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 2020

Meet the team…

from left to right we have Bethan (teacher), Catherine (teacher), Karen (teaching assistant) and Charlane (teaching assistant).

 

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

Email Catherine: catherine.collins@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 class learning web Autumn 1 2020

Bluebells class learning web Autumn 2 2020

Bluebells class learning web, Spring 1 2021

Bluebells class, learning web, Spring 2 2021

  • This Spring term we will be learning about the names for the parts of our bodies, by singing action songs and rhymes such as ‘Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes’.
  • We will be finding out the different ways that we can stay healthy, including healthy eating, good hygiene and plenty of sleep.
  • We will continue to learn about ourselves and others – this always involves learning about our feelings and how to share and take turns!
  • We will be listening to our core story and learning to tell it off by heart.
  • We will practise counting in everyday practical contexts, in ways that are meaningful to each child.
  • We will be drawing and mark making, experimenting with different media and materials. The children will be starting to learn how to write their own names, with correct letter formation.
  • We will be continuing to learn to respect ourselves and each other, to listen and to think, and to be caring and thoughtful.

 

Here are some photos of our EYFS garden and Bluebells’ classroom:

                      

 

We also have a child-friendly book about Bluebells:

Welcome to Bluebells photo book

 

Communication

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

 

‘Values’ in our school

We are a values-based school.

In this Spring term our value is ‘Appreciation’

We will be learning about what this word means and how we can show appreciation every day, by caring about people who help and look after us, learning good manners and being thankful for the good things in our lives.

 

Lunches

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

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 lunch bag.

Please see below the link to the school lunch menu:

St Nicholas lunch menu Feb 2021

 

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:

 

Storytelling

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

Our core story during the second half of the Spring term will be Peace at Last by Jill Murphy

This story focuses a lot on environmental and voice sounds. We have looked at these two areas of phonics in the first half of the Spring term so children should already be familiar with listening carefully to the sounds around them and making and imitating sounds with their voices. Let’s get ready to have some fun learning this story!

 

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

 

Things that your child needs to bring to school

  • A small named plastic bag containing spare clothes etc
  • A 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.