Welcome to Kensington Nursery’s class page. Our teacher is Mrs Malone and our Learning Support Assistants are Mrs Shackleton, Mr Kenny and Miss Prill.
At Kensington Nursery we believe young children learn best through play. To the child, work is play. Our children’s learning is promoted successfully by activities specially planned and adapted to meet or extend their individual learning needs.
We are a 60 place nursery and children can attend either morning or afternoon sessions each day. We enjoy lots of activities in the classroom as well as outdoor play, soft play and PE!
We enjoy circle time each day and we also have Key person time in which we enjoy lots of activities in small groups such as visiting the early year’s library, develop our phonological awareness for early reading and writing skills and singing nursery rhymes.
We ask parents to be partners in their child’s individual learning journey and celebrate achievements both at home and in school. Parents are invited into school each week for 'Thrilling Thursdays' in which they can stay and play with their child.
We always seek to value the children’s self – initiated play but address the need for meaningful adult interventions. We provide a balance of child led and adult initiated teaching experiences for all our children in all areas of school. We plan and implement activities according to the developmental needs of the children in order to move them on. Some of these interventions include:
Finger Gym: to develop fine motor movements and support early writing skills
Nursery Narrative: to support and develop listening and language skills
Numbers and Patterns:to develop counting skills and numeral recognition
Speech and Language Project: to develop expressive and comprehension language skills.
We explored people who help us/superheroes fro the majority of the half term. We enjoyed visits from the Fire Brigade, Kirsty from All Saints church, a midwife and the police. We have learnt so much about what each job involves. We all had a great time when our parents joined us for Superhero Day, a great chance to share our learning with our families.
We have designed and created our own gardens and we can't wait to see if our fruit and vegetables grow.
This half term we have had some of our parents working with their children on our Build a Bridge of Books course and they have made some exciting books.
We ended the half term with our annual Easter Bonnet parade, (everyone looked amazing) and a trip to Chester Zoo. We found out lots about the different animals and we will use this to help our learning in Summer term.
This half term we have been exploring winter and cold regions of the world. We have been performing ice experiments, trying to find ways to free trapped animals from the ice. We have looked at footage from the Arctic and Antarctic and talked about the animals we could find and we have used the theme of one of our favourite films, Frozen, as a prompt for role play and story building.
We have had our first trip of the year on the school mini bus to the 'Big Art' at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool town centre. We explored the artefacts and completed a trail searching for pieces of art work around the gallery. This has helped us to continue to develop our characteristics of effective learning in a different environment.
We are going to finish the half term exploring dinosaurs, I wonder what will happen next?
This half term we have been exploring lots of different things from Magic to Christmas! We started off exploring magic and potions, we made some of our own potions and thought up some great spells! We then moved on to monsters and aliens, using the topic to explore lots of number activities and story building. we had a great time when we went to space and we even found a moon frog. this has given us lots of opportunities to develop our communication skills as well as our problem solving. we finished the half term with our Christmas adventures with Sparkles the elf, dancing reindeers and a visit from the big man himself. Our festive fun day was an excellent way to celebrate with our families and friends and we were so excited to see Santa and his reindeers.
This half term we have been concentrating on settling in to the routines of the day and making new friends. We have been exploring colour and rhymes as our main focus and we had a great time with our WOW visitor from Caterpillar Music. Our focus for mathematics has been number, trying to recognise numbers to 10 and begin to count accurately. We have also been on a shape hunt around school, exploring shapes in our environment.