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!
Mrs Glenister (Teacher)
Mr Harrison (Teaching Assistant)
We have 31 children altogether in our Nursery most who are 3 and some age 4. 13 boys and 18 girls attending either part time or full time. Staff are always available at the school gates 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. We do kindly ask that you use DOJO effectively for any quires or concerns.
Take a look around our classroom
We know this has been a difficult time for all parents whose children have started Nursery this year due to the restrictions of COVID 19. We wish we could invite you all into our classroom for the usual stay and play to show you how amazing and fun it is, but unfortunately for now images of our Nursery classroom will have to do in order to keep everyone safe. 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.
Our day in nursery
We start our day off with a ‘Wake and Shake’ session. This is a great way to ensure the children are energised and ready to learn, which then adapts a positive approach to the day. 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.
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 which include:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Communication , Literacy and Language
- Physical Development
- Understanding of the World
- 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.
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.
Summer Term 1
What did we enjoy last half term?
Welcome to our Summer Term in Nursery. We had a wonderful half term exploring our core texts of The Gruffalo and Little Red Riding Hood. Children became truly immersed in our Story World adventures and developed some wonderfully creative role play ideas.
What will we learn this half term?
This half term our core texts will be ‘Jasper’s Beanstalk’ which we will explore and learn about growing and plants our own seeds and observe the changes that summer brings. We will also explore stories including; The Tiny Seed and enjoy Jack and the beanstalk a our traditional tale.
We will then explore the story, ‘What the ladybird heard’ and this will take us on lots of adventures as we meet 2 pesky thieves ‘Hefty Hugh’ and ‘Lanky Len.’
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. All children will visit the Forest every Monday morning and Friday afternoon for our Forest School sessions which children are loving.
In our maths learning, we will be focusing on becoming 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.
- Recognition of numbers-Recognising numbers 1-5 and beyond.
- Ordering, grouping and recombing numbers
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
Our learning powers of ‘Listening and Empathy’ and ‘Collaboration’ will continue to be embedded within our nursery sharing regularly the importance of these vital life skills. This half term sees the addition of our final Learning Power in Nursery ‘Perseverance.’ This is a vital learning power as it encouraged children to be independent and to keep trying even if they find something hard. We want children to become more self- reliant and not rely on adults when it may not be needed.
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.
Keep using your sound sheets at home to practice and engage with this helping your child to learn all the pictures and say the initial sound to different words. Continue to play lots of games and take notice of all the wonderful environmental print around us including; Road signs/directions/information boards, food labels, magazines/newspapers.
Come and See
In our first topic this term will be talk about how Jesus’s friends were feeling after he had died. We will learn about the Holy Spirit and how it appeared to his friends to show them that He would always be with them. We will learn about the symbols of the Holy Spirit and enjoy some games to explore these further.
We will listen to a special story based on Acts 2 1-4 teaching us about Pentecost Day and the joy Jesus friends felt in hearing that He would send the Holy Spirit to be with them.
Our second topic this term we will celebrate the friendships we have made in nursery and recognise the importance of having friends. We will begin to recognise Jesus as our friend. We will learn to recognise that sometimes friendships can be broken but how by following in Jesus’ footsteps we can show forgiveness by saying sorry.
We will listen to stories and scripture from the bible including Mark 6: 7, 30-32 which tells us stories of how Jesus and his friends worked together to spread positive messages to people.
In our third topic this term we will learn about fair trade across the world and the positive and negative impacts of this on people in different communities. We will learn about the wider global community and how we can help and support other children in different countries to our own.
We will learn all about CADFOD and the important work it does to support communities across the globe. We will hear about different children’s stories.
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.
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.