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 the Nursery
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 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 homework, given on a weekly basis. This includes:
- Daily reading (checked on a weekly basis with the staff – if a child has 4 signatures in a week they are entered into the school reading raffle)
- Home learning activities (parents /carers may be asked to support children in bringing in items to share with us or to upload learning onto Learning Book)
- Homework activities (an activity set by the teacher to extend the learning in Nursery with you at home)
Please see the weekly Home Learning tasks and information for the this half term below:
Christmas – Reading Workshop – Decemeber 2019
On Monday 2nd December our Nursery children invited their grown-ups into school to enjoy a festive reading workshop with us … and what a wonderful morning it was, with a fantastic turn out!
Thank-you grown ups for coming!
In the run up to the workshop, the children learnt two Christmas songs, with one including sign language! The children showed great courage standing up on the stage in front of everyone to perform and we were incredibly proud of each and everyone of them. They were beyond brilliant!
During the workshop, the children made festive bookmarks, played a game of Christmas Sound Lotto, decorated (and ate!!) melting snowman biscuits, followed a recipe to make Magical Reindeer food, shared festive books with a mince pie and a drink, they also sang, danced and played along to music with Mrs Webb.
We hope that everyone had a super morning and we look forward to welcoming you into school again soon to share more precious moments with your little ones.
Please find below a snapshot of the morning, including comments from those who attended the workshop and a selection of photographs.
“What a fantastic morning. Loved all of the activity stations. Thank-you so much for organising such a special and memorable event.”
“Thank you for a lovely workshop. It has been lovely to see Owen sing and take part in all of the Christmas activities with him. Owen said it was the best thing ever!! Thank you so much!”
“Thank-you for a wonderful morning and keeping the Christmas spirit alive. Me and Connor have thoroughly enjoyed it”
“Thank-you for a brilliant morning. I enjoyed having the opportunity to come into school to see how Maddie learns. Maddie enjoyed it too!”
“We had a wonderful time and had a great time spending some one to one time together.”
“What a lovely morning. Great time spent with Josh enjoying festive activities.”
“Thankyou to the nursery for such a wonderful morning. Mum and Mary-Kate enjoyed every moment. So proud of Mary Kate for learning such a lovely Christmas song. Many Thanks”