The Farnborough Grange Nursery Class Page
Welcome, and thank you for visiting. Remember to check back each week for important information, upcoming events, updates on what we have been learning and fun activities to share at home. If you would like to find out more about the content on this page, please speak to a member of the nursery staff who will be happy to help. If you need to view the content of this page in a different language, please use the Google Translate tab in the top-left corner of this page. We hope that you enjoy sharing in the excitement of our magical nursery!
Link - New Parent & Carer Information
For parents and carers of children beginning nursery in September 2020, please use the link below to view the information for new starters including a virtual presentation by the Nursery Lead, video tours of the inside and outside space, important transition dates and a downloadable version of our starter pack.
Planning & Learning Information
Each half-term we will share details of our planning/learning enquiries, as well as weekly updates on the children's learning. This will include medium-term plans, topic webs and core book lists. More information about the importance of these documents can be found by clicking on the sub-pages below. If you have any questions about the information contained in these pages, please ask a member of the Nursery staff who will be happy to help.
04/12/2020 - A Reminder: Parent Survey Autumn 2020
A big thank you to the families who have already completed and returned our parent survey. If you haven't had an opportunity to fill in the questionnaire, please take a few minutes to answer the questions as your answers will help us to improve as a school. You can return your questionnaire to a member of the Nursery staff, or put it in an envelope and post it through the office letter box. The deadline for returning forms is Friday 11th December 2020. Your children should have brought home a paper copy of the questionnaire after yesterday's nursery session. If for any reason you have not received a copy of the survey, below is a PDF version of the form. If you have any questions about completing the form, please speak to a member of the Nursery team who will be happy to help. Thank you for your continued support.
27/11/2020 - Important Information: Crazy Christmas Hair Day
Friends of Farnborough Grange are delighted to announce the Crazy Christmas Hair Day, next Friday the 4th December. Children (with the help of parents/carers) are encouraged to create the craziest, Christmas-themed, hairdo that they can think of. It could involve spikes, colours, ribbons, clips, deely boppers or baubles to name a few. It might look like a snowman, a Christmas tree or even a reindeer. Basically, the wackier the better! If your child wishes to particpate, please send a £1 donation with them on the day. All money raised will go towards the purchase of Christmas trees and the book advent calendars that will be enjoyed by the Nursery and other classes throughout December. We can't wait to see your 'crazy' creations! Thank you for your continued support.
27/11/2020 - Important Information: Nursery Christmas Party
& Christmas Lunch
With only fifteen more Nursery days until the Christmas holidays, it won't be long before the Nursery Christmas Party is upon us. So that all of the children can join in (after all, who doesn't love a Christmas party?), the Nursery arrangements are slightly different to the rest of the school. Rather than the afternoon of the 17th, the Nursery Christmas Party will be held on the morning of Friday 18th December (the last day of term). Both morning and afternoon children should arrive in suitable 'party clothes' at 9.00am. Please note that there will be no afternoon session, so all children should attend the morning session. Through the morning they will enjoy some Christmas crafts, some party games (including old classics like Musical Statues and Pass the Parcel), a festive feast and even a bit of a boogie to some Christmas tunes. Children can be collected at 11.50am, although if your child attends for 30-hours and you would like them to have a school or packed lunch, they are welcome to stay until 1.00pm. If you intend for your child to stay (30-hour children only), please notify a member of the Nursery team, and if necessary, order a lunch from the school office.
The school's annual Christmas Lunch is taking place on Thursday 17th December. If your child stays for 30-hours and you would like them to have a Chrstmas dinner, please ensure that you have returned their Christmas lunch order form (available from the school office) to the Nursery staff no later than Monday 30th November. Please use the form to choose what lunch option your child would like. If you have any questions, please speak to a member of the Nursery staff. Thank you for your support.
25/11/2020 - Healthy Schools: A Reminder
As a healthy school, we want to promote healthy living. This includes providing suitable experiences to help children understand what this means, encouraging them to take responsibility for their own health and wellbeing, and acting as good role models for leading a healthy lifestyle. We focus on a number of things, including the importance of exercise, what a healthy and balanced diet should look like, how the children can keep themselves safe, and how they can look after their emotional wellbeing. In Nursery we want to support the children in making good choices with regards to eating and drinking, but also have a repsonsibility to keep the children safe in respect of food allergies or intolerances. To support us with this task, we ask that children have only water in their bottles each day. Squash and fizzy drinks cannot be drunk in the Nursery and should be kept for home. We also provide a daily fruit or vegetable snack for the children, which includes apples, bananas, pears, carrots and raisins. It is therefore not necessary to send a snack for your child, particularly things like chocolate, crisps or popcorn. To further promote a healthy lifestyle, from next week, the children will have the opportunity to take home a daily carton of milk. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer this in the Nursery because of food allergies. If you have any questions regarding healthy schools, please do not hesitate to speak to a member of the Nursery staff who will be happy to help. Thank you for your continued support.
16/11/2020 - Tapestry Activation: A Reminder
We recently asked parents and carers to complete and return an 'Agreed Guidelines for Accessing & Using Tapestry Online Learning Journals' form. This form allows you to give your consent for the staff to record and report on your child's time in Nursery; individually, as part of their key group or the nursery as a whole. By signing the form, you agree to:
- NOT publish any of your child's observations, photographs or videos on social media
- Send only 'positive' feedback as a reply to an observation
- Keep the login details within my trusted family
- Speak to a member of staff if I experience difficulties accessing your child's learning journey
Tapestry is an easy to use, secure, online learning journey. It collects photos, videos and observations of the children’s learning, with the facility for parents to communicate with staff and add content from home. Everyone that has returned their form should have received an activation email so that they can start sharing in their child’s journey. Tapestry also has an easy to-use app, available on Google Play or the App Store. Below is a copy of the 'Agreed Guidelines for Accessing & Using Tapestry Online Learning Journals'. If you have not returned your form, please complete and sign the form as soon as possible so that you don't miss out on some of the exciting learning taking place at Nursery. If you have any questions about Tapestry or have not received your activation email, please speak to a member of the Nursery staff who will be happy to help. Alternatively, please use the following link to find out more:
09/11/2020 - A Sad Goodbye
It has been a sad start to Nursery this week as we learned the news that one of our rabbits, the lovely Pickles, had quietly passed away at the weekend. Pickles has been a part of the Nursery for over six years and was much loved by all of the children and staff. Many of the children who have been through the Nursery remembered Pickles and would often ask about her, or her companion Charlie, over the Nursery fence. We feel particularly sad for Miss Wheeler who has done such a super job of looking after Charlie and Pickles over the years, as well as helping the children to learn about caring for others. We feel sad to say farewell to Pickles and think that we won't be able to feed her Dandelion leaves anymore, but happy to know that she has given the children so much happiness. Goodbye Pickles, you were a good friend, to Charlie and all of us.
09/11/2020 - Important Safety Reminder - Please Shut the School Gate
It has been brought to our attention that the school gate is being left propped open during lunch time collection and drop-off. Please remember that this gate is intended to keep the children safe and should remain shut at all times. The children's safety is our top priority, so it is essential that when entering or leaving the premises parents and carers make sure that the gate is fully closed and locked. To gain access, please contact the school office using the intercom. To exit the school grounds, please use the push button provided. Any faults should be reported to the school office immediately. Thank you for your continued support in helping to keep the children safe.
13/10/20 - Parent Consultations by Telephone - Week Beginning 19/10/20
Following the Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 parent consultations this week, the nursery will be holding parent consultations by telephone from the week beginning 19/10/20. Meetings will be led by the your child's key person and/or the Nursery Lead. Each key group will be allocated a specific day, e.g. Elephant Group on Monday 19/10/20, with families each given a 10-minute appointment time between 1pm and 4pm. Appointment slips confirming dates/times will be issued by the nursery no later than Friday 16/10/20. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school office or speak to a member of the nursery staff. Thank you.
13/10/20 - Important Safety Notice - Please Shut the Gate
It has been brought to our attention that the school gate is being left/propped open during lunch time collection and drop-off. Please remember that this gate is intended to keep the children safe and should remain shut at all times. In entering or leaving the premises, we ask that parents and carers make sure that the gate is fully closed and locked. Any faults should be reported to the school office immediately. Thank you for your continued support.
10/09/2020 - Starting School in September 2021
It seems funny to think that some children haven't returned to Nursery yet and we are already talking about starting school. And in 2021! But for Nursery children turning four before the 1st September 2021, parents and carers can apply for a school place. Applications open on 1st November 2020 and must be made by Friday 15th January 2021. This is the closing date, so please remember to apply before then. We hope to welcome the nursery children into our two Reception classes at Farnborough Grange and are happy to support parents and carers in making their application. Applications can be made online at: www.hants.gov.uk/admissions or by submitting a paper application to the school. Copies of the form can be collected from the school office or printed from the PDF below. For assistance, please contact the school office on 01252 541879.
10/09/2020 - A Big Thank You to Our New Families
The staff at Farnborough Grange Nursery would like to say a big thank to all of the families who welcomed us to their homes this week. Home visits had to be a little bit different this year but the staff have had great fun meeting the children on their balconies, in their front and back gardens, and even on driveways. Home visits are such an important part of children's transition and in getting to know their key person. It was fantastic that we, regardless of COVID-19, were still able get out and meet our new starters. We place great value on our parent/carer-partnership and the importance of working together to support children's learning and development. This year's home visits were testament to the fact that, collectively, we really can help the children to be the very best that they can be.
03/09/2020 - Reminder: Start Dates for N1s & N2s
Please note that the official start date (subject to attendance patterns) for children returning to the Nursery is:
N2 Start Date - Monday 14th September
This is to enable staff to conduct home visits and stay and play sessions for new starters, whilst following government guidance on how to limit the spread of COVID-19. Home Visits will be held on:
N1 Home Visits - Monday 7th, Tuesday 8th & Wednesday 9th September
For the actual date/time of your child's home visit, please refer to your letter confirming their nursery place. The times for your child's stay and play sessions will be confirmed at the home visit, but will take place on:
N1 Stay & play sessions - Thursday 10th & Friday 11th September
If you have any questions regarding these dates, transitions or your child's return to Nursery, please contact the school office on 01252 541879.
31/08/2020 - Nursery Long Term Planning 2020-2021
Below is a copy of our long-term plan for the coming academic year. The table provides details of the different learning enquiries, key learning elements, core books/nursery rhymes, events and the skills that will be taught/introduced in each area of the EYFS curriculum, including through activities like cooking/baking and forest schools. We recognise that children develop at different rates and that, with children having genuine choice over their learning in Discovery Time, you can never fully predict what they are going to learn.
When skills are taught may differ from the plan, depending on children's individual needs, development and the choices that they make. For example, a skill linked to the Spring term could be taught in the Autumn term if staff felt that children were ready or that their play naturally provides an opportunity for it to be introduced. Our long-term plan provides a loose structure that drip-feeds different themes and concepts throughout the year. These themes, reflected in the continuous and enhanced provision, allow for play to be successful and productive, as well as broaden children's experience and understanding of the world around them. This is also known as their 'cultural capital'. Below is a downloadable PDF of the long-term plan.
31/08/2020 - Meet Spot the Dog!
Some of you may have seen Spot before. You might have even read about his adventures at home or at the Library. We are pleased to announce that Spot will be the character that drives all of our learning in Nursery this year. He will be there to greet the children on their first day and show them around their new setting. He will teach the children the routines of the Nursery and the rules that will help to keep them safe. He will introduce our learning enquiries/themes and challenge the children to learn new skills, including key life skills to build their independence. He will be there to cheer them up if they hurt themselves and are upset. He will help the children to identify their feelings and why they might feel this way. He will teach them about making friends, respecting and taking care of each other. He will be encouraging the children to enjoy sharing books, just like him. He might even set the odd learning activity for families to try at home. Spot is going to be a busy dog this year! Remember to keep checking the Autumn sub-page (above) to see what Spot and the children have been up to.
13/08/20 - More Learning Activities to Try at Home - Ages & Stages
We hope that you have enjoyed trying some of the ages and stages activities at home with your children. We realise that some of our new starters won't quite be 3-years old when they begin nursery, so here are some activities to support the development of slightly younger children. These are ideal for our 2-year old starters who will soon be joining the Giraffe Group. Each of the activities are designed to be playful and fun, using resources that can readily be found at home. We hope that you enjoy sharing them as a family.
12/08/20 - Learning Activities to Try at Home - Ages & Stages
The time to start nursery is fast approaching and you might be wondering what you can do to help prepare the children for September. Below are some Ages and Stages activities, designed to help support the healthy development of 3-year old children. These are all simple, fun activities that can be enjoyed at home. Remember to talk about what you are doing to support the children's language development. Encourage children to do as much as they can by themselves, and keep trying if they find it tricky. We hope that you enjoy the activities and look forward to hearing all about them at the upcoming home visits.
03.08.20 - Sneak Peek - New Outdoor Music Area
Here is an early look at our new, outdoor music area. To the untrained eye, this might look like a lot of plastic tubes, old pots and pans, rusty buckets and bin lids. But to the nursery children (and let's be honest, the adults), this is an exciting outdoor orchestra capable of making all kinds of incredible sounds.
We love music at Farnborough Grange Nursery. We use it a lot. The children sing 'hello' to each other in their key groups, hum 'time to tidy up...' as we pack things away, learn rhymes to help develop their communication, improve their counting, even wait out a delay. In fact, research has shown that musical experiences in childhood can actually accelerate brain development.
So when the children are banging those pans, tapping those pots, whacking those tubes (sorry, Boomwhackers) and rattling those cups, not only are they having lots of fun they are also improving:
- their ability to organise new thoughts & ideas
- their auditory processing & memory (important for reading)
- their physical development (including hand-eye coordination & control of tools)
- their confidence and self-esteem
- their emotional well-being
And that is just a few of the benefits! As you can tell, we are thrilled with our new outdoor music area and can't wait to share it with the children. Please take a look with them at the picture gallery below. What objects can they see? How will they play the different objects? What might they sound like?