Nursery

Welcome to the Nursery (NH) Page!

Each week our page is updated with our weekly information in the form of PDF files at the bottom of this information.

Rated “Good” by Ofsted

The Foundation Stage

Nursery and Reception are very important years for children. It is where they will learn many new skills from leaving their parents, making new friends, learning letters and sounds, how to count and recognise numbers, being independent at dressing, using their bodies to move in different ways through being active and being creative. All of our learning takes place both indoors and outdoors and is carried out in a very fun and practical way.

Our Nursery class is lucky to have Mr Harrington, an Early Years Specialist teacher, to support their learning and development in a fun and engaging way.

The remainder of our Nursery page contains lots of handy advice about the Early Years Curriculum, Nursery learning expectations, maths learning opportunities, phonics information and resources, and our Nursery daily time table, including financial advice.

Curriculum

Our provision and learning opportunities reflect the Early Years Curriculum – ‘Development Matters’.Click on the following link to access this document: Development-MatterAt our school, we believe in setting high expectations so the children can grow as learners. Here is a set of ‘Ideal Expectations’ which we aim for the children to achieve by the end of Nursery. If they can achieve these this will help them to thrive in their Reception class and further.

Ideal Expectations for a child reaching the end of Nursery

Please remember that all children develop at different rates…

Personal, Social and Emotional

  • To be confident and resilient within themselves.
  • To understand and carry out school behavioural and certain social expectations.

Physical Development

  • To move confidently, with stability, in a range of ways
  • To hold a pencil correctly using a ‘tri-pod’ grip
  • To be able to copy some letters
  • To hold and use scissors correctly.

Communication and Language

  • To speak in clear sentences
  • To be able to write their name.
  • Be able to sound and write some letters, particularly s, a, t, p, i and n.To begin to confidently explain their knowledge to a range of people.

Reading

  • To be consistently reading with a grown-up at home.
  • To have a selection of favourite stories and describe them.

 

Writing

  • To be able to write their name.
  • Be able to sound and write some letters, particularly s, a, t, p, i and n.

Maths

  • To count from 0-10
  • To count objects accurately from 0-10
  • To match numeral with quantity from 0-10
  • To recognise numbers from 0-10
  • To recognise a circle, square, triangle and rectangle.

 

Understanding the World

  • To be curious about the world, ask questions and attempt to explain why things are the way they are, or why they are happening.

 

Expressive Art and Design

  • To know and sing some familiar Nursery rhymes
  • To be confident with using junk modelling
  • To begin to express their creativity and imagination in a variety of ways, such as song, dance, painting, role-play and construction.

Setting the foundations for a young child’s learning has a massive impact throughout all of their education and into their adult life. As guardians (parents/teachers etc) we are not only their caregivers but their first teachers.

 

Maths Learning Opportunities

Shapes are everywhere. Anything can be counted. Look at the picture below and see how much learning is featured…

“Look, there’s a kite in the sky! It’s red”

What shape is it?

“Er, it’s a triangle.”

How do you know it’s a triangle?

“It has 1, 2, 3 sides and… 3 corners.”

Can you see any other triangles?

“1, 2, 3!”

Have you ever flown a kite?

“Yeah! I flew it in the park with mummy and Tim.”

The following are activities and everyday examples of learning opportunities. When completing an activity with your child, let your enthusiasm rub off on them. You can make a seemingly boring everyday scenario fun if you are excited about it. The child then feeds from this pleasure and learns through enjoyment. Remember to constantly praise their attempts and positive learning.

With numbers, try and always link numeral to quantity.

Some of these activities can take a little preparation but remember you only need to look around any house to spot a learning opportunity. You may be cooking…

“Jimmy, we need 2 onions to make our spaghetti Bolognese. Can you get them for me please?”

Here is just an ordinary washing machine in a kitchen. What learning opportunities and you spot? Remember shapes, numbers and counting opportunities are everywhere!

 

 

 

 

 

Phonics

Like many adults you were probably not taught phonics at school. The following resources will help you to familiarise yourself with phonics that children learn in Reception. At our Nursery the ideal phonics expectation is for a child to know the sounds in their name and the letters s, a, t, p, i, and n. These letters help a child to spell their first words. How many words can you make from the letters s, a, t, p, i, and n?

The following sound mats will show you the sounds we will be teaching children throughout the year in Phases 2 and 3 of Letters and Sounds.

Phase-2-sound-mat

phase-3-sound-mat

Link to phonicsplay.co.uk (This website has some good free games which you can play at home to support your child’s phonic knowledge.)

Link to phonics Youtube (This link will support you with pronouncing the sounds in which we teach children in their phonic lessons.)

P.E is held on a Monday.

Our Nursery Session Timetable and Financial Advice

The following table outlines the Nursery timetable of sessions and the relating prices.

Weekly Timetable: Monday – Friday

Morning Lunchtime Afternoon
Session 8.45am-11.45am 11.45am-12.15pm 12.15pm-3.15pm.
Time per session 3 hours ½ hour 3 hours
Cost per session £10 £2 £10

The lunchtime session will cost £2 per day. This will cover staffing supervision time. Your child is still welcome to bring in a packed lunch for the session, but if you would like them to have a dinner provided by the school canteen, there will be an additional standard school charge of £2.30, bringing the total to £4.30 per day at current lunch prices. The lunchtime session will need to be purchased or you will need to pick up at 11.45am and return your child back to school at 12.15pm. Session times and charges are in line with local providers in and around Bungay. Please note that the lunch sessions are not covered by the thirty hours funding.

Please remember that every child who is three years of age is entitled to fifteen hours of free child care commencing the term after their third birthday. Under certain special circumstances, they may be entitled to thirty hours free. If you are unsure whether you are entitled to these free additional hours, please follow the link below to the official government website.

https://www.gov.uk/help-with-childcare-costs/free-childcare-and-education-for-2-to-4-year-olds

In order that we put nobody in a position of financial debt, we ask that you pay for your child’s sessions in advance. You will receive your first payment invoice during the first week your child attends school.

If you have any further questions regarding any sessions and financial information, please feel to speak to Mrs McCallion (School Business Manager) who will be happy to discuss any matters during a meeting, upon request.