Welcome to the Nursery webpage
If you have any questions, please contact Ms Grogan (Topaz Nursery) or Ms Ramoskaite (Jade Nursery) via the School Office.
Our Friends of Wendell Park (FOWP) class rep is COMING SOON who can be contacted through the School Office.
Please click here for the 2023/2024 Curriculum Map for Nursery.
Click here for our Curriculum Goals
For information about the new Early Years Curriculum, please read here
Our topic for Autumn 1 2023 is 'All About Me'.
Our topic for Autumn 2 is 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star'.
Walking to school - To further support the children's physical development, we strongly advise walking to and from school and not using a buggy. We recognise that some of you may have a little distance to walk and have several children, however walking strengthens children's muscles and supports bone development and co-ordination skills. Walking to school is an opportunity to promote a healthy lifestyle and chat to your child about the day.
Birthdays - We are a healthy school so are unable to accept cakes. If you choose to, you are welcome to bring in nut-free healthy birthday treats.
Clothing - All children need an extra set of clothes to be kept on their peg in case of an accident. Please make sure everything is named.
Water Bottles - Please make sure these are named and only contain water - no milk, squash or fruit juice.
Lunches - Please be assured that your child has eaten all or most of their lunch unless we specifically speak to you.
Health concerns - Please go to the Health Matters website for more information and advice for children up to the age of 4.
Stay and Play - takes place every Friday morning from 9am to 9:30am in the Nursery. Please ensure you sign in as soon as you arrive in the Nursery.
Phonics / Communication and Language
Communication and Language
The development of children's spoken language underpins all seven areas of learning and development. Children's back-and-forth interactions, from an early age, form the foundations for language and cognitive development. The number and quality of the conversations they have with adults and peers throughout the day in a language-rich environment is crucial.
Below are some examples of the kinds of things we do in class to develop your child's communication and language skills:
* commenting on what children are interested in or doing and echoing back what they say with new vocabulary added
* reading frequently to children and engaging them actively in stories, non-fiction, rhymes and poems and then providing them with extensive opportunities to use and embed new words in a range of contexts will give children the opportunity to thrive.
* through conversation, story telling and role play, where children share their ideas with support and modelling from their teacher and sensitive questioning that invites them to elaborate, children become comfortable using a rich range of vocabulary and language structures.
If you would like any support with trying any of the above at home, or some further suggestions of activities, please speak to your child's teacher.
Tapestry - an online learning journal
In Nursery & Reception at Wendell Park School we use Tapestry, an online learning journal, to keep track of your child's progress, achievements and learning; we actively encourage you to be part of this process too by sharing snapshots of your child's experiences and activities at home. You should have received a letter about Tapestry and asking you to sign a consent form (please send back in your child's book-bag/back pack).
For more information, please click here.
Thank you to all the parents who attended the 'Tapestry Workshop for Parents'. For anyone who was unable to attend, the information presented during the workshop can be downloaded here.
Jade Class will visit the forest school every Thursday.
Topaz Class will visit the forest school every Thursday.
Please make sure that you send your child to school with wellington boots on the day that their class is visiting the forest school; the children should not wear their boots to school, instead please place these in a spare bag so that your child can change into them before we leave. Children should bring this bag into school with them on Wednesday/ Thursday mornings. For convenience, you can leave these boots in school, or your child can take them home with them at the end of the school day.
Home reading books
We will be sending home reading books every Monday. Children will receive one book a week, the book should be returned the following Monday. For example, if a book is sent home on Monday 9th November, it should be returned to school on Monday 16th November. As books are changed on a Monday, please ensure that your child comes to school every Monday with a book bag; failure to do so, will result in your child's book not being changed. Please take care of these books and encourage your child to do so; if books are lost or damaged there will be a £5 charge.
You should read the picture book with your child and encourage them to follow the story. You can ask your child questions such as:
Look at the front cover, what do you think the story is about?
What do you think might happen next?
Can you tell me what happened in the story?
What was your favourite part?
Activities at Home
* Practise writing your name
* Practise counting as many things as you can find around your home
* Look to see what numbers you can see when out and about
* Please read to your child as often as you can
* Please use the terms longest / shortest when comparing different items
* Please tell you child a story you have made up