Early Years

Early Years (EY)

The Early Years (Nursery and Reception) is where our children begin to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding, creating a firm foundation for learning which they build upon as they move up the school. Our children are nurtured and supported to develop the characteristics of effective learning: playing and exploring, active learning and creating and thinking critically.

Our curriculum is split into the prime areas: personal, social and emotional development, communication and language and physical development which then feed into the specific areas of learning: literacy, maths, understanding the world and expressive arts and design.

The teachers across the early years provide a stimulating and enriching learning environment inclusive of all children, where they can explore, experiment and create through well planned, play based activities and experiences which reflect their diverse needs and interests in partnership with parents and carers.

Reading

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Minibeasts

This term Nursery have been learning all about minibeasts. We have been very lucky to have made wormeries and observed the life cycle of a butterfly. On Thursday 13th July 2017 Nursery released their butterflies. It was lots of fun seeing them go free!

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Eid Party

On Friday 7th July the nursery and reception children had an Eid party. There was lots of food, we played party games and had a lovely afternoon. Thanks to all the parents who attended and generously brought all the food to share.

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Nursery Tea Party - The Tiger Who Came to Tea

On Thursday 25th May 2017 Nursery had a tea party to celebrate the end of their focus story ‘The Tiger who came to Tea’.

The children have been preparing for it by designing teapots, making party hats and tiger masks, writing invitations and shopping lists, making biscuits and jam sandwiches.

At the tea party the children and parents got to listen to the story and enjoy a range of foods and drinks.

At the end of the tea party they sang the song ‘I’m a little teapot’.

Nursery staff would like to thank all parents and carers who came.

Egg Decorating Competition

On Friday 31st March nursery held their own egg decorating competition. Children had to decorate their own eggs at home and bring them in.

Mrs Humphrey came over to judge the eggs; it was a very hard choice to make.

Our winners were Kadiatu (hedgehogs), Ahmed (owls), Sofia (foxes) and Ranu (squirrels)

Well done to all the children and parents for their fantastic designs!

Dough Disco and Book Handling Sessions

Nursery have been inviting parents in to see how the staff teach dough disco and book handling sessions with the children. These skills transfer to the children's early reading and writing development and the teachers wanted to show the parents some ideas that they can use at home. The sessions were very well attended and the comments were extremely positive.

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Carols around the Christmas tree

On Wednesday 21st December, Nursery held their own carols around the Christmas tree for our parents and carers. The children practiced very hard and learnt lots of different Christmas songs and carols. They did a dress rehearsal with reception and then they sung for parents/ carers on Wednesday.

Thank you to all staff and children for working so hard!

Thank you to everyone who came to watch us, we hope you enjoyed it!

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Raising Money for Children in Need

Nursery celebrated Children in Need day and helped to raise money for this fantastic cause. They did lots of paintings and drawings, as well as cutting up and making their own Pudsey Bear masks. They had fun dressing up and wearing funky socks. They ended the day by making their own Pudsey spotty biscuits. They were delicious!

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Reception Become Pet Owners!

In reception this year we have been very lucky looking after a range of different animals and watch them grow. We have had our class chicks where we were able to watch how the eggs hatched and turned into chicks.

We also got to have our own class caterpillars. We learnt how caterpillars spin cocoons and then emerge to become beautiful butterflies. On Friday 8th July 2016 we released our butterflies, you can watch our video below.

Reception Eid Party

This year reception got to celebrate Eid in style by having our own Eid party. We watched a range of videos on how people celebrate Eid across the world and then had our own Eid party food. We had singing and dancing to a range of different music, which was a lot of fun!

Super Hero Day

On Friday 27th May nursery and reception had a super hero day to raise money for the ‘Wish upon a star’ children’s charity. There was lots of fun to be had – face painting, making shields and super power wrist bands as well as writing about all the super powers we had!

Stockley Farm

This year reception had the opportunity to visit Stockley Farm for our school trip. As you can see from the photographs we had lots of fun! We learnt lots of new things about farm life and the animals that live there. We got to bottle feed baby goats, feed cows, watch cows get milked, stroke a range of small animals, have a tractor ride around the countryside, saw the birds of prey, groom and care for some ponies and horses, feed chickens and so much more!

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