Welcome to Bluebell Class!

 

The Bluebell Class Team

Hello! I am Bethan, the full-time teacher in Bluebell class. Working as part of the nursery team are Karen, Emma, Robert, Mobeen & Sarah.

Bethan (Teacher) Karen (Teaching Assistant) Emma (Teaching Assistant)
Robert (Teaching Assistant) Mobeen (Teaching Assistant) Sarah (Deputy Headteacher)

 

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

 

What do we do in Bluebell Class?

To find out what we do and what we are going to do in class each term, please click on the ‘EYFS Newsletter’ & ‘Learning Web’ links below…

Autumn Term 2019 EYFS Newsletter

Autumn Term 2 2019 Bluebells Learning Web

 

Useful Information

 

Thank you for all of your support in getting children to school on time and for every nursery session; it really does make a difference.

 

A really big welcome to our new families who have recently joined Bluebells / St Nicks – we are really enjoying getting to know you all

 

Communication

Please come and talk to me if there is anything you would like to discuss.  If I am not available please do use the ‘Email Bethan’ button at the top of the page.

‘Values’ in our school

We are a values-based school. Our school value this Autumn term is ‘Creativity’.

 

Lunches

The children eat their lunch in the main hall at 11.45, along with the other children from EYFS. Your child can choose from a packed lunch or a cooked school dinner (this costs £2.10). If packing your child’s 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 click on the link to find out more about our cooked school lunch menu:

School lunch menu to 3rd April 2020

 

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:

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 this half term is ‘Whatever Next!’ by Jill Murphy.

There are additional copies of this book in the classroom so please do ask if you would like to borrow one for a few days. All we ask is that you return the book to us in good condition ready for the next family to enjoy.

 

Important Dates in Bluebells – Autumn Term 2019

Half term week (Nursery closed) – Monday 28th October – Monday 4th November (Inset day – training for teachers)

Tuesday 5th November – second half of the Autumn term begins

Friday 8th November at 8.15am in the main hall – Parents and pastries

Monday 2nd December – Winter Craft Afternoon

Friday 6th December – FOSNS (Friend’s of St Nicholas’ School) Christmas Bazaar 3.15pm onwards

Wednesday 11th December at 9.30am in the main hall – EYFS Play to parents and carers

Thursday 19th December – last day of the Autumn Term

 

Online Learning Journal

We have set up online learning journals (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 video. Parents/carers are able to access their own child’s journal using a secure password. Please see one of us if you are having any difficulties in accessing your child’s journal.

 

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 wishing tree appeals. Your donations of items are much appreciated and are used directly for activities with the children (play-dough, cooking 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!

 

Coffee Mornings

Don’t forget that we hold a coffee morning every Wednesday and Friday morning from 9.00 – 10.30. These are held in Daisy Class and are supported by staff from the Children’s Centre.  As always there will be singing and music sessions.  There are lots of ideas for games to play at home that will support your child’s learning and development in fun ways! All parents and younger siblings are welcome.

 

Things to Bring to School

  • A small bag to hang on your child’s coat peg (a plastic bag with your child’s name written on it is fine), containing spare clothes etc.
  • A named warm coat (ideally waterproof/water resistant) as we use the outdoor area in all weathers.
  • A named pair of wellies. We have some spare pairs in school so don’t worry if you don’t have any.

 

Volunteering

If you have any spare time and you would like to volunteer please come and see a member of staff in Bluebells.  We are always very grateful for your support. We would however suggest that you wait until your child is fully settled into their nursery routines before you volunteer.

 

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.