Mrs Elwell teaches the nursery children and Mrs Leatherland is the class Nursery Nurse. Mrs Soulsby is our teaching assistant and lunchtime assistant.
The caterpillars learn through a mixture of direct teaching in smaller key groups with explicit links made with enhanced adult led activities and children's self-initiated sustained play. We engage with children's independent activities to extend their thinking to further develop their learning.
We have high expectations and are teaching the children to become more independent learners and to reflect on their learning.
We are teaching the children the importance of respect, tolerance and the necessary skills to manage their feelings and behaviour. The very basics of fundamental British values and the children know in nursery that our values are shown in the things which we do and say everyday.
We love books!
Our children really do benefit from listening to stories and at St. Faith's we like to encourage a love of reading. You should see our library its our special place to enjoy a story together at the end of the week. So sit comfortably and dive into a good book together at home with your child on a daily basis. Remember there are some books on Bug Club for you to enjoy.
We focus on early writing skills and the teaching of phonics. We use a gross motor approach to mark making initially encouraging the children to draw circles and lines which later help with letter formation using ribbons. Teaching the children how to hold their pencil correctly and how to write their name so that they have hopefully mastered that skill prior to entering full time education.
We also have Maths games which are available for you to borrow. Please ask a member of the nursery staff.