Welcome to Early Years classes
The Nursery is an officially recognised provider of Nursery Education included in the Oxfordshire Early Years Partnership, which provides Local Government Funding for all three and four year olds. We welcome parents to help in the classroom under the direction of trained staff.
We aim to provide a loving, happy and stimulating environment, where children can grow in confidence and develop their knowledge and understanding of the world around them. We want each child to develop their own interests but also grow in all the areas of the Nursery curriculum.
The curriculum is based on the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, but is taught from a distinctively Christian viewpoint.
The Nursery curriculum is delivered in a variety of ways. Children spend a great deal of time outdoors during free play and also doing adult or child-initiated activities. They spend time indoors for stories, singing, assembly time, planned group activities or free play, as well as having snack time together.
In the Reception class children follow the broad, practically based Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. This consists of three prime areas of learning and four specific areas. The prime areas are Personal, Social and Emotional Development; Communication and Language; and Physical Development. The specific areas covered are Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World, and Expressive Arts and Design.
Young children learn through play. The Early Years Curriculum is taught through planned and purposeful play with both child-initiated and adult-led activities. The Reception class follows the same termly topics as the rest of the school, but these are taught flexibly, to ensure that there is plenty of time to incorporate children’s own lines of interest and enquiry.
As situations arise, the children learn about the Bible’s amazingly practical wisdom concerning repentance and forgiveness, respect, honesty, listening, and helping one another. In a range of child-friendly assemblies, children learn simple memory verses from the Bible, as well as age-appropriate Scripture songs. We pray together every day in class, learning to thank God for His goodness towards us and to ask him to help us and others in need.
We welcome parents, other relatives or close friends in the class and recognise them as rich sources of expertise in many areas. Children are often fascinated to hear parents, or other adults talk about their jobs, their wider experiences, or interesting collections. We are always delighted to receive offers of voluntary help.
Mrs Jennifer Hardy
Mrs Hardy has been with the school since September 2016. She teaches in Nursery and Reception. She has 2 grown up children and loves Maths!
Mrs Hardy’s blog
- Class Assembly 9 June 2017