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WELCOME TO

MICKLEY SUNFLOWERs


WE HOPE THAT TOGETHER, YOUR CHILD WILL HAVE A SUCCESSFUL AND HAPPY TIME HERE AT MICKLEY


We would like to welcome you and your child to Mickley Sunflowers.

We hope you will have a happy time with us. We work as a team at school and we would like to include you in our team by sharing in the education of your child. Parents are always welcome into the Sunflowers, so do not hesitate to call us – whatever the reason. Your child must always be brought to school by a parent or nominated and collected by them from the Sunflowers at the end of the session. Please let us know if someone else is collecting your child.


NURSERY MORNING SESSION

Morning Session session: 9.00am  12.00pm

The children will attend the School full-time from September when they are 5 years old.


BOOK LIBRARY

At Mickley we encourage all our children to foster a love of books and as a result we have a book lending library.

This costs nothing and you may choose a book with your child at any time to suit you.

The books can be changed as often as you would like.


THE NURSERY STAFF Miss. Karen Dale

Nursery Teacher

Miss Joanna Nash

Teaching Assistant

Mrs Louise Hardy

Teaching Assistant

Miss. Sara Street

Headteacher

Mrs. Roberta Goodall

Secretary

Mrs. Norleen Morgan

Dinner Supervisor for Nursery children

Regular Visitors School Nurse Education Social Worker

Ann Brockwell

Joe Redisons

Occasionally Nursery Nurse students will work within our setting. All students will be CRB cleared. Our telephone number is 01773 832707


HOW TO HELP YOUR CHILD SETTLE INTO THE SUNFLOWERS 1. Talk to him/her. Tell him/her about the things he/she will be able to see and do in the Sunflowers. 2. Look at books together, talk about them, look at pictures, read stories: make this a special time of day. 3. Help them to become more confident in school by helping them put on their coat, manage shoes and dress themselves and enabling them to use the toilet independently.

4. Talk about what they have been doing. Give lots of praise. 5. Value their pictures and paintings. (It might seem messy to an adult but it is of great importance to the child).

PLEASE PUT NAMES IN HATS, COATS, WELLIES AND JUMPERS Try and dress your child in old clothes. If they have to worry about spoiling their clothes they will not enjoy playing. Try to discourage your child from bringing toys from home as they may get lost or broken.


PARENTS

Parents are welcome into the Sunflowers. We believe that links with home and school are very important. We complete a learning journal about your child’s educational journey through Sunflowers which we share regularly with you. Staff are always available to discuss any queries or problems you may have, so don’t go home and worry, come in and have a chat. We have a Parent’s Notice Board in the Entrance Hall and outside the school building on the walls on which you will find relevant information for both Key Stage 1, The Sunflowers, and local information. Some parents might like to help us on a regular basis. We are always pleased to have any help with things such as snacks and cooking. Please come and see us if you are interested. All volunteers will need to have a CRB check for the protection of our children.


EARLY LEARNING GOALS Whilst in the Sunflowers your child will be introduced to the following seven areas of learning: Personal, Social and Emotional Development- PSED Literacy Communication and Language Mathematics Understanding the World Physical Development Expressive Arts and Design

Below is a brief detail about each area: Communication and Language – In this area they will learn to communicate clearly with adults and children. Children work in small and large groups to encourage language development. Literacy -They will learn to listen to stories, instructions and to each other, to extend their vocabulary and to be encouraged to use their own imaginations. They will also learn to listen to sounds and to repeat sound they hear and link to letters. They will be encouraged to hold a pencil correctly and learn to form their letters correctly. They will also begin to learn reading skills. Mathematics – In this area they will learn to count and use numbers in practical situations. They will be encouraged to solve simple maths problems and learn mathematical language such as shape names, weight and length.


Personal, Social and Emotional Development – In this area your child will learn to play and make friendships, to share and take turns and will discover about other cultures and beliefs. They will be encouraged to use manners and consider the consequences of their actions. They will also be urged to become independent in looking after themselves. Physical Development – In this area they will learn to move safely and with confidence to climb and balance, improve their ball skills, to handle a variety of tools safely and recognise the importance of being healthy. Understanding the World – In this area they will investigate objects and materials using their senses. They will find out why things happen and how things work. They will use a variety of construction kits and recyclable materials to build with and will be encouraged to use a selection of tools. They will discover things about the past and find out about their own environment and those of other countries. They will have access to a variety of technological equipment, including tape recorders and computers. Expressive Arts and Design – In this area they will undertake a variety of creative activities such as: painting, drawing, collage, sewing, dancing, listening to, and making music, learning songs, acting out role-play situations and using puppets.


In our Classroom and outdoors we encourage the children to participate in practical activities. These activities contribute to Early Learning Goals. CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES

Large apparatus – bricks / blocks Small apparatus – Duplo / Lego IMAGINATIVE PLAY

House, dressing up, dolls, hospital, hairdressers Playing with models of real things – doll’s house / farm/ trains Table Games – matching and sorting, threading beads, jigsaws BOOKS - Looking at books in our comfortable reading

corner. MUSIC- Singing, dancing, playing instruments. COOKING

Through these activities provided, the children will acquire the skills and concepts to enable them to settle into Key Stage 1.


Types of activities your child will be experiencing: OUTDOOR PLAY Climbing, running, jumping, hiding, building, playing with sand and water, gardening, pretending, wheeled toys. CREATIVE ACTIVITIES Painting with brushes, string, fingers, sponge and many more. Collage with – fabric, wool, paper, pasta. Model making – boxes, reclaimed materials. MALLEABLE ACTIVITIES Playdough, cornflour, clay, spaghetti, foam. Sand: - indoors and outdoors, sometimes wet / sometimes dry. Water: - coloured, soapy, indoors and outdoors. Through playing in the Sunflowers your child will enjoy him/herself and we hope will leave the Sunflowers a happy, confident and independent learner.


Learning through play Your child will be spending his/her time playing in the Sunflowers. This is because: - Children learn through play. Your child will be free to choose from many activities both indoors and outdoors – learning new skills all the time. Through activities such as painting, drawing and modelling, children will develop skills with their own hands. They will learn to recognise colour, shape and size, and begin to understand about number and measure. Through play they will develop concentration and will be encouraged to handle, look at and “read” books. They will be able to dress up and use their imagination – no jewellery may be worn in Sunflowers. They will learn to share and take turns. Once full time your child will have more formal sessions for part of the day.


Mickley Sunflower Prospectus 2012