St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School - Wetherby
Mrs Alison Reddiex
Mrs Anne Gray
Autumn 1: First Steps
Starting Nursery is a big first step on each child’s learning journey. So, it is really important that we take time and care to get the transition process right for each of them. We begin with home visits and settling visits and these are great ice-beakers for children and parents too.
The children learn the routines and got to know their new classroom very quickly. Most importantly they get to know their new teachers and begin to make friends. We make a Brown Bear Class book with photos of all of our friends and teachers and play lots of games to get to know each other’s names and interests. Slowly and steadily, we learn what is important at Nursery to ‘Stay Happy and Stay Safe’ and agree our class rules.
In Nursery our play is our work! The children learn to access many learning experiences independently as they choose activities in each of the provision areas. These areas provide a menu of opportunities and for pudding, we add enhancements. These enhancements include adult led activities and teachers responding to children by adding extra resources that reflect their interests. Our Photo Gallery demonstrates all of the thinking, interacting, wondering, talking, collaborating, enjoying and creating that is our learning.
RE: God’s World
In RE we learn about God’s World. We listen to the story of creation. Our World is amazing and full of beauty. We go out and about together, to explore some of its’ wonders! We march through the woods, hunt for mini-beasts and rustle through leaves, we harvest apples, made delicious apple muffins and even print with them. We talk about our favourite creatures and said thank you to God for everything that he has created and we discuss taking care of these things. We meet and look after Mrs Reddiex’s tortoise for a whole morning. Mr Trot needs great care and to be fed, bathed and entertained with gentle hands to stroke him. We end each morning by saying Thank you to God for all of our friends and family, with our class prayer, which we say and sign.