The Nursery School Day
A carefully structured day of activities is centred around the children’s interests and needs. Healthy snack sessions are provided in the morning and afternoon and hot, home-cooked lunches are provided each day around family tables
During circle time children meet as a whole group each morning and afternoon to participate in activities supporting literacy, numeracy and ‘home news’. They share stories, news and special objects of interest. Children also enjoy coming together to move and dance to music or to learn rhymes and songs.
Small group time
Children work together in their key-person group to develop a range of knowledge and skills including phonics, mathematics and writing. These sessions are led by an adult who supports and observes the children. The small group time also gives children regular opportunities to co-operate, listen and play together.
Children are supported during ‘planning time’ to carry out plans which they personally choose. They choose an area of the classroom or outside area in which to work. Adults support the children to explore, investigate and try out their ideas giving them confidence and extending language skills. Adults build upon children’s interests and motivation, encouraging them to be independent learners.
The start of the day
Nursery School children arrive and are individually welcomed by the Nursery school staff. There is a short free play session to settle everyone in. At 9.00am the children sit down together for circle time when they share news and objects of interest and take part in activities supporting literacy and mathematics. At 9.15 small group time starts when children work together with their key-person. This session is followed by healthy snack time.
Morning break starts at 10.00 with a free play session outside in fine weather. Girls come back inside at 10.30 for planning time when independent learning skills are developed. On some days they have music and French or ballet with specialist teachers.
Nursery School children take a break for lunch and enjoy a home-cooked meal together with the Nursery staff around family tables. This is followed by an outside play session.
Children come together for a quiet time and a story after lunch. This is often followed by scientific discovery time and Forest Schools sessions outdoors or by further group sessions supporting early learning goals.
Energy levels are boosted with a healthy snack time followed by outdoor play. Children gather together after this for a story at 15.15
End of the school day
The Nursery School day ends at 15.30 and children are collected by their parents and carers. Aftercare facilities are available for nursery children to assist the needs of working parents. At 18.00 the school gates close.