Nursery Room 2 Michaelmas Curriculum & Information
A warm welcome to you all. The Nursery 2 team are very excited to ‘get to know’ the new children starting King’s Hall Nursery this September and are as eager as ever to welcome back the children who are making the transition from Nursery Room 1 to Nursery Room 2. We hope you have had a wonderful summer; and we are very much looking forward to the journey ahead.
In Nursery we like to look at some topic areas with the children each term but we also highlight the importance of allowing children to develop their own preferences and interests, where the Nursery staff are always close by to support and develop the children’s own curiosity.
During Michaelmas our main topic area is:
All About Me
During the second half of the term, we will focus on:
Celebrations and Christmas
During your child’s time in Nursery it is vital for us to concentrate and work closely on your child’s three Prime Areas of development, which are set out below. It is important for us to ensure your child settles quickly, with ease and is able to feel safe and secure in the Nursery environment. The Prime Areas are what we call the ‘building blocks’ to success, the foundations to any individual. If we secure these all other specific knowledge and development will slot into place.
Our Daily Routine
During your child’s time at Nursery, their Key Worker will work closely with them, helping them to settle by planning a variety of adult-led/child-initiated activities focusing on the three Prime Areas of Learning.
8.00am: Early Morning Club
9.15am: Circle time and registration
9.30am: Letters and sounds activities
9.45am: Own learning time / adult-led activities
10.15am: Snack time
10.30am: Free-flow play to include playground area
11.45am: Tidy-up time
12.00pm: Lunch time
12.30pm: Stories and songs
1.00pm: Afternoon registration
1.10pm: Own learning time
(Free Flow inside and outside)
3.15pm: Snack time
3.25pm: Story time
3.30pm: Free play (inside or outside)
4.30pm: End of Nursery day
4.30-6.00pm: TT Club (4.00pm finish on Wednesdays)
What Does Your Child Need to Bring and Wear?
Monday: Forest School – Please send your child in old home clothes, suitable for exploring the forest (long sleeve t-shirt, jumper, long trousers, warm socks and sensible footwear).
Tuesday: PE – Normal school tracksuit required
Music Session with Mr. Dayus-Jones
Friday: Local area outing – normal school tracksuit required
Items to be kept in Nursery at all times:
Wellingtons boots; waterproof coat and water proof trousers; warm hat, scarf and gloves for cold weather; sun hats for warm weather.
Please can you ensure that all uniform items are labelled (including footwear) and have strong loops for hanging.
For further details about the uniform, please see our clothing list. The School Shop will be open prior to the start of term (visits by appointment only).
Prime Area 1
Personal, Social and Emotional Development Activities
- Activities to encourage settling in and understanding the routine of the day, independence, concentration, confidence and social skills (sharing and turn-taking)
- Learning and understanding of Nursery Golden Rules
- Creating awareness of own feelings
- Being considerate of other needs and opinions
- Key family time
- Family tree activities
- Photographs or 'Ourselves' and 'Our Homes' for small world activities
- 'All About Me' Display
- Circle time games, name recognition and familiarisation
Prime Area 2
Communication and Language Activities
- Development of speaking and listening skills
- Following simple instructions
- Circle time
- Letters and sounds activities
- Communication time
- 'All About Me' activities
- Seasonal discussions
Prime Area 3
Physical Development Activities
- Sports activities
- The use of small and large equipment to develop both fine and gross motor skills
- Health and self-care
- Weekly trip to Vivary Park/Hestercombe House
- Forest School: Dressing/Undressing
- Creative area: supporting independent choices of materials and equipment
- Dough Gym
- Story sharing
- Letters and sounds activities
- Opportunities to create marks
- Sequencing opportunities
- Songs and rhymes
- Musical instrument sound exploration
- Development of tuning into rhythm and beat
- Favourite stories from home
Understanding the World
- Holidays and experiences
- Forest School
- Daily school routine
- Seasons: Autumn and Christmas time
- Programmable toys and equipment
Expressive Arts and Design
- Painting and colour mixing, printing, collage, clay modelling and general media exploration
- Role-play areas
- Movement to music
- Recycled art
- 'Ourselves' collages
- Building blocks and small world activities using photographs of ourselves and our homes
- Self-portraits and paintings
Use of mathematical language and development can be enhanced during any activity:
- Weight/Capacity (baking and play dough )
- Height and length (measuring)
- Positional language
- Recognition of 2D and 3D shapes
- Environmental shapes and patterns
Nursery Room 2 Staff:
Room Leader and Key Person: Mrs Hannah Hammond
Key Person: Mrs Jo Williams
Key Person and Forest School Leader: Mrs Clare Masters
It is important to note that the Pelican Nursery Team (both Room 1 and 2) work closely together and the children enjoy being able to access both rooms at different points during each week.
Did you Know?
As always our Medium Term Planning, which details the activities and experiences that we aim to cover, is accessible on the ‘Parents Notice Board’ in Nursery Room 2. Please feel free to look at this and if you have any questions, we will warmly welcome them. Please also remember that we endeavour to develop the children’s own personal interests through ongoing observations and child-initiated play and we add these spontaneous moments to the ‘What We Have Done Today’ whiteboard, again in the foyer of Nursery room 2. The whiteboard is updated weekly and can help you to discuss their day (through your inside knowledge) on your journey home.
If your child is new to the Nursery they will be assigned a Key Person within the setting who will be responsible for conducting observations that are placed within an Early Years Foundation Stage pathway (Tapestry). These observations continue with that child on their journey throughout the EYFS (end of Reception).
A Key Person is an adult that provides a secure and familiar base for both the child and their family. It is important to highlight at King’s Hall, the Nursery staff work very closely with all children, across both Nursery Room 1 and 2, so please feel free to speak with any member of The Pelican Nursery Team.
During the first half term you will be invited to a ‘Settling In’ parent/teacher meeting with your child’s Key Person. Please keep a look out in the Pelican News for further information. We will then meet again towards the end of the Michaelmas 2018 Term to discuss your child’s progress.
- We provide children with the opportunity of a Forest School session every Monday. Your child may wear ‘home clothes’ on this day, preferably something that is old as I can assure you they get very muddy even when wearing full waterproofs.
- If your child’s waterproof trousers are not always on their peg please do not fret as we tend to store all our waterproofs in one large container. I am sure you can appreciate it can become a little hectic when helping children out of muddy boots and clothes. Please ensure they are named and we will send them home each half term for a wash.
- Every Friday morning we are very lucky to be able to use the school minibus to take the children on a mini adventure. We often go to Vivary Park or to Hestercombe Gardens.
- The children are able to explore the park, play equipment and feed the ducks, or we explore the wonders of Hestercombe Gardens.
Sports Hall Session
Every Tuesday morning we take the children to the main sports hall where we use equipment, big and small, and provide opportunities to develop those all-important physical skills. Bats, balls, hoops, music, dance, movement, games and races are just a selection of activities your child/children will participate in. We share this session with Pelican 1 Nursery.
- It is a legal requirement for your child to be signed in and out of the Nursery each day; please can you help us by ensuring you do this.
- Our Safeguarding Policy states that: ALL children require a collection ‘Password’, therefore a Nursery Team member will be confirming this with all parents on your child’s first day. (Only applicable to new families, if you have any questions please ask).
- Your child may feel more comfortable coming to Nursery with a teddy or comforter which we warmly welcome, however if they choose/prefer to bring a toy from home can we please ask for this to be pocket sized and named as we cannot be held responsible for any toy that becomes lost of broken.
- If you are having any difficulties using Tapestry please speak to a member of staff who will endeavour to help. We also encourage parents to add/upload photographs of their child(ren) to Tapestry as these can be shared during your child’s time at Nursery.
- Please ensure your child has a set of named waterproof trousers and wellington boots that remain at Nursery.
- A (polite) reminder that Early Morning Club begins at 8.00am. If you arrive earlier we cannot guarantee supervision of your child as we will still be preparing for the day.