Welcome to Nursery 2018 - 2019
Our Adults in Nursery are:
Class Teacher - Miss Grant
Teaching Assistants - Mrs Snape and Miss Brandrick
The school hours are as follows:
Morning Nursery (15 hours): 8:30-11:30
30 Hour Provision: 8:30-2:30 (or 3:30 for a small fee)
Our first topic is 'Why do you love me so much?'.
This topic will run until October half term and will support us in exploring what makes us special, families, friendships and feelings.
For more information on our current topic and to see an overview of what we are learning about each week, please see our newsletter which is sent home fortnightly with your child. A copy of the current newsletter will also be available on our Nursery notice board which is located on the door where your child comes into school.
To see our yearly topic overview, click here. Please note our topics are subject to change to support the needs and interests of our children.
Each fortnight, your child will come home with a newsletter which will detail the 'talk homework'. The task is simply to talk!
The topic for discussion will usually be based around the current themes your child is learning about in school. 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.
Here are some other activities you can do 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 and 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 Tuesday. 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)
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) accounts for the time in a child's life between birth and the age of five years. The EYFS sets out the framework of learning and development which is used to plan the children's activities in Nursery. The EYFS framework sets out seven areas of learning. These include three Prime Areas:
Communication and Language
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
The Prime Areas build the foundations of your child's development and future learning. As children develop, the Prime Areas will support the growth of skills and knowledge in the four Specific Areas:
Understanding of the World
Expressive Arts and Design
For more information, please visit www.foundationyears.org.uk/files/2014/08/EYFS_Parents_Guide-amended.pdf
How My Child's Timetable is Organised
Click here for a basic overview of your child's daily routine. Our timetable is subject to change to suit children's needs and interests.
How Does my Child Learn to Read in Nursery?
In Nursery we integrate phonics into the children's daily routine, with three stand alone phonics sessions per week. This will increase to daily independent phonics sessions later in the academic year. Phonics is a method of teaching reading and supporting writing, through teaching the sounds individual and groups of letters of the alphabet make when spoken.
At Radleys, we follow the Letters and Sounds programme. In Nursery, the children will follow 'Phase One' of the programme, before starting 'Phase Two' in Reception. For more information, please visit
If you have any questions about your child's needs, learning and development, please speak to a member of the Early Years Team.
Thank you for your continued support!