Welcome to Nursery

Diamond Class (Nursery) 2018-19

Cycle 1

Teacher: Miss Wills

Teaching assistant: Mrs Singh

Welcome to Nursery and to Brentnall Academy. We are really looking forward to the new school year, getting to know you and working closely with you to ensure the best outcomes for your child.

During this cycle the children will be settling into school and learning the routines of the day and the class rules. We will be having lots of fun getting to know each other over the days and weeks ahead.

Each day we will be singing lots of nursery rhymes and listening to stories on the carpet. The children will also spend lots of time learning in the different areas of the classroom, for example the home corner, playdough area and outside.

Once the children have settled in we will be starting some short focused sessions on the carpet. These will be: phonics, maths and communication and language.

Phonics: In our phonics sessions the children will be tuning into sounds, listening and remembering sounds and talking about sounds. The sessions are designed to help the children: listen attentively; enlarge their vocabulary; speak confidently to adults and other children; say the sounds they hear, in order, all through the word and use sound-talk to split words into sounds.

Communication and Language: During these sessions the children will be developing their listening and attention skills and enlarging their vocabulary. We will start by learning and singing nursery rhymes. Later on in the cycle we will read the book ‘Animal Boogie’. In this book the children and animals are learning about actions like leaping, stomping, shaking and flapping while meeting different jungle creatures.

Maths: During these sessions the children will learn about number and other aspects of Maths through number songs, rhymes and stories.

Things to remember:

Spare Clothes

Please ensure your child has a bag of spare clothes with them in school at all times, including underwear and socks. It is very important that we are able to change your child and make them comfortable if any toileting accidents occur or if they get wet from water play. We explore the outdoors in all weathers so children need to be dressed appropriately.

All children require a pair of wellies in school.  The children will really enjoy outdoor water play and accessing the newly replenished sandpit.

Snack Money

We ask that the children bring in a voluntary contribution of 50p every week, on a Monday, to contribute towards the cost of providing the children with a range of healthy snacks.

Children must be in correct school uniform at all times. This includes appropriate footwear. Please ensure your child’s uniform is clearly labelled with your child’s name.

Focus child

We have three focus children per class, per week. We record additional information on paper to be kept in the child’s folder in the classroom. Parents can contribute to this by bringing in or emailing photos to the Early Years email address. Examples of photos might be: A trip to the park, visiting family, swimming lessonsThe photos may be used as prompts for your child to share news with the class or to write about. You will receive a letter when your child is selected as the focus child.

Class Dojo

This year we have a new online reward system called Class Dojo. Teachers and other adults around school will be encouraging positive behaviours by giving whole class and individual points. Each child will have their own colourful and exciting character which should encourage them to collect points on a weekly basis.