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Nursery

Welcome to Nursery

2020/2021

It’s good to be in Nursery because we have lots of fun…………..

“Playing in the water”
“Doing drawing and writing”
“Playing with our friends”
“Being doctors and knights”
“Making things in the sand”

Online and Remote Learning – Seesaw Class App

All nursery children now have access to online learning via our Class Seesaw App and Minimash. The Class Seesaw app is a great way to stay connected to each other, everyday the class teacher will upload assigned activities, videos or useful weblinks to keep your child engaged and accessing EYFS curriculum.

Please use the link below to get your child set up on Seesaw. If you don’t have an access code please email Miss Goulbourn: egoulbourn@thomasgrayprimary.co.uk.

https://web.seesaw.me/platforms

Our School Day

Forest Bubble (Miss Goulbourn)

Children will access our Forest Nursery provision on a Monday and Tuesday. Please arrive dressed for Outdoor Provision on these days. They will access our Nursery Classroom provision on a Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

15 Hour Pupils

Monday – 8:30am – 12:15pm
Tuesday – 8:30am- 12:15pm
Wednesday – 8:30am – 12:15pm
Thursday – 8:30am – 12:15pm
Friday – Provision Closed

24 Hour Pupils

Monday – 8:30am – 2:30pm
Tuesday –   8:30am – 2:30pm
Wednesday –   8:30am – 2:30pm
Thursday –   8:30am – 2:30pm
Friday – Closed

30 Hour Pupils

Monday – 8:30am – 3:00pm
Tuesday –  8:30am – 3:00pm
Wednesday –  8:30am – 3:00pm
Thursday –  8:30am – 3:00pm
Friday – 8:30am – 12:30pm

Fairy Glen Bubble (Miss Bailey)

Children will access the Nursery Classroom provision on a Monday and Tuesday. They will access our Forest Nursery provision on a Wednesday and Thursday. Please arrive dressed for Outdoor Provision on these days.

15 Hour Pupils

Monday – 8:30am – 12:15pm
Tuesday –  8:30am – 12:15pm
Wednesday –  8:30am – 12:15pm
Thursday –  8:30am – 12:15pm
Friday – Closed

24 Hour Pupils

Monday – 8:30am – 2:30pm
Tuesday –   8:30am – 2:30pm
Wednesday –   8:30am – 2:30pm
Thursday –   8:30am – 2:30pm
Friday – Closed

Nursery Staff

Forest Bubble

Miss Goulbourn – Class Teacher
Mrs Davison – Teaching Assistant

Fairy Glen Bubble

Miss Bailey – Class Teacher
Mrs Hegarty – Teaching Assistant

Senior Leaders

Mrs Williams – Head of Early Years
Mrs Rimmer – Headteacher

Timetable

School Uniform

Whilst school uniform is not compulsory for Nursery lots of children choose to wear school uniform.

  • Sun hat
  • White polo shirt
  • Maroon sweatshirt
  • Jumper or cardigan
  • Joggers
  • Dark sensible shoes – Velcro only (no laces)
  • Wellington boots

If your child chooses to not wear uniform, they need suitable clothing for school and a change of clothes brought with them each day. Children play outside in all weathers so please ensure they have suitable coat and footwear.

Due to Covid-19 children need to come into school in a clean set of clothing each day.

All About Money!

Snack Time!

Throughout the week children will enjoy a range of healthy snacks including, brioche, crumpets, toast, yoghurt, biscuits cereal, milk and a piece of fruit. The charge for this is £1 per week.

Lunch Time!

If your child is staying in nursery all day, you can provide them with a packed lunch or school will offer them a free school meal. If they are leaving at 11:45 they will not be provided with a lunch for that day.

School Trips!

During the school year class outings are organised in connection with our ‘Topics’. You will then be asked to make ‘voluntary’ contributions towards their cost.

Charity Donations!

Throughout the year children are also encouraged to think of others and help by sometimes donating money for worthy causes such as Sports Relief, Red Nose day and other worthwhile local charities.

Other Information

All About Forest Nursery

This year we have decided to take the “classroom” outside and provide our nursery aged children with their very own forest school experience! As a school we understand the benefits of learning outside the classroom and know how important it is for children to express themselves freely. Playing and exploring outside provides children with a sense of freedom which is fantastic for their individual development, both physically and mentally.

The Forest School Approach

Forest School is a method of working outdoors with children, using the natural environment to promote social and emotional development. It is an inspirational process that offers all children opportunities to develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment. These learning experiences also help to develop children’s communication and practical skills, as well as developing a deeper understanding of the world around them.

Thomas Gray’s Forest Nursery

Our Forest Nursery is situated on the front field in the small wooded area. We have fitted the area with hammocks, tyre swings, trim trails, tyres, crates, pallets, mud kitchens, bug hotels, a fire pit and a range of den building facilities.

The children are in a safe environment where they can succeed, create and use Maths and Literacy skills without them even realising it! Through exploration and discovery the children are able to enjoy and self-initiate their own learning. Children are encouraged to calculate risk in a controlled environment and they learn cause and effect. They are given the opportunity and responsibility under supervision, to use tools and help be part of a team.

At our Forest Nursery children are encouraged to use their imagination and engage in imaginative play with natural resources. There will also be planned adult-led sessions however, the plans will be kept open and fluid so they can very much be guided by events, and by what the children want to do as each Forest School session will be unique.

Examples of the types of structured activities the children will do are:

  • Shelter building
  • Natural weaving
  • Natural art
  • Story telling
  • Safe tool use
  • Tree recognition
  • Animal tracks
  • Natural games
  • Fire lighting
  • Crafts
  • Cooking

We make the most of the unique resources available by using lots of natural materials, working (with appropriate levels of adult support) with tools and fires, and encouraging high levels of independence and team work.

Messy Play

Children will engage in lots of messy play activities, this is all part of their learning journey and they will go home very messy. Please can you provide a full set of spare clothes so we can change your child if needed. Ensure they have their names in.

Fine Motor

Each morning we will set our classroom up ready for your child to engage in a range of fine motor activities, this helps develop children’s writing skills and gets them ready to hold a pencil correctly.

P.E

Nursery will not be taught P.E by our P.E coach due to current Covid-19 regulations. Physical development will be incorporated into our daily activities and children will access outdoor areas during continuous provision to develop their gross motor skills.

Toileting

If your child is fully toilet trained, don’t worry if they have an odd accident from time to time. Sometimes they are engrossed in their play and leave it too late! Please provide your children with a full change of clothing so we can ensure they are clean and dry throughout the day.

If you are currently toilet training your child, we can work closely with you and encourage them to use the big toilet at school.

Homework

We encourage all children to read at home with their families. At the beginning of each week children will be able to take a story book home to share at home over the week.

Topic

For computing activities please click below for your children to visit ‘Mini Mash’ 

Nursery Gallery

 

 

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