Welcome to Nursery – Our Class is known as Railway Class and our full-time Teacher is Mrs Bracken. We also have the support of our Nursery Nurse, Mrs Narzif Ustusoy and our Teaching Assistants, Mrs Sue Abbott and Mrs Sam Fitzpatrick. Mrs Roberts is our phase leader.
OUR NURSERY PROVISION
We run a happy and thriving part-time Nursery at Montbelle with a morning session (8.30-11.30am) and an afternoon session (12.30-3.30pm) each day. We are fortunate to benefit from a light, airy and spacious indoor learning environment and a newly developed outdoor garden complete with a large sandpit, water exploration area, mud kitchen and tree house! We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (EYFS) at Montbelle and assess children according to their developmental age. Young children learn through play so every child has independent and autonomous access to both indoor and outside learning environments on a daily basis when they can choose the activities and areas of learning that interest them through carefully planned adult led activities and out quality continuous provision.
Through our key person system children are made to feel safe, happy and secure at school and excellent relationships between adults and children are formed quickly. Communication between school and home and strong partnerships between the two are vitally important to children’s wellbeing and development and we pride ourselves in keeping parents and children happy through a range of initiatives such as our weekly working together ideas, open classrooms, parental workshops and Dad and Lads sessions, to name but a few! Needless to say, all teaching staff are on hand at the beginning and end of the day to discuss any issues or enquiries as they arise.
During the day children are free to access a healthy snack bar inside their classroom. They have a choice of water, milk and different fruit and vegetables each day. We also run regular cooking activities for children when they learn about the importance of healthy eating, get the chance to apply their developing maths skills and have lots of fun creating delicious foods to eat.
Each half term we aim to focus on a general skill set such as exploring and investigating, designing and planning or using our imaginations. These have been specifically chosen so that all children experience a range of different learning opportunities. Topics are based on children’s own interests so are kept flexible and are shared with parents through our half termly Nursery Newsletter so that learning can be reinforced at home. Through each topic we also focus on a special, power of reading book, and really bring it alive for the children through a range of engaging and interactive activities. Children are given the time, space and resources to follow their own interests during child initiated play in the indoor and outdoor learning environment. These form mini-topics that are on-going throughout the year and ensure learning is kept meaningful, engaging and fun for the children – and the reason why they enjoy coming to school each day!
Across the year we have a different focus for each term:
Autumn – Our focus in the Autumn term is to settle children into their new learning environment, ensuring that they feel happy, safe and valued. We explore and celebrate our differences and find out those things that we like and dislike. Children are encouraged to talk about their families and share own personal experiences. This term also gives us an opportunity to discover and talk about all the changes that take place during Autumn. We also begin to explore and celebrate different cultures and beliefs and will perform a Christmas Nativity to support our understanding of Christianity.
Spring – Spring is a time for growth and new beginnings. This gives us the opportunity to discover what plants, animals and we humans need to stay healthy. We will be taking part in lots of hands on growing activities and will involve the children when developing our outside area.
Summer – During the Summer term we will be exploring the local area in which we live and learning about different environments and making comparisons. We will develop and build on mapping skills and explore the many different ways that we can travel.
Every half term all the children in Nursery and Reception walk to our local library at Coldharbour to listen to a story, peruse the library environment and choose a book to take back to class. This is a highly enjoyable and valuable experience for the children as it teaches them how a library works and reinforces their love of reading for pleasure.
In addition we also take part in lots of local trips around our community to reinforce class base learning – for example, we recently visited the post office to buy stamps and post our letters, the shop to use money to buy ingredients for cooking, and the church in Chislehurst to learn about Christian beliefs surrounding Christmas.
Each term we also go on a trip further afield to further develop our class based learning. Trips are always highly enjoyable and informative and help bring the learning alive for children. Past trips have included trips to the Theatre, Godstone Farm, the local bus garage, and Environmental Curriculum Centre. Details of this year’s trips will be communicated nearer to the time.
Thorough risk assessments are completed prior to any school trip as children’s safety is our paramount concern. We adhere to strict adult: child ratios and always need parent volunteers to support us.
Spending quality time engaging, talking and playing with your child at home is the very best way you can support their development. As such we send home weekly Working Together Ideas to share with you some of the key aspects of learning that we have been focusing on in class that week and to give you some ideas on how you can support this learning at home through talk and play. These ideas are not compulsory and there is no expectation that every idea is completed. Instead we would like you to dip in and out of them using them to support learning at home as and when you see fit. We provide every child with a Learning Log so that parents and children can record any learning at home though pictures, photos, mark making and writing. These are celebrated in class each week. In addition every child is able to choose a book each day to share at home. Spending time with your child reading stories, looking at pictures or talking about a story is a fantastic way to develop their literacy. As children develop they will also be given a reading journal and reading books for them to have a go at reading themselves as well as a phonics book with the key letters and sounds we have been learning in school so that they can be practiced at home.
Working Together at Home
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