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Nursery Information

The Foundation Stage is the period of education from the age of 2 – 5 years, covering Nursery and Reception classes.   his is a distinct stage with its own developmental milestones which most children should reach by the end of the Foundation Stage.

The Nursery offers both full time and part time places with up to 44 children per session and is split between Tiny Gems (2-3 year olds) and Little Jewels (3-4 year olds).

Session Times

Morning session:            9.00am – 12.00pm

Afternoon session:         12.30pm – 3.30pm

Full time session:            9.00am – 3.30pm

The cost of the full time place is £135.00 per week.

Breakfast Club is also available to Nursery aged children:

7.55am – 9.00am at a cost of £17.50 per week. 

Autumn Newsletter

We would like to take this opportunity to welcome you all into St Mary’s CE family. All the children are settling very well in the nursery and we would like to thank you for your support in making this as easy a process as possible for everyone. We will continue to support the children in growing their confidence and independence in these early days.

With endless possibilities we hope that there will never be a dull moment in the nursery. We plan to create individualised education p rogrammes through open-ended, play-based experiences that will prepare children for school life. We will work to help the ch ildren to develop the skills they need to think creatively, work collaboratively and problem solve. We will also encourage th em to develop the resilience needed to keep going when things do not work out and to have the confidence to try new things and ask questions.

At St Mary’s, we strongly believe that engagement is the key to early learning. Whilst children are fully engaged in play, our team will interact with them to help the children develop a range of skills including numeracy, literacy, science and creative thinking. Ab ove all, we seek to instil a love of learning in all of our children.

Tiny Gems

This term’s topics are “Settling In” and “My Family” after the half term holiday. Can we please have family photographs for our display board?

Please check bags for nappies and wipes. Please bring a spare set of clothes for your child. Please name all coats and wellingtons and can you put a label on buggies so that the staffs know whose buggy is whose.

Parent consultations for the autumn term will be confirmed later in the term.

General Reminders

  • In the cold weather please provide wellington boots and a waterproof coat
  • The school has a no jewellery policy and earrings should be studs only please
  • Please name all clothing to avoid loss and confusion – please also ensure that your child has a change of clothes at nursery at all times as this makes any toileting accidents much less traumatic for them as they are settling in.
  • We would be extremely grateful for a voluntary contribution of £5 per term to allow us to buy items for cooking and gardening with the children.
  • Please can we also have boxes of tissues for the start of the cold season.
  • We will shortly be beginning our library on Wednesdays, please try to ensure that all children have their book bags on these days.
  • We hope to have a whole nursery trip to the Postal Museum in Kings Cross on Monday 25th November – more details to follow.

Little Jewels

Our topic this term is Why do you love me so much?, during which we will be learning about what makes us all unique, finding out more about our local area, learning how to care for ourselves and others and thinking about how we can show kindness. Alongside this, and throughout our provision, we will provide many opportunities for learning more about Numbers, Shapes and Colours, as well as a wide range of imaginative, creative and mark-making opportunities. To promote a love of reading and writing, we will be introducing Helicopter Stories, where we will be scribing children’s own stories for them to act out.

We will also lear n a poem a week through the Poetry Basket scheme, using actions to retell the verse. In addition, we have already begun introd ucing skills, such as story mapping from our school Talk 4 Writing scheme to retell our favourite books. Each week we will have a focus book. Copies of our story maps and poems can be provided if you would like to support your child with retelling the story/poem at home – please ask one of the team for copies.

In Religious Education, we will begin by learning about the Creation Story and thinking about Harvest, linking this with our work in revamping our allotment area and learning about where our food comes from.

After half term, our topic is Why are leaves so crispy?, in which we will be learning about the changing seasons and the world around us b efore moving on to focus on our RE theme of the Christmas Story.
Parent consultations for the autumn term will be confirmed later in the term once all the children are settled.

Phonics:

We will begin Phase 1 of our phonics programme after half term. Please support us by talking to your children about what noises they can hear in the environment such as aeroplanes, fire engines, birds chirping, animal noises and, in the home, washing ma chines, buzzers, doorbells etc.

General Reminders

  • In the cold weather please provide wellington boots and a waterproof coat
  • The school has a no jewellery policy and earrings should be studs only please
  • Please name all clothing to avoid loss and confusion – please also ensure that your child has a change of clothes at nursery at all times as this makes any toileting accidents much less traumatic for them as they are settling in.
  • We would be extremely grateful for a voluntary contribution of £5 per term to allow us to buy items for cooking and gardening with the children.
  • Please can we also have boxes of tissues for the start of the cold season.
  • We will shortly be beginning our library on Wednesdays, please try to ensure that all children have their book bags on these days.
  • We hope to have a whole nursery trip to the Postal Museum in Kings Cross on Monday 25th November – more details to follow.

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UPCOMING DATES

October


Wed 4th Church Lane Disco 6pm
Wed 9th Lime Class Assembly. 2.30pm
Fri 11th PSA Committee meeting #2 –Church Lane
*NOTE-Rectory Gardens Disco(11th Nov)is postponded until the Spring Term
Wed 16th Individual School Photos
Wed 16th Harvest Assembly 9am at Rectory Gardens. All welcome!
Wed 16th Emerald Class Assembly 2.30pm
Fri 18th Open Morning for prospective Reception parents. 9.15amat CL
Fri 18thFinish for half term HALF TERM
Mon 28th TAD day –teacher training. School closed to children
Wed 30th Coffee morning/Early Reading workshop for CL parents. 9am at CL
Wed 30th Ruby Class assembly 2.30pm