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Meet Reception - Here are their wonderful self-portraits 

Meet the Nursery Team

                                

Continuous Provision 

Each and every part of our environment has been carefully planned to support children's development within Nursery and provide them with opportunities to demonstrate the Characteristics of Effective Learning. Our environment consists of many different areas of 'continuous provision'. Continuous provision is the areas and resources which are always there for the children to explore, it is planned to be stimulating, engaging, purposeful and challenging. Our provision enables children to make choices and learn through child-initiated play. The provision is enhanced daily through 'set ups' which are linked directly to children's personalised next steps to enable strong learning and progress from all. 

Here are some photos of our Continuous Provision...

Nursery Continuous Provision Plans 

 

Our Daily Routine

We believe children need and benefit from uninterrupted periods of play so our daily routine allows a sustained period of time for children to explore the continuous provision indoors and outdoors.

8:45am/12:30pm: Children and parents/carers arrive

8:45am – 9:00am/12:30pm - 12:45pm: Open door, time for parents/carers to talk to the reception staff and settle their children

9:05am – 9:20am/12:50pm - 1:05pm: Carpet time, direct teaching

9:20am/ 1:05pm: ‘Choose your own learning’ indoors and outdoors

9:30am – 10:30am/ 1:15pm - 2:12pm: Snack bar is open

11am/2:45pm: Time to 'put things back where they belong'

11:15am/3:00pm: Carpet time, direct teaching

 

11:30am/3:15pm: Time to get ready to go home.

11:45am/3:30pm: Home time

Learning at Home 

We love to share and celebrate children's learning and achievements both in and out of school. Please use your child's EExAT account or Nursery's Google Classroom to share any learning at home with us, this may be photos, videos or a brief description of what they have done. 

NURSERY BOOK SPINE

Here is the book spine for Nursery. This shows the wide range of both fiction and non-fiction book that we will explore to develop children's interest and relate to their real life experiences. Each key text will be introduced through a 'hook' to engage children's learning an foster curiosity.

BECOMING A READER

We want every child to develop a love of stories and books and so provide a wide range of books in our classroom. We have dedicated, comfortable reading spaces as well as integrating books into many different areas of provision. Stories are shared with children on a daily basis. We ensure that the children are introduced to some key stories such as The Three Little Pigs, during their nursery year and we use small world resources, puppets and role play to explore these stories fully.

Every child takes home a story book to share and enjoy with their family from the beginning of the year. 

In order for them to be ready for the introduction of phonics in Reception we build strong foundations using the Letters and Sounds Phase 1 phonics activities. These enable children to be able to tune into and hear sounds, to rhyme and use alliteration (words with the same initial sound such as Cuddly Cat) and so on. 

Click here to see Letters and Sounds Phonics.

 BECOMING A WRITER

 Writing is a complex skill that takes several years to master and refine. It is vital that children develop all the large muscles in their body through crawling, climbing, jumping, balancing, sliding, running etc and so we provide many opportunities for them to develop their physical strength and stamina.

They also need to develop good hand-eye coordination, a pincer grip and other fine motor skills and so in school they will have many opportunities to 

  • use scissors

  • use tools for woodwork

  • use a wide range of mark making resources - pens, pencils, paintbrushes, felt tips, chalks etc.

  • use construction kits such as Lego and Knex

  • play regularly with playdough, mud and clay

  • manipulate cutlery and cooking utensils

We introduce story scribing to model and scaffold their writing and they have the opportunity to re-enact their stories with their friends. (see this short article which describes this method https://www.teachearlyyears.com/learning-and-development/view/reception-story-scribing)

They begin to recognise their names and we encourage them to have a go at writing them if they are ready to. 

We encourage all sorts of mark making including scribbling, dabbing and doodles as these all help to build confidence in making marks and the fine motor skills to do so.