Last half term's Cornerstones theme 'Can we explore it?' was very successful. The children enjoyed learning more about their immediate environment, and also walked to Eccles. They visited Eccles Library, where they listened to stories and explored the children's library. They then caught a train back to Patricroft!
The theme for the second half of the Summer term is called 'Why is water wet?' The children will learn about water around them, and about other places where water can be found. The theme will end with a visit to a place where there is a lot of water- more details soon!
The children have sessions when they learn more about Maths, in addition to Phonics lessons. Literacy skills are taught in daily Topic lessons. The children also have an RE lesson once a week, and have a PE lesson with Coach Hall. In preparation for Reception, your child should should have a pair of black slip-on pumps in school. Your child will also need a PE Kit ready for when they are in the Reception class.
We will also prepare your child for the transition to Reception this half term. There will be Stay and Play sessions taking place during the half term. This half term, the Nursery day will increasingly be run along Reception lines, which will get the children used to the expectations in their new classes.
Please read with your child at least three times per week, and sign their Reading Record book. Children need to bring their book bag to school with them every day. Once a week the children choose a class library book to share at home. Your child will probably not be able to read the book that they choose- it is a book to enjoy. It is important that, in addition to listening to the story being read, your child has a chance to talk about what happens in the story, plus story characters. It is good to see the pictures that the children draw in the green Reading book that we also send home.
The children are set an enjoyable homework task each week, which complements their learning in school. Homework is set on Friday, and should be returned the following Wednesday. We do monitor homework returns, so please make sure that your child returns their homework each week. Please help your child to complete their task, but allow the homework to be your child's own work as far as possible. Reading is an important aspect of homework. Please ask if you require any support with this.
Our day starts at 8.45am. In the morning, we encourage parents and carers to spend a short time alongside their child to help them to make a calm start to the day.
The children's learning starts with self-registration, when the children practise copying their name from their name card. This is followed by Chat and Play. Each day has a pattern and routine; there are further details on the timetable that can be found on this page.
The school day ends at 2.50 for children in Nursery. At the end of the school day, please pick children up from Nursery before collecting older siblings. Please contact school if you are going to be late collecting your child, or if you are sending someone else to collect them.
A choice of snack and a drink of milk (or water) are available for your child at our Snack Table each day. Snack money must be paid for in advance via ParentPay. Alternatively you may choose to send in a small healthy snack (e.g. fruit or a bread stick) This needs to be in a small bag labelled with your child's name, please.
Please speak to a member of the Nursery team if you have any questions about snack. Water is available for your child to drink at all times.
Please make sure that your child has a full set of spare clothes on their peg. As you can imagine when learning out doors children can quickly get dirty and messy! We can easily change the children if we need to when there are spare clothes on their peg.
Please don’t forget to include: underwear, socks, shoes or pumps, a t-shirt, trousers or skirt and a jumper or cardigan. Please send these items in a carrier bag labelled with your child's name.
These clothes do not have to be school uniform, but should be something comfortable for your child to wear. If your child is changed at school and goes home in the change of clothes, please send the clothes back into school as soon as possible. Thank you!
Also, it would really help your child (and us!) if they can change into these clothes themselves.
In Nursery all of our children are special and unique and we appreciate the importance of building strong relationships with the children and families that we work with. Our children are divided into Key Worker groups. As a parent there are lots of things that you may want to share about your child with us at the beginning of the day such as if they are feeling poorly, if they haven’t slept properly, or if something has upset them, for example. You are welcome to share this with your child’s Key Worker and they will ensure that your child has a good day at Nursery.
Thank you to all those parents who are now registered to use Tapestry; we hope that you are enjoying seeing the evidence of your child enjoying their learning journey! If you are not yet registered, please speak to a member of staff who will be able to help you get signed up.
The Nursery Team