Welcome to Nursery
A very warm welcome awaits in the Bramley Vale Nursery class. The children are supported and nurtured by Mrs Foston – the class teacher and the very experienced Higher Level Teaching Assistant – Miss Webb and Teaching Assistant – Mrs Roberts.
In Nursery our aim – First and foremost – is focused on settling the children into a predictable routine where they feel safe and happy. We use a creative and structured approach to delivering a play based learning curriculum where our children learn and thrive.
Our children are at the centre of all that we do with particular emphasis on their physical, social and emotional well-being, personal health and learning. We consider connections with family, communities, cultures and the natural world and how we can meet and respond to the needs of the child today and how we can lay strong foundations for their lives in the future.
We encourage the children to take part in our home learning activities. These are linked to our topic to create a good link between learning at home and in school. Please see the Learning Letter below for information about the project homework for this term. Please see our class timetable below.
T2 Mrs Foston’s Learning Letter
Read about what we have been up to in Term 1
Topic – All About Me
This topic formed part of the Bramley Vale CRAVE curriculum, which helped us to focus on History and our Family Tree. Firstly we tried to answer the question – Who am I? By talking about ourselves, our appearance, likes and dislikes we began to celebrate our differences. We will also started to think about our feelings and how to talk about them and know that it is Ok to have different feelings. We named, described and talked about families and looked at photographs from the past. Parents were invited into the school for an Art Workshop, where they helped their child create an amazing family tree.
Reading and Literacy.
We are always reading books in Nursery to really promote a love of reading. Books such as The Colour Monster helped us to understand emotions while Traditional Tales such as The Three Little Pigs, The Little Red Hen and Red Riding Hood helped us to understand the difference between right and wrong. This tied in nicely with one of the school’s values- Kindness. We have been starting to write our names and other words, and some of our nursery children have now started our Read Write Ink Phonics programme!
The Little Red Riding Hood
We really enjoyed reading our topic book The Little Red Riding Hood. We also learnt some Makaton along the way. We loved our walk in the woods as we learnt about the woodland animals that Little Red Riding Hood may have seen, and the hunt for the hidden owls, rabbits, hedgehogs, badgers and foxes.
The Three Little Pigs
The children have thoroughly enjoyed reading The Three Little Pigs and the activities in the classroom. They particularly enjoyed building houses using straw, sticks and bricks and pretending to be the Big bad Wolf. They huffed and puffed and tried to blow the houses down. They began to understand about cause and effect and the properties of different materials.
We have been working extremely hard to learn colour names, to recognise numerals and to write them, to understand positional language such as- on, under, next to, beneath, beside, between, create and repeat patterns, to understand the difference between tall and short, big and small and all the time use and understand mathematical language that will help prepare us for our school learning journey.
Understanding the World
The children have really embraced their learning and we are so proud. They have all settled extremely well into the classroom in just a short space of time and have made good friendships too. Together, we have been very busy leaning about our world around us in both the Bramley Vale Woodland and the classroom. Activities have included- baking gingerbread men and fairy Cakes for the Bramley Vale Macmillan Coffee Morning,