastic series of choices on every page. It has huge emphasise on allowing children to make their own choices, express themselves and learn what they like and dislike. This term is all about ourselves and finding our feet in Nursery!

Autumn 2

This term our core text will be Owl Babies’ which has superb illustrations which takes the children on a journey of emotions. Owl Babies offers the perfect opportunity to explore feelings, anxieties and worries. It is a story charged with emotion and looking at the reactions of the Owl Babies is a good route to discussing the children’s own feelings in Nursery. It also has a very warm happy ending!

We will also explore stories including; The Three Little Pigs, The Gingerbread Man, Room on the Broom, Yukky Worm, This is Not A Stick and Pumpkin Soup.

Outdoor learning

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. All children will visit the Forest every Monday morning and Friday afternoon for our Forest School sessions which children are loving.

Maths 

In our maths learning, we will be focusing on becoming masters of numbers focusing on securing skills including;

  • Using songs, stories, puzzles and games to help children explore maths concepts in a fun way.
  • Reinforcing maths vocabulary and prompting them to discuss learning.
  • Highlighting daily routines that can help support maths development.

We will continue to be active in our maths learning, with a particular focus of developing mathematical opportunities in our outdoor classroom.

Communication, language and literacy 

Conversation, language and literacy still remain prime elements of learning and we focus on spending time talking with one another, answering questions and really spending quality time engaging in conversation focusing on that back and forth skill.

Our picture news big questions will continue to help support our communication development as well as our everyday learning of songs, rhymes and poems.

Personal, social and emotional  

During autumn term we will be introducing our first learning power of ‘Listening and Empathy’. We will encourage all children to be Empathetic listeners – we believe the better you listen and the harder you work to understand what others are thinking and feeling, the less likely you are to misunderstand them. This learning power will help us develop child’s language and communication development. Listening to other people speaking enables children to develop vocabulary, comprehension and language skills. These important communication skills are the building bricks of literacy and learning.

Phonics 

This half term, we will be focusing on providing the child with a wealth of listening activities, songs, stories and rhymes. We will look closely at environmental sounds, instrumental sound, body percussion (e.g. clapping and stamping), rhythm and rhyme, alliteration and Voice sounds. The emphasis during this term is to get children attuned to the sounds around them and ready to begin further phonetical learning next term.

Each child in Nursery this year will have access to their own personal name card. Can you spot the hidden pictures disguised within each letter? This is a great fun and engaging way to help children learn the letters in their names.

Come and See

Just like the rest of the school we follow the Come and See programme recommended by the Archdiocese.

The themes Early Years will cover in autumn term are:

Myself
(Domestic Church -family)

Welcome  
(Baptism – Belonging)

Birthday  
(Advent/Christmas – Loving)

And we will also explore the other faith of Judaism

News

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.
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