In the latest ISI, Early Years Foundation Stage Inspection, Wycliffe Nursery was described as ‘outstanding’ in all areas.
Each term a new topic is covered through art, play, music, discussion, exploration and child led activities. Topics start with ‘All About Me’ as the children get to know each other. Moving onto more seasonal based topics such as Exploring Autumn, Winter Weather and Signs of Spring. All of these being taught in the Nursery’s fantastic outdoor areas. The Nursery children also celebrate and learn about various festivals throughout the year as they fall.
Our weekly dance, swimming and French language classes are led by specialist teachers.
All our nursery children who stay for school lunch choose from a selection of nutritious cooked meals. Sharing mealtimes with their friends and teachers helps to build essential social skills for the future.
Children are welcomed into Nursery from 8.00 am, where they play and socialise with their peers. Children may bring breakfast with them if parents and/or carers wish.
At 9.00 am, the children divide into their groups for registration. At this time, the children acknowledge each other either verbally or non-verbally, talk about the weather, the days of the week and enjoy a story, rhyme or song.
In the Lower Nursery we focus strongly on the three prime areas, which are the basis for successful learning in the other four specific areas. The three prime areas reflect the key skills and capacities all children need to develop and lean effectively as outlined in the Early Years Foundation Stage by encouraging participation in free play, adult-led or child-initiated activities and by sensitive scaffolding by staff.
Activities enjoyed both indoors and outdoors include nature walks, role play, sand and water play, creative activities, stories, singing and music.
Both group and individual one-to-one investigations takes place, with the child’s key person supporting his or her learning journey.
Afternoon activities are child-initiated with quiet areas available for children who wish to rest or relax, and beds are available for children who need to sleep.
At the end of a child’s first term in Lower Nursery, staff work in partnership with parents and/or carers, and where applicable other professionals to write a short summary of the child’s development in the prime areas. We will discuss with parents and/or carers how the summary of development can be used to support learning at home.
Children are welcomed into Nursery from 8.00 am where they play and socialise with their peers. Children may bring breakfast with them if parents and/or carers wish.
At 8.45 am the children enter their classrooms to begin a day of stimulating and fun activities. Each session begins with registration circle time when children are encouraged to share their news and participate in daily ‘show and tell’ sessions. These activities encourage confidence and boost self-esteem.
In the morning, a variety of activities are planned which are both adult-led and child-initiated and take into account each child’s individual needs and interests.
In addition to consolidating the Early Years Foundation Stage prime areas of learning, the children work towards the four specific areas in readiness for moving on to school. Activities include music, rhyme, story times, art work, exploration, role play, construction, water and sand play, number, sound games and introductory French.
The Nursery and Reception class follow the ‘Letters and Sounds’ phonics scheme. ‘Phase one activities concentrate on developing children’s speaking and listening skills, phonological awareness and oral blending and segmenting. These activities are intended to be used as part of a broad and rich language curriculum that has speaking and listening at its centre, links language with physical and practical experiences, and provides an environment rich in print and abundant in opportunities to engage with books’ DCSF(2008), ‘Letters and Sounds’. Principles and Practice of High Quality Phonics, Phase one teaching programme, Nottingham, DCSF.
Children may also borrow books from the Nursery library to take home and share with their families.
During the week the children change into PE kit and participate in planned lessons to develop their physical skills. They have the opportunity to participate in a dance lesson led by a specialist teacher. The dance teacher also offers additional ballet classes for those children who wish to extend their interest in dance.
Once a week, the Upper Nursery children have a swimming lesson with a specialist swimming teacher in the Wycliffe pool.
At the end of a child’s year in Upper Nursery, staff work in partnership with parents and/or carers, and where applicable other professionals to write the child’s transition document in order to inform his or her Reception class teacher as to the child’s progress through the Early Years Foundation Stage developmental requirements.