Welcome to our Nursery page

Welcome to our class page!

We warmly welcome you to St. Mary’s Nursery and we look forward to a fun filled year of learning.

In our Nursery you will find Mrs. Kerry, the Nursery teacher, Mrs. Clinton, Mrs. Jachimska, Mrs. Nixon and Mrs. Rodgers. Mrs. Cliffe also works with us on a Thursday morning.

After a challenging six months, we are so excited to be back at school!

Children in Early Years have extended opportunities to learn through play. Learning takes place both inside and outside the classroom through a mixture of carefully planned adult -led focused tasks and spontaneous child led activities. The children develop skills and understanding in 7 areas of learning and these are linked to changeable themes.

During the Autumn term our themes will be Monkey and Me, Pete the Cat, Owl Babies, Aargh Spider and Jesus’ Christmas Party. Please take a look at our curriculum map for more details.


Clothing & Bags

Children in Nursery do not need to wear school uniform, unless children would like to. It is important to wear clothes that are easy to manage, so that children can use the toilet independently and move also move well in – we encourage physically active play.

We do use our outside space a lot, as well as paint, glue and messy play – so best to wear clothes that can be washed easily.

As our learning takes place both indoors and outdoors we ask you to provide your child with a waterproof coat every day. On Wednesday mornings we do “Welly Wednesday Walks” and so children will need to bring their wellies – you can leave them in a plastic bag on your peg if you would like to keep them at Nursery.

Please keep an eye on the weather forecast and ensure your child has sun cream applied and a sun hat if the forecast is good- the sun can still be very strong in early Autumn.

A school book bag is useful, as children will be able to borrow books when everyone has settled in (probably after half term).Please remember that your child will also need a water bottle.

Tapestry

Tapestry is our chosen online Learning Journal. Using photos, videos and written entries, early years’ staff, and parents build a very special record of each individual child’s experiences, development and learning. All information held in the platform is stored securely, and can be downloaded and shared as required.

Staff use the platform to monitor progress and plan for future learning. Parents can see this progress through the observations of learning and have an insight to their child’s time in school. Gone are the days of ‘What have you been doing today?’ and you get the response of ‘nothing’. Now you can share photographs and observations made by EYFS staff with your child at home and encourage them to talk about their fun filled learning.

Since introducing Tapestry nearly two years ago at St Mary’s we have received endless positive comments about the online learning journal. In order for you to benefit from the system, please log on via the app or webpage regularly and talk with your child about the learning shared. We strongly encourage you to upload your own observations from home. Your observations are valuable to us and help us develop a whole picture of your child.

“I love it!! Particularly the personalised comments. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to some lovely memories to be treasured forever.” Parent comment 2020

Class Dojo App

In Nursery we will be using Class Dojo as a way of communicating with parents – there is a messaging function on the app which enables you to directly message the class teacher. Please note, messages sent to teachers will not be responded to during ‘quiet hours’.

The App is FREE to download and use but there are additional paid for features if you wish to use them (we do not require you to pay for these additional features). We do not use the portfolio function in Nursery as we use the more sophisticated Tapestry Learning Journal to record and share your child’s learning experiences.

Phonics

In Nursery we will be working on Phase 1 phonics throughout the year, in line with the DfE’s ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme. We may begin to introduce Phase 2 phonics, if the children are ready.

Phase 1 of Letters and Sounds concentrates on developing children’s speaking and listening skills and lays the foundations for the phonic work which starts in Phase 2. The emphasis during Phase 1 is to get children attuned to the sounds around them and ready to begin developing oral blending and segmenting skills.

Phase 1 is divided into seven aspects. Each aspect contains three strands: Tuning in to sounds (auditory discrimination), Listening and remembering sounds (auditory memory and sequencing) and Talking about sounds (developing vocabulary and language comprehension).

Sharing books

Sharing books and stories is important for Nursery aged children. Once children have settled in (after half term) children will be able to borrow Nursery books.

Books will be sent home on a Monday and Thursday (or other days if children are not in on Nursery on Mondays and Thursdays). In order for us to safely quarantine books and ensure each child gets to take a new one home, new ones will only be issued when current ones are returned.

Handwriting

In Nursery handwriting is called “Mark -making” – there will be many opportunities for your child to engage with mark making including, paint, pens, pencils, chalks, paintbrushes and water etc.