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Earlsfield Primary School

Nursery

Updated January 2024

Welcome to Nursery!

Nursery is taught by Niki on a  Monday to Friday and Dinusha on Wednesday. They are supported by Sue and Souad throughout the Nursery day with additional support over the lunchtime period from Mandy and Khola.

Nursery teachers can be contacted via yearn@earlsfield.wandsworth.sch.uk (This email address is not for nursery admission queries)

As per school policy, the year group emails are always checked before and after session times. Urgent messages during session times should be directed via the main school office to ensure we receive them promptly.

 Welcome to the Spring term! 

The whole team has expressed their gratitude for all the support we received last term. We are very proud of where our children are now and this is the result of the positive parent partnerships we have. We are very grateful for your ongoing support and trust in what we offer in the Nursery. 

Spring term focus: 

In Early Years, stories underpin much of the learning that takes place and if a child is able to retell familiar stories they will be able to use these concepts in their own writing in subsequent years. We will be using traditional tales to support the children’s learning this term. Through hands-on play the children will develop their understanding of characters, settings and story sequence as well as mathematical language related to size and position.

Questioning also plays an important part in understanding stories, you can do this at home too. Asking: Why does the character feel this way? What do you think will happen next? How would you feel if … ? We are very impressed with how our children engage in Storytime and we know this will continue throughout the coming weeks.  

This term the nursery children also begin their phonics learning. This takes place through the introduction of sounds using the Read Write Inc programmes devised by Ruth Miskin. (RWI) Once the children have been introduced to the sounds, they will bring them home to share with you. As with any new learning, it is important to remember that children learn at different rates and they need time to explore and play with sounds in order to embed this new knowledge. Make it fun and this becomes much easier. 

We will continue to base our learning on the children's interests after half term so keep reading the newsletter to find out more. 

While engaging in fun, play based activities the children will continue to develop  positive relationships as we model sharing, turn taking and how to express our feelings. All adults will be busily engaged in quality interactions to support, explain and promote positive relationships within the group. 

How can you help us?

Without support from our families the Nursery year cannot be a success. Please help with the following:

  • Keep up to date with any school correspondence and make a note of any dates relevant to Nursery. 
  • Ensure that your child only brings in items that we have agreed, including a full water bottle each day.  
  • Keep a check on your child’s clothing to ensure it is named and that you are following the Nursery uniform policy.  

 

We look forward to another successful term. 

 

Kind regards

The Nursery Team

 

At a glance information

In the Nursery we operate an indoor/ outdoor curriculum which means that children can access the outside space when they choose too. This promotes independence as the children are able to make choices and explore many new experiences each week. 

As the doors are always open please support us by ensuring your child is always dressed appropriately for the weather. This includes both applying long lasting sun cream at home before Nursery on very sunny days and always ensuring they have a jumper and coat in school as the weather can change. We have wellies in the nursery that the children wear in the mud kitchen so they do not need to bring their own. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please use any of the following to find your answer:

Check the Frequently asked questions in the brochure sent with your admission paperwork.
There is a wide range of information available on our school website, please use this resource in the first instance and familiarise yourself with where key info is found.
Email the teachers directly through our year group email address yearn@earlsfield.wandsworth.sch.uk.

Throughout the year the children will have music sessions with our specialist music teachers; Mr Robin Hopcroft on Wednesday and Mr Felix Glen on Friday. Alongside music, the children will be involved in Wellbeing sessions in the form of yoga and meditation. These sessions will encourage the development of focus, attention and control over their bodies. Music and yoga will be taught on a weekly rotation to enable all of our children to engage in these sessions.

We are here to work with you to give your children the best start to their education at Earlsfield. As always, if you have any questions please do get in touch with us directly via, yearn@earlsfield.wandsworth.sch.uk 

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