Welcome to Nursery. In Nursery Mrs Edwards is the class teacher and we have three wonderful teaching assistants to support; Miss McConnell, Mrs Humphreys and Mrs Pritchard. Miss Baskerville runs Alexandra Acorns alongside the Nursery, throughout the school day.
Children are admitted to the Nursery in the September after their third birthday. All admissions to school are the responsibility of Wrexham County Borough Council.
The Foundation Phase setting has spacious accommodation and a fenced playground with a hard and soft play surface as well as access to outdoor learning environments. The Nursery and Reception classes work very closely together as they share a well resourced Early Years Provision. Learning is very much child initiated, and planned around the interests of the children in order to ensure maximum engagement, attainment and achievement.
The Nursery operates from 9- 11.30 each morning and 12.30 - 3pm each afternoon. Acorns is a paid provision that can be used if you would like your child to stay for the whole school day. For example, if your child has a Morning Nursery place, they can have dinner in school and stay for the afternoon session too. It costs £8 per session and has to be booked in advance by filling out a booking form with payment at the School Office.
All pupils in the Foundation Phase at Alexandra follow a skill based and play enriched curriculum. Pupils work towards a series of learning goals where learning is firmly set within the context of play and discovery, and where learning is experiential and active through child-led learning. Learning takes place in all areas, including the corridor and outdoor learning provisions, Nursery and Reception classrooms. Activities are based around the children's interests and are carefully planned to encourage, motivate and inspire, empowering our pupils as confident, independent learners.
Pupils are encouraged to move their learning on at an appropriate time, whilst being challenged to push their learning on through enhanced activities. Children will be taught the basic skills of literacy and numeracy through direct teaching within the classroom during whole class input, alongside small group work practising speaking and listening skills, varied numeracy skills and personal and social skills.
It may have a fancy name but Objective led planning basically means that we take the learning to the children. For example, rather than calling a group of children to a table to practise a skill such as counting, we play in the areas with the children and practise the skill with them wherever they may be. We could be counting dinosaurs, worms outside, playdough or counting on an ipad. It takes a bit of organising but means that the children area always engaged as they have chosen to play in a particular area and we are able to practise skills with them whilst following their interests.
As previously mentioned, we follow the children's interests to ensure that they are always engaged, motivated and above all, learning is fun! We therefore, do not have topics and themes as such, but will introduce ideas to find out what the children know and what they would like to learn. We then carefully plan activities and enhancements to follow the children's interests and ensure that different areas of the curriculum are included and a wide variety of skills are developed.
This term - Summer term - we are looking at the farm, we have a planned trip to the farm in June. We are really excited to see where the children take their learning and all the exciting adventures we will get up to!