“All children have potential - our aim is to help them fulfil it”
We believe the education of a child is very much a partnership between home and school.
Reedley Hallows Nursery School follows a structured programme, which allows for all-around development of its pupils. The children play in this carefully-created, stimulating environment and through play are able to develop many skills. The staff are ready to step in at the appropriate moment with individual teaching to help your child move their learning on. It is our intention that your child will develop physical, social, emotional, and intellectual skills at their own rate of development.
What do children gain?
Children gain a tremendous amount from nursery education. They are taught and learn in seven areas of learning as outlined in the Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework. Three of these are of particular importance during their nursery years, they are ‘personal, social and emotional development, ‘communication and language’ and ‘physical development.
In order for children’s learning to progress in the four additional specific areas, which are literacy, mathematics, understanding the world and expressive arts and design, they need to be secure and confident within the prime areas.
The Early Years Framework focuses on the ways in which young children engage with other people by playing and exploring, through active learning and by creating and thinking critically. These skills underpin learning and development across all areas and support the child to remain an effective and motivated learner.
Children’s progress is assessed against the ‘Early Learning Goals’ (criteria devised by the Department for Education) at the end of their reception year.
Areas of experience and learning
Social, Personal & Emotional Development – Children are taught in a structured and disciplined environment that encourages sharing, politeness, good manners, an understanding of right and wrong. Additionally, an awareness of other cultures and religions, the need for hygiene, how to work and play with others, independence, good communication skills and the ability to use their initiative.
Communication and language – Children learn to listen attentively, enjoy and share stories, talk and listen to adults and each other; develop and understand new vocabulary; learn to recall songs and rhymes in a stimulating language rich environment.
Physical Development – Children develop both gross and fine motor skills, body awareness, self-confidence and an understanding of how to play safely. They develop an awareness of good personal hygiene routines and are introduced to the importance of exercise and a healthy diet.
As a Nursery School, all of our teachings is directed at enabling your child to develop and progress on an individual basis. On leaving nursery all children will be working towards achieving the Early Learning goals, outlined in the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework. It is our aim that they will develop independence and self-confidence in their own ability; will find life interesting; be eager to learn and able to communicate their feelings and ideas; will have gained from the wide experiences and learning opportunities they have been afforded. Your encouragement, comments and interaction concerning any aspects of the education we provide, are welcomed and valued.
Literacy – Children develop early reading and writing skills through an interest in stories, books and rhymes and begin to represent spoken language in written form, mark making etc.
Mathematics – Children are introduced to early mathematical concepts such as, weight, number, colour, sorting, shape, quantity, money, etc.... all in interesting and practical play situations.
Understanding the World – Children develop a basic understanding of features and aspects of the world in which they live and will hopefully develop an enquiring mind and a thirst for knowledge. They are introduced to information technology and its uses in the world around them.
Expressive Arts and Design – Children are encouraged to express themselves both visually, through paint and crayons etc. and through their imagination during role play, drama activities, singing and dancing.
In Nursery School, we view our outdoor play area as a classroom, one without walls and a roof!
The Early Years Foundation Stage Framework recognises the importance of outdoor activities and play in children’s learning – for some children, being outside is their preferred learning environment and where they will learn the most.
Staff have had to learn that “there is no such thing as bad weather, just different types of good weather!”
Children do not catch colds from playing outside. Colds are caught from viruses and children need to develop physical wellbeing and strong immune systems to combat these. Playing outdoors supports physical health and wellbeing.