Nursery 2022 - 2023

Miss Robinson

Teacher

Welcome to Nursery...

We would like to offer the warmest of welcomes to all of our children and families to the decond part of the Autumn term. The Nursery staff are Mrs Clarke, Miss Griffiths, Mrs Jones and Miss Robinson. Mrs Wisinger will be working with us on Fridays. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to speak to us. If you would like more information about joining Highfield Nursery, please get in touch with the school office on 01244 259650.

Each term, we have a focus on personal, social and emotional development and well-being to ensure the children have the best chance to settle well into school routines and establish good relationships with their teachers and the other children.

In September 2021, a new framework was introduced to Early Years. To learn more about this framework and find out how we use it to create our curriculum and assess how the children make progress, please see the files below named 'New EYFS Framework - Guide for Families' and 'EYFS Areas of Learning'.

Here at Highfield we have an over arching theme, each term, which runs through the whole of the school. This term it is ‘Voyage: Around the world in eighty days’. In Nursery, we explore each theme through a 'Narrative Immersion Curriculum'. Each term the story box gifts us a new text. As we enter story world we learn how the plot of the story unfolds and we get to know each character well, often helping the different characters to overcome problems along the way! This term we will be reading 'The owl that was afraid of the dark' by Jill Tomkinson. Through this story we will explore the themes for 'aspirations and dreams', 'feelings (including fear)' and 'celebrations'. In this heartwarming story we will work together to help 'Plop', a Baby Barn Owl, who was like any other Barn Owl except for one thing- he was afraid of the dark! "Dark is Nasty", he says and he won't go hunting with his parents. On own adventures we will meet a little boy waiting for the fireworks to begin, an old lady, a scout camping,a girl who tells us about Father Christmas, a man with a telescope, and a black cat that takes us exploring. Along with Mrs Barn Owl, can we help Plop to see that dark is super after all?

The owl who was afraid of the dark

The planning for this narrative is included in the list of 'Files to Download' which can be found below.

If you want to become familiar with the story, but don't have a copy of the book, you could borrow a copy from school, visit the library to borrow a copy or view an animated version by following this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BWy9zwDY64

All of the children have a Purple Mash account which can be found by following this link:

https://www.purplemash.com/login/

In the Early Years at Highfield, we use Tapestry to keep parents up to date with how and what the children are learning. You may also use this to communicate with us and we will always try to answer your queries as soon as we can.

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We LOVE seeing what the children have learned at home! Please feel welcome to upload your photos and observations about what the children are doing. If you would like to do this, we have added a guide to the files below named 'How-to guide for creating observations' which tells you step-by-step what to include in your observations.

 

Reading in Nursery

Your child will come home with two books. One will be a library book and the other a scheme book. The scheme books have no words. They are for you and your child to talk about the illustrations. What are the pictures describing? Make up a story by looking at them. This helps your child to decipher what they can see, the start of early reading skills. Write in your child's reading record every time you read. You can add comments and share information with us about what they have liked or something they have said. Your child's book changing day will be either Monday or Thursday. It will be written into the front of their reading record. Your books do not have to be returned until your child's changing day. However, we do ask that you bring in a named bag, each day, to put in any pictures they may have drawn. 

Points to note

Swimming lessons- We have swimming on Tuesday mornings until February half term and then we will be having lessons on Fridays for the remainder of the academic year so all the Nursery children can take part. Please dress your child in jogging pants and either a school polo shirt or a PE top, and school jumper. You may wish to send them in our school PE tracksuit which you can purchase from Uniformity in Handbridge. The children can wear a school tracksuit on Thursdays as well, instead of school uniform, as we have PE on this day. Please can you send you child in shoes they can try to put on themselves. Shoes with laces are fine, if your child can tie them.  

Forest School- Nursery will be having Forest School sessions on Wednesday mornings until Christmas. Children DO NOT need to wear school uniform. They should come dressed in comfortable layers that covers arms and legs and bring in wellies and waterproof trousers and a jacket, or an all in one. Bring in two named waterproof bags, one for footwear and the other for clothes. Please provide shoes for the afternoon session. 

 

Extra websites you might like to try are:- 

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/early-years/

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/Search.aspx?Subject=37

https://new.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/Early-Years.html

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/shows/numberblocks

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=cosmic+yoga

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/nursery-rhymes-songs-index/zhwdgwx 

Offline

Tapestry have provided recommended activities you can do with your children which you can find in the 'Files to Download' section below.

http://www.tts-group.co.uk/on/demandware.static/-/Library-Sites-TTSSharedLibrary/default/vaea75f5663a038b8658d258fd198e57ce70b35d6/images/homepage/Early_Years_Home_Learning_Collection.pdf?version=1,584,037,589,000

https://www.activityvillage.co.uk/school-closures

https://www.naturallylearning.co.uk/50-outdoor-activities-toddlers/

https://www.ltl.org.uk/free-resources/

https://www.earlylearninghq.org.uk/earlylearninghq-blog/outdoor-play-activities-and-ideas-part-1/

 

Files to Download

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