Foundation One (Nursery)
Children start nursery the term after their third birthday.
They will be offered five sessions per week, either morning or afternoon.
We ask for children to be dropped off or collected on time and for parents/carers to call to let us know if your child is unable to attend the session.
Learning in the Foundation Stage
Learning through play and investigation is at the heart of what we do in Foundation at Creswell C of E Infant and Nursery School. Learning is carefully planned to ensure opportunities to learn new skills, apply them and consolidate these across the different areas of the curriculum.
In Foundation 1 & 2 we plan and support the seven areas of learning outlined in the EYFS Framework. The three prime areas cover Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language and Physical Development. The four specific areas cover Literacy and Mathematical Development, Understanding of The World and Expressive Arts and Design.
Children are supported and encouraged to become independent learners; selecting resources, developing ideas and collaborating with peers to challenge their thinking. Our learning environment is child centred and both our Indoor and Outdoor environment planned around children’s interests and stage of development.
Children participate in small group activities daily to introduce new concepts and develop skills in phonics (early reading and writing), mathematics, thinking skills, problem solving skills and collaboration.
We have 6 learning topics a year and the children are involved in planning and developing ideas for these topics through the use of group discussion and mind mapping. Staff then incorporate the children's ideas so that the topics meet their needs and interests.
Our topics this year are:
'Where we live and all about me', 'If you go down to the woods', 'Winter Wonderland', 'Down on the farm', 'Mad about minibeasts' and 'I do like to be beside the seaside'
We would like to ensure that we continue to provide education for your children at this uncertain time.
Whilst school is closed we would like your child to access and complete the weekly learning challenges via our class dojo system.
The weekly activities will be set every Monday.
We would love to see any completed work via the children's portfolios on Class Dojo! Children can accumulate points for trying hard at home.
We will be accessible on Class Dojo to respond to any photos, comments or questions.
We hope you all remain well and we will keep in touch with any updates to the situation.
Home Learning Week 2
(Ideas to help with writing, phonics and number)
Why is my child finding it difficult to write the letters in their name?
Not all nursery children are ready to start writing letter shapes at the same time. This is because certain gross motor (big physical movements) and fine motor (small scale movements) skills need to be developed first. Please look at the suggestions from ‘Derbyshire County Council Every Child A Mover’ for activities to help your child’s physical development. Youtube has lots of useful videos for encouraging children’s physical activity for example Tumbletots (if you have younger children) PE with Joe (for older siblings), Cosmic Yoga and Dough Disco. Try to include at least one of these in your daily routine.
Why is my child finding it difficult to recognise letters?
Before we start teaching any letter sounds in nursery the children do lots of Phase 1 phonics activities. These are basically speaking and listening activities as children need to be able to make lots of different sounds with their bodies and voices including recognising rhyming words and the rhythmic patterns of speech. They should also be able to hear and say the sounds in words for example the word ‘cat’ has three sounds c, a, and t before they will recognise these letters. (Look at the ideas below for activities you can try at home). If your child is showing an interest in learning letters please start with the sounds in their names or family members. You could also try the following apps: Teach Your Monster to Read or Jolly Phonics as they teach the sounds in the order that the children will learn them when they start school in September (Ladybirds and Spiders).
- Alliteration I spy Checklist.pdf
- Alliteration I Spy Game.pdf
Why is my child finding it difficult to remember numbers?
Again number recognition is only a small part of your child’s mathematical development. When we teach children to recognise numbers we help them to understand what each number means (the value of numbers). At nursery we have been watching Numberblocks Series 1 which you can also share and discuss with your child at home. (See link below).
Children should also learn about Maths in their everyday world and in meaningful contexts for example ages on birthday cards, door numbers and in recipes when baking. They should be encouraged to talk about the shape and size of objects all around them, to sort and match objects and make patterns.
What should I do if my child refuses to do the activities or finds them difficult?
Please remember learning should be fun and children are more likely to remember an activity if they enjoyed doing it. Try to make the most of learning opportunities when they arise by encouraging the children to learn more about the things that they are interested in. If you start an activity and it is not going very well, try something different or go back to it later. Most children respond to praise. Let them know that it is important to try their best and that you will be there to help them. Also remind them we’ll be looking forward to finding out how they got on. Take a photo and send it to us on Class Dojo as a portfolio and all they nursery staff will be able to see their work.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar story can be found here: https://youtu.be/75NQK-Sm1YY
Home Learning Week 4
Thank you for all the creative caterpillar and brilliant butterfly photographs. We hope you enjoyed learning about the Very Hungry Caterpillar. The home learning activities for next week are based on another Eric Carle story: The Very Busy Spider. It is a super story that can be used to learn about spiders and a great stimulus for lots of other fun activities. Click on the link below to find out more and don’t forget to let us know how you get on. We look forward to seeing your child’s portfolio photos and videos. Stay keeping safe.
From all the nursery team.
Home Learning Week 5
Thank you for all the lovely ladybird pictures you have sent. We hope you enjoyed learning about the Lazy Ladybird! Thank you too for sending your VE day celebration photos. We love seeing you enjoying your family time at home.
Home Learning Week 6
This week your home learning challenges are based around the story The Happy Bee. Have fun and please remember to send us your photos and videos on Class Dojo.
Home learning week 7: Living is Learning
This week's home learning challenges are centered around Health and Self-Care, Personal, Social and Emotional Skills, independence, being kind and helping out at home.
Why not teach your child about random acts of kindness (doing something kind or something that would make someone else smile, without being asked)? This could include being polite, helping other family members, tidying away without being asked and sharing. If you ask the children they will be able to think of lots of other things they can do to be kind and help at home.
(Please visit Class Dojo for your home learning activities for this week).
Information for children starting school in September!
By now all our Spiders, Ladybirds and some Caterpillars will have been allocated a school place for September 2020 and hopefully you will have received an email to let you know which school this is.
For your information below is a link to a Derbyshire County Council leaflet that gives some suggestions to support your child in preparation for school.
You may also want to look at the document ‘What to expect, when?’ This gives a lot more detail about how you can help children at different stages of their learning. Start with 30-50 months or 40-60 months (depending on the age of your child) but please remember that children develop at different rates and it may be more appropriate to do the 22-36 months activities if this is the level your child is at.