Miss Odufuye and Miss Cascayan are supported by Miss Logan and Miss Promowicz.
At St. Helen’s we are committed to developing the whole child through a broad and balanced curriculum. We ensure that we cover all areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.
Click here to view the Nursery Curriculum Map.
We have designed a series of seven workshops that have been created to support parents in their understanding of different aspects of their child's learning and development. Each workshop provided parents with ideas that they could use with their child at home. We encouraged all parents to attend two workshops prior to their child joining the St. Helen's Nursery in September.
The seven workshops on offer to parents are
Learning through Play
Getting Out and About
About Being Catholic
Supporting Learning at Home
We recognise the extremely important role that parents play in their child’s education. We want to work in partnership to help parents develop their skills supporting their child’s learning at home. If parents would like any support with developing home learning please see Miss Odufuye or Miss Cascayan.
Every week we give you the opportunity to borrow a book and a toy from our learning library. In addition, the children’s home school books are an opportunity for you record and reflect on your child’s experiences outside of Nursery together. Please read as often as you can and a variety of books.
At the end of the Autumn and Spring terms parents are invited to our coffee morning. This is an opportunity to look at your child’s work and observations and to speak with the Nursery staff. The program 2simple allows us to send you detailed half termly photographs and observations via email.
The children in Nursery are assessed against the Development Matters Age Bands throughout the year across all Areas of Learning. Children enter Nursery at 3 years old (36 months at least) and therefore they are expected to start the year as secure within the 22-36 month band or beginning in the 30-50 month age band.
|22-36 s+/ 30-50 b||30-50
|30-50 s||30-50 s+ /40-60 b|
The children in Nursery are assessed against the Target Tracker bands to ensure all children are making good progress.
News & Photos
Minibeasts around the school
The children have been looking for minibeasts around the school. They found and took photos of all sorts of creepy crawlies; slugs under logs, ants in the grass and bumblebees in the flowers! Miss Cascayan helped them feed the worms too.
The Very Hungry
We have been reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar in Nursery. We went on a visit to the greengrocer to buy some of the fruit from the story. The Very Hungry Caterpillar ate through lots of food in one week which gave him a very bad stomach ache! We used our colour mixing skills to paint a picture of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and also made our very own Hungry Caterpillar books.
World Book Day
To celebrate World Book Day our nursery parents were invited to read some of their favourite stories with the children. Our Nursery children really enjoy story time but even more so when a story is shared by someone special to them.
Learning outside is snow much fun!
In nursery we moved the classroom outside to learn about the change in weather. The children were able to learn about the snow, what its made of and how it feels. They made pictures and sculptures as well as snow balls to throw at the Nursery staff. They also banded together to make a new snowman friend.
Nursery had a visit from the handprint theatre to help us learn more about our "People who help us" topic and how we can use our eyes, ears and hands to help others.
Our small world helps us understand more about the types of people in our local area that help our community.
Our role play area is a Doctor's surgery where the children have dressed up as doctors and nurses to help their class mates 'get better'".
These are websites that are useful for developing children’s skills in Nursery to complement their learning in school.
Letters and Sounds