Nursery Teacher - Miss Nicklin
As a former pupil of Ravensmead, I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to begin my teaching career here in 2008. Since having my first daughter in 2010, I have worked part time and been predominantly based with our lovely Key Stage Two children. I have though been fortunate enough to experience teaching in all of the year groups and have found a new passion in teaching Early Years.
I take great pleasure in getting to know the children and very much believe in fostering a love of learning early in life through first hand experiences, which enable children to pursue their interests in creative ways. I love to read to the children and also enjoy arts and crafts.
Nursery Teacher - Mrs Egerton-Brooks
I began my teaching career at Ravensmead in 2003 and have taught in every year group since then. I am thrilled to be teaching again at Ravensmead this year and am thoroughly looking forward to being part of the Nursery team.
I love any creative and practical activities, especially taking our learning outdoors with the children, and I also enjoy reading stories to the children, one of my favorites being “ Shark in the park” by Nick Sharratt.
Well, where do I start? I started working at Ravensmead in April 1994… seems like only yesterday!
I’ve always worked in Early Years and feel so lucky to have found a job which I love and I look forward to coming to work every day. I am the outdoor learning co-ordinator and enjoy planning exciting and interesting activities to help children develop…such as the ‘Mud Pie Kitchen’.
My favourite stories are the Jill Murphy stories. ‘Five Minutes Peace’ is a particular favourite, which all Mums can relate to!
Applying for a Nursery Place
Following consultation with the governing body, Ravensmead Primary School is now responsible for the Nursery Admissions process from 2018 onwards. Admission to Ravensmead’s Nursery is subject to an application being made and places subject to availability. Therefore, you now need to apply directly to the school rather than through the Local Authority Admissions.
Go to Admissions for more information
Learning in Nursery is largely based on first hand experiences and through play: exploring and investigating in different ways, combining adult focussed and child choice activity. For example, outdoor and indoor learning, messy play and story telling.
Our children are able to flow freely between the indoor and outdoor learning environments, meaning that they can independently choose to access a wide variety of child choice activities throughout their session – including learning in an all weather covered space with a large wooden kitchen, investigative and role play area. Outside, there is also a gardening area, large sand pit, mud kitchen and fixed climbing apparatus for physical development.
All 7 areas of learning in the Foundation Stage, are planned for and assessed through child friendly, flexible topics which take account of our individual children’s interests and their next steps in learning.
All children will have some time in adult led sessions and some time choosing independently with staff on hand to sensitively extend their learning.
All children are encouraged to complete home learning tasks on a weekly basis, that aim to prepare, strengthen and extend the learning in Nursery.
We encourage parents/carers to check our website regularly for Home Learning updates, but an overview of children’s learning for that week, along with a brief outline of what is coming up and how parents/carers can help children at home is also given as a hard copy in children’s book bags.
What does the Home Learning look like?
- Daily reading: We strongly value reading in Nursery and sharing lots of different books regularly at home is not only a vital step to becoming literate but also a special time to relax and enjoy with your child.
- Home Learning Activities: This might include supporting children in bringing in items from home to share with us, helping them to practise their Jolly Phonics letter sounds, songs and actions or playing games like I Spy.
- We encourage parents / carers to regularly share special moments or milestones that their child reaches at home with us via Learning Book.
Weekly Home Learning & further information for the upcoming Spring Term:
Click on the Links below to open the Word documents
Hungry Little Minds
“Improving early communication, language and literacy development is a key priority for the government and a cornerstone of building a country that works for everyone.” DFE
All the little things you do with your child – like everyday conversations, make-believe play and reading together – make a big difference to their development.
The Hungry Little Minds campaign provides lots of ideas that can help boost your child’s learning.
You can slot them into your routine and your children will love them. Such as:
• Play ‘I spy’ on the bus with them and you can see their imaginations light up
• Talk to your child about what has happened so far in the day – for example, “We went to the shops this morning, didn’t we? We bought some apples.” And talk about what is going to happen next – “After lunch we’ll do the washing up”
• Look at picture books together. With each new page, give your child time to point out things to you and talk about what they can see
Search Hungry Little Minds for simple tips and activities, or to find out what’s available where you live.