Welcome to Bluebell Nursery Class!

We are very pleased to be able to share the virtual tour of our Early years Foundation Stage with you.

Please click on the link to watch

Welcome to Early Years 2021

Meet the team…

From left to right we have Bethan (teacher), Emma (EYFS Support staff), Lucy (EYFS Support staff) and Laura (cover teacher).

 

Email Bethan: bethan.baldwin@stnicholasprimaryschool.org.uk 

 

What do we do in Bluebell Class?

To find out what we are going to be learning in nursery this term, please click on the ‘Learning Web’ link below…

Bluebells Autumn 1 learning web 2021

 

Storytelling

We are following the ‘Talk4Writing‘ approach in lots of our adult-led learning.

We will start off the term by sharing ‘Owl Babies’ by Martin Waddell. This lovely picture book tells the story of three owlets that wake up one night to find their mother gone, worry about her absence, but are then elated when she  inevitably returns from her night flight.

 

 

Our main core story for the first half of the Autumn term is the traditional tale ‘Goldilocks’.

                     

We will be reading and re-reading the story, learning to tell it from memory using actions and movement, singing the song of the story and exploring the characters, setting and themes through the children’s play.  Hopefully this will culminate in a performance to parents!

 

 

 

We have a child-friendly photo book about Bluebells which you may like to share with your child:

Welcome to Bluebells photo book

Communication

Due to restrictions on parents coming onto the school site at present, please do use the ‘Email Bethan’ button at the top of this page if there is anything you need to get in touch with me about.

 

‘Values’ in our school

We are a values-based school.

Our values for the autumn term are Kindness and Creativity.

 

Lunches

Your child can bring a packed lunch to school or you can order a cooked school lunch made on site for £2.10.

Here is the menu:

St Nicholas Primary School Menu from 2nd September 2021

Please use Scopay to order your child’s cooked lunch in advance:

https://www.scopay.com/login.html

The children eat their school lunch in the main hall at 11.35, along with the other children from EYFS.

Children eating a packed lunch will eat their lunch within the EYFS area. When preparing your child’s packed lunch, please remember to cut grapes in half (or smaller) as whole grapes are a dangerous choking hazard.

We are a ‘nut free’ school – please do not include any foods containing nuts in your child’s packed lunch.

 

Nursery Rhymes

We sing familiar nursery rhymes daily and teach new songs and rhymes that tie in with seasonal or other activities and celebrations. The children are learning lots of traditional rhymes such as:

Incy Wincy Spider
Hickory Dickory Dock
Old MacDonald Had a Farm
Baa Baa Black Sheep
Humpty Dumpty
If you are unsure about the words or tunes you could have a look at Mr Tumble on Youtube:

 

Online Learning Journal

We use an online learning journal app called Tapestry for every child, which we use to track, record, assess and share with you significant learning experiences that your child has had, using comments, photographs and short film clips.

We really appreciate your comments and feedback on the observations that we share with you. Don’t forget that you can upload media to share with nursery staff too.

Parents/carers are able to access their own child’s journal using a secure password. Please contact me if you are having any difficulties in accessing your child’s journal.

We will use Tapestry as the primary means of communicating and supporting home learning should we need to move to remote learning due to Covid19 so please make sure that you check Tapestry frequently.

We also use Tapestry to share our rhymes, stories and other Bluebell learning opportunities with parents so that you feel informed about what is happening in nursery.

 

How Young Children Learn

Children in our Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) unit learn through a balance of adult-led and child-initiated experiences. Young children learn best when they explore and investigate things first hand through play-based experiences. Our staff team are experienced in supporting children to make the most of learning opportunities. We will be putting your child’s emotional and physical well-being at the heart of all that we do.

 

Curriculum

The EYFS is a distinct phase of education with its own curriculum from birth to the end of the Reception year. Please cut and paste/ click on the link below to find out more:

www.foundationyears.org.uk/files/2012/03/Development-Matters-FINAL-PRINT-AMENDED.pdf

What does ‘EYFS’ mean?

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old. All schools and Ofsted-registered early years providers must follow the EYFS, including childminders, preschools, nurseries and school reception classes.

 

Wishing Tree Appeals

Please keep an eye on our virtual wishing tree appeals. Your donations of items are much appreciated and are used directly for activities with the children (craft items, cooking ingredients etc). They really do help to enhance your children’s experiences at school.   We would be especially grateful for donations of tissues during the winter months!

Wishing leaves Autumn 2021

 

Things that your child needs to bring to school

  • A small plastic bag (with your child’s name clearly visible) containing spare clothes etc
  • A named water bottle
  • A named warm coat (ideally waterproof/water resistant) as we use the outdoor area in all weathers.
  • A named pair of wellies that can be left in school (we have some spare pairs in school so don’t worry if you don’t have any)

 

Donations

If you have any puzzles, games or old toys that are in good condition, we would be happy to give them a new home!  We are particularly in need of battery operated ‘technology’ toys with buttons to press (e.g. VTech/remote controlled cars).  Large pieces of material that can be used for our role play areas would also be welcomed!

 

With warmest wishes from the Bluebells team.