Welcome to Christ Church First School Nursery!
Our modern, spacious, purpose built nursery building and extensive outdoor area provides an attractive, stimulating learning environment for children aged 2 to 4 years.
We encourage every child to play, learn and develop at their own pace, supported and nurtured by our talented nursery teacher and team of friendly, caring, experienced nursery staff.
Our orchard and play areas, together with our forest school activities, give children the freedom and opportunity to explore the world around them, discover their own interests and grow in confidence, day by day.
Our nursery is an inclusive, creative learning community with a commitment to improving outcomes for all children. To achieve this, we have the very highest expectations and ambition for ourselves and others and always put the interests of children and families first.
In fact, many of our families say that Christ Church First School Nursery feels like home and that our team feel like family, reflecting the trust and clear lines of communication which we have established over time as we work in partnership with parents and carers.
We very much look forward to meeting you.
Each morning, children have breakfast and choose a drink of water, juice or milk and then a healthy snack in the afternoon. To help us fund our daily healthy snacks and pay for baking ingredients we ask you to make a voluntary contribution of £1 a week. Many thanks to parents who have brought this in already.
All children will need a pair of named wellies in school. These will be used when playing in the garden and also at lunch and playtimes. Warm, waterproof wellies will enable the children to play on the grass in all seasons and should help keep school shoes clean. The children also need a warm, named, waterproof coat that is allowed to get mucky at playtime. Please supply a full, spare set of named clothes as well.
In Communication and Language we can ...
- Listen to stories and songs.
- Join in with action songs and nursery rhymes.
- Begin to retell familiar stories in their own words.
- Learn and use the vocabulary for sharing with our friends.
- Use the correct language to ask adults for help when they need it.
- Talk about ourselves, including our families, our favourite things and our needs (food, toilet, etc).
- Say "Please" and "Thank you" and ask for help.
In Literacy (including reading, mark-making and writing) we can ...
- Share stories with an adult.
- Act out stories with an adult.
- Enjoy a range of books that make us happy.
- Make marks and write at every opportunity.
- Practise writing our own name.
In Mathematics we can ...
- Join in with number songs such as Five Currant Buns and Five Little Speckled Frogs.
- Play games involving counting such as hop scotch, skittles and dominoes.
- Begin to recognise some simple shapes: square, circle, triangle, diamond, heart.
- Begin to count to 10 accurately in context, e.g. counting pebbles, books, dinosaurs, claps, splashes and jumps.
- Recognise and name written numbers as digits and domino dots.
In Understanding the World we can ...
- Use our senses to explore the outside world, e.g. during Forest School.
- Use our senses to explore (and talk about) new foods, and learn about healthy/fun food choices.
- Explore and experiment with a range of different sensory materials including sand, shaving foam, clay, rice, pasta, water, mudd and gloop.
- Perform some simple experiments to find things out for ourselves (with adult supervision).
- Talk about, and learn to respect and care for, living things and the natural environment.
In Expressive Arts and Design we can ...
- Play and role-play.
- Make a model using a recycled materials.
- Use and explore a range of materials powder paint, poster paint, chalk, wax crayons, charcoal, oil pastels, felt-tips, marker pens and pencils.
- Use glue and glitter!
- Small world play includes farm animals, zoo animals, dinosaurs, cars, train set, Duplo, Lego.
- Use imagination in play, art, singing and action songs.
In Physical Development we can ...
- Enjoy daily music and movement.
- Exercise our hands and fingers with dough gym.
- Develop skills to catch and throw a ball accurately.
- Develop skills to kick a ball with control.
- Pour and serve our own snack at the table.
In Personal, Social and Emotional Development we can ...
- Practise the expected behaviours for carpet time and group time, e.g. listening to a speaker with looking eyes and listening ears and hands that go up when we want to speak.
- Caring for ourselves, e.g. using the toilet independently, washing our hands and getting ready for outside play.
- Taking turns and sharing with our friends.