Nursery Teacher: Miss Wharton
Teaching Assistants: Mrs Bradford & Mr Gillings
The children are at the centre of all learning in our Nursery at Red Hall Primary School. We follow their interests and fascinations, listening to any questions they have and encouraging exploration and wonder. We document this learning in our floor books, wall displays and in the children’s learning journeys. We begin each half term with a topic, how these topics develop is completely up to the children. We follow their interests and return to them repeatedly, building on their ideas and provoking deeper thinking. We value every child’s ideas and collaborate with them in the learning process.
Children love to ask questions, it is one way they make sense of the world. Children are able to pose questions to us and investigate the answers; we want to allow them to feel in charge of their own learning. We aim to use inquiry-based approaches to learning to promote investigation, in turn creating interesting, engaging and meaningful learning for the children.
Our learning environment has strong Reggio Emilia and Montessori influences. We use natural, recycled materials, which support open-ended play and encourage children to use their imagination. Every aspect of the environment is carefully thought out to encourage independence and to inspire the children.
Date Time Event 7th May 2019 1-2pm Outdoor opening event – invitation to see all the new resources we’ve bought for the outdoor area. Mr Hutton, Miss Capper & Mr Gillings are live targets for water balloon throwing! 24th May 2019 10:30-11:30
Stay and Play session & Topic Express – chance for you to come and play with your children in School. We will also be making dinosaur fossils to end our topic. 20th June 2019 To be confirmed Dental Hygiene – Early Years are going to be provided with toothpaste and brushes. Staff will help the children brush their teeth once a day. This is a chance for you to come into School to watch a demonstration and decide if you do/don’t want your child to participate. July 2019 (date to be confirmed) All day Saltburn Beach Trip – to end our final topic we will be going to the Beach to put our new knowledge to use!
We follow a three-year plan in Nursery and Reception so your child will cover some topics in Nursery then different topics in Reception. We learn about dragons, dinosaurs, farms, the seaside, shadows, seasons, being healthy, space, mini-beasts, our senses, the wider world, plants, pets, food as well as choosing topics that the children are interested in.
We have started our new topic last week after noticing there had been footprints leading into a cave! We investigated inside and outside and believe that they could have been left by dinosaurs. Nursery can’t wait to find out more about dinosaurs and where they come from.
Our topic is, ‘Dinosaurs’. I wonder what else we will discover about this topic?
Last week we learned about Harvest and made bread for the upcoming Harvest Festival.
- The role of parents and carers is very important to us. We have started a ‘Parent and Carers Committee’ and will soon be holding our first meeting. We want to provide a bigger voice to the parents and hope this will allow them to become more involved in the learning which takes place in nursery.
- We nearly finished ‘Points make prizes’. This scheme aims to provide fun projects for children to do with parents and carers at home. The more projects completed means more points, more points means more prizes. Please get involved!
- We have provided all children with a book bag and school reading book. We are hoping to promote reading for pleasure and quality time between children and adults at home. Please read 3 times a week with your child.
Thank you to all the parents who attended parent meetings with Myself. I have noticed that children have been learning lots at home because they couldn’t wait to tell me when they came back from the Easter break. Remember any achievements a child does at home can be written on a wow moment and celebrated in class.