We are the caterpillar class! We are the creative children in the Nursery at St. Faith's and we love to learn through play. We 'Squiggle whilst you wiggle', enjoy 'Dough Disco' and love to sing and explore.
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.
Each child has been given a book bag that they can use to take home some sharing books, to enjoy with a grown up. Children may change sharing books at the beginning or end of a session with their parents supervision. We do request that parents please write down the titles of the four books on their child's library log in the folder provided. We do ask that parents kindly place a tick in the returned box when returning the books to school before selecting the next four books.
We also have Maths games which are available for you to borrow. Please ask a member of the nursery staff.
Jofli comes home with a different child from caterpillars each week. When it is your turn to take Jofli home you can take lots of photographs of what you and Jofli do.
You can then either print them and add them to Jofli's journal or add them to Jofli's webpage and we will look at them at school.
If you wish to add photo's to the webpage they can only be viewed by those who log in to our page.
Just go to http://www.jofli.com, or use the link below, and use the log on details in Jofli's back pack. Go to the gallery on the right side of the page.