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)
Please see the weekly Home Learning tasks and information for the this half term below:
Nursery visit the Blue Planet Aquarium!
To commence our learning for this half terms topic ‘Under the Sea’ our Nursery children travelled by coach to visit the Blue Planet Aquarium and what a super day it was! The children represented Ravensmead impeccably and we were so very proud of them. We spent the whole day exploring the aquarium; we watched the rays and the fish being fed by divers, found out lots of interesting facts about the different types of sharks, whales and fish. We even got to see an octopus, seahorses, jellyfish, and snakes up close! I think our favourite part was walking through the glass tunnel as huge sharks and sting rays swam right over our heads – what an experience! “I want to work here when I’m big – I love this place!” said one of our boys in awe!