Welcome to Turtles Class!
We warmly welcome you and your family to Turtles Nursery and Reception Class. We aim to provide a happy, secure, friendly and stimulating environment in which children can develop and grow.
Your child enters Turtles as an experienced learner, bringing from home a great deal of knowledge about themselves and their world. We hope to be able to work together to build on and extend their developing interests, skills and experiences. We believe that through first-hand experiences children can meet challenges, make decisions and think creatively and critically. We are committed to working in partnership with parents: by working together, we can enhance learning.
Welcome from the team!
EYFS Class Teacher
Mrs. Colman Mrs Prout
Teaching Assistant Teaching Assistant
Our children explore a rich and stimulating curriculum based on the seven areas of development:
Personal, Social & Emotional Development,
Communication & Language,
Understanding the World,
Expressive Arts & Design.
Personal, Social & Emotional Development
This includes: making positive relationships, developing self-confidence and self-awareness and effectively managing feelings and behaviour. The children have a variety of opportunities to work with one another both in adult-led and child initiated activities. On a daily basis we have circle time to encourage children to share their feelings. Every week the children also have ‘Teddy Talk Time’, where they learn how to empathise with others and manage their feeling and emotions.
Communication & Language
This includes: listening and attention, speaking and listening. Throughout the day, children have frequent opportunities to develop these skills. We read lots of stories, and take turns and listen to one another on the carpet. Our role play areas provide rich language development and allows them to trial and test new vocabulary in a purposeful way.
This includes: moving & handling and health & self-care. Every Wednesday we have P.E sessions to develop key skills. In our continuous provision, the children have access to a variety of activities to develop their fine and gross motor skills. We have access to large construction equipment e.g. tyres, blocks, planks where the children can produce their own creations. Our topic sessions provide opportunities for children to learn about independence and keeping healthy.
This includes: reading and writing. Our curriculum currently follows the reading scheme ‘Letters and Sounds’. The children have access to daily phonics sessions which underpins their reading development. For Reception children, flashcards are sent home, alongside reading books. We encourage you to read as much as possible with your child; whether you yourself read to them, or you encourage them to read their reading books. We check books every day, and change them once they have been finished at home. Both Nursery and Reception children are also able to take home library books. These are changed on a weekly basis.
This includes: numbers and shape, space & measures. We have daily maths sessions, where the children are given first-hand experiences to learn specific concepts. We believe in a practical approach to learning and use a variety of resources to develop children’s knowledge and understanding. We also learn rhymes, sing songs and read stories to help us.
Understanding The World
This includes: learning about people & communities, the world and technology. Our topic sessions ensure that children have opportunities and experiences to develop their current knowledge about the world. For example; we learn about different cultures and religions, our local environment, life-cycles and different countries. We take children out on trips to consolidate their knowledge further, as we believe that children learn best through first-hand experiences.
Expressive Arts & Design
This includes: exploring & using different media & materials and being imaginative. On a weekly basis, we have a focused art/d.t session where the children learn and develop specific skills. We also have designated art areas in our continuous provision, where the children have constant access to a wide variety of materials. We also hold weekly music/dance sessions to encourage the children to represent their feelings and emotions in different ways. The children’s interests are taken into account, and we develop on these and provide stimulating experiences to promote their ideas further.