Early Years

Early Years (EY)

The Early Years (Nursery and Reception) is where our children begin to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding, creating a firm foundation for learning which they build upon as they move up the school. Our children are nurtured and supported to develop the characteristics of effective learning: playing and exploring, active learning and creating and thinking critically.

Our curriculum is split into the prime areas: personal, social and emotional development, communication and language and physical development which then feed into the specific areas of learning: literacy, maths, understanding the world and expressive arts and design.

The teachers across the early years provide a stimulating and enriching learning environment inclusive of all children, where they can explore, experiment and create through well planned, play based activities and experiences which reflect their diverse needs and interests in partnership with parents and carers.

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Reception visit to Whitworth Art Gallery

Some of the children in reception were lucky enough to take part in two fun outdoor activities at the Whitworth Art Gallery. The first activity was looking for sculptures in the park and collecting natural materials in our bags so that we could make some sculptures of our own.

The second activity was learning some circle skills – balancing, juggling, hula hooping and plate spinning! We had a lot of fun and were very tired at the end of the morning.

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Nursery Learning through Play Workshops

Some of the parents and children in nursery have been taking part in learning through play workshops. The parents have been learning how important play is in the early years to develop language, maths skills, social skills, creativity and problem solving. We than asked the children and parents to make a cave for the story ‘We’re going on a bear hunt.’ They used tables, chairs, sheets, blankets and pegs and then explored their caves with a torch to look for bears. Next week they are going to Manchester Museum to look for a real bear!

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Celebrating Home Learning

Some children in nursery have been busy with F.U.N number activities, learning at home with their parents. In reception some children have been busy with playclub bags at home to improve their reading skills with their parents. To celebrate their hard work we had an assembly where the children and their families received a certificate and prize.

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Chicks in Reception

The reception classes have taken ownership of some eggs from the farm which will hatch out in the next few days. Each class has 8 eggs in the incubator and we are waiting for the arrival of our baby chicks. We are keeping the chicks for 2 weeks and then they will be collected and taken back to the farm. We will be finding out lots of information about the chicks and we are learning how to take care of living things.

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The Dentist

On Wednesday 14th March 2018, the Nursery had a visit from the dentist. The dentist checked all the childrens teeth and gave out stickers for being brave!

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Holi Assembly

On the 7th March, the Nursery held their Holi Assembly for all parents and carers. The children all sang, showcased their work, danced and spoke about their favourite colour. We talked about welcoming Spring and the many celebrations that Nursery children celebrate throughout the year.

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Whitworth Art Gallery

The Reception children enjoyed a trip to the Whitworth Art Gallery. They took part in a story telling session, and used pictures to tell a story. The children had a lovely time and were excellent at listening and joining in.

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Nursery Become Pet Owners

Over the past few weeks our focus story has been 'The Rainbow Fish'. We have learnt lots about fish and animals you find in the ocean. Monty the Mouse set us a challenge for everyone in nursery to complete a Monty challenge to receive a special prize. We did it! We received 2 Axolotl! We have to feed and clean them and make sure we look after them. For our home learning we had to draw and name them. Everyday we get to observe them, we can draw and write about them!

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Wild Roadshow

The reception classes enjoyed a day with the Wild Roadshow! They were learning about some amazing animals and insects such as a giant snail, a giant millipede, a snake, a bearded dragon and a tarantula. The children were allowed to hold and stroke some of the animals and found out lots of information about them. The nursery will be enjoying the Wild roadshow next week.

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Carols around the Christmas tree

On Wednesday 13th December, Nursery held their own carols around the Christmas tree for our parents and carers. The children practiced very hard and learnt lots of different Christmas songs and carols. They did a dress rehearsal with reception and then they sung for parents / carers on Wednesday.

Thank you to all staff and children for working so hard!

Thank you to everyone who came to watch us, we hope you enjoyed it!

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Nursery Wild Roadshow

On the 29th November, the nursery had the wild roadshow in. We had the chance to learn about a wide range of animals.

During the session, each of the animals was taken around the group whilst we encouraged the children to look at and touch each of them. Whilst the animals were being passed around, we discussed each creature’s natural habitat, diet, and learnt some interesting facts.

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