Nursery 3 and 4 year olds -Blossom

Nursery 3 and 4 year olds -Blossom

Welcome to Blossom class. 

Our Nursery Environment 

Blossom has two spacious rooms and a large outdoor area. Children are given the opportunity to learn and develop their skills in a stimulating environment that inspires exploration, interaction and discovery. Children have access to many different resources which will encourage the children to be curious little learners.  

Blossom class also have access to the school library, the ICT suite and iPads. 

P.E. – While Blossom class access daily physical development activities, we also have access to the school hall and have coaching with external P.E coaches. Our P.E. days are on a Monday and Thursday. Our children are expected to wear trainers on these days and earrings should be removed. 

By ensuring we form positive relationships with children, parents and carers, we can support all children to become confident and independent learners which will help prepare them for the reception class. We build positive interactions with the children whilst they explore the continuous provision, outside and inside.  

Children will become familiar with the Growth Mindset Monsters and our motivational quotes: I can learn anything that I want to, I never give up and mistakes help me learn. 

Free and paid places available

The term after your child is 3, they are entitled to 15 hours of free early education per week for 38 weeks a year. You do not need to apply for 15 hours as children are entitled to the hours automatically, we will just ask you to sign a Parental Declaration to allow us to claim the hours on your behalf. We can offer a flexible approach to the delivery of these free sessions, to meet the needs of individual families. Working parents may be eligible for an additional 15 hours giving 30 hours in total. This means your child can access nursery from 8.40am until 3.30pm with a separate lunch time session covering the gap between the morning and afternoon sessions at a cost of £4.50.   If you would like to apply for 30-hour funding, please click on the link below:

https://www.gov.uk/apply-30-hours-free-childcare

The information below shows when you can access a place and when to apply for the additional funding so your child can start as soon as he or she is eligible.

If your child's birthday is bewtween 1st April – 31st August, you can apply from 1 April and your child can start 1st September (autumn term)

If your childs birthday is between 1st September – 31st December, you can apply from 1st September and your child can start 1st January (spring term)

If your child's birthday is between 1st January - 31st March, you can apply from 1st January and your child can start 1st April (summer term)

If you do not qualify for funding for the additional 15 hours, you can pay for extra sessions. Please contact school for more information.

You can place your child's name on a waiting list by completing an application form and returning it to us along with a copy your child’s birth certificate. You can call in and collect a form from school, where you can speak to staff and make an appointment to have a look around.

Nursery Day 

Morning nursery sessions start at 8.40am until 11.40pm and afternoon sessions begin at 12.30pm finishing at 3.30pm. We also offer lunch sessions from 11.40am- 12.30pm which allows your child to attend the nursery for a full day. Before and after school provision is also available to our nursery children. We are flexible with the sessions we provide our families meaning your child can attend for morning or afternoon sessions, full days or a full week. 

Blossom class is organised so that children have time to be involved in adult directed activities and in their own self-initiated activities. Children are encouraged to make decisions and solve problems, to plan, carry out and review their activities. The children become more independent in their learning, and develop skills, which will enable them to become successful students as they grow older. The staff have a great understanding of the children’s development and how to support the children to reach their personal targets. Whilst immersing themselves into the children’s play, the staff differentiate their questioning and input to meet the needs of each child. 

There are several elements within the daily routine which help to prepare the children in Blossom class for the transition into their first reception class:- 

Children and staff come together for registration time at the start of each nursery session. 

Children participate in daily maths, phonics and literacy lessons. 

We read and discuss stories, poems and information books. Our stories and books are chosen to focus on children's current interests and reflect the Literacy objectives within the Early Years Framework. Children may stay as one group for story time or split into smaller groups to allow children to receive greater adult interaction; complete engaging activities and provide greater opportunities for the teacher to tailor the lessons to the children’s individual learning needs.  

Vocabulary 

In the Early Years we realise the importance of developing children’s vocabulary.  We use a wide range of books and stories to help extend children’s vocabulary.  Please help to support this by looking at the vocabulary sheets and help your child to use this vocabulary at home.  Children with a wider range of vocabulary often make the best progress at school. 

Phonics lessons - Phase 1 of the Letters and Sounds program focuses on developing their speaking and listening skills. They focus on listening to the sounds around them and also begin building on their segmenting and blending skills. 

Examples of the Phase 1 Phonics Program 

Teaching phonics phase 1 Letters and Sounds activities are broken into seven different aspects: 

Aspect 1 - Environmental Sound Discrimination 

Aspect 2 - Instrumental Sound Discrimination 

Aspect 3 - Body Percussion Sound Discrimination 

Aspect 4 - Rhythm and Rhyme 

Aspect 5 - Alliteration 

Aspect 6 - Voice Sounds 

Aspect 7 - Oral Blending and Segmenting 

Math lessons are planned to be engaging and active and take place in the indoor and outdoor environment. The teacher provides children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting; understanding and using numbers; calculating simple addition and subtraction problems and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures. 

Click on the link to find out more about the Early Years Foundation Stage framework –  

https://www.foundationyears.org.uk/files/2012/03/Development-Matters-FINAL-PRINT-AMENDED.pdf 

Click on the link to find games and ideas on how to further support your child’s development at home:  

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zks4kmn 

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources/phase/1 

If you would like to speak to a member of staff please contact us via Class Dojo or contact the nursery manager via email, lindsey.stewart@coppullprimary.lancs.sch.uk 

Mrs Stewart, Mrs Nickson and Mrs McCaffery 

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