Miss Cascayan is supported by Ms Logan and Miss Odom.
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 Outcomes.
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 Cascayan.
What you can do to help
- Talk to your children about daily activities so that they hear language all the time. Children learn language very quickly if they are using it all the time.
- Take your children to the park and allow them time to socialise with other children of a similar age.
- Read a story to your child at bedtime every day.
- Talk about letters and numbers on posters that they see in the environment or on buses.
Home –School Library
We have a small library available for children and parents to choose books together for reading at home. You and your child change the book on a weekly basis.
We also have a learning library, where you can borrow activities to enjoy together with your children at home. We ask that when your child is using borrowed items that a parent or carer works with them to enhance learning and avoid them from getting damaged or losing pieces.
The Learning library includes puzzles, games, painting equipment, drawing equipment and play dough equipment.
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 Pre-school staff.
Pre-school Expectations and Assessment
There are 2 types of assessments carried out during the children's time in Nursery using the Government non-statutory guidance materials - Development Matters and Birth to 5. Firstly, there's Formative Assessment which is on-going, the staff do this on a daily basis through observations and conversations with the children to make decisions about what they have learnt or can do already so as to help them move on in their learning journey. Secondly there are Summative Assessments, these are carried out at certain points of the year and are used to track attainment and progress.
Photos and News
Pre-school has reopened for the new academic year and we welcome our youngest students to St. Helen’s. The children have been settling in well as they begin their new friendships with their classmates. All the children are enjoying their time exploring and discovering all the new fun ways of learning in Pre-school.
The children explore and play in their new classroom. Building their confidence with their peers and making friends, as they share their new experiences together.
Soft Play and Sensory room fun
The Pre-school children enjoy discovering new ways to play and learn. They have enjoyed their visits to the soft play and sensory resources we have at St. Helen’s. Here they have been able to exercise some of their physical development skills in the soft play room and introduce new was of learning by experimenting with their senses using a variety of toys from the sensory room.
The children have been introduced to our Forest school lead, Miss Morgan, who has taken them on an adventure to the pond area where they have been learning about the creatures that live next door to our Pre-school. The children were very curious and inquisitive as they found tiny baby newts or as one child referred to them as “baby crocodiles”.