The FS1 Team
Mrs Woodward - Teacher
Mrs Eggington - Teacher
Mrs Jackson - Teaching Assistant
Mrs Barber - Teaching Assistant
Miss Wait-Smith - Teaching Assistant
Welcome to Foundation Stage 1
In Nursery we work closely with Parents/Carers to help start the journey into learning.
This term we will be settling in new children and helping children to make new friends.
Our approach to your child's learning centres around children's interests and learning through play. We aim to provide a range of opportunities for children so that learning is meaningful.
Our focus for this Autumn Term is all about ourselves including what makes us unique.
We will explore different festivals celebrated by different cultures, learn the traditional tale 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears' and learn about size and shape.
A half-termly newsletter will be published to share with Parents/Carers more detailed information around the learning that is taking place and provide useful information for how Parents/Carers can support at home.
We have an open door policy in Nursery, so please do not hesitate to speak to staff; we are here to help and provide support.
Welcome to the first Nursery post of 2021-22. This week we have been welcoming our new children to Gleadless School. It has been a pleasure to see how well the children have already settled after just a short period of time. While the sun has been shining we have been enjoying lots of outdoor learning. The children have been practising their physical skills by riding, rolling, hopping and climbing, as well as using their maths skills in our mud kitchen.
This week our Nursery children took part in their first ever sports day.
Children used a range of skills to compete in some individual and small team games. Nursery staff were amazed by the amazing throwing, jumping, running and passing that our children demonstrated. Everyone certainly demonstrated our school values of 'We aim high', 'We are a team and 'We are determined'
Lots of fun was had by all, great job Team Gleadless!
Our topic this week has been all about ‘Shapes’. We have spent lots of time hunting for shapes outside and identifying the shapes we can see all around us in nature.
We have also been building models using 3d shapes and making our own patterns using the shapes - rectangle, square, triangle and circle. We have supported children to develop their shape vocabulary when talking to adults about the learning they have created.
The children have amazed the Nursery Staff with their knowledge and how well they can sing our shape songs too!
As part of our learning about the story 'The Hungry Caterpillar' we had our very own special caterpillars arrive for us to look after. We have watched them grow from tiny caterpillars into great big caterpillars at the start of the term. Then we knew that once they had eaten lots they would build themselves a cocoon to live in for a little while, just like in the story.
This week something really exciting happened! On Wednesday morning our first Butterfly emerged from its cocoon. During the week all his friends joined him. We decided to name them Rosie, Stripy Tiger, Lennon Pineapple, Flower Princess and Sofia Bunny Rabbit.
We have now released them and are hoping we will see them come back for a visit whilst we are playing outside in our yard.
Summer - 14.5.21
At Gleadless Nursery we know our children thrive with their learning when outdoors. Our children have had lots of fun this week using their imagination, communication and physical skills.
We had our very own ice-cram van arrive to deliver us some tasty treats and the prices were very reasonable too!
We have also been exploring our mark making skills through painting with water and using a variety of different brushes and rollers. We had lots of interesting pictures appear and the children showed great excitement when talking about what they had drawn.
Summer - 30.4.21
This week in Nursery we were very lucky to be visited by the
The children were very excited to see a music concert taking place in the Hall. The children watched with excitement as the story ‘The Dog Who Could Dig' by Jonathan Long and Korky Paul was brought to life with musical accompaniment. The children thoroughly enjoyed hearing the story and learning the songs.
In early years education we know that music not only supports learning and development, but has a positive effect on wellbeing and enhances the lives of children with special educational needs.
What a super way to spend an afternoon!
Summer - 23.4.21
It has been wonderful to welcome our children back to Nursery this week and to see everyone’s smiley face again. The children have excitedly been sharing news of their Easter holiday adventures.
This half term we are exploring the theme ‘New Life’ and to start off the term we have had some special visitors. Over the term children will be witnessing first hand the life cycle of both frogs and butterflies.
This week children have learnt some simple facts about frogs, created puppets and made their own life cycle hats. We have been so pleased to hear how engaged children have been with sharing their learning with you at home too.
As a class we have been practising the song ‘Five Little Speckled Frogs’ and children have been able to use their number knowledge in their singing. Why not ask your child to perform the song for you at home!