Class Kandinsky are the Ladybirds and Butterflies
Class Lowry are the Dragonflies and Bumblebees
The Nursery team are:
Mrs Hall-Yates: Nursery Manager and Key worker for the Ladybirds
Mrs Ward: Key worker s for the Dragonflies
Mrs. Robinson: Key worker for the Butterflies
Mrs Smith: Key worker for the Bumblebees
Every child matters at Twickenham School. Every child’s experience in our newly developed nursery setting will be a valuable one. We aim to inspire a love of learning and an interest in the world that will provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up.
At Twickenham, we provide a nurturing environment for happy children, where everyone feels safe, respected and cared for. Our key principles are to provide an exciting and enabling environment, to support the development of each individual personality, to cherish friendships and to cultivate creativity and initiative through play and active learning.
Our inspiring and engaging outdoor areas offer a wide range of activity and exploration: from the green and breezy “Dragon Garden”, full of tall trees and tall tales, to the new £5000 playground with its collaborative play areas, to the specially developed allotment and greenhouse area.
The inside areas are just as stimulating. Our welcoming and spacious nursery rooms are the focus for child led learning through play activities. These sessions are balanced with focused small group work that develops key speaking and listening, and number skills needed to succeed in school and beyond.
Like all registered early years providers, we work to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) statutory framework. This sets standards to ensure children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children are ready for school and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.
Parents, teachers and children work in partnership with the rest of the school and within the values and principles that set Twickenham School apart from others. We believe every child has an open future and that by encouraging independence and initiative and building self-esteem, our children will become successful citizens of the future.
The children’s name must be sewn into all items of school uniform and clearly marked on any other items you bring into school.
Out and about
We shall be venturing out on various trips during this term, all designed to show our children some of the special places within walking distance of our school. It is important that we have lots of helpers on these trips, so please come along and share these experiences with your children.
Talk with us
Parents can speak to teachers, first thing in the morning or after school.
You can ask what to do to help your child, you can ask to know what he/she has been learning and you can ask to find out what level your child is working at.
If you have any concerns we will always listen and work hard in partnership with you to resolve them.
We will need to know of any change of circumstance that may affect your child’s happiness, learning or behaviour, so that we can support them with greater understanding and awareness.
In the morning
Key workers will welcome the children and share time with them. Once all children have arrived and are settled, they are able to explore the activities that are on offer to them each day.
After some exploring time, Family time will begin, where children will have the opportunity to share news with their key worker and find out what lovely things will be happening during the day.
The children then begin child led learning time. They are able to select an activity they would like to do and follow their own ideas. Perhaps they could investigate bugs in the garden, create music at the music table, create a pattern, construct a building, pretend in the home corner, scoot around on bikes or enjoy the calm and quiet of the reading corner.
At lunch time we all make our way into the dining room. It is good to try new foods, so we encourage the children to try to taste everything at least once. We encourage good table manners, so you may like to help your children to practise holding a knife and fork ready to cut up their lunches. If they find this tricky, they can ask for help and a teacher will be happy to help them.
The afternoon begins after playtime with a quiet gathering on the carpet for register and a short and snappy Big Maths session, full of rhymes and actions, colourful props and ideas to stretch their understanding of number.
This is followed by one of our core activities.
Tuesdays are our PE afternoons, full of dance, movement, physical exploration, where children are encouraged to listen and respond to instructions, and react to a variety of stimuli in imaginative ways.
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday are given over to our whole school initiative called Open Futures.
Children work in the allotment, or cook delicious recipes, or join in with stimulating circle time games, or enjoy the imaginative world of the forest through story led activities.
At the end of the day
Every day will end with a return to the family groups and a story. We will give a short explanation about what will be happening the next day. The children will collect their things and come out to you one at a time when the teacher calls them.
On Tuesday 24th May 2016, we invited our parents in to see our classroom. We all enjoyed showing them our favourite things. It was lovely to see so many parents taking part in our activities. Here are some photos of the day our families came to play.
Nursery assembly 2015
On Thursday 21st May 2015, to end our topic, Nursery went on a holiday to Twickenham-on-Sea. There was a beach, a paddling pool, a bouncy castle, lots of games to play, face painting and there was even a donkey! We had a fabulous time. Check out the pictures below.