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We are delighted to welcome you to St Pauls Nursery.  Our Nursery offers a safe, caring, secure and nurturing environment where children grow and learn all while having a fun experience.  We strive to ensure a stimulating environment, encouraging active learning, positive relationships and promote independence for lifelong learning.

Learning is play - based which means that on the whole, children choose the activitiy that they would like to do and their learning is supported and extended by adults in the classroom, as part of their play.  Learning also takes place in daily whole class carpet sessions where we cover the EYFS Curriculum and our Religious Education Scheme.  The children have access to both indoor and outdoor provision in all weathers.  The Nursery children also take part in a short daily group activity.  During this time children are encouraged to develop a range of skills including physical development, maths and personal, social and emotional development.  These activities are planned to meet the interests of the children to make their learning memorable.  

We believe that a strong parent - teacher relationship is key to helping your child be the best they can be.  In order to do this we are available to you to answer any questions or discuss any issues you may have.  You can contact us via email, by calling the office, arranging a meeting and through Tapestry.  Tapestry is our way of showing you videos and photos of your child's learning in action and keep you up to date with their progress.  In turn you are able to upload anything you feel is important to share with us.  

Hope to see you soon.

Mrs Thrasyvoulou and Mrs Pell

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Our Class Prayer

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Useful Documents

The Nursery Curriculum is based around the 'Early Years Foundation Stage Framework' (EYFS) which covers seven areas of learning.  These areas are:

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

Below are a few documents which you may find useful:

  • 'EYFS Framework' - is the statutory framework for the early years foundation stage
  • 'Birth to 5 Matters' and the 'Development Matters' documents - support the teaching of the EYFS Framework 

Nursery Welcome Power Point & Termly Letters

Early Reading

Early reading ignites creativity, sparks curiosity, and stimulates the imagination in young children. Often, this leads to role-play as children grow which helps to develop other skills such as empathy, problem-solving, and morality.

In our nursery at St Paulsl, we focus on preparing our pupils for the early stages of learning to read. Careful listening, sound discrimination and oracy skills (speaking) are key to success in future reading development so these are the areas we concentrate on. Our language rich environment where we talk, explain, share stories and talk about stories, sing rhymes and songs with repeated refrains helps to develop each child's vocabulary and ignite a love of stories and books.

We cannot stress enough how important talk and stories are in developing children's vocabulary and language, whether these stories are read at home in English or your child's home language. Below are some useful websites which further explain the important of reading to your child:

Below are some helpful websites:

  • Active LearnOur online learning environment, with lots of fun books for children to read/share.

  • BBC Nursery songsA collection of nursery songs from the Early Learning series Listen and Play and Playtime, both of which are currently available on iplayer and as podcasts

  • Book TrustSuggested books for children, advice on how to read with your child, book lists, fun games, competitions to win free books, Children's Book Club etc.

  • Love ReadingExpert recommendations and opening extracts of books.

  • Oxford OwlPhonics advice and access to free E-Books. Free to register.

  • PearsonPublisher’s website designed to give parents help and advice for reading with children.

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Early Maths

All effective early years practitioners realise that talk is at the heart of maths learning. Quite simply, most of children's understanding about number, shapes and measures comes from talking about number, shapes and measures, and exploring them through everyday play indoors and outdoors.

Mathematics is one of the seven areas of the early years foundation stage and is used to develop a child's confidence and ability with number but also to encourage their understanding of shapes, space and measures. It is important children are able to do this in a range of ways including adding and subtracting, using quantities and objects and understanding concepts like weight, position, distance and money.

Below are some websites you may find useful:

  • Primary GamesYou'll find all sorts of maths content here, all presented as engaging games and challenges.

  • TopmarksLots of fun games to play with children of all ages!

Internet-based Activities relating to Number and Place Value

  • Spin to WinCreate the highest number to win the round.

  • Eggs to Order (KS1)Ordering numbers according to place value.

  • Splat SquareSplat the numbers in different colours. Play games, look for patterns and learn your numbers to 100!

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Transport - Knowledge Organiser

Here is our Transport Knowledge Organiser.  It is a brief outline of what we will be covering in the second part of the Autumn Term.  So when the children tell you they don't remeber what they have been doing, this should help spark their memory.  I hope it is useful.

Transport: November - December 2021

The children have impressed us with the way they have settled and have adapted well to school life.  As we roll into the new half term with the lead up to Christmas we have alot of learning to get through with even more fun and a touch of Christmas magic to add to the mix.

Our new topic is Transport: 

We will be: Exploring different forms of transport; Making our own vehicles; Washing a real car; Learning about transport in the past and the future; Doing tyre rubbings; Making our own hot air balloons and Painting with wheels.  An emergency service vehicle will also come and visit us, I wonder who will pop by?  These are just a few of the things that will be happening in our Nursery over the next few weeks.

Kiddi Caru Junk Modelling Challenge - Kiddi Caru

Christmas is coming

Christmas is a very special time in the Catholic faith and the Nursery children will certainly be in the Christmas spirit.  The children will be taking part in a very sweet Nativity, along with the Reception class.  Apologises in advance if your children are singing the songs on repeat at home - they are catchy.  We will be learning about the Christmas story and we will be making decorations for our classroom and our Christmas tree.  We might even have a special visitor who rides a sleigh come and see us!

Toys - Knowledge Organiser

The document below outlines briefly some of the learning and experiences our children will be having in the new year in Spring 1.  I hope the children begin to talk more about the learning they are doing in class and this should help.

Toys: January - February 2022

Happy New Year!  This half term we will be studying the children's favourite topic - Toys. 

We will be learning new games to practice our taking turns skills, following a set of rules and understanding that there is one winner.  We will be having a weekly show and tell with our toys and work on answering questions which include the words: who, what, where, why and how.  We will be grouping toys by their materials and talking about how some materials are better for different jobs.  We will explore toys from the past and discuss why they are different from the toys we have now.  We will be donating an old toy to charity and learning to understand how giving can bring us joy.  And of course we can't study the topic toys without a Teddy Bears picnic.

PLAY into your Parenting: Teddy Bears Picnic Day! - The Bodhi Tree and  Stacey

Growing - Knowledge Organiser

This is our Growing Knowledge Organiser, it is packed with learning that will be taking place, with lots of fun blended into the next 6 weeks.

Growing: February - March 2022

Our lovely children this half term will be exploring 'Growing'.  We will be chopping up fruits and vegetables and tasting them (that's the fun part), we will be looking very closely at seeds with our magnifying glasses.  Then we will be planting seeds and learning the life cycle of a flower.  We dont stop there - we will be learning about animals and learning their babies names and finding out about different habitats.  Finally we will see how much we have grown and compare; what we can do now which we couldn't when we were younger.  Phew; a lot to get through this half term, fingers crossed the sun is shining so everything we plant grows beautifully.
How to make a plant grow faster and bigger? 5 secrets tips - SAOSIS

Fairy Tales - Knowledge Organiser

Fairy Tales has to be one of the most exciting topics and is one of my favourites!  This half term our children's imaginations go where they never have before and they start to create their own stories.  You never know we may have a future author in our class.  Below is our knowledge organiser on 'Fairy Tales'.

Fairy Tales - April 2022

Once upon a time my wonderful class were lucky enough to learn all about fairy tales and they lived happily ever after.  As the summer term begins and the sun comes out (hopefully) our story telling, role play and imagination shines to here in the Nursery.  Our main stories will be: 'The 3 little pigs', 'Billy Goats Gruff', 'Jack and the Beanstalk', 'Goldilocks and the 3 Bears' and the 'The Gingerbread Man'.  We will be conducting science experiments to decide which is the best material to build a house.  This knowledge will hopefully help us build safe bridges to help the Billy Goats cross to the other side.  Just like Jack we will be working on our climbing skills, with the use of apparatus we will learn how to climb up and down safely.  Our next story is about a naughty girl called Goldilocks who believe it or now goes into strangers homes uninvited.  Lucky for us our Nursery children will learn about stranger danger.  But the story also introduces us to vocabulary linked to size and to yummy porridge.  Finally the Gingerbread Man fairy tale will involve more cooking, some fast running and maybe some unique story endings from our children.

Short Easy Fairy Tales | LoveToKnow

Story of the Week

Nursery Rhyme of the Week - Fairy Tales

Mini Beasts - June 2022

We are into our final half term and the fun does not stop for us in the Nursery. In these final weeks we aim to give our children a greater understanding of the world around them with a range of activities and real mini beasts to bring it all to life. We also have a special visitor coming to introduce the children to some creatures, some fluffy and others with too many legs. 

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Mini Beasts Knowledge Organiser

Below is our knowledge organiser for our final topic. It outlines our focus books, songs and a few activities that we will be doing. 

Mini Beast Focus Books

Curriculum Enrichment

Curriculum enrichment means bringing the curriculum alive; making it exciting and most importantly making it memorable. We do this by inviting visitors, going on trips and having special days and activities. Here are some photos of our Safari visit and of us releasing our butterflies this half term.

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Our class Saint is Saint Josephine Bakhita (1869-1947)

St Josephine Bakhita, was sold to slavery at a young age.  She is known as the patron saint of victims of modern slavery and human trafficking.  Her Feast Day is on Februray 8th, also known as the World Day of Prayer, Reflection and Action Against Human Trafficking.

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"The Lord has loved me so much: We must love everyone...we must be compassionate!"

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