Welcome to Apple Class
Hello! We are Apple class and we love to work and learn together as one happy family. Here you will find all the information you may require linked to what is happening in the Early Years at Southwold. Our Nursery Manager is called Mrs Bowne and she works alongside Mrs Fitzmaurice, Mrs Morgan, Miss Cork, Miss Ponty and Mr Cane. Mrs Holloway, our Early Years Lead, comes in to explore and learn with us throughout the week.
Our Learning Environment
Here at Southwold we offer a large purpose built indoor learning environment which we like to call our ‘Learning Garden’ and a range of inviting shared classroom spaces outside.
Our indoor space offers our children a bright, colourful, stimulating and positive environment. It is divided into zones which promote and encourage the children to learn and develop different key skills. We like to call our key indoor areas:
- Centipede Centre and Butterfly Bay (reception registration base)
- Busy Beehive (nursery base)
- Minibeast Nook (nursery base)
- Centipede Centre and Butterfly Bay (Cherry Class)
- Grasshopper Grove (phonics area / sensory area)
- Caterpillar Corner (This is where the Reception children enjoy their snack, cooking and doing messy learning!)
The outside learning environment is divided into similar areas, however the resources and experiences differ to those on offer inside. They are on a much larger scale and encourage the development of different skills and learning opportunities. Children love to be outside so a pair of Wellies and a warm coat are always a must!We call our garden ‘Minibeast Kingdom’. We are also fortunate to have outdoor learning spaces for Blossom and Cherry class too!
Our Daily Routine
9.00am Doors open and the nursery children are welcomed into class through the nursery gate by staff. When your child comes into school they will hang their things on their peg, put their book bag away in drawer and then find their name and add to our self –registration. Once we have done all our jobs we settle to an activity.
In nursery we enjoy daily carpet times,lots of singing and also love listening to our focus story of the week. Every morning we have a snack time in our key person groups and use this time to talk about topics and share our news.
Our indoor and outdoor classroom is full of exciting learning opportunities based around a weekly topic. We love to explore, create, ask questions and challenge ourselves and sometimes, even get a little bit messy! It is so much fun. We call the activities on offer, our ‘Learning Landscape’.
Reading in Nursery
We love to share and create stories in Nursery and over the course of the year we will explore many stories with your children. We provide reading opportunities across the unit and encourage children to give meanings to the marks they see around them. There is nothing more special than sharing a book with your child every day and taking the time to talk about what is happening or might happen next. Reading books regularly is a great way to expand your child’s vocabulary. All nursery children will bring home a quality text from our book den to share with their family. We aim to change books at least once a week.
When your child starts nursery they will have an online learning journey which you can look at, at your pleasure. The team will work to upload at least one observation a week to enable you to enjoy what your child has been learning at school as well as being informed on their progress. Please take advantage of uploading photos and videos from home and sharing these within your child’s profile.
If you have not signed your Tapestry letter please do so as a soon as possible so we can get you up and running!
Let the adventure begin…