Harris Academies
All Academies in our Federation aim to transform the lives of the students they serve by bringing about rapid improvement in examination results, personal development and aspiration.

Nursery

We have two sessions in our Nursery.
The morning session starts at 8:30am and runs until 11:30am.
Our afternoon session starts at 12:30pm and runs until 3:30pm.

 


Mrs King runs the Nursery and she is assisted by Mrs Oakley and Mrs John.

Our play based curriculum covers the seven areas of learning. Prime Areas: PSED (Personal, Social and Emotional Development), PD (PHYSICAL Development) and CL (Communication and Language). As well as the Specific Areas: Literacy (Reading and Writing), Mathematics (number and space, shape and measure), EAD  (Expressive Arts and Design) and UTW (Understanding of the World).

The children will be encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities, that are designed to support independent learning as well as adult led learning. The children drive the learning that takes place in Nursery, Mrs King adapts and plans her sessions around the interests of the children.

Nursery enjoys a trip out of school each half term. In February, to link to our animals topic, we visited the Horniman Museum. It was wonderful.


Key Times

Homework

 In nursery class, our families are invited to share their home learning by sending in photographs and videos of family experiences to their child’s profile, which is set up by Mrs King when they start nursery. Each child has a learning journal in their book bags, they are encouraged to mark make and draw pictures to illustrate the stories they choose each week to read at home. We also set ‘challenges’ related to our topics for children to complete at home with their families.

Trips

This term we would like to invite visitors into Nursery to share their experiences with the children. If you feel you could come in and talk to the children about your job, family, a talent or hobby please do let Mrs King know. We are happy to facilitate you in any way that we can, and help to provide activities linked to your topic. It is a wonderful experience for all children, and will help us to get to know our friends and families.

Inspire Workshops

The topic of the inspire workshop this term will be ___. We would welcome parent involvement in this, and look forward to seeing you then.

Key Times

The nursery school gates open at 8:30 in the morning and close at 8:55.

The children going home at lunchtime are collected from the nursery gate at 11:25, please be there to collect them promptly.

The nursery school gates open at 12:30 in the afternoon and close at 12:55.

All children are collected from nursery class in the afternoon.

The gates are open by 3:15 and close at 3:30.

 

What are we Learning?

This term’s topic is, ‘Bears’

We will be learning about bears and invite the children to find out facts with their families to bring in to school for our ‘knowledge harvest’ wall. This is your first chatterbox challenge! We will also be answering questions the children have about bears and adding them to the working wall. Our storybooks this term will include ‘The Everywhere Bear’, ‘Going on a Bear Hunt’, ‘This is the Bear’ and ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’, during which we will be make porridge in the nursery.

 

How can I help at home?

One of the key ways every parent can help is to ensure that your child is at school every day and on time. We also encourage the nursery children to be independent when changing shoes and putting on coats for outdoor learning, please support them at home with their dressing skills.   Other than this, the main way you can help is by ensuring that you read stories and enjoy songs and rhymes at home. It is the most effective way of making certain that your child makes progress in all areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Additional Information

We welcome all families to use our reading corner each day before the gates close, the children love to sit with their families and hear them read in school. The children are also encouraged to bring in a chatterbox item to talk about at school with their peers. Look out for chatterbox challenge stickers in your child’s learning journal.

Our outdoor learning and allotments are open every day. Please remember a waterproof coat as we are outside in all weathers exploring the world around us as much as we can. If any parents can donate plants or seeds for the allotment, or help us care for the raised beds please speak to Mrs King.

Throughout the school year, your child’s profile will be sent home at regular intervals so you may celebrate their achievements at home and at school. We do hope you enjoy looking at and contributing to them while your child is in Nursery class.


Nursery Class News

This term the children in the Nursery class are learning all about animals. This will help us to look after our new rabbits who have settled in to their rabbit pen in our lovely outdoor learning area. We have planted some carrots and broccoli to enrich their diet and use in our cooking sessions, and look forward to harvesting them nearer Easter. Our trip to the Horniman Museum will feature an animal handling activity to celebrate the end of the topic.

We have welcomed new children this term to the nursery, and they are already beginning to explore the wonderful resources we have to facilitate our nursery ethos of creating confident, competent learners. There are still nursery places available, particularly in the afternoon session. We welcome children from their third birthday. If you would like to arrange a visit to meet the nursery staff, and view our early years environment designed to enable and support learning and development, please contact the school office. We will also be hosting an open afternoon for prospective families on Wednesday 10th February from 2pm to 3:30pm all are welcome.

We would love to welcome your child into our nursery, as soon as they are 3 years old. Please call the main office for an application pack on 02084027178