Foundation Stage Nursery
Welcome to our class web page, for Nursery 2021-22. We have a lovely class of 24 children, who love coming to school to learn and play with their teachers and friends.
In Nursery we work to a ratio of 1 member of staff to 13 children. We have two part time teachers (Mrs Hanlon & Miss Holyoak) and a teaching assistant (Miss Davison). The children are also supported over lunchtime by Miss Pickering our Reception teaching assistant.
Mrs Hanlon Miss Holyoak Miss Davison
We offer morning or afternoon sessions (3 hours) 5 days a week for 39 weeks of the year or we can also offer 2 1/2 full days over 39 weeks. We usually encourage this to be at the beginning of the week or the end of the week. Some parents also choose to pay for top- up sessions costing £14 per session (3 hours). A childcare contract must be signed before these sessions can begin. If flexibility is needed please speak to a member of staff as we can usually accommodate.
Our 30 hour children access the setting for 5 full days (6 hours per day). To access this amount of hours we must be given a code. You will need to apply for this the term before they start and then reconfirm every 3 months. More information can be found at https://www.gov.uk/30-hours-free-childcare
All children who attend Nursery for full days will need a packed lunch or given a school lunch if requested. A school lunch will cost £2.20 per day.
Morning– 9am– 12pm Afternoon- 12.15- 3.15pm
Full days– 9am - 3.15pm
What the children need to bring
Water Bottle: Please provide a named water bottle each session for your child to have access to at all times. We also provide milk or water at snack times and lunch time as well.
Spare clothes: Tops, underwear, trousers/ skirts, socks and bottoms. This is particularly important when your child is toilet training but it is also useful for all children to bring a spare set of clothes in case of getting wet/muddy etc.
Nappies/Pull-ups and wipes: If children are still in nappies for medical/ other reasons we ask that enough wipes and nappies are provided for the day.
Sun cream: In the summer we ask for all children to arrive to nursery with sun cream already applied and if they are staying for a full day session we ask for a bottle to stay at nursery to allow it to be reapplied in the afternoon.
Please ensure all items including coats and jumpers are clearly labelled
Your Child’s Progress
Sharing your children’s progress and achievements are vitally important to us. There are a range of ways that we communicate your child’s progress with you:
- Monthly newsletters/ weekly updates
- Half termly parent pamphlets- this sets out what we will be learning during that half term
- Termly parent/ teacher consultations
- Yearly school report
- Tapestry– Our Online Learning Journeys: When you filled out your registration forms it would have included a letter about Tapestry and an accompanying consent form. We will create a secure account with the details you provide that enables us to upload photographs, observations and reports relating to your child’s time with us. As a parent this allows you to view exciting achievements via a computer or smart phone.
- Open Door Policy: All of our staff are happy to answer any queries or questions during drop off and pick up times. More lengthy meeting can be arranged usually for that week or you can also email and phone us at any time.
This Years Activities
Backhouse Park 6/10/21
Nursery enjoyed a lovely walk to Backhouse Park last week. We walked along with our friends very sensibly! Once we arrived, we had some snack and went on an adventure, looking for squirrels and the fairies on the trail. We also found lots of conkers, leaves and sticks. We then had some time playing on the park, practising our physical skills, before walking back to school. What a fun afternoon!
This week has been Anti-Bullying week for the whole school and we focussed on the story Kind by Axel Sheffler. The children took part in lots of lovely activities linked to kindness. We had a Random act of kindness morning with Y5 where we left each other special surprise treats. We also had a class swap and got to meet other teachers to discuss our week. We had a special friendship dinner and got some love heart biscuits. We also made a kindness Pom Pom jar, drew some beautiful pictures and talked about ways to show kindness. I was so proud of the children.
We took the children on two bus journeys around Sunderland. The day before we looked at our route and made our own maps. The children had a great time at Herrington and Mowbray Park.
Early Years have been very busy celebrating Pancake Day. They learned about the different ingredients to make a pancake and where to get them from. We made a shopping list and followed the instructions to make our own. They enjoyed picking their favourite toppings for their pancake. There was plenty of opportunity to write shopping lists and recall their favourite pancake topping.
Hall Hill Farm 16.3.22
PSHE Friendship Picnic
Nursery and Reception enjoyed a fantastic PSHE friendship picnic on the last day of term. We all enjoyed friend themed areas, and partnered up with someone in the other class. We were so kind to one another. We made friendship bracelets, flower pictures and then enjoyed a picnic outdoors in the sunshine. We had cakes, crisps and some juice. It was so lovely!
Discovery Museum and The Great North Museum
We all had an amazing time visiting two museums in Newcastle! We saw amazing dinosaurs,. Historical exhibits, different types of animals and a River Tyne area. It was so much fun.
Nursery have really enjoyed our gardening topic. We have planted so many gorgeous plants in our Early Years yard and inside the classroom. We have had a sunflower ace, planted some magic "I love you" beans and made a butterfly garden to attract minibeasts. We have also looked after some bugs inside our new Bug Hotel.
The children have been loving our beach topic. We are focussing on the book 'Barry the fish with fingers'. We are talking about real life sea creatures too. We know lots of excellent facts and the names of each sea animal. For our upcoming Beach trip on the 6th July, we also had an RNLI visit. The children learnt lots about water safety and had the chance to dress up. It was a fantastic morning.