Nursery Room 1 | King's Hall School Taunton

Nursery Room 1

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Happy Michaelmas Term 2020!

We hope you are all well rested and are ready for an exciting Michaelmas term ahead. We welcome both old and new faces back to Nursery 1 and look forward to helping you all settle in to nursery life.

We are going to explore a few different topic areas with the children this term. We plan to cover the themes of ‘All About Me’ and ‘Winter’, exploring a wide variety of activities.We also highlight the importance of allowing children to develop their own preferences and interests, whilst their key person is close by to support and develop their own curiosities.

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Our Daily Routine

Our Daily Routine


During your child's time at Nursery, their Key Worker will work closely with them, helping to settle in by planning a variety of child-led/adult-initiated activities, focusing on the three prime areas of learning.

8.00am-8.30am: Early morning, child-initiated activities
8.45am: Circle time
9.00am: Adult-led activity
9.15am: Child-initiated activities
10.15am: Snack time
10.30am: Outside play
11.00am: Child-initiated activities
11.45am: Letters and sounds activity
12.00pm: Lunch time
12.30pm: Quiet time
1.00pm: Well walk/outside play
1.15pm: Child-initiated activities
2.00pm: Circle time
2.15pm: Child-initiated activities
3.00pm: Snack time
3.15pm: Child-initiated activities
4.30pm: Tea Time Club
6.00pm: End of day

Uniform Information
What to Bring and to Wear

What to Bring and to Wear


Monday Forest school: Please send your child in old home clothes which are suitable for the forest. This includes: long sleeve t-shirt, jumper, long trousers, warm socks and sensible footwear.

Tuesday PE session: Please bring your child in school uniform and sensible footwear.

Friday Nursery outing: Please bring your child in uniform and sensible footwear.

To be kept in nursery at all times:

Wellingtons boots, waterproof coat and trousers, warm hat, scarf and gloves for cold weather, sun hats for warm weather.

All school uniform to be named please (including shoes, wellington boots).

Curriculum

During Michaelmas Term our 2 main topic areas are:

‘All About Me’ during the first half of term and ‘Winter’ the second half of term.

During your child’s time in Nursery it is vital for us to concentrate and work closely on the 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.

​PRIME AREA: Personal, Social and Emotional Development.

​PRIME AREA: Personal, Social and Emotional Development.

Activities to include:

  • Activities to encourage settling in and understanding the routine of the day, independence, concentration, confidence and social skills (sharing and turn-taking);
  • Circle Time;
  • Learning and understanding of Nursery Golden Rules;
  • Creating awareness of own feelings;
  • Being considerate of other needs and opinions;
  • Working as a team during large group times;
  • Sharing, retelling and acting of stories;
  • Taking part in the Nativity.
​PRIME AREA: Communication and Language

​PRIME AREA: Communication and Language

Activities to include:

  • Development of speaking and listening skills;
  • Understanding: Exploring different cultures and different countries;
  • Following simple instructions;
  • Circle Time;
  • Small group activities;
  • Role play area;
  • Weekly outings;
  • Exploring our family tree;
  • 'All about me'/winter stories.
​PRIME AREA: Physical Development

​PRIME AREA: Physical Development

Activities to include:

  • Weekly sports activities;
  • Mark making and using tools for craft;
  • The use of small and large equipment to develop fine and gross motor skills;
  • 'All about me' drawings;
  • Winter dough exploration;
  • Leaf printing.
​SPECIFIC AREA: Literacy

​SPECIFIC AREA: Literacy

Activities to include:

  • Talk 4 writing based activities;
  • Song and rhyme time;
  • Listening to stories and facts using the interactive computer;
  • Song board;
  • Singing with puppets;
  • Music time with Mr Dayus-Jones;
  • My artwork;
  • Elmer/'All about me' story books;
  • Firework drawings.
​SPECIFIC AREA: Understanding the World

​SPECIFIC AREA: Understanding the World

Activities to include:

  • Forest School: Animal care and plants;
  • Daily school routine;
  • Exploring ICT toys and equipment;
  • Exploring the interactive table/board;
  • Environmental walks to look and discuss what we see and hear;
  • Small world toys;
  • Igloo role play;
  • Firework celebrations;
  • Christmas celebrations.
​SPECIFIC AREA: Expressive Arts and Design

​SPECIFIC AREA: Expressive Arts and Design

Activities to include:

  • Role play areas;
  • Movement to music;
  • Dressing up;
  • Variety of songs;
  • Elmer collages;
  • Ice cube paints.
​SPECIFIC AREA: Mathematics

​SPECIFIC AREA: Mathematics

Activities to include:

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

  • Counting;
  • Sorting;
  • Exploring puzzles;
  • Positional language;
  • Exploring and playing with shapes;
  • Environmental shapes and patterns;

Did you know?

As always, our Medium Term Planning, which details activities and experiences, is accessible on the ‘Parents Notice Board’ in Nursery Room 1. Please feel free to take a look, and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask any member of the Pre-Prep team. Please also remember that we endeavour to develop the children’s own personal interests through ongoing observations and child-initiated play, and that we add these spontaneous moments to your child’s learning journal on tapestry which we encourage parents to look though, enjoy and comment on. In the foyer of the Nursery Room 1 we also have a whiteboard which is updated weekly with all the daily adult-led activities which your child will experience throughout the week at nursery.

Key Person

Key Person: Your child will be assigned a key person who will be responsible for conducting observations that are placed within an Early Years Foundation Stage pathway, which continues with your 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. In Nursery, we also spend a short time each day as a key group, but it is important to highlight that we work very closely with all children, across both Nursery Room 1 and 2, so please feel free to speak with any member of the team.

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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! • 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 storage box. 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.

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 Gardens. Due to Covid 19 the nursery trip will be on hold until further notice but will aim to offer this experience as soon as it is safe to do so. I would like to take this opportunity to say how lucky we are at Kings Hall to such wonderful grounds, so on a Friday the children will be taken on an adventure (Welly walk) around our grounds.

Sports Hall Session

Every Wednesday morning, we take the children to the main sports hall where we use equipment, big and small. and provide them with the chance to develop those all-important physical skills. Bats, balls, hoops, music, dance, movement, games and races are just a selection of activities your child(ren) will participate in. It is also worth noting that we share this session with Pelican 2 Nursery.

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. 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. (If you have any questions please ask) Please provide any nappies, wipes and creams in your child’s bag or if it is easier you may bring these in bulk and we are happy to store them at Nursery in our nappy changing area. Please can you leave two sets of spare clothes in your child's bag due to accidents, water play etc. As the weather is getting colder and wetter please ensure that your child has the appropriate clothing/shoes to ensure their comfort during the day. Please provide your child with sensible shoes/trainers, a warm/waterproof coat, waterproof trousers and welly boots; this will ensure your child will get to experience all activities.

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A Final Note

We work closely with the staff and children in Pelican Nursery 2, 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. Again, if you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We hope you enjoy the term ahead!

Nursery Room 1 Staff:


Room Leader and Key Person: Mrs Leanne Darlow
Forest School Leader and Key Person: Mrs Clare Masters

Nursery Room 2 Staff:


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

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 the week.

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