Mrs Harper, Miss Lingard, Mr Walton, Mr Morgan, Mrs Creeton
welcome you to our nursery page.
The Early Years Foundation Stage is the framework followed by the nursery setting. The cycle of observation, then timed intervention, then evaluation from a further observation supports learning in nursery.
We cross reference our observations with the stages of development within the seven areas outlined in the guidance and also listed on Early to Primary Essence. We look for a 'best fit' and determine whether a child is emerging, developing or secure.
Children all have different starting points with children starting at 22-36 months or 30-50 months. We also support children who are younger or have special education needs who may match younger stages of development.
The missing areas are mapped during the evaluation of the assessments. Staff then use this information in their teaching.
September and October
We welcomed back the 2 to 3 year olds who are now our 3 to 4 year olds.
We welcomed new families all with children who have 3 to 4 year olds. This included parents welcome meeting, nursery visits, home visits and staggered starts.
After a successful pilot last year accommodating nursery children all day, in September we have our first 7 children who attend either 28 hours or 31 hours. This leaves 1 place to be allocated in November for January.
Throughout the first term staff used observations for the 3 to 4 year old baseline. In November we aim to support parents gaining access to the information on the schools Primary Essence web site.
The children have explored seasonal themes and we have visited Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
The half term finished with Halloween.
Our usual Nursery Online Questionnaire will be ready for after half term to ask you about your experience while your child settled at school.
November and December
We started with the schools art week using the story of Cinderella. The children have tried on lots of shoes. Were looking for the missing one!
With a quick fly to the moon with our story What Ever Next. Eating a picnic on the moon was enjoyable.
The new families meet at the end of November and are looking forward to January. They visit on the Tuesday, home visit on the Wednesday and then start from the Thursday.
Mrs Creeton our newly appointed member of staff joined the team. Mrs Creeton is working with morning nursery.
We are looking forward to a Christmas Treat at the Fairway next week, a sing a long, Father Christmas visiting and a Christmas Party.
We break up on the 20th December 2017 as the Foundation Staff are updating First Aid Training for 2 days. The rest of school remains open on Thursday 21st December and closes so that other key stages can do a one day first aid update.
We welcomed a new intake in January which filled the few places. The new starters were quick to learn from the September starters. The half term was short and we explored winter as a theme.
The staff are very proud of both sessions. We have children who enjoy sharing nursery with each other. They adjust well to the routines. They are showing signs that they can participate in small groups. Listening first and recall later on. We had a term exploring animals. An increasing number are no longer using a palmer grasp. Many are creating recognisable letters when mark making. The changes to the reading area is encouraging more children to enjoy a book during the session. Awareness of numbers is happening in group time and in continuous provision. The children enjoy helping staff keeping themselves safe when they tour the environment. The children would like to remind parents to please close the gate after leaving.
After 36 years Mrs Scholes retired and we wished her well. Those who had Mrs Scholes now have a key person either Mrs Harper or Mr Morgan.
The staff enjoyed a twilight prior to the holiday. We explored observations and a discussion on how we can make changes to enhance learning. Families will get to see the changes this term. The self registration has moved into nursery to encourage wider participation and reduce the impact of an overcrowded cloakroom. Reading led by the children is now part of the process when arriving. Continuity is coming with a change in the staff rotation. What happens outdoors on a Monday has an opportunity to develop with the same member of staff.
This term we have spent time in maths focusing on shapes and measures. We have explored positional language, length and shape.
With literacy we have spent time focusing on rhyme and traditional stories.
In previous months we encouraged children to use 'show me' as a technique to encourage all children to engage. This term we have added thumbs up if you agree, down if you disagree.
Outdoors the children are using marks for meaning whether its to write your name for a trike, arrows for directions, or naming places to visit. Children were supported through role modelling how to request fuel for the trikes etc.
Shared thinking was also encouraged with problems that required solutions. The hose is not long enough to reach Nellie. The road is blocked is there another way. etc The children drew arrows for directions, they joined drain pipes to transport the water, they build walls.
The INSET day involved visiting various settings. A Reception class at Gawber and a private setting at Horizon. Followed by some staff development with the two childcare apprentices.
We are using the train ride as a starting point. Striving to help children be secure 30-50 or beyond for the final term.
From 'The Train Ride' we arrived at the seaside. 'The Stone Boy' was our fine themed story for this academic year.
At both concerts the children demonstrated their learning journey and showed those attending why we are so proud of them.
School ready because they can participate in small groups and large groups. They can make marks for their names and the majority can form some recognisable letter shapes. They can represent numbers by showing the correct number of fingers. They can recognise significant numerals and some are writing these numbers they see. They can sustain attention to complete a story. They are learning to ask questions and to provide relevant responses. They can put their coats on and off without an adult to help. They will respond to routines through song. They do enjoy browsing books and choosing to draw without an adult nearby. They do use their understanding of acceptable and unacceptable behaviour and regulate themselves accordingly. They are ready for activities that will help them achieve that early learning goal at the end of Reception class next year.
Over the summer holiday they have the opportunity to learn from the landscape beyond the classroom. Barnsley library is open throughout the holidays and a weekly visit to choose a book would support them with their desire to enjoy a book. Reading from the environment is also another skill for their tool box. It says ASDA. It says Morrisons. It says apples on the packet. Reading is not confined to books and is everywhere if children are supported to look.
Please remember that a child who is involved is a child who becomes independent. Helping around the home is fun but also supports learning. Peeling an orange, a banana or other fruits. Unscrewing a lid. Picking up small objects.
Those who are confident writing their first name can practice their surnames over the holidays. Beyond name writing they can explore writing notes to mum, dad, sisters and brothers. Writing for purpose is key. Im writing a card. Im writing my name as its my turn. Im writing a list of people who I want to play with.
Exploration of their surroundings during the summer holiday will be used when they return to school. The extended experiences they gain will support them in the classroom. Playing in the garden or at the local park. Walking to the shops. Travelling on a bus or train. The bus to Yorkshire Sculpture park and Cannon Hall Gardens. The train to Elsecar Park. All these we did in nursery this year. Then there are other places such as the 66 bus to Wigfield Farm. Walking to the Cooper Gallery or Barnsley Museum.
The nursery staff would like to say a big thankyou to parents and carers who have worked in partnership with us throughout the year.