Nursery Room 2 | King's Hall School Taunton

Nursery Room 2

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Happy Michaelmas Term 2020!

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.

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Curriculum

In the first half of term our main topic area is 'All About Me'. In the second half of term our main topic area is '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 I call the ‘building blocks’ to success, the foundations to any individual, secure these and all other Specific knowledge and development with slot into place.

The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum is outlined below. There are three Prime Areas and four Specific Areas. The Characteristics of Effective Learning (COEL) – ‘Playing and Exploring’, ‘Active Learning’ and ‘Creating and Thinking Critically’ – are also vital tools of learning.

​PRIME AREA: Personal, Social and Emotional Development.

​PRIME AREA: Personal, Social and Emotional Development.

Activities to include:

  • Activities to encourage settling in and understanding their new routine of the day, independence, concentration, confidence and social skills (sharing and turn-taking);
  • Circle time;
  • Continuation of learning and understanding the Nursery Golden Rules;
  • Creating awareness of own feelings;
  • Being considerate of other needs and opinions;
  • Key family time;
  • Photographs of ourselves and our homes for small world activities;
  • 'All About Me' display;
  • Circle time games, name recognition and familiarisation.
​PRIME AREA: Communication and Language

​PRIME AREA: Communication and Language

Activities to include:

  • Development of speaking and listening skills;
  • Understanding;
  • Following simple instructions;
  • Circle time;
  • Letters and Sounds activities;
  • Communication time;
  • 'All About Me' activities;
  • Role play;
  • Seasonal discussions.
​PRIME AREA: Physical Development

​PRIME AREA: Physical Development

Activities to include:

  • Sports activities;
  • The use of small and large equipment to develop both fine and gross motor skills;
  • Health and self-care;
  • Dough gym;
  • Weekly trip to Vivary Park or Hestercombe House;
  • Forest School;
  • Creative area: supporting independent choices of materials and equipment.
​SPECIFIC AREA: Literacy

​SPECIFIC AREA: Literacy

Activities to include:

  • Story sharing;
  • Letters and sounds activities;
  • Plentiful opportunities to create marks;
  • Sequencing opportunities;
  • Songs and rhymes;
  • Musical instrument sound exploration;
  • Development of tuning into rhythm and beat;
  • Favourite stories from home.
​SPECIFIC AREA: Understanding the World

​SPECIFIC AREA: Understanding the World

Activities to include:

  • Holidays and experiences;
  • Forest School;
  • Daily school routine;
  • Seasons: Autumn and Christmas time;
  • ICT;
  • Programmable toys and equipment;
  • Celebrations.
​SPECIFIC AREA: Expressive Arts and Design

​SPECIFIC AREA: Expressive Arts and Design

Activities to include:

  • 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 paitnings.
​SPECIFIC AREA: Mathematics

​SPECIFIC AREA: Mathematics

Activities to include:

Use of mathematical language and development can be enhanced during any activity:

  • Counting
  • Ordering
  • Sorting
  • Weight/Capacity (baking and play dough)
  • Height and length (measuring)
  • Positional language
  • Recognition of 2D and 3D shapes
  • Environmental shapes and patterns

Children’s Interests

During your child’s time in the ‘Early Years’ department it is vital for us as practitioners to develop children’s own personal interests through ongoing observations and child initiated play. Young children live in the here and now and it our job as Early Years teachers to provide a child-led learning environment where we encourage children to ‘seize the moment’. By planning in this way we can share curiosity and interests as they arise.

Our Medium-term planning which details activities and experiences we aim to cover this term is accessible on the ‘Parents Notice Board’ in Nursery Room 2. Please feel free to ask for a copy as these would usually be displayed in the Nursery, if you have any questions, we will warmly welcome them. Please also remember 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 but will also be displayed through your child’s individual Tapestry Learning Journal.


Key Person

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 which continues 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.

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Tapestry

We know you enjoy viewing the observations, photographs and video’s that we upload onto Tapestry of your child’s time at Nursery and we would very much encourage you to add your own photographs of your child at home, these could include ‘WOW’ moments that your child would like to share with us and their friends at Nursery or special times with family and friends. f you would like any more information with regards to Tapestry or if you require help in uploading photographs please speak to Mrs Hammond who will be very willing to help.

Forest School

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. Please ensure your child’s clothes, waterproofs, wellies etc. are all clearly name and remain in Nursery. We will keep them stored separately in each child’s tray and will send them home regularly for washing.

Weekly Outing

Every Friday morning we are very lucky to be able to use the school minibus and take the children on a mini adventure. We often go to Vivary Park or Hestercombe House. The children are able to explore the park, play equipment and feed the ducks at Vivary or we explore the wonders of Hestercombe Gardens. The children are able to explore the park, play equipment and feed the ducks at Vivary or we explore the wonders of Hestercombe Gardens. During the first half term we will use the school ground for exploration and ‘Welly Walks’ whilst we accustom ourselves to our new routines.

Sports Hall Session

Every Wednesday morning we take the children to the main sports hall where we use equipment big and small and provide the children with the chance to develop those all-important physical skills. Bats, balls, hoops, music, dance, movements, games and races are just a selection of activities your child/ren will participate in. We share this session with Pelican 1 Nursery (our Nursery Bubble).

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Housekeeping

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, please see a member of staff who can guide you through 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 or please feel free to e-mail these: Hhammond@kingshalltaunton.co.uk along with any other questions you may like answered.

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 or broken. To help to reduce the risk of Coronavirus we suggest that if your child requires a comfort object, they bring something that can remain in school therefore reducing the risk of spread of infection.

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.

Drop off and collection will follow a new format. Please arrive between 8am and 9am outside Nursery 1 (astro car park). Please maintain social distancing from other families, a Nursery member of staff will greet you and accompany your child into the setting each day. We require you to provide us with a collection time 1.00pm (Mornings only) and between 3.30pm and 4.15pm (4.00pm on Wednesdays) for your child so we can ensure that your child is ready at the end of their session. On collection please remain in the astro car park and a Nursery member of staff will provide a handover for you.

A Final Note

We work closely with the staff and children in Pelican Nursery 1 who are part of our Nursery bubble, this enables both Nurseries the opportunity to share resources and areas, enhancing opportunities for your child. You will quickly get to know all the Nursery Team.

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Nursery Room 1 Staff:


Room Leader and Key Person - Mrs Leanne Darlow
Key Person and Forest School Leader - Mrs Clare Masters
It is important to note that the Pelican Nursery Team (both Room 1 and 2) do work closely together and the children enjoy being able to access both rooms at different points during each week.


Nursery Room 2 Staff:


Room Leader and Key Person - Mrs Hannah Hammond
Key Person - Miss Lizzie Welstead



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