Nursery - Mary Rose

Welcome to Waycroft Academy Mary Rose Nursery

(3 and 4 year olds)

Table of Contents

Welcome ……………………………………………………………………………....1

Meet the team …………………………………………………………………….2

Settling in, dropping off and collecting………….……………...3

Times of sessions ….……………………………………………………………3

The Curriculum ……… …………………………………………………………..4

Topics…………………………………………………………………………. …………5

Daily Routines …………………………………………………………… ………..6

ILD……………………………………………………………………………… ……..….7

Child Protection…………………………………………………………………….8

Forest School   ………………………………………………………… ….…....9

Key Workers………………………………………………………………………..10

Parents’ Meetings………. ……..…… …… ……………………..………….11

What to wear……………………………………………………………….….....12

Intimate Care………………………………….………………………………..…13

Trip to Court Farm……………………………………….…………………….14

PE……………………………..…………………………………………………………….15

Lunch……………………………………………….…………………………………….16

BLP/ website and links

1. Welcome to Waycroft Academy Nursery

 

We believe that every child deserves the best possible start in life and we are committed to supporting them to reach their full potential, building solid foundations on which to expand and foster a deep love of learning.

Learning through play is at the heart of our approach to teaching and learning in the Early Years. Children learn best from activities and experiences that interest and inspire them, and we aim to provide children with stimulating, active play experiences through which they can explore and develop their learning to help them make sense of the world.

As parents, you are your child’s first educators. Your child is already an experienced learner, bringing from home a great deal of knowledge about themselves and their world. We hope to be able to work in partnership with you to build on, and extend your child’s developing skills, interests and experiences. We hope that you find this booklet useful. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries.

3. Settling in, dropping off and collecting

When bringing your child to nursery, please can you help them to hang up their coat and bag, and put their picture in the pot to register. You are welcome to help them find an activity to do, and stay until they are settled. If they find it difficult to leave you, we are able to help, as often a quick goodbye is less stressful for both child and adult. Please ask us to support you if this is necessary.

At the end of the session we call each child to meet their adult, ensuring that all leave safely. Please do not encourage your child to get up and come to you if we have not called their name. If another adult is going to be picking up your child, please can you notify one of the staff, and if possible provide us with a photograph if it is not somebody that we know. If you have to change who is picking up during the session, please phone the school office, so that they can notify us of this. We will NOT let your child go with an adult unless you have told us.

Polite notice – please could you encourage older or younger siblings to wait by you when dropping off and collecting, and not play with the nursery equipment. Thank you.

Times of Sessions - Mary Rose                     

                      Full Time       Morning only   Start of week   End of week

Monday           8.45 – 3.30       8.45 – 11.45        9.00-3.00

Tuesday          8.45 – 3.30       8.45 – 11.45        9.00-3.00

Wednesday     8.45 – 3.30       8.45 – 11.45        9.00-12.00          12.30-3.30

Thursday        8.45 – 3.30       8.45 – 11.45                                   9.00-3.00

Friday             8.45 – 11.45      8.45 – 11.45                                   9.00-3.00

Please ensure that your child arrives promptly at the start of each day, so they don’t miss out on our welcome session.

 

  1. The Curriculum

Our Nursery Classes follow the curriculum as outlined in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) document.

The four guiding principles that shape our practice are:

  • Every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
  • Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships
  • Children develop and learn well in enabling environments, where their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents / carers.
  • Children’s learning and development occurs in different ways and at different rates.

Areas of Learning

The EYFS framework sets out seven areas of learning and development, all of which are important and interconnected.

Prime Areas of Learning

The prime areas are crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning. They build children’s capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive, and consequently are our main focus in our nursery settings.

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development – Making relationships, Managing feelings and behaviour and Self-confidence and self-awareness
  • Physical Development – Moving and handling and Self care
  • Communication and Language – Listening and attention, Understanding and Speaking

Specific Areas of Learning

 

The specific areas of learning develop essential skills and knowledge for children to participate successfully in society.

  •          Literacy – Reading and Writing
  •          Mathematics – Numbers and Space, shape and measures
  •          Understanding the world – People and communities, The world and Technology
  •          Expressive Arts and Design – Exploring and using media and materials and  Being imaginative

These areas are delivered through a balance of adult led, adult framed and child initiated activities.

Characteristics of Effective Learning

The EYFS also includes the characteristics of effective learning, which highlight the importance of a child’s attitude to learning and their ability to play, explore and think critically about the world around them.  These characteristics lay the foundations for future learning at Waycroft, where BLP is embedded in our practice, enabling children to talk about their learning and recognise the skills that enable them to learn.

The characteristics are:

  • Playing and Exploring – children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’
  • Active Learning – children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements
  • Creating and Thinking Critically – children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things

 

 

 

5. Topics

At Waycroft we explore a wide range of themes throughout the academic year. Through play and activities your children will learn about many things including the seasons, other cultures and festivals as well as introducing literacy and numeracy.

 

Term 1     Once upon a time……..

This term our priority is to get to know the children and help them to settle into the nursery. We provide opportunities for children to play together allowing them to develop their social skills and teach them how to share and take turns. Our topic focuses on traditional stories that the children can learn to tell using signs and actions. We will also celebrate harvest, collecting and distributing produce to Bluebell Gardens. We will also be exploring the role of the police, and thinking about appropriate ways to play with others.

Term 2     Let’s have a party

This term will start with a focus on the role of firefighters, and how we can keep ourselves safe on bonfire night. We will also focus on what and how we celebrate. Using stories as a basis for our learning we will explore Kippers Birthday and The First Christmas. We will also find out about Penguins through both fiction and non-fiction books. At the end of the term we will have a party, decorating our classes, preparing food, and joining in traditional party games with our friends.

Term 3      Bears!

This term will start with a visitor coming to join us in nursery! He will need to be looked after and will need a friend to take care of him each evening. He will have a special diary where he can write what he gets up to. Throughout the term we will explore different stories about bears, including Whatever Next, and Peace at Last, as well as finding out about Polar Bears. We will also explore the role of being a vet. At the end of the term we will go on a Bear Hunt, bringing our bears to nursery for a day, exploring our outside area.

Term 4       Dear Zoo

This term will start exploring how Chinese New Year is celebrated. We will create Chinese music, dance with ribbons, and act out the story of the Great Race. We will then use Dear Zoo to explore different wild animals, from lions to elephants. We will end the term exploring what comes out of an egg, and hopefully our own eggs with hatch in our incubator!

Term 5      See how they grow!

During term 5 we will spend time tending our small allotment, exploring planting seeds and watching them grow. We will use stories to explore this theme, including Jack and the Beanstalk, and No Dinner. At the end of the term we will visit Court Farm.

Term 6     Creepy Crawlies

Our final term celebrates all things that live in our school grounds. We will spend time going on bug hunts, looking for spiders, slugs, snails and ladybirds. We will read stories linked to our learning, including Aargh Spider and What the Ladybird Heard.

The final three weeks will have a water theme, exploring leaky pipes, boats and fish. We will read Billy’s Bucket, and explore the many things that live in water. We will also spend time thinking about the importance of water, and how it is important not to waste it.

 

For more details of our topics, please visit our school website.

 

 

6. Daily routines               

Routines are very important for our nursery children, helping them to understand what is coming next in their day, understanding what they will be expected to do during each part of each session, whilst helping them to be more responsible, independent and confident! We share our routine together at the start of each day, using a visual timetable.

Structure of the day

Children hang up their belongings, self-register using their picture card and engage in an activity of their choice.

A short welcome session (singing our welcome song), where the visual timetable is shared, followed by a key worker group session, developing a skill, or exploring an activity linked to our theme or topic.

Free play inside the nursery, exploring a range of activities linked to our topic. From term 3 children will use our planning cards to select and complete activities.

Whole class focused session developing language and literacy skills

Inside and outside play

Snack time in key worker teams, exploring a number based activity

Circle time / music session

Lunch time

Afternoon self-registration

Group phonic activity

Inside and outside play

Snack time

Story time

End of session                                                   

 

7. ILD

 

In nursery we use ILD (interactive learning diary) to capture and record the observations made as children explore and learn. By the end of Term 1, a secure access to the Parent Portal will allow you to view your child’s progress at any time. This will enable you to become fully involved in your child’s learning and development through active participation.

 

8. Child Protection

We take the safety of all our children very seriously, and ask that NO mobile phones are to be used when entering school or classrooms.

9. Forest School

Most children are fascinated by nature and love all the experiences of being outdoors. So we offer a termly Forest School session for our children, to give them opportunities to develop confidence and team-working skills through learning outside. Learning outdoors has been described as one of the most powerful kinds of learning, for boys and girls, as well as one of the healthiest. As a nursery situated in a town, we are lucky to have a great outdoor area in which we practise our forest school skills.

 

Things to look forward to:

Term 1

The helpful hedgehog – making mud hedgehogs, helping hedgehogs hibernate, making leaf kebabs.

Term 2

Feeding the birds in wintertime – water and glitter painting – threading bird feeders

Term 3

We’re going on a bear hunt – problem solving – following clues

Term 4

Egg hunt – following clues – decorating eggs naturally

Term 5

Colours in nature – collecting colours on sticky pads – rubbing colours on fabric

Term 6

We’re on a creepy crawly hunt –making bug homes – observational drawings

                                                  

10. Key Workers

A key worker is a named member of staff with responsibilities for a small group of children, helping them to feel safe and cared for. They respond sensitively to children’s feelings and behaviours and meet emotional needs by giving reassurance and supporting the child’s well-being. Once all children have settled into nursery we will let you know who your child’s key worker is. We look forward to building a positive partnership with you.  

We are always happy to speak to you, whether it is at the beginning or the end of a session, or on the phone if this is more convenient. It might be that we need to phone you after a session, but we will always try to contact you the same day.

 

11. Parents’ Meetings and PLODs

Formal parents’ evenings are held twice a year, which provide us with an opportunity to focus on your child’s strengths and areas for development. We will share your child’s PLOD (possible lines of development) with you, which identifies the next target your child needs to develop.

 

If you wish to speak to us at another time about your child’s achievements, progress and/or emotional well-being, please let us know and we will arrange a meeting at a mutually convenient time.

 

12. What to wear

We encourage all children to wear school uniform, encouraging children to feel part of a team.

Girls:

 Grey or black skirt, trousers or pinafore dress,

 Summer dress in summer

 White polo shirt or blouse,

 School jumper or cardigan

 School shoes – suitable for outside play

Boys:

 Grey or black trousers, or shorts in summer

 White polo shirt or shirt

 School jumper

 School shoes – suitable for outside play

 

Children may also bring a pair of wellington boots to nursery in a named bag, which can be kept on their peg.

 

Please send your child to nursery each day prepared to play both inside and outside. Whatever the weather we will be outside, so a waterproof coat for wet weather, scarf, gloves and woolly hat for the cold, and a sunhat for the warmer weather are essential.

 

Please make sure that ALL clothing is clearly labelled.

 

13. Intimate Care Policy

We encourage all children to start school without nappies but we will support children struggling with this. An intimate care policy must be signed before children start in our setting if they are still in nappies when they start, and will require changing.

If your child is likely to have an accident, and require changing, we would appreciate a spare set of clothes to be kept in their bag.

 

14. Trip to Court Farm

In Term 5 we will be visiting Court Farm.

We will travel by coach, where Farmer Edward will greet us. After leaving our bags and coats in a safe area, we will be taken on a tour of the farm, where we will find out about the different animals that he cares for. In the large barn, we will watch as Farmer Peter milks Jodie the cow, and then we will help to feed the lambs.

We will have a picnic lunch together, and then after playing in the large castle, we will be able to have a tractor ride.

It is always a great day out!

 

15. PE

Each Wednesday we will go to the hall to take part in a PE session. During the year we will use the large apparatus to develop our climbing, balancing and jumping skills. We will develop ball skills, as well as explore dancing to music. PE kit is not needed. We start the year just taking shoes and socks off, but as we begin to use the large apparatus we wear our pants and white school top. If you would prefer your child to wear shorts, please put them on under their school uniform before coming to nursery, as our time in the hall is limited.

Things to do to help your child……..

encourage taking off and putting on shoes and socks

pull sleeves and trouser legs the right way ready to put on

16. Lunch

If your child is staying at nursery all day, they will need to select a meal from our menu. In the nursery you will find a large display, with a range of healthy choices to pick from each day. Please can you place your child’s photograph in the space underneath the meal of their choice.

At 11.30am we will walk to the dining hall, where we will sit as a group, eating together and developing social skills. We know that your child might need support during this time, so we have dedicated staff to help and encourage where appropriate. There will be a quiet activity for children to join in with whilst waiting for their friends to finish.  After lunch, we will have time to play together in our Mary Rose outside area, until we return to our nursery classes ready for our afternoon session at 12.30pm.

Things to do to help your child…..

encourage sitting at a table to eat

learn how to hold and use a knife, fork and spoon

 

 

If you would like to view the menu from home, please visit our website.

 

 

Contact Us

Waycroft Academy

Selden Road

Stockwood

Bristol BS14 8PS

( 0117 377 2198 / 0117 377 2608

Fax: 0117 377 2285

info@waycroftacademy.com

www.waycroftacademy.com

 

Executive Headteacher: Tracy French

Head of School: Lisa Craig

EYFS Team Leader: Alison Ferguson

2 Year Old Lead: Teresa Verrinder