Hello and welcome to the Nursery! We are part of the Early Years Foundation Stage at Brunswick School and this year, we are a mixed EYFS class of Nursery and Reception children. Our Teachers and Teaching Assistants work as a close team with the children, helping and supporting learning and development across all areas of the Early Years curriculum.
We love our Dragonfly classroom. It has lots of areas to play, explore and learn! From construction, sand and water to our role play, come and make, paint and playdough, we always have lots of busy fun with our friends and teachers. We also learn lots of new information and practise our skills using our plasma screen. We love exploring, investigating, building and counting and our big trays, nippy fingers challenges and large carpet area are perfect for this. We love to write and draw so you will find mark-making resources such as whiteboards, clipboards and a variety of paper and books all over the classroom! We also have lots of resources to help us with our counting and numbers.
Our toilets are located in a special area within our classroom, which means we can use them independently. We are fantastic at using the sinks to wash our hands. We also have our own snack stop, where we help ourselves to healthy fruit or vegetables and milk or water each day. We are lucky enough to have a large hard floor area so we can take part in cooking, big art, model making and many other messy activities.
We love going outside each day to play and take part in a range of activities in our soft play area, jungle garden, growing garden and big yard. The children in the Foundation Stage are outside whatever the weather, so wellies and waterproofs are an essential part of our uniform! (Who wouldn't want to be able to splash in our rainbow puddles or make snow angels?!)
During sessions, we have 'freeflow' activity times where we can choose which areas we would like to play and explore in with our friends. We also enjoy taking part in games and activities with our teachers and love to practise our phonics and number skills daily. We sing and share stories each day. We have special circle times and like to share celebrations such as birthdays, too. As well as our daily outside activities, we love going to the hall each week for our special physical development session and sometimes like to join the rest of the school in 'singing together' or 'special praise assembly'. We take part regularly in dough gym and other 'nippy finger' activities to help reinforce our fine motor skills.
The adults in our nursery spend lots of time watching, listening, talking to and playing alongside us. They know this is key to helping us develop our communication and language skills and also helps them to move us forward in our learning in a fun, practical way. Watching and listening to us carefully means our teachers can plan activities and provide resources that excite and engage us.
We are fantastic at so many things! We enjoy celebrating individual achievements and progress by awarding challenge champions. These can be linked to our topic activities or for other magic moments, from 'tidying up', 'washing your hands carefully', to 'knowing the names of lots of dinosaurs' or 'spotting the letter S'... the list is endless, depending on what the new skill is we have tried hard to master. We love to display our work and show our grown-ups our challenge champion stickers!
Each member of the Nursery has a special 'Learning Journey' filled with photographs, annotations and examples of all the fantastic things we do! This special book allows us to share our learning with our parents and carers and is fun for us to look at with our teachers, friends or just quietly on our own. We love to tell our teachers and friends about our achievements at home too.
The Foundation Stage provides the building blocks for our future learning. Our teachers know that we learn best through 'hands on' play experiences. By following and developing our interests they hope to nurture a love for learning which will stay with us throughout our time at school.