MEITHRIN / NURSERY
The Nursery Class is taught by Mrs Jenny O’Connell (Monday to Thursday) and Mrs Pat Davies on Thursday afternoon and Fridays.
They are supported by two Classroom Assistants – Ms Sharn Clowes and Ms Liz Brooks.
We welcome your child as a pupil to our school. From now on, his/her happiness at school and general development will benefit from a successful partnership between home and school. We appreciate that parents are the first educators of their children and fully realise the importance of the early years in a child’s development.
Many activities included in the Foundation Phase take place outdoors in all weather! We have a stock of wellingtons and waterproof clothing in the classroom but would appreciate your co-operation by ensuring that your child has appropriate warm clothing during the cold weather. We would also like to ask you as parents and guardians to please send your children to school with shoes that do not have laces e.g. Velcro so that your child can become more independent changing into Wellington boots.
The Nursery Class are learning all about minibeasts. We are finding out about habitats and life cycles. We started with the story The Hungry Caterpillar and even have our own catterpillars which are growing by the day! The children are enjoying real life minibeast hunts and talking about the creatures. This has inspired us in our painting, drawing and number work.
The Nursery Class are learning all about Elmer the elephant. He is a multi-coloured patchwork elephant and we use his stories to learn the names of colours and shapes in English and Welsh. We begin with stories about Elmer – explore autumn colours, rainbows and prisms, go for colour and shape walks and build and play with 2D and 3D shapes.
DAY TO DAY
The morning session in the Nursery Class starts at 9am and finishes at 11.15am.
The afternoon session starts at 12.45pm and finishes at 3pm.
Please notify us IMMEDIATELY if there is a change of address, telephone contact numbers or medical needs. We also need to know who is collecting your child from school and if there is ever a change in these arrangements.
After playtime each day we have a drink of milk (or water if preferred) and a piece of fruit. The Under 5’s have a weekly fruit club at the cost of £1. Please send the £1 into the classroom every Monday morning/afternoon and your child will receive a healthy fruit snack every day for that week. Alternatively, parents can pay for fruit in advance for the half term.
Please help us in the Nursery Class by labelling all items of clothing clearly with your child’s name. This includes hats, scarves, gloves, coats, sweatshirts, cardigans and shoes. Every Tuesday we go into the hall and have the opportunity to develop physical skills. Your child will need to bring a small bag containing a pair of pumps, both clearly marked with your child’s name.
If you experience a problem with head lice please notify us at once. We would appreciate if you could keep your child at home until treated appropriately.
Thank you for all your support and co-operation.
THE FOUNDATION PHASE
In the Nursery class, we work on seven areas of learning:
- Personal and social development, wellbeing and cultural diversity.
- Language, literacy and communication skills.
- Mathematical development
- Welsh language development
- Knowledge and understanding of the World
- Physical development
- Creative development.The Foundation Phase is about enhancing the learning experiences which enable children to be creative, imaginative and to have fun while learning. Children will be given more opportunities to explore the world around them and to understand how things work through engaging in practical activities which are fun, enjoyable and relevant to their developmental stages.