Welcome From Red and Black Squirrels
Hello, Our names are Mrs Chan, the teacher for the wonderful Black Squirrel Class and Miss Moss the teacher for the wonderful Red Squirrels. The fabulous Mrs Minnis, Mrs Khera, Mrs Bennett and Miss Perkins also work with our class to help us with our learning. We have a beautiful large classroom with a fantastic outdoor space. We also have access to the whole school halls, large playground and nature trail.
We enjoy learning through our play and exploration with the same emphasis both on inside and outside spaces. We support and scaffold the children’s learning to ensure they are learning all the time. Every day we have small adult- led group activities which are complemented by child initiated learning, where children can take their learning further with the support of the staff.
Our week consists of lots of fun and exciting sessions including; painting, messy play, singing, mark making, role play activities, enjoying stories, PE, dance, learning about phonics sounds and stories in Literacy and exploring numbers and lots of other exciting things in Maths. Our aim is for the children to be ready to move onto their Reception classes with confidence and excitement.
How to get into class
Our entrance to our classroom is the gate nearest the Community Hall.
Times in the day
Red Squirrels - Morning Nursery:
Start: 9am Finish: 12 midday
Black Squirrels - Afternoon Nursery:
Start: 12.30am Finish 3.30pm
- We offer an extended session for the Red Squirrels and we liase with our neighbours Poppyfields who offer a Lunch club and wrap-around care:
Rhythm of the Day
- Open gates and welcome
- Child Initiated Learning outside
- Tidy Up
- Snack and story
- Family Groups – teaching input 1
- Child Initiated Learning – free flow
- Tidy Up
- Family Group – Input 2
- Home Time*
*Red Squirrels who are staying all day will have lunch in the pavilion and then join Black Squirrels for the afternoon session.
Refreshments in school – Children have access to their water bottles (bought from home) at all points in the day. They are offered a selection of fruit or vegetables for snack time. They are also offered a cup of milk at snack time.
Lunch – Children who are staying for the full day have lunch in the Pavilion. Please provide a packed lunch from home. Packed lunches should not include nuts or eggs.
Collections from school – To safeguard our children please ensure you complete a collection from school slip. We will not send your child home with anyone who is not pre named on this slip.
Click the link for the Nursery curriculum overview for the year.
Phonics and Spelling Programme
We use the Letters and Sounds phonics programme. In the Autumm term and beyond we focus on hearing and distinguishing between different environmental sounds, we explore syllables of words through clapping and repeating rhythms. From Spring term and beyond we begin to introduce each of the single sounds (Phase 2) and learn how to identify the initial sound of words. We begin to practise aural blending of simple words to enable the children to develop the skills they will need to read and write.
Children have access to the outside area during Child Initiated Learning. In this area they can develop their gross motor skills by using a range of equipment such as climbing frames, balance bikes and hollow blocks.
We go on regular walk around the schools nature walk.
From Spring Term we encourage the children to take part in a weekly PE session either inside or outside. * They do not need a specific PE kit for these days. In these sessions we practise climbing, balancing, dancing, gymnastics as well as basic listening skills.
*Please note some of this information may vary in Spring Term 2021 due to COVID guidelines
We send a weekly newsletter which informs parents about the learning we are doing in the following week. On the newsletter there are suggestions for activities you can do with your child at home to support their learning.
Reading and Library Books
We encourage parents to read with their child at home daily. This does not need to be limited to story books but can also include environmental print such as road signs, cereal packets and shop signs.
We send a weekly library book home for you to share with your child, this is changed weekly.
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