Welcome to Albury Early Years
Albury Early Years consists of Pre-School, Nursery and Reception age children. Your child can join us in the Pre-School the term after they turn 2.
Albury Primary and Nursery school offers every child small class sizes and big opportunities. We have access to the use of wooden play equipment, a field and playground. The Pre-School, Nursery and Reception children also benefit from a recently refurbished secure garden area with spaces for play, digging, construction, story-telling and gardening. We also offer the Pre-School, Nursery and Reception children regular wellie walks in the local area.
Children in Pre-School, Nursery and Reception are given a variety of learning opportunities every day which range from daily phonics sessions, maths, literacy, RE and topic learning. We also have our own 'Toddler group' which runs every Tuesday morning (COVID allowing) where we welcome parents and children for activities including messy play, craft, singing and story-time.
Pre-School and Nursery hours can be flexible dependent on parents needs and work situations. We offer 15 or 30 hours free childcare for 3 and 4 year olds and this can be taken as needed. We can also offer paid for extra sessions if your child doesn’t qualify for the 30 hours free childcare.
Meet the Team
Ms Emery teaches the Early Years at Albury. She is also Science lead teacher across both schools.
Ms Emery has 2 young children who take up most of her spare time when she isn't teaching!
Mrs Byrne-Brown teaches the Early Years at Albury. She also teaches the Year 1 and Year 2 children on Tuesday mornings; and Year 5 and Year 6 children on Tuesday afternoons. So she is very lucky to teach all the siblings across the School.
Mrs Byrne-Brown has two children; Trinity who is 7 years old and Joshua who also comes to the Pre School at Albury. She also has a cat called Apex!
Early Years Curriculum
We are using 1decision Early Years resources to meet the needs of Personal Social & Emotional Development in early years. The children will meet Blue Dilemma drops, Green Dilemma drops, Pink Dilemma drops, Purple Dilemma drops, Red Dilemma drops and Yellow Dilemma drops. Each of the Rainbow Drops face a range of dilemmas like feeling scared, learning to share, worry and adjusting to change, road safety, making friends, etc. Children will be involved in group discussions to share their ideas on how to help the Rainbow Drops. These group discussions will help children understand and develop their Personal, Social and Emotional needs.
Communication and Language
Communication and Language
We have regular communication and language sessions including show and tell, circle time, rhyming games and role-play. We model good communication and language skills regularly through adult - child interactions.
We assess the children using the NELI tracker and support children to make good progress where needed.
We have weekly PE and yoga sessions. We also go on regular wellie walks in the local area.
We provide the children with many fine and gross motor skills activities and work on pencil control and scissor skills.
The children are encouraged to be as independent as possible when changing clothing and shoes as well as putting their coats on themselves.
Our RE topic for this summer term is Salvation. Children will be looking at what the Bible says about the last days of Jesus' ministry on Earth, from Palm Sunday to Jesus' resurrection. They will be learning about the importance of the cross and why do Christians put a cross in an Easter garden. We will be studying Easter symbols and customs connected to Jesus' death and resurrection that lie at the heart of the Christian Easter celebration.
The reception children follow a programme called Read Write Inc. Children will learn the first 40+ sounds and start to blend these sounds into words. They will then to move on to learn to read the same sounds but with alternative graphemes, eg play, rain.
In the summer term Nursery children will start learning about initial sounds following the Read Write Inc scheme of work. They will also be engaged in activities to develop their understanding of rhythm and rhymes, alliteration, identifying and distinguishing different sounds; environmental sounds, instrumental sounds and voice sounds.
We also have focus books in Literacy linked to our current topic- Traditional Tales.
In Nursery and Pre School, we develop children's understanding of number, shapes and measures by exploring through play and focussed activities like, measurement and counting in cooking, shapes and patterns in art, numbers and signs all around us, etc. Children are introduced to the concepts of mathematics through their experiences with concrete objects and pictorial representations.
This half term Reception children are learning about Shape and Space, Patterns, adding by counting on.
Shape and Space
This unit introduces positional language and the names and some of the key properties of common 2D and 3D shapes. These are important building blocks for the concepts of shape and space children will meet later in KS1 and KS2. Spatial awareness supports all aspects of maths and familiarity with shape builds confidence prior to using the mathematical properties and language met in KS1.
This unit focuses on looking at patterns. Understanding pattern is one of the main foundations of all mathematics learning. When children are investigating patterns and their representations, they are forming valuable understanding that will enable them to make links in more complex mathematical concepts, such as the understanding of how numbers work and algebra.
Adding by counting on
This unit focuses on counting forwards from a given number in order to add. Counting on is far more efficient than some of the other methods of addition , therefore children need to become familiar and confident with this strategy.
Knowledge and Understanding of the World
Knowledge and Understanding of the World
Knowledge and Understanding of the World relates to children's everyday lives, their homes, families, other people, the local environment and community, and the wider world. There are three main areas in this area of learning -
- Places and people (Geography)
- Time and people (History)
- Myself and other living and non-living things (Science)
Through different types of play, active, and experiential learning opportunities as well as practical activities, children will be provided with meaningful experiences. These will stimulate their senses as well as encourage them to ask questions, explore and wonder at their environment. They will undertake investigations that engage their interests, and develop awareness of the beliefs and views of others.
Our current topic is Traditional Tales.
Expressive Art and Design
Expressive Art and Design
- Exploring and using media and materials - children will sing songs, make music and dance, and experiment with ways of changing them. They safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.
- Being imaginative - children will use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes. They represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through the range of opportunities. provided, both during adult led and child initiated sessions.
What we are learning this week!
Our focus story this week is the traditional tale of 'Jack and the Beanstalk'. We have had lots of opportunities to explore the story, as well as plant our own beans, create drawings and painting to represent the story and even discuss what we would like to find at the top of a beanstalk!
Home learning expectations
Reception children will be sent home with a reading book from the Read Write Inc scheme. This book will focus on the sounds learnt during phonics lessons and will give children an opportunity to consolidate their learning at home. This book will be changed weekly. As well as reading this book daily with your child we also ask that they are sharing a wide range of other stories to help develop their love of reading.
Please sign up to the Oxford Owl website which offers free books and activities https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/
Please try some of the daily challenges on the monthly Maths calendar. This will be uploaded onto the 'Maths' page of the website.
Please also support your child to try some of the School Jam activities on the app. These are linked to our current learning and follow the same scheme of work.
Half Termly Challenges
Reception and Nursery children will be sent home with 'challenges' at the start of each half term. These are linked to our topic of learning and will consist of 3 different challenges. Children are welcome to complete just 1 challenge, or all 3. These challenges are designed to be 'child led' so please support and encourage your child to complete the challenge to the best of their ability, but with their own ideas and input. There is no expectation for Nursery children to complete the 'home learning' but if they would like to attempt the challenges we would love to see the finished results.
Children also have access to Mini Mash which contains games and activities. Please use your school login (contact us if you have issues accessing this) https://www.purplemash.com/sch/albury