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)
- Home learning activities (children are asked to bring in items to share with us)
- Homework activities (an activity set by the teacher to extend the learning in Nursery with you at home)
Weekly Home Learning Activities :
Our Easter Service at the Chapel
Some of our Nursery children enjoyed taking part in our Easter Service at the Chapel. All children were brilliantly behaved inside the chapel and sang the songs we have been learning beautifully! We would like to wish all of our parents and children a lovely, relaxing Easter break.
More Easter fun in Nursery …
We’ve had a fabulous couple of weeks celebrating the start of Spring and Easter in Nursery. We visited the Chapel for our wonderful Easter service, shared the Easter story and talked about how Easter is celebrated – even getting the chance to taste yummy hot cross buns for our snack time!
Take a look at some of the photographs of our amazing Easter bonnets that the children have made – it was a lovely sunny day for one of our parades and the nursery children proudly showed off their creations in the school garden for the big children and their class teachers.
One of our favourite experiences, was a special visit from some gorgeous baby chicks that the children were able to carefully stroke and ask questions about .. one of our boys excitedly noticed that the chicks looked just like a ” baby Velociraptor!” Brilliant!
Nursery visit from parent to read an Easter story
One of our lovely Mum’s came to visit some of the Nursery children this week – the children had a super time listening and acting out parts of the story with her and she very kindly donated a little treat for the children too. A massive thank you Mrs Tomkins – we are so lucky to have such super support from our families in Nursery.
Physical Development workshop
Nursery had a super workshop with their grown ups this term. We hope you found it as much fun as we did and it gave you lots of ideas to try at home to help improve those gross and fine motor skills that enable our children to write. Thank you for coming! Miss Nicklin and Mrs Egerton – Brooks.
Feathery Friends visit January 2019
As part of our topic - Light and Dark. Nursery had a visit from ‘The Feathery Folk’. The children sat and listened beautifully as the owls swooped and glided over our heads. Ask your child if they can remember anything about the owls and what their names are.
Trentham Gardens trip
We had a wonderful time at Trentham Gardens on Tuesday 3rd July. It was a beautiful, warm and sunny day for our trip. The children enjoyed exploring the sensory garden, playing in the adventure playground and taking the barefoot walk challenge.
Expressive Arts & Design Workshop
The Nursery children were able to invite a grown up in to school to show them what activities they complete in this area of learning. Everybody enjoyed the workshop and it was a great success. Thank you to all the grown-ups who could attend.
The children all looked fantastic wearing their homemade Easter bonnets. Well done to all children who made one at home, they proudly walked around school on an Easter parade.
The Nursery children enjoyed working with their adult as part of their Mathematics Workshop. There were a variety of activities for the children to access in order to show the learning in this area in Nursery. Both the adults and children had a great time at the workshop!! Well done everyone!!
Supporting the current Foundation stage topic, which is Keeping Warm in Winter and learning about the Homeless. Soup and hot chocolate was made and served for parents to make a donation. We raised £68.37 during this event and all proceeds will be sent to the charity Shelter.
Thank you for all your support.
On Wednesday 13th December the Nursery children enjoyed visiting Reverend Helen Hoe and singing the Christmas songs they had learned ‘Sing a song of Shepherds’ and `Away in a Manger`.
The Nursery children thoroughly enjoyed our Nativity Christmas workshops where they made a Christmas tree decoration, sang and danced with Mrs Webb, played the ‘Roll a Manger’ game, and even acted out the Christmas story. In preparation for this the children made mince pies for the grown-ups.
The children had lots of fun playing in the snow at Nursery.
Foundation Stage’s trip to National Adventure Farm, July 2017
On Monday 17th July, all of the children visited the farm and had a very busy day: planting beans and retelling the story of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’; looking for bugs in the growing garden; going on a trailer ride looking for hidden scarecrows; stroking the animals and having lunch (always a highlight of a trip for the children!). The sun was shining and the children were smiling!
On Thursday 4th May the Nursery children had an English workshop. During the workshop the children worked with their parents completing different activities inside and outside linked to Reading, Phonics and Writing. Both the children and parents had a great time! A big thank you to the parents for their support from the Early Years team.
Mrs Morgan came to school to talk about what she does to help the dentist to care for people’s teeth. She allowed the children to look at the special mirrors, face masks and rubber gloves; some children even pretended to be patients and wear the bib and glasses!
Traffic patrol officer
Mrs Dugmore came in to speak to the children about her job as the ‘Lollipop lady’ also known as the traffic patrol officer. She showed us her uniform, resources and how to cross the road safely with her help.
We also had a special visit from a Nurse who came in to talk about how she helps people. She showed us how blood pressure is taken and talked about working in an air ambulance.
Easter Service at the Chapel
On Monday 3rd April Reception and Nursery went across to the Chapel to listen to the Easter story with Reverend Helen Hoe. We sung beautifully and sat and listened carefully to Helen as she told us all about Easter.
Mini beast roadshow
On Thursday 9th March Nursery had a visit from the bug lady. What confidence everybody showed by either touching, holding and asking questions about the mini beasts. Brilliant fun!!
World Book Day
On Thursday 2nd March 2017, Nursery celebrated ‘World Book Day’ by coming to school with their slippers, a cushion and their favourite book to share with their friends. We had such a lovely day sharing our favourite stories.
Children from KS2 came to share their books with ourselves and Reception children.
Author and illustrator, Matt Buckingham, visited Nursery
On Monday 13th February 2017, Matt came to talk to the children about his job as an author and illustrator. He read some of his books and explained how he created the pictures. He then drew some pictures for the children to guess what they were going to be and after that, he asked the children to ‘scribble’ and he turned their scribbles into a picture!
Shape, space and measure workshop.
A big thank you to you all for coming along to our Nursery workshop on 7th February. The children had a wonderful time sharing their learning with you. We hope you were able to take some good ideas away to try at home. Here are a few photos of the fun we had.
Fun in the snow!
Lots of fun was had by the teachers and children in Nursery and Reception when they went out to play in the snow.
Christmas Workshop 2016
Wonderful time had by all at our Nursery Christmas Workshop. Lovely to see the children involving their grown-up in their Christmas learning. The children performed Christmas songs which involved dancing & sign language. The children then worked with their adult at different workstations to make a Santa tree decorations, played Christmas Bingo, and singing with our wonderful music teacher, Mrs Webb. We were so ready for our snack and drink!
Merry Christmas everybody!
Nursery Speech and Language workshop
On Tuesday 4th October, we were very lucky to have Mrs Liz Parkes a Speech Therapist come along to Nursery to lead our Speech and Language Workshop. All children enjoyed sharing the speaking and listening activities with parents and we hope parents found the sessions informative and beneficial.