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Nursery

Miss Burch is supported by Mrs Aylwin, Miss Staniszewska (Trainee Teacher) and Mrs Elannouti

Curriculum

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.

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Nursery Workshops

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

Getting Organised
Potty Training
Teaching Talking
Learning through Play
Getting Out and About
Being Healthy
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 Burch 

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.

Parental engagement

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. 

Nursery Expectations

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.

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The children in Nursery are assessed against the Target Tracker bands to ensure all children are making good progress. 

News & Photos

We have been learning all about animals / minibeasts that hatch from eggs. We can tell you all about butterflies, chickens, turtles and frogs. Someone said, 'Snails and Slugs lay eggs' so here we are begin explorers looking for their eggs'. Not even a bit of rain can stop us.

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The Nursery children have been busy at home enjoying learning with their families. Baking, gardening, cheering for the NHS and participating in the whole focus themes e.g Exploring what is outside their windows. celebrating the Month of Mary, making books, musical instruments and much, much more.

World Mental Health Day. We know that when we are feeling sad or worried, we can tell someone we love.

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Forest School Fun - We love being outside, learning about God's wonderful world, growing things and appreciating all the pretty flowers and wonders of nature.

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Learning about ourselves - When the skeleton came to visit, we learnt all about the bones in our bodies and then made our own skeleton. We used lot's of bones. Enjoying shapes and number games.

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Being Creative - There is always lots of opportunities to 'make and do' at school. We have to really concentrate and pay attention to detail.

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Baking - Baking is always lots of fun. We have to read the recipe, measure the ingredients and be patient. The best part is eating what we have cooked.

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We love to build things, using our imagination and challenging ourselves. This builds our self-confidence and perseverance skills.

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Book Worms - 'We love reading at St Helen's', whether it be inside or outside, with our friends or by ourselves.

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Useful Links

These are websites that are useful for developing children’s skills in Nursery to complement their learning in school.

Starfall

Website: https://www.starfall.com

 

Splash Learn

Website: https://www.splashlearn.com

 

Pbkids

Website: https://www.pbskids.org

 

National Geographic

Website: https://www.kids.nationalgeographic.com

 

Switch Zoo

Website: https://www.switchzoo.com/

 

ICT Games – Maths and Literacy games

Website: https://www.ictgames.com

 

Teach Handwriting
Website: https://www.teachhandwriting.co.uk/

 

Letters and Sounds

Website: http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/

Busy things
Website: http://www.busythings.co.uk/

Jolly Phonics
Website: http://jollylearning.co.uk/

Teach Handwriting
Website: www.teachhandwriting.co.uk/

Phonics play
Website: www.phonicsplay.co.uk/

Computing games
Website: http://www.ictgames.com/index.html

Topmarks
Website: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/

Cbeebies
Website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies