Welcome to Nursery (Bees)
Welcome to our class page. Here you can find information about what are key books are and some of the exciting things we have been doing throughout the half term. We also send regular updates on Class Dojo so if you are a parent of a child in nursery, then make sure you download the app and ask for your joining code so you don't miss our updates.
Start by meeting the team:
Timings - The nursery door opens from 8:30 and closes at 8:50. If you arrive after this time, please go round to the side gate and buzz the office. We open the gate at the end of the day at 3pm to allow parents with other children at school to speak to nursery staff if they need to.
Lunches - If your child qualifies for Pupil Premium funding, then their school meal is free. If not, you will need to pay for their school meal via the office. Alternatively, you can send them with a healthy packed lunch.
School uniform - Our school colour is navy and there is no requirement to wear our branded jumper. However if you would like a branded jumper or cardigan then please ask a member of staff. As you know, children in nursery often require a change of clothing throughout the day so it would be great if you could send a spare set with their name in to ensure that we don't run out of the nursery supply.
Drinks bottles - Children are encouraged to bring a bottle with either water or diluted squash to nursery.
Milk and fruit - All children are entitled to milk and fruit in nursery and we encourage the children to try new things (dairy free alternatives are available to let a member of staff know if your child requires this).
What does a week look like in Bees?
In the Early Years at Westglade, we follow a book-based curriculum which allows us to expose children to a wide range of texts throughout the year and support them with language development which is a vital building block to key literacy skills.
In nursery, we use continuous provision inside to support the development of our children using the Statutory EYFS Framework created by the DFE along with documents including Birth to 5 and Development Matters (see links below to these documents). We plan the provision to support the needs of the children in the class and use enhancements to focus on particular skills, interests and themes we are working on.
In addition to the continuous provision, we use small group sessions to directly teach a maths skill and share our key text. We use the principals of Phase 1 phonics when children first join us to develop listening and attention skills, preparing them for early phonics. Moving on from Phase 1, we follow the Read, Write Inc. programme inline with the rest of the school where our focus is on sound knowledge and blending.
We are incredibly lucky to have Singing Jane join us on Tuesday afternoons where we enjoy a group singing sessions with instruments.
In the Early Years, outdoor learning is a vital part of our provision and children can experience a mud kitchen, water, sand, a large construction area, climbing, potions station and large mark making. This often means we can get quite messy but the learning opportunities outside are truly endless.
The Autumn Term
During the first part of the autumn term, our main focus is settling children in either following the summer break or if they are completely new to our setting. We spend time showing them the nursery routines, allow them to explore the provision and understand how to use and look after our resources. Independent skills are a really important part of coming to school so we encourage children to have a go themselves but staff are always on hand to support if needed. It would be great if you could support us with encouraging your child to get dressed themselves (we know how tricky those socks can be) and how to get themselves undressed to use the toilet. We know that children are all different and develop at their own pace so please let us know if your child needs a little extra help in this area and we can work together to support them.
Our first book will be The Colour Monster. The book is all about helping children explore different feelings and begin talking about them. We will be encouraging the children to try and talk about their feelings in nursery and we would love it if you could do the same at home. At Westglade, we aim to support children in develop the skills to allow them to self regulate and that starts with them understanding what can happen when we feel different things.