Nursery

St Michael's Nursery

We would like to welcome you to our page. We will update it with termly information, photographs and key dates. If you  need any further information do not hesitate to contact us via the school office to make an appointment or by speaking to a member of staff.

All 3 to 4-year-olds are entitled to 570 hours of free early education or childcare per year. This is usually taken as 15 hours each week for 38 weeks of the year. Some 2-year-olds are also eligible, although we do not provide this service currently.

Child’s birthday When you can claim
1 January to 31 March the beginning of term on or after 1 April
1 April to 31 August the beginning of term on or after 1 September
1 September to 31 December the beginning of term on or after 1 January

More information on free childcare allowances and benefits is available from www.gov.uk.

This Term

In term 5 we are excited to welcome new children to our nursery class. The children are able to enjoy making new friends exploring a new, exciting and stimulating environment and begin their learning journey at St Michael’s.
There is a significant focus on ensuring the children are comfortable, happy and secure in their new learning environment. We spend lots of time getting to know one another and how we must treat our friends and our classroom. Our older children play a fantastic part as role models to our new children as they welcome them to the routines and expectations in nursery. We learn to listen, we learn to share and think about what we and those around us enjoy doing. We try new things and make new friends all while having lots of fun!

TOPIC
Our topic this term is On the Move. The children will be exploring Transport, making discoveries and observations about many ways of travelling from buses, to walking, to flying to riding! We will role play, explore movement and think about how to care for our environment with the ways we move.

IN LITERACY
During this term older children will build upon their phonics learning and our new children will begin their phonics journey. The oldest children will develop their phonic knowledge in readiness for starting Reception in September.
We learn to listen and we think about the different sounds around us including the different sounds we can make. The children learn to understand rhyme and repeated language in stories and songs. We begin to meet letters and sounds, introducing the children to the phonemes. Phonemes are the early stages of reading, writing and spelling that we will develop throughout the year. When ready the children will be learning to read and write the phonemes they learn.
The children are encouraged to read and write their name and to begin to make marks, with paper and pencil but in many other fun ways too including paints, chalk, water and mud!

Alongside our phonics learning we will be exploring the text “Naughty Bus” and a variety of other transport books.

IN NUMBER
In number we explore and identify numbers all around us and consider their purpose. We count at every opportunity throughout our sessions and explore number through play. We model and encourage problem solving skills that we may encounter in play; making sure we have the right amount, choosing equipment of the correct size and learning to understand how we use maths skills every day.

We will be looking at numbers on buses, cars and counting the steps we make.

All children in nursery have WOW books. These are sent home every Friday. They are an opportunity to share and complete their learning with you. These will include a different activity for you to complete every week with your child to develop their learning in all areas. If you return their book once you have completed the activity by Wednesday the children will have an opportunity to share these with their class. Please feel free to add significant moments in your child’s development in these books to share with us. Further details can be found in the nursery pack or by talking to members of the nursery staff.

You can download a PDF version of the Nursery Welcome Pack here.

It contains further information on the routines of the nursery, what your child needs every day and our expectations for our Parent Partnerships.

Important dates for term 5:
1st, 2nd and 3rd May- Stay and play for new children
Tuesday 7th May- first day for new children
Wednesday 8th May 2019- Parent meetings
Thursday 9th May 2019- Parent meetings
Wednesday 22nd May 2019- Open morning- How do we learn?
Wednesday 22nd May 2019- Open afternoon- How do we learn?
Friday 24th May 2019- Last day of term 5

You can download a PDF version of the Nursery Welcome Pack here.

It contains further information on the routines of the nursery, what your child needs every day and our expectations for our Parent Partnerships.

In the coming weeks the children will come home with WOW books on a Friday; an opportunity to share and complete their learning with you. These will include a different activity for you to complete every week with your child to develop their learning in all areas. If you return their book once you have completed the activity by a Wednesday the children will have an opportunity to share these with their class. Please feel free to add significant moments in your child’s development in these books to share with us. Further details can be found in the nursery pack or by talking to members of the nursery staff.

You can download a PDF version of the Nursery Welcome Pack here.

It contains further information on the routines of the nursery, what your child needs every day and our expectations for our Parent Partnerships.

NURSERY WELCOME PACK

At St. Michael’s Nursery the children’s happiness is our prime concern. We know that happy children will develop holistically and will be most prepared to start school when they leave the nursery.

We pride ourselves on being an approachable and supportive nursery team. We will also adapt activities and routines to suit your child’s needs when needed. We aspire to build strong and trusting relationships with all the children in our care. Part of building strong relationships with the children requires us to have good partnerships with the parents also.

Good two-way communication is key to having good partnerships. The nursery teacher is available every day on the gate both before and after your child’s session.  Please use this time to ask questions, share concerns or give suggestions. If the matter is personal or confidential we are also happy to make time to see you in private room to discuss any issues or concerns you have.

A part of our commitment to building strong and affective partnerships is providing interactive workshops that will help you support your child’s development at home.

A programme of workshops are planned throughout the year and you will be invited to attend them.  Please dedicate some time to attending the sessions even if you have older children; theories and science change and evolve with time so we may be able to offer new ideas or strategies to try with your child to support their development.

Dates will be confirmed for these workshops and we will ensure to provide plenty notice. Please check the website regularly and be sure to check weekly newsletters throughout the year for the dates of these workshops as they are confirmed.

New parents will be invited to additional workshops at the beginning of the Spring and Summer terms to highlight the important parts of previous workshops.

Once you have attended workshops information will be added to this page for you to refer to following the session.

Each year we will run new workshops that are specific to current thinking and needs of your child but please find below some workshops that have previously run throughout the year.

Schemas and their importance; here you can download the workshop’s presentation and access the handout with practical ideas for helping your child. http://www.stmichaelsrcp.org/nursery/schemas-and-their-importance/

The Importance of Talk; download the workshop presentation for ideas and follow links to useful websites.  http://www.stmichaelsrcp.org/nursery/importance-of-talk/

Go to our Nursery Maths page to support your child’s number recognition at home.

http://www.stmichaelsrcp.org/nursery/nursery-maths/

Our Nursery Staff

Mrs Brown

Nursery Teacher

Mrs Stickings

Nursery Nurse

Mrs Simon

Nursery Learning Assistant

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