LOVE LEARN GROW
We want our children to love coming to school every day and to begin to build that love of learning that they can then take on with them through their future learning journey.
We also want to use this time with them to identify what it is they love and are passionate about and really build on that as this is what makes them wonderfully unique and themselves.
We believe every opportunity is a learning opportunity even if we don’t realise it. We want to provide the children with a range of opportunities and experiences to learn from.
We will enable their learning with books, continuous modelling, planned activities, WOW moments, visitors as well as observing what area or subject it is they enjoy and bringing their learning to them in the moment.
We believe all children have the ability to grow and progress according to their own unique ability and interests.
Alongside developing skills in Art, Maths, Mark making, Music etc we particularly want to use the time we share with our children in Nursery to help grow their confidence, mindset, social skills. Understanding and acceptance of one another so that they leave us believing in themselves and others
Welcome to Nursery
Also known as
Miss Thame - Class Teacher
Mrs Saunders - Nursery Nurse
Mrs Martin - TA (Mornings)
Welcome Parents / Carers to the nursery at St Mary's Wavendon
We would like to say a very big hello and welcome to all our nursery children and families, whether you are continuing or just starting your journey with us.
This is a very special time in your child’s life and we are truly honoured to be part of it. We will do our very best to make your little one’s first experience of St Mary's a magical and exciting one!
Key Person Groups
Statutory guidance from the government states that each child must be assigned a key person. The key person ensures that that the child’s learning and care is tailored to meet their individual needs.
Although all adults within our environment will work with your child, this is the person who will responsible for your child whilst at nursery, helping them to understand and take part in the activities on offer and supporting your child in focussed group work.
You will be informed of your child's key person after the initial 3 week settling in sessions. However, as we work very much as a team, you are able to discuss anything relating to your child with any member of our team.
Parents as Partners
From birth, children are continually learning. They develop and learn in a variety of ways and you as parents are their first and most enduring educators. Close working between teachers and parents is therefore vital to help your child settle in and progress within the school. So that we can plan the most effective and meaningful activities for your child, it would be helpful if you could share your child’s experiences out of school with us. This can be anything from football training, horse riding or a swimming lesson to baking a cake or creating a wonderful piece of art! These will be shared during key worker group time. To share these experience, you can use the Tapestry app that adults in the setting use to share the children's WOW moments in Nursery. We really feel this will have a positive impact on the experiences we provide within the school setting and greatly look forward to hearing all about the hobbies, interests, experiences and achievements that you share outside school.
If you have any further questions on sharing your child's experience, please do ask our Nursery staff
Tapestry and Home challenges
This year we will be using Tapestry to record your child's learning journey, particularly what we call WOW moments, which is something your child was finding tricky, but has overcome and how they achieved this.
We will also be setting home learning challenges. These will be linked to aspects of your child's learning in Nursery. These are NOT compulsory. We will send these out via Tapestry and ask that parents upload their child completing the challenge via Tapestry also. These will then be shared during key working group time.
All Nursery children are given the opportunity to experience St Mary's wonderful Forest School.
Forest School is all about educating children in the natural environment and teaching them practical outside skills and understanding the risk, without removing the risk.
Whilst at Forest School, children are encouraged to notice the natural world around them, to learn to respect each other and their environment.
Forest School is an inclusive area and we encourage all children to enjoy it and take part. Lessons can easily be adapted to meet different needs, both to help support and to encourage their inquisitive minds.
Currently Nursery Forest School Sessions are Monday morning and afternoon.
Please see photographs of our children exploring at forest school further down the page.
Benefits of taking children outside include -
It builds confidence
It promotes creativity and imagination
It teaches responsibilities
It provides different stimulation
It gets children moving
It gets children thinking
It reduces stress and fatigue (Really important for our little humans)
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) applies to children from birth to the end of the reception year, and is based upon four principles:
- A Unique Child
- Positive Relationships
- Enabling Environments with teaching and support from adults
- Learning and Development
- To motivate and engage our pupils through practical activity, enquiry, recording and purposeful play;
- To follow and promote our Christian ethos and school values;
- To nurture our pupils in an atmosphere of care and of feeling valued
- To set high expectations and attainable challenges
- To value the support of parents
- To promote the confidence and self esteem of our children
- Equip our children with the skills necessary to work individually and co-operatively
- To work within or beyond the Early Learning Goals by the end of the Foundation Stage
- To protect the physical and psychological well being of all children
- To implement the seven areas of learning
Areas of Learning
There are 7 areas covered in the EYFS curriculum. These are -
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development (Self-regulation, Managing self and Building relationships)
- Communication and Language (Listening, Attention and Understanding, Speaking)
- Literacy Comprehension, Word Reading, Writing)
- Maths (Number, Numerical Patterns)
- Understanding the World (Past and present, People, Culture and Communities, The natural world);
- Physical Development (PD- Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills)
- Expressive Arts and Design( Creating with Materials, Being imaginative)
Although each half term we have an overarching topic, which will be taught through books and memorable moments, our play based curriculum springs from the interests and needs of our children derived from the observations we make each day. We look for ‘teachable moments’ in the midst of their fun and intervene purposefully to direct learning.
At St Mary’s Primary School we use Development Matters which is a non-statutory curriculum guidance for the EYFS, which is available to support providers in their delivery of the EYFS learning and development requirements. Using development matters, we have created our own curriculum, centred around children’s interests and goals that we would like the children to achieve by the time they leave us at the end of their Reception year. Our Christian values underpin all of our learning within the EYFS and a fundamental to what we do at school and our curriculum reflects this.