Dear Parents and Carers
Hello and welcome to Nursery. Myself (Miss Lohan) and Miss Joyce who has joined us from Key Stage One, hope that you all had a fun and relaxing holiday. We are looking forward to seeing our returning Nursery children and welcoming our new additions to the Holy Name family. We hope they settle and make new friends quickly with the support of all the staff and the children’s friendly personalities.
We would like to introduce our team to you. We are Mrs Davenport, Miss Lohan, Mrs Elliott and Miss Joyce. As the Nursery and Reception classes are part of the Foundation team, we work very closely together. Mrs Davenport is the Foundation Stage Leader and lead teacher for Reception and Miss Lohan is lead teacher for Nursery.
Nursery is a very important phase in the Foundation Stage. We establish routines, rules and begin to support your child’s learning through practical activities. In Nursery, we like to work in small groups, which helps us to share, take turns and build positive relationships with our friends and adults. We role model and join in children’s learning so that they can build upon their experiences.
As part of our day, we meet in groups for Phonics, Number and Story. During these group times we are encouraging the children to listen, speak, take turns and participate in the activities. These are times where we work on speaking and listening skills and build upon having confidence to speak out in a small group and whole class. These group times also encourage children to develop their personal, social and emotional skills which are very important skills to enhance so that children can reach their full potential.
Phonic sessions take place every morning. We learn through exploring and listening to a range of song using musical instruments and our voices. Children have lots of fun finding, playing and describing the sounds of instruments. They access a range of ring games to build on following instructions and taking turns with other children. You can help your child to develop this by talking to them whilst at home or whilst out and about to discuss the different sounds they can hear and with encouragement discuss the sound.
Number time is very practical and enjoyable. We support their learning through songs, and rhymes, everyday objects, movable and non movable actions.
We Share stories as often as possible so that children can hear and repeat words and relate stories to their own experiences. At home you can help your child by sharing a book and talking about what they can see in the different pictures. It is also useful to discuss the different types of print you can see around the environment. Sharing a story everyday will really support and develop your child’s learning.
All children follow the Religious Education curriculum and learn new prayers and songs throughout the year. We work hard to teach children the sign of the cross and the school prayers. As a class we carry out circle times to discuss the work of Jesus and the world around us. We take time to reflect upon what we are thankful for and to say thank you to God for creating everything around us.
On entry into the Foundation Stage children require a period of time to settle and the transition time varies with each child to ensure that their individual needs are met.
The transition timetable for Nursery aged children is:
· An initial visit and 2nd visit with your child to help them become familiar with the adults and setting. We gather information about your child, for example, any allergies or likes/dislikes.
· Days 1 –4, your child will stay for a morning (08.55am – 11.45am) or an afternoon session (12.45pm –3.00pm).
· Day 5 – your child will have their lunch in school
· Day 6 – if your child has settled in they will stay for the full school day from 08.55am –3.00pm.
As a part of our Early Years curriculum, children take part in messy activities such as painting and using corn flour. They also have access to the water tray and can become wet during the day.
All Holy Name children wear school uniform (which should be clearly marked with your child’s name). We would also ask that you purchase a book bag at the school office so that we can effectively communicate with you.
Children are asked to bring with them:
· A spare set of clothes (trousers, jumper, shoes, socks and underwear)
· A coat with a hood on
· A rain mac and wellington boots
Please ensure that your child’s jumper, coat and clothes have their names on so they can be returned to you.
We welcome and value any feedback from you regarding your child and value our partnership with you. Please do not hesitate to ask questions to any member of the Foundation Stage Team and we look forward to discussing your child’s progress regularly.
Throughout the year we carry out workshops with parents where you are invited in to join in with group sessions and to take away activities which you and your child can enjoy at home.
We offer a book share where each week children are invited to take home a story book to share with you and to discuss what is happening in the story.
We are happy to celebrate birthdays and your child’s special day in school but ask that you please provide just a cake as party bags and other foods can cause upset amongst the children.
It would be very useful if your child is toilet trained before they come to school. If you are experiencing difficulties or would like advice please contact a health professional.
Thank you for your support. We are always happy to see you, especially if you have any needs or concerns about anything at all.
Welcome to our Foundation Stage Unit and we look forward to working with you throughout the year. Please check our school website (www.holyname.manchester.sch.uk) regularly as most of the information you will need will be there, however any concerns please approach a member of staff.
Miss Lohan, Miss Joyce and the Foundation Stage team.