Friday, 16 June 2017

Firstly I must apologise for last weeks blog as it had huge photographs on it for some reason. Its always easier to blame the computer than myself so I will try harder this week to get it right.
We are all very settled in the unit and it feels like we never left. The interaction between the children is fantastic and we have a wonderful mix of children who are engaged at appropriate stages in relation to their development. We have all been observing this and are providing resources to extend their play. I feel that the nursery children are benefiting from a larger group as this has allowed them to expand their friendships which in turn has helped them engage in different activities that they would not have accessed previously.
We have sent home library books this week so could you make sure they are returned no later than next Thursday when your child will be able to choose another book. If you can help to run our library then please speak to myself or Miss Jaeger.
Next week is going to be very busy. We have our induction evening for our existing parents and our new parents who will be joining us in September. We will also be having our annual sports day on Thursday. I have put some information about this on the door so please read it so that you have an idea of what is happening. You are all invited and we hope that the weather will be kind to us.
Have a good weekend.
Mrs Robinson:)

Friday, 9 June 2017

What an exciting week we have had in Foundation. The children have settled very well and have enjoyed opening boxes and exploring their new surroundings.  We have spent a lot of time discussing how we play and learn in the new unit and the children been involved in many decisions that we have made. We have been talking about holidays and travelling as we have an airport in the room. The children have made tickets and boarding passes and have been using their writing skills and phonics knowledge to help their friends travel to the right destinations. I think Mrs Horsewood got tickets to fly to Japan.

Next week we are going to continue with this theme and extend the children’s learning and experiences as they travel.

I have put together some information that may help you understand the benefits of combining Nursery and Reception classes together. I hope this will help but please speak to me if you have any concerns or questions as I will be happy to discuss this with you.

What are the benefits of working as a Foundation Unit?

Children can move through the Foundation Stage curriculum at their own pace with Reception children getting support, if needed, at an earlier level and Nursery age children progressing through to later stages, if they are ready. Continuity and progression are ensured.

The Unit further benefits children as they are in the same part of the school for a longer period of time. This makes the first few years of education a time of emotional security which builds confidence and reduces the disruption which may be caused by transition. Children have familiar routines and work with the same team of familiar adults. Staff will know children and families very well, making it easier to cater for their needs.

We believe our play based curriculum reflects the children’s interests and needs whilst developing positive attitudes toward learning.

A major benefit of working as a Unit is that children are able to work on adult lead activities that are appropriate for their stage of development. We can arrange groupings so that children learn what they need to learn, when they are ready to learn it. Nursery children may work alongside Reception children if is appropriate and vice versa. Groupings are more flexible to benefit the children’s individual needs and learning styles and staff can provide opportunities that are challenging and meet individual needs.


Learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

Children will learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.

All children will be following the EYFS curriculum at a stage appropriate for their age and development.

Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating his/her understanding through seven areas of learning and development.

Children should mostly develop the three prime areas first. These are:

  • Communication and language
  •  Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development
    These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning.
    As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in four specific areas. These are:
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  •  Expressive arts and design


These seven areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. The professionals teaching and supporting your child will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs. This is similar to a curriculum in primary and secondary schools, but it's suitable for very young children and it is designed to be really flexible so that staff can follow your child's unique needs and interests.

Have a good weekend

Mrs RobinsonJ


Friday, 26 May 2017

Our final week in the main building is over and we are ready to head into our new environment. The children have had a visit and all seem very excited. I am including the letter I sent out to all the parents just in case anyone didn't see it. I hope you all have a great week and we will see you after the break.

Dear Parents,

We are delighted to be moving into our new Foundation Unit on Monday June 5th. Please drop off and pick up your child at the normal time. We have an entrance area for the children to hand their coats. This area will have their learning journeys in for you to access at any time. The children are very independent with their coats so please can you continue to support this by letting them hang their coats up by themselves.

Miss Jaeger and I will be available at the beginning and end of the day to talk to parents. Our outdoor area has been seeded so can you please make sure that the children stay on the tarmac. This will hopefully become established during the summer holidays. In the meantime we will be using the temporary nursery garden for our outdoor curriculum.

We hope you have a lovely half term and look forward to seeing you in our new Foundation Block.

Mrs Robinson

Friday, 19 May 2017

We have had a very exciting week with lots of experiments going on in our classroom and around the school. We had a Professor Bubble in on Tuesday and the children had the opportunity to experiment with many different bubble making activities. We also learned about balloons and the different gases that make them rise or fall to the ground. Mr Spring demonstrated different things that can be done with balloons and also made some elephant toothpaste using chemicals. We have also done our own science experiments and spent time looking at floating and sinking. The children were asked to try things at home in the bath so please help them out if you can.
On Friday we watched the Hungry Caterpillar assembly which was performed by reception. The children enjoyed this as they are familiar with the story.
Next week the nursery will still operate from the hall but I will let you know as soon as I have a date for our return to the new setting.
Have a great weekend.

Mrs RobinsonJ

Friday, 12 May 2017

We have finished making our own mini foundation unit and the children have enjoyed playing in it. Jake and Harris carefully used the electric drill to screw the wood together and Mr Mills helped us to keep the wood level and straight. We will be taking the building over to the new setting when it is ready. Paul the builder is going to come and inspect it for us with his hard hat on.
We have enjoyed sharing the story of the Hungry Caterpillar with Reception this week and we will be spending more time with this story next week.
Next week is walk to school week. The children will get a sticker each day they walk to help complete a map. We will be talking about healthy choices throughout the week. It is also science week and the children will be involved in lots of science activities including a visit from a bubble man which sounds very exciting.
Have a good weekend.
Mrs Robinson:)

Friday, 5 May 2017

This week we have been focusing on our beanstalk which has now reached the ceiling. The children have written letters to the giant and we hope he will come and visit over the weekend. We have been using our outdoor space a lot this week and the children have been climbing trees and making dens. These activities are really good for the children as they learn to take risks and problem solve, it also enables them to work together to create new areas within the grounds. Hopefully the weather will continue to be dry so that we can enjoy our time in the temporary playground.
Next week we are going to be making our own playhouse with the left over wood from the new building. Watch this space!!!!
Have a great weekend
Mrs Robinson:)

Friday, 28 April 2017

We have had a very exciting week as we can all see our new building. I took some photographs of it arriving so that the children could see it actually happening. We have also received a present from a giant who has given us some magic beans to plant. We planted them and we now have a beanstalk growing inside our nursery. The children have been drawing pictures and writing letters to the giant to see if he would like to come down and play with us. We are all excited to see how big it will grow with our magic water every day.
Next week we are going to continue with the theme of 'Jack and the Beanstalk' and hope that we can develop their creativity further.
We are going to have a lovely long weekend. Hopefully the weather will be ok.
Mrs Robinson:)