Welcome to our Nursery
Mrs Richardson is our teacher, Miss Hutchinson and Miss Perkins are our teaching assistants.
Esh Winning’s Foundation Unit’s educational approach emphasises active participatory learning, where learners have direct, hands-on experiences with people, objects, events, and ideas. In our unit children’s interests and choices are at the heart of our ethos. Through interactions with the world and the people around them we encourage children to construct their own knowledge and ideas. Through the Plan-Do-Review process we support them in taking their first step in the learning process by helping them make choices and following through on their plans and decisions. Practitioners offer physical, emotional, and intellectual support. Our priority is to support active learning, practitioners expand children’s thinking with diverse materials and nurturing interactions. Through supporting and gently extending children’s current level of thinking and understanding (scaffolding), practitioners help children gain knowledge and develop creative problem-solving skills and to solve conflict through the 6 steps of conflict resolution.
Esh Winning’s Foundation Stage Unit follows a comprehensive educational approach that strives to help children develop in all areas. Our goals for young children are:
- To learn through active involvement with people, materials, events, and ideas
- To become independent, responsible, and confident — ready for school and ready for life
- To learn to plan many of their own activities, carry them out, and talk with others about what they have done and what they have learned
- To gain knowledge and skills in important academic, social, and physical areas
Through these learning goals children will build upon their experiences and learn through a range of focused activities, child initiated activities and structured play opportunities. Children experience going to the garden carrying out Forest schools activities as well as going on many visits such as to the shops, beach, and farm. We also encourage many visitors (Police, Firemen, Nurse, Dentist, Chef and Authors) to come into school to talk to the children inspiring their play opportunities.
Over the year we provide a broad and rich curriculum developed around the children in our groups; popular child initiated themes covered are: Ourselves, Seasons, Dragons, Castles, Prince and Princesses, People who help us, Dinosaurs, Let’s be builders, Superheroes, Under the sea and Lifecycles. We also have a book of the month, ‘The Three Little Pigs, Jack and the Bean Stalk, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and Charlie’s Superhero Underpants’ are just to name a few.
This term we have been learning about growing and Life Cycles. The children have been measuring each other, discussing what is growing, and learning how to care for plants and living things. Miss Hutchinson has made a fantastic small world sensory farm so we can look at baby/ adult animals. What cereals can you see? The children couldn’t wait to play with it today.
This week the children were very excited when they saw a very special parcel being delivered to nursery. When we opened it we were enthralled to see 5 very hungry caterpillars wriggling about in a pot. We read the instructions on how to care for them and found a special safe place for them to go.
The children have noticed our peas have started to shoot too. We will care for our peas and caterpillars and talk about what we see over the next 2 weeks.
This week Nursery have been celebrating Chinese New Year. Children have explored colourful rice, dry and cooked noodles and attempted to use chop sticks to pick them up. They role played a Chinese restaurant and created amazing food to serve their customers.
The children were very keen to use their mark making skills to copy the Good luck symbol and knew it was lucky to write on red paper just like the story they were told about, Peppa pig’s Chinese New Year.
To develop our scissors skills, we chose our menu and cut out pictures of Noodles, rice, sweet and sour chicken and spring rolls. The children thought that the spring rolls and noodles would be delicious. So the children created their own spring rolls for snack time and chopped up the vegetables for the stir fry noodles. ‘Yummy!’ what a success, they loved them!
After watching a dragon dance on a video, the children were inspired to create their own dragon dance. We found colourful voile and created a human dragon and danced to the beat of a drum. Wow! What good rhythm they have! One of the children had a wonderful idea and suggested to take our human dragon around school and dance along the corridors. To our delight, everyone one joined in clapping along for us.
What amazing fun we have had learning about other cultures and traditions.
After exploring slippery ice, we thought it would be interesting for our children to slide into nursery this week. To strengthen the upper body muscles in preparation for writing, we pulled ourselves along on our tummies using our arms. It was tricky but we persevered and got to the end of the benches to plan our play. The children had so much fun, that they have asked to do it again. I wonder what exciting opportunities we can add to their entry into nursery next time…
A snowy day in Esh Winning!
Last week the dinosaurs arrived in nursery. We found footprints everywhere. The children were enthralled by the scene and set to work to create a trap. They searched high and low, behind things under things but they couldn’t find the dinosaur anywhere. They even created a cunning plan to capture the dinosaur. First they redesigned their trap to make it better, then they used milk and a cookie to feed the dinosaur.
Maybe the dinosaur was hungry? Maybe it wanted a friend? We came up with some amazing ideas as to why the dinosaur was visiting Esh Winning nursery.
Then on Monday morning Mammy dinosaur left a letter. She asked the boys and girls in nursery to look after her eggs and keep them warm, we were so excited. Everyone, had so many ideas on how to keep the dinosaur warm. Over time, we observed the dinosaurs hatching and to our amazement they hatched quicker when we covered our hands over them, we couldn’t figure out why our hands were so cold.
Nursery have been so inspired by the visit from Mammy dinosaur that they drew pictures and created sculptures for Mammy dinosaur. What an amazing week we have had!
Nursery have had exciting fun learning this week. At the beginning of the week we have been Baby bear from ‘Whatever Next’ and flew to the moon. We have explored friendships, kindness and how to be a good friend for Anti-bullying week. Then on Friday we had a very special visitor Pudsey, who saw all the wonderful activities we were doing. He loved our Pudsey masks.
We explored different cultures and found out what it would be like to celebrate Diwali. We created Rangoli patterns, we danced to Punjabi music, we tasted Indian cuisine, tried on Saris and we practiced our cutting skills by cutting out different Rangoli shapes.