Nursery – Acorn
Welcome to Nursery - Acorn Class
Welcome to Acorn Class (Foundation 1)
Class Teacher: Miss Alice Creed
Supported By: Miss Jenny Guest & Miss Chelsea Swaisland
We use ‘In the Moment Planning’ in our Nursery Class and follow the children’s interests, focusing on particular skills for development. We place minimal resources out at the start of the day, allowing the children to independently choose what they would like to use and get busy with throughout the day. Please view our class timetable below; this will show you how your child’s day will be structured at school.
Within the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), each child has a learning journey that documents their learning throughout their time in the EYFS. This year, we are moving from paper based learning journeys to an online system called Tapestry that you will be able to access at home.
We will use Tapestry to record observations, photos and videos to document their progress across the Early Years Foundation Stage. You will be able to access your child’s Learning Journey from a computer via https://tapestryjournal.com or by using the ‘Tapestry’ App on mobile devices.
Please note: As part of the changes to the new EYFS framework, it means that there is less emphasis on recording paperwork, meaning we, as adults, can spend more time with your child getting to know them and having those quality interactions.
Once every long term, your child will be a focus child for the week. During this time, we will be observing them closely while they play to find out about their particular interests and how they are progressing. Prior to their focus week, we will send a sheet home for parents/carers to fill in. This provides us with the valuable knowledge and understanding that you have of your child. This helps us to plan for your child’s future learning and development. We also ask that you send in any recent photographs of your child enjoying activities outside of school, whether this is at home or out and about.
Reading Diaries and Books
Every day, your child will have the opportunity to choose a book to take home and read with you. Please make sure that you write in your child’s reading record when you have read the book together. This will ensure that the book is then changed in class. If your child’s reading diary has not been written in, their book will not be changed that day.
It would be really beneficial if you could find a quiet time to share the book without any distractions. We also encourage the children to independently hold the book and turn the pages themselves. You might want to talk about the story with your child, discussing what you can see happening in the pictures or asking questions about the book. For example:
- What is happening in this picture?
- What do you think is going to happen next?
- Who is your favourite character?
Throughout the Nursery day, we will be offering fruit, vegetables and milk using a ‘rolling snack’ system. This encourages the children’s sense of independence, as they are able to choose when they want to sit down for a snack and serve themselves. We receive fresh fruit and vegetables for the class every week. You do not need to provide a snack from home for your child.
Please ensure that your child brings a clear water bottle to school every day. This should be clearly named and filled with water. We ask that bottles are not filled with juice or fizzy drinks.
Please ensure that your child has a pair of named wellies for use in the Nursery garden. This will allow your child to explore a wide range of environments, whatever the weather may throw at us!
If you would like to bring a spare change of clothing in for your child, please ensure these are all clearly named and brought in a named bag.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I will be available at the nursery door during drop off and pick up times or you can email me using the link below.
I look forward to teaching your child and working alongside you over this next year!