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Welcome to the Nursery

Nursery

This year’s Nursery team is being led by Kate McAulay, Illy Duce and Johanna Chappell.

Our ethos is that children’s Nursery experience should be relaxed, home-like and led by their own interests.  We know that children learn best when they are happy, healthy, safe and secure, when their interests are followed and when they enjoy positive relationships with the adults caring for them.  We provide a welcoming, safe and stimulating environment where children are able to enjoy learning, gain independence and grow in confidence.  In the Nursery, children learn predominantly through play.  We seek to achieve a balance between adult-led and child-initiated interactions and activities.  We create a purposeful learning environment, indoor and out, from which our children can choose freely and independently select and use resources.

Getting to know you

Our year starts in September with the topic Getting to Know you You, during which time many children discover similarities and differences among themselves. As a class, we decide what our rules should be so we can all enjoy being together in Nursery.  The children quickly get used to a new routine and learn how to be independent – putting on coats, accessing and using resources and expressing how they feel with familiar phrases.

Light and Dark

Our next topic is Light and Dark, in which the children explore fireworks, the Hindu festival of light and nocturnal animals through the picture book ‘Owl Babies’. We learn about different celebrations, especially Christmas, in the lead up to the festive season.  The children have lots of fun preparing for the Early Years Nativity play.

The Seven Seas

After the Christmas break many children show a great interest in pirates, so we all jump on board and are pirates for several weeks. We dress up as pirates, talk like pirates, make and follow treasure maps, send messages in bottles – and some of us even have to walk the plank. The children enjoy a vast selection of pirate stories and tell some themselves.

More Stories!

In the second half of the Spring Term we are led by the children’s interest in stories.  They become immersed in the traditional tales of Jack and the Beanstalk and Little Red Riding Hood.  The children act out these stories, pretending to be the character, making props and putting together costumes. They plant beans and learn about what plants need to grow, hoping that their beanstalk will turn out to be magic too.  We use the computers to research wolves and find out why they are often portrayed as ‘baddies’ in stories. The children discuss and understand the message about not talking to strangers, and promise not to go into the woods alone.

 Traditional Tales

In the summer term, we continue to learn about traditional tales from around the world, many of which have a moral. We start with a European tale ‘The Magic Porridge Pot’ which is about how good things come to people who are kind and generous – and how disaster often befalls those who are greedy!  We learn about Goldilocks and the Three Bears.  The children often agree that Goldilocks is wrong to go into the bear’s house uninvited and think that she should say sorry.  The children then choose their next tale from the following:  The Three Billy Goats Gruff, The Gingerbread Man or The Three Little Pigs.