Welcome to the Easby Nursery!
Teacher: Miss Strawbridge
Teaching Assistants: Mrs Gittings and Miss Feeney
Nursery at St. Albans
Our aim is to create a happy and caring environment that enables children to succeed as unique individuals. We provide a safe and secure surrounding, where the children are stimulated and inspired to develop their love of learning. We have high expectations and aspirations for all our children, with a genuine commitment to ensure that our children get the best possible start to their learning journey.
We use Development Matters to support learning in Nursery. Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge, and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development. Our first priority for children in Nursery are the three Prime areas.
- Communication and language
- Physical Development
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
These prime areas are most essential for your child’s healthy development and are the building blocks of all future learning. As your child grows, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in the four specific areas.
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design
Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside. The 7 areas of learning as set out by Development Matters are used to plan your child’s learning in school. You can find more information about this on our long-term plan below:
Please make sure that your child’s belongings are clearly marked with their name so that they can be easily recognised.
Snack time/Water bottles
The snack table is available to children throughout the day. They can enjoy fresh fruit, water, and milk. Children are encouraged to have a drink from their own water bottle – please ensure that this is sent in daily and has your child's name on it.
Physical development is part of our daily routine, however, we do have an allocated time slot in which the children participate in an additional physical educational activity. This takes place every Friday. Please ensure your child comes to school dressed in their PE kit and has the correct coloured top on for their house team.
Your child’s Learning Journal celebrates their experiences and 'wow' moments. Over time it will tell a story about your child – their learning, friends, and the experiences they enjoy sharing with others. We watch and notice each child at play because it helps us to understand and support their individual well-being and development. We really get to know the children as unique people with special skills, interests, and ideas. The more we understand about your child, the better we can support them in the way that is right for them. Though the journal is mainly added to at school it belongs to you and your child and we think that it is important for them to take the Learning Journal home so that you can share in your child’s learning. You are welcome to add photographs and notes about the things your child does at home, when you tell us about your child a clearer picture unfolds, and together we can plan more effectively to help your child’s learning and development.
Settling into Nursery!
We have been so proud of how well the children have settled into Nursery. They have been exploring our new classroom and outdoor area, making new friends, and learning our routines.
We're Going on a Bear Hunt!
We have loved our Bear Hunt topic this half term! The children have acted out the story, visited our classroom cave, enjoyed a sensory bear hunt, and sequenced the pictures from the book. We even went on a bear hunt in Forest School. We learnt about cave paintings and had a go at making our own cave art.
Today we learnt about France! We made and ate our own croissants, used Google Maps to find out how far away we are from France, and looked at the colours of their flag. We talked about the different types of transport we would need to get there and even learnt how to say hello in French - Bonjour!
Each Peach Pear Plum
Our focus book this half term is Each Peach Pear Plum! We learnt lots of nursery rhymes and enjoyed the stories of each character in the book. We role played in the three bears cottage and sung Jack and Jill went up the Hill while doing a colour mixing experiment in Forest School!
Chinese New Year
We have been celebrating Chinese New Year in Nursery! We learnt all about the traditional lion and dragon dancing and had a go ourselves! We also listened to the story of the great race and made our own lanterns. We have been using our restaurant role play to practice our chopstick skills!