Kings Road, Walsall, West Midlands WS4 1JJ
Welcome to Nursery 2017 - 2018
Miss Whitehouse, Mrs Coulson and Mrs Cox
In autumn term our topic will be 'Amazing Animals'. Click here for the Autumn term newsletter for nursery
In spring term our topic will be 'Terrific Tales'
In summer term our topic will be 'Our Wonderful World'
The school hours are as follows:
Morning Nursery: 8:30am - 11:30am
However, we offer a 'flexi-fifteen' where children can arrive for Nursery between
8:30am - 8:45am
Each week, (usually on a Friday), your child will come home with a slip of paper in their bag, detailing the talk homework. The task is simply to talk! The topic will usually be themed around the current themes your child is learning about in school and they have the whole weekend These types of activities are essential for supporting your child's learning and progression; they are designed to be simple enough to absolutely anywhere; in the car, whilst shopping or even whilst having a bath. there really is no excuse!
Here are some other activities you can be doing to support your child's learning:
Sharing books, stories, rhymes and poems;
Offering opportunity for a variety of mark making using paper, pencils, crayons, paints, chalks, sand and anything else you can lay your hands on!
Talk about the numbers, letters, colours and words you see when you are out and about;
Allow your child the opportunity to cut and stick with pictures from magazines (using child scissors);
Plant seeds or bulbs in a garden patch;
Cook and bake together
If your child achieves something for the first time, wows you. Please ask a member of staff for an observation form. Parent observations are key in helping us create a full picture of your child which will help us to provide relevant and appropriate activities which will support your child's learning even further.
Your child will participate in P.E./Music, movement and dance activities on a Friday. This will begin after the first half term so please ensure your child has a full P.E. kit in school.
The Early Years Foundation stage (EYFS), is how the Government and Early Years Professionals describe the time in your child's life between birth and age five. The EYFS sets out the framework sets out the learning and development which guide professionals' engagement with your child's play and activities as they learn new skills and knowledge and demonstrate their understanding through the seven areas of learning. these include three prime areas:
Communication and Language
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
The prime areas are most important to your child's healthy development and future learning. As children grow and develop, the prime areas will help to develop skills and knowledge in four specific area of learning, which are:
Understanding of the World
Expressive Arts and Design
These seven areas are used to plan your child's learning and activities. Teachers will ensure that the range of adult led and child initiated activities are suited to each child's needs. This is a little bit like a primary or secondary curriculum but it is suitable for very young children. It is designed to be flexible so staff can plan according to children's specific needs and interests with a strong emphasis on learning through play.
To find out more, simply visit www.foundationyears.org.uk/files/2014/08/EYFS_Parents_Guide-amended.pdf
Click here for a basic overview of your child's daily routine. remember though, our timetable is subject to change to suit children's needs and interests.
In nursery we have a daily discrete phonics lesson. Teachers use 'Phase One' from the letters and sounds document which aims to build on children's speaking and listening skills. It lays the foundations for the phonics work which starts in phase two (Reception class). For more information, please visit the following page or speak to the class teacher.
If you have any questions about your child's needs, learning and development, please speak to the class teacher or a member of the Early Years Team.
Thank you for your continued support!