The Foundation Stage is what we call the early years of education; the time spent in a Nursery and in the Reception class. It is exactly what it says, a foundation for future learning. Most of the time it won’t feel like learning, the children see it as fun and an extension of their play. There are seven broad areas of learning in the Foundation Stage. These inform planning and teaching and promote learning to ensure children’s ‘school readiness’. The areas also give children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life. Our Nursery Class expectations are that we are safe, happy and healthy, and that we make good choices, listen and learn.
Foundation Stage leader – Miss Ketley
Teacher – Miss Ketley
Support – Miss Dickinson, Mrs O’Connor & Mrs Realmuto
Also supporting in Nursery
Mrs Murphy – SEN
Mrs Rees – PSHE
Mrs Grisley – Pastoral Care
Morning Nursery 8:45-11:45am (Doors will be open from 11:40 am so all children are dismissed by 11:45am)
Afternoon Nursery 12:15-3:15pm (Doors will be open from 3:10pm so all children are dismissed by 3:15 pm)
A teacher will be standing by the door with a Nursery communications book at drop off times and collection times. Any messages, such as changes to your collection arrangements, can be given at this time. For any last minute changes, please notify the school office 01727 854643. We will not let your child go home with someone different unless you have informed us of this change and they know your password.
Our Work and Projects
In Nursery, we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). The seven areas of learning and development that shape our curriculum are:
• Personal, social and emotional development (PSED)
• Mathematics (M)
• Communication and language (CL)
• Literacy (L)
• Understanding of the world (UW)
• Expressive art and design (EAD)
• Physical development (PD)
Maths in Nursery
A lot of fun comes from playing games and a lot of maths learning can take place at the same time. It is important that young children are aware of numbers from an early age and that they have fun with numbers in a relaxed atmosphere. In Nursery, talk to children about maths in the environment – e.g. as you drive along in the car or on the walk to the shops etc. It is important to develop curiosity and good observational skills which will transfer to other areas of life.
Children borrow one book from the library each week. Books should be returned the following week. Children will not be allowed to take a new book home if the previous one hasn’t been returned.
In Nursery, we include lots of regular activities in the day to help children get used to Nursery and know what to expect. Activities include:
• Fidgety Fingers Time
• Welcome Time
• Group Time
• Letters and Sounds
• CIL Time (“CHIL”) (Child Initiated Learning)
• Muscle Time