Should your child be forced to stay at home due to symptoms linked to Corona Virus, we wanted to offer you some ideas to help you continue their education.
Mrs McKuhen and Mrs Price
In the Early Year Foundation Stage at Millbrook Primary we use Tapestry. Tapestry builds a very special record of a child’s experiences, development and learning journey through their early years of school life. Using photos and videos, teachers and teaching assistants, along with the child’s parents, ‘weaves’ the story of the child and how they are growing and developing. The Tapestry platform then works seamlessly to enable these memories to be kept as a permanent record of each child’s unique journey. All information held in the platform is stored securely, and can be downloaded and shared as required. Parents are able to view online their child’s progress and how much fun they’re having, whilst also uploading their own comments and media. We display Tapestry to the children so they can reflect on their own learning and achievements from school and at home by sharing news every week.
A typical day at Millbrook Nursery consists of your child experiencing whole class teaching, small group work and exploring the environment through play. All three of these are planned to be very practical and matched to the child’s developmental needs and interests. We listen to our children to understand their current likes and interests and plan accordingly to them. The indoor and outdoor classroom is divided into areas ie construction, water… and these have resources that are there permanently but are also enhanced with resources each week to cover specific themes. Each week we have a focus for maths and literacy as well as a rhyme of the week.
We use the document ‘Development Matters’ to assess each child. ‘Development Matters’ helps adults in the setting to support children’s learning and development, by closely matching what they provide to a child’s current needs. We plan to the child’s interests and learning needs, covering these statements throughout the year through a variety of themes and activities.
Special Days in Nursery
Autumn Walk- As a class we went for a walk through the woods. We put on our wellies and rain coats ready to explore the outdoor world. We talked about the changes in the season and took some photographs on an iPad. When back in class we looked at the photographs on the board to discuss our findings further.
Storybarn visit- We had two special visitors come to nursery. It was two elves, who love books! They came to visit all the boys and girls to have some mischievous fun! The elves made the children laugh through their animated delivery of story telling and games. The children were delighted with the silliness of it all and happily joined in with their cheeky behaviour.
Christmas Party- We had fantastic festive fun with an extra special visit from Santa! We played pass the parcel, musical statues, musical bumps and used up all our energy on the bouncy castle and soft play. We went on a candy cane hunt and had some party food altogether. Santa gave us a present each and told us that he will be visiting all our houses on Christmas Eve! It was a very exciting day. Merry Christmas!
Traditonal Tales Spring 1- We have been exploring three traditional tales, The Gingerbread Man, Little Red Hen and Goldilocks and the Three Bears. This topic has allowed the children to gain some cooking skills, host a teddy bears picnic, hunt for teddy bears in the woods and taste baked bread straight from the oven.
How to help your child at home
- Learn the rhyme of the week and sing it with your child
- Read to your child regularly asking them to hold the book, turn the pages and engage with the illustrations
- Let your child help you in the kitchen and when your doing other work around the house
- Promote independence within your daily routine Eg. Allow them to get themselves dressed
- Practice counting. Start from 5, and count on beyond 10.
- Engage with Tapestry and talk to your child about what they have been doing in school. Upload any news from home including family days out or your child’s achievements