Nursery Session Times
Option A: 15 hours Free Nursery Entitlement Term Time Only
Monday 9.00am- 3:15pm
Tuesday 9.00am – 3:15pm
Wednesday 9.00am- 11:30am
Option B: 15 hours Free Nursery Entitlement plus Wednesday afternoon childcare at £20, Term Time Only
Monday 9.00am- 3:15pm
Tuesday 9.00am – 3:15pm
Wednesday 9.00am- 3:15pm
We accept childcare vouchers for the Wednesday afternoon session. For more information please see a member of staff.
The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum
The Early Years Foundation Stage is the curriculum covering children’s development form birth until the end of the Reception year. We support children to make their own play choices where practitioners join in with children’s play and observe their interests to extend learning. Children also take part in adult led activities to help develop specific skills, to provide new learning experiences and to inspire new interests. The EYFS is made up of seven areas of learning and development. These are all related to one another but divided into Prime and Specific Areas.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
This area involves helping children to build their self-confidence and to develop a strong sense of themselves. Children are supported to develop their social skills, to form positive relationships and respect for others. Children’s emotional well-being is nurtured by helping them to understand and manage their own feelings and behaviour.
Communication and Language
This area develops children’s confidence and skills in listening, understanding, speaking and communicating.
This area involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; developing their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
This area focuses on learning the skills needed for reading and writing. Through a range of contexts children explore rhymes, songs, sounds, stories and mark-making opportunities.
This area supports children to develop their understanding of numbers, calculating, shape, space and measures.
Understanding The World
This area supports children to make sense of their physical world and their community. Children have opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
Expressive Arts and Design
This area supports children in developing their creativity through exploring a range of materials and media to express themselves. Children are encouraged to explore and share their thinking, feelings and ideas in music, art, movement, role play and technology.
Dressing and Clothing
We encourage children in Nursery to develop their self-help skills. To support children’s independence with toileting, dressing and undressing they should wear clothes and shoes they can easily pull on and off. Clothes should also be comfortable and practical. It is essential to make sure your child has the correct clothes and footwear to play outside in all weathers.
- A set of spare clothes
- Baby wipes
- Water bottle
- Waterproof coat
- Wellies (these can be left next to your child’s peg)
- Sun hat and sun cream
Please label your child’s clothing, wellies and water bottle.
We Love the Outdoors
Being outdoors has a positive impact on children’s sense of well-being and helps all aspects of children’s development. It gives children first-hand experiences to explore the natural world and provides a space for children to be physically active. Outdoor environments also offer opportunities for doing things in different ways and on different scales than when indoors.
We had a wonderful time on our boat trip exploring Bristol's Floating Harbour and the local area. We especially enjoyed waving to other people on boats, looking for wildlife and making lots of noise as we travelled through tunnels. Thanks to everyone who was able to help!
Nursery have been minibeast hunting in our school garden where they made some very detailed observations. We also liked looking at the different plants that are growing and even noticed that some strawberries have started to turn red!
As part of our learning about the world around us We have been finding out how plants grow. We have planted our bean seeds and are taking care of them by watering them regularly. We have been making observations of how they are changing where some plants are starting to grow leaves! We are enjoying singing our new counting song called 'Five Little Peas.' We had great fun exploring inside pea pods and counting how many peas there were.
So far this term we have enjoyed exploring a variety of books about bears. We especially enjoyed retelling the story of 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' by Michael Rosen. Our home corner has transformed into the Three Bears Cottage where the children have enjoyed pretending to be different characters in their play. We are becoming really confident joining in with repeated phrases and loved retelling 'Goldilocks and The Three Bears' using a story map. We all took part in making porridge, mixing the ingredients together and making observations as the porridge cooked over the hob. It was very exciting when the porridge started bubbling and steaming. After reading the story 'Whatever Next' by Gill Murphy we all made a healthy sandwich to take to our teddy bear's picnic.
Thank you for the huge effort everyone made for World Book Day. We had a fantastic time dressed up and finding out which story characters we all were. The children also loved visiting the school library and choosing a book to enjoy at home. Take a look at our wonderful day below.
Following the children’s interests we have been finding out about sea animals. Children have enthusiastically shared their own knowledge and experiences. The children showed great listening skills as we explored the story ‘Rainbow Fish.’ This story links to our PSED curriculum where we discussed the importance of sharing. We have also been exploring the colours of the rainbow where the children used paint to create their own rainbow fish.
We are especially enjoying the pizza role play area this term. The children are developing their communication skills by talking and acting out experiences with others. They have been very busy taking orders, cooking and serving food. We have had a great time using our fine motor skills to make our own homemade pizzas too.
The children have thoroughly enjoyed taking part in retelling the story of ‘The Three Little Pigs’ and ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff.’ They especially enjoyed dressing up and getting into character to act out the stories.
Following the children’s interests we have been finding out about life on a farm. We have explored the types of animals that live on a farm and learnt some interesting facts too. We have also discovered how farmers care for animals and grow food.
We have been finding out about the celebration of Christmas and have been sharing our thoughts about people who are special to us. We have also been thinking about other children in the world in need where together we packed a gift box for families living in poverty in Southeast Europe. We shared ideas about gifts that we would like to receive and drew them in a letter to Father Christmas. We had a wonderful morning walking to the postbox to send our letters.
This term we have been developing our self-help skills where we are doing a brilliant job at getting our coats and wellies on independently. We really like helping ourselves to fruit and a drink at the snack bar and are fantastic at taking responsibility for keeping the area clean.
We loved using our senses and getting messy by exploring the inside of pumpkins. We have begun to explore where our food comes from and how plants grow. We have had so much fun acting out experiences in the doctor's role play area where we are developing our turn taking skills.
We have had a wonderful first term in Nursery making friends, learning new routines and having lots of fun exploring a wide range of activities. We are especially enjoying playing with the vehicles, manipulating play dough and using our imaginations in the home corner. Outside we like throwing and chasing balls, reading stories and splashing in the rain water. We have very much enjoyed exploring The Gruffalo story showcasing are wonderful paintings in the West Bristol Arts Trail.