MRS KERRY PALMER
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The Department for Education has published a guide for parents, produced by Sheringham Nursery School and Children’s Centre – ‘What to Expect in the Early Years Foundation Stage’ (formally called ‘What to Expect When’) which guides parents and carers through what to expect in their child’s development. It aligns with guidance given to schools to help practitioners and parents. Please click on the link below to view the document. Click here.
Useful documents -
Curriculum meeting PowerPoint
Please click on the link below to view our PowerPoint with details on from the Nursery Curriculum meeting held on Friday 22nd September 2023
Nursery Book Swap Library
In Nursery, and at Flamstead End, we try our hardest to ensure the children have a love of reading and being read to. Through the story time, games, role-play and other activities within the Nursery that children have access to, we hope we show children how fun and rewarding and informative books can be.
As you are aware, there are points throughout the school year where reading is highlighted more than usual – Book Day, Reading Week are examples.
We would now like to add another element to our reading within the Nursery – a Nursery Book Swap Library.
How it works…
Outside our Nursery, each day will be a trolley full of books that have already been donated to the school by kind families and members of staff.
The children can freely take a book from the trolley to share with you at home and return as and when they have finished sharing it at home. This could be the next day, the next week. If your child would like to keep the book as it becomes a favourite to their collation please feel free to do so and leave a book in exchange.
It would work similarly to going to a local library but with no library card needed and more convenient as it is right outside our door.
We hope our little trolley library becomes a success and is well used. I, along with the other Nursery staff love books and reading with the children. We would love for the children to share this love of books with you at home too.
The trolley will be available daily.
50 Things To Do Before You're 5
50 Things is an exciting initiative that supports children’s learning at home. It is inspired by parents and carers with each activity developed by Early Years experts and language specialists to create a fabulous resource for families.
More information can be found here 50-things-intrroduction-letter-pdf.pdf
In Nursery we support the understanding of good oral hygiene. Throughout the year children will take part in adult led tasks, child initiated play activities and hear stories based on visiting the dentist and cleaning their teeth.
Nursery's Mystery Guests
We have been lucky enough to have Mystery Guests visit us.
The mummies and daddies have kindly given up their time to talk to the children about the jobs they do, to tell them a story, share their cultures and beliefs or share their hobbies and interests.
The children have used these guest sessions to inspire their play. We have been paramedics, pop stars and chefs in role play, we have carried on exploring sculpture and making models at our creative table, using new words learnt in our play and we have acted out stories shared with us.
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Mark making and Literacy
Mark making and Literacy
Literacy elements can be found across of areas of our curriculum and in many of the activities and areas in our Nursery environment, both indoors and out. At the beginning of the academic year, a focus is placed on early marking, listening skills and developing communication skills. As the year moves on we begin exploring phonics through games and activities that include elements of ‘Read, Write, Inc’ (the phonics programme used in the main school).
To see more photos of our mark making, click here and select the Nursery gallery.
Exploring Maths in Nursery
Maths in Nursery
Maths can be found across of areas of our curriculum and in many of the activities and areas in our Nursery environment, both indoors and out.
To see more images of Maths in Nursery click here and select the Nursery button.
Numbers through rhyme
Shapes around us
Being Creative in Nursery
In Nursery we love to explore the mark making table, the craft area and use the painting easels.
Children are encouraged to plan out ideas, select resources and adapt their work to achieve their desired outcomes, all independently. We love to see how children take the skills we teach and come up with their own creative ideas.
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Out and About in Nursery
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Nursery Blog Autumn term 2023
In Nursery we love to explore the seasons and find out what is happening around us. We have used 'Autumn' to support a variety of our curriculum objectives.
As part of this year's Anti-Bullying Week, we were delighted to be welcome Sir Charles Walker, MP to Flamstead End for the culmination of the week. He came in to visit the Nursery children and see what we had been up to. Sir Charles is the MP for Broxbourne and a major advocate of positive mental health.
Nursery Blog - Spring Term 2023
This term began with a visit from Jack Frost, the children arrived to find he had turned our room blue and white, as well as freezing our pencils, scissors and toys in ice that we had to try and free.
Over the next few weeks we will discover how ice is formed, go out around our school to find the cold, speak about the weather in Cheshunt and made comparisons to other countries, explore winter science experiments and learn how to keep warm and safe in winter.
This term we also celebrated Story Telling Week. We based our learning around Eve Sutton's book 'My Cat Likes to Hide in Boxes'. We celebrated our love of books in Nursery by using this book as a basis for all our activities. We were also joined by other teachers from Flamstead End who shared favourite stories with us, year 6 children came to read to us and Mrs Nicolaou read 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears' to us in Greek.
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We finished the term inspired by the changes in our environment. Not only did we notice new life springing up in our garden but could hear bird song and spotted the sun trying to shine. We have planted our own flower and vegetable seeds that we are going to care for. We also shared lots of stories and non-fiction texts linked to growth. We especially enjoyed hearing about Jack and his magic beanstalk. We are hoping our bean seeds are magic too!
Nursery blog - Summer term 2023
Continuing on from last term, and our Growth topic, we are now looking changes in the natural world based around animal life cycles.
In Nursery the children have the opportunity to observe caterpillars, stick insects and tadpoles on a daily basis. We are encouraging talk, and sharing ideas/understanding, based on what the children see and already know about these creatures. We are using non-fiction texts to explore, and answer our questions, about these creatures. The children are enjoying painting, drawing and making using our caterpillars as inspiration.
Outside in the garden we have planted out tomatoes, potatoes, strawberries and even a pumpkin, whilst inside we continue to care for our sunflower, bean and pepper seeds/shoots. We are looking forward to eating our home grown produce, fingers crossed!
The children are in awe of what nature can do and it is lovely to see them showing such an interest.
At home please encourage the children to talk to you about what they are seeing when observing our creatures, can they spot wildlife and comment on nature whilst out and about with you?
The butterflies will be released back into the wild, and any tadpoles/froglets will be returned to Miss Welsh’s pond where they came from.
In Nursery we took part in celebrating King Charles's coronation. Throughout the week leading to the special day the children explored the royal family, looked at Buckingham palace and London, created red white and blue crafts and dressed as royals.
On Friday we had a coronation tea party and dressed in red, white and blue.
Click here to see our gallery of coronation photographs
Teddy Bears Picnic July 2023
The children in Nursery had a great day in the sunshine at our end of year Teddy Bears Picnic.
We were joined once again by the brilliant story teller, Vickie Holden-Swinton.
She told us all about Bob - a bear who was supposed to be enjoying a picnic that did not go according to plan. We followed this with our own delicious picnic with our teddy bears.
Spring Bonnet Parade 2023
We love celebrating the arrival of spring with our annual bonnet parade.
The children proudly paraded around the school showing the other children and staff their beautiful bonnets. The children worked hard, at home with support of family members, to create an array of colour and texture that welcomes spring.
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Book Day March 2023
To celebrate Book Day this year in Nursery we explored Judith Kerr's book 'The Tiger Who Came To Tea'.
The children explored all things tiger related. We used non-fiction texts to find out about real tigers and we shared other stories about tigers.
Children painted tigers, used Kerr's story to inspire they own writing, played with all things orange and a host more activities.
We also had our own tea party, I wonder if a tiger came to our class?
Images can be seen here