Vision and Aims
The purpose of Nursery at Reach is to ensure that all children are fully prepared to be successful as they move into any Reception class and well beyond. We expect that by the end of their time in Nursery, children will exhibit traits of independent learning, show confidence and friendliness in joining in and sustaining play with others, be able to problem solve and negotiate social conflicts
|A Typical Day in Nursery|
Literacy & phonics
Small group pull-outs
|9:45/1:30||Music & movement|
|11:25/3:10||Reflection on the day|
sensibly and understand and manage their own behaviour and needs appropriately. Academically, children will make connections between their strands of learning and will choose activities based on a plan to achieve their own articulated goals. They will speak well, in increasingly complex full sentences and will have a developed attention span not only for self-directed activities but also for whole and small group learning.
Assessment in Nursery is based on the ‘Development Matters’ framework with a concerted focus on the ‘prime areas of learning,’ which are: communication and language; personal, social and emotional development; and physical development. We aim that all of our Nursery children will be achieving within the 40-60 month range across the prime areas by the end of the summer term so that they will stand in good stead to achieve the Early Learning Goal by the end of their Reception year. We share on-going progress with parents throughout the course of the year as well as during termly parent consultations and formal reports. Our assessment of children’s development is informed by recorded anecdotal and photographic evidence which is also shared with parents.
Experiential learning – Nursery children spend a significant amount of time learning about the world around them, and so we take trips to various local places, including Tesco to bake bread and the train station to see the steam train. To coincide with our learning about animals and growing, we hatch chicks from eggs in the Nursery and host a travelling farm for a day. We participate in weekly dance and movement classes over the course of a half-term. Nursery children also engage in a yearlong Forest School program, and each child attends several times each term through the year.
Collaborating with parents – Parents are invited to schedule times or full sessions at any time to join us in the Nursery just to observe or to join in. We also really love when families share their own expertise with us, for example, several mums teaching us how to wrap saris while learning about different families and their celebrations around Diwali; and a student’s grandmother speaking about her job as a District line driver during our unit on transport. The Nursery also hosts planned events at the end of each term during which all parents are invited to celebrate our learning together.