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Welcome to Bluebell Nursery class webpage!

 Staff 

Hello! I am Bethan, the full-time teacher in Bluebell class this year. Working as part of the Bluebells staff team with me are Karen, Robert, Lucy and Shadia (student).

Communication

Please come and talk to me if there is anything you would like to discuss.  If I am not available please do use the 'Email Bethan' button at the top of the page.

'Values' in our school

We are a values based school. Our school value this term is 'Responsibility'. We will be supporting the children in their developing understanding of how their behaviour impacts upon those around them. We will also be continuing to teach the children about caring for the environment around them, both inside the classroom and outside in the natural world.

Storytelling

We are following the 'Talk4Writing' approach in lots of our adult-led learning. Later this half-term the children will be learning to retell the story ''Handa's Hen' by Eileen Browne.

Stay and Learn

On Tuesday 20th February parents are invited to a P4C (Philosophy for Children) Stay and Learn session from 9 - 10 a.m. This event will be happening across all classes in school.

P4C this term

In Bluebells the children will be developing their early reasoning skills, beginning with making a choice between two options then justifying and explaining their decision. We will then move on to discussing whether a proposed concept is a good or bad idea, for example deciding whether or not it would be a good thing if cars could fly.

 

Here are photos of some of the Gingerbread Man activities that the children have been enjoying, including: designing their own gingerbread characters, making gingerbread men out of playdough, gingerbread bingo, counting buttons and matching to numerals, and telling the story of the Gingerbread Man with story props.

 

Online learning journal

We have set up online learning journals (called Tapestry) for every child which we use to track, record, assess and share with you significant learning experiences that your child has had, using comments, photographs and video. Parents/carers are able to access their own child's journal using a secure password. Please see one of us if you are having any difficulties in accessing your child's journal. 

How young children learn

Children in our Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) unit learn through a balance of adult-led and child-initiated experiences. Young children learn best when they explore and experience things first hand, often in playful ways. Our staff team are experienced in supporting children to make the most of learning opportunities. We will be putting your child's emotional and physical well-being at the heart of all that we do.

Curriculum The EYFS is a distinct phase of education with its own curriculum from birth to the end of the Reception year. Please cut and paste/ click on the link below to find out more:

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

Wishing Well Appeals

Please keep an eye on our wishing well appeal board. Your donations of items on the board are much appreciated and are used directly for activities with the children (play-dough, cooking etc). They really do help to enhance your children’s experiences at school.   We would be especially grateful for donations of tissues during the winter months!

Coffee Mornings

Don’t forget that we hold a coffee morning every Wednesday and Friday morning from 9.00 – 10.30. These are held in Daisy Class and are supported by staff from the Children’s Centre.  As always there will be singing and music sessions.  There are lots of ideas for games to play at home that will support your child's learning and development in fun ways! All parents and younger siblings are welcome.

Things to bring to school

  • A small bag to hang on your child’s coat peg (named polythene bag is fine), containing spare clothes etc. 
  • A named warm coat (ideally waterproof/water resistant) as we use the outdoor area in all weathers.
  • A named pair of wellies. We have some spare pairs in school so don’t worry if you don’t have any.

Volunteering

If you have any spare time and you would like to volunteer please come and see a member of staff in Bluebells.  We are always very grateful for your support. We would however suggest that you wait until after the October half term so that your child can become fully settled into their nursery routines before you volunteer.

 Donations

If you have any puzzles, games or old toys that are in good condition, we would be happy to give them a new home!  We are particularly in need of battery operated 'technology' toys with buttons to press (e.g. VTech/remote controlled cars).  Large pieces of material that can be used for our roleplay areas would also be welcomed!

 

With warmest wishes from the Bluebells team

 

 

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