Rockwood Nursery School

we love to learn and learn to love

  • Reading
    Reading
  • Squirrel Room
    Squirrel Room
  • Stories Alive!
    Stories Alive!
  • Rockwood Building
    Rockwood Building
  • Sensory Garden
    Sensory Garden
  • Stories Alive!
    Stories Alive!
  • Stories Alive!
    Stories Alive!
  • Squirrel Room
    Squirrel Room
  • Stories Alive!
    Stories Alive!
  • Sensory Garden
    Sensory Garden
  • Stories Alive!
    Stories Alive!
  • Stories Alive!
    Stories Alive!
  • Sensory Garden
    Sensory Garden
  • Sensory Garden
    Sensory Garden
  • Squirrel Room
    Squirrel Room
  • Squirrel Room
    Squirrel Room
  • Sensory Garden
    Sensory Garden
  • Stories Alive!
    Stories Alive!
  • Stories Alive!
    Stories Alive!
  • Stories Alive!
    Stories Alive!

Every year the school reviews how it is doing and identifies some areas for development over the next academic year.  For 2022-23, these are

  • To formulate a simplified curriculum termly intent to show milestones for ease of parents/carers and to aid assessments by staff.
  • To develop the role of subject leaders to support the curriculum development and evaluation across the school
  • To review staff wellbeing, development and support across the school

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This year we are supporting the DfE Hungry Little Minds campaign.  Have a look at the website: https://hungrylittleminds.campaign.gov.uk/
It is a three-year campaign to encourage parents and carers to engage in activities that support their child’s early learning and help set them up for school and beyond.

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.

In April 2017, our brand new Sensory Garden and yard was completed for us, funded with support from the Big Lottery Fund.  The design was led by our teachers, with the aim to provide a range of sensory experiences for our children.  We were particularly keen to ensure our SEND children and youngest children had lots to see, smell, touch and try out. 

There is a water area, a sensory table, various planters with different sensory plants and herbs, a large mirror, gross motor number balancing area and posts for awnings and weaving area, as well as lots more!  There are some photos here on the website.  We are delighted with the new area and the children are too!

Every year the school reviews how it is doing and identifies some areas for development over the next academic year.  For 2018-19, these are:

  • To further improve children’s progress in Maths (Numbers)

  • To improve the use of formative assessment and how it informs day-to-day planning

  • Review how and what the school offers as nursery provision in order to support high quality early years education

Stories Alive! was a creative project, supported by the Arts Council and working with 4 other nursery schools in Lancashire.

The project started with a visit with the children to Burnley Youth Theatre on Wednesday 28th January.  The children went by coach and met all of the artists who would be working on the project with the schools and some of the children from the other nursery schools involved.

All of the children got the opportunity to work with one specific artist, ours was Hannah from In-SItu, and explore some new art and ideas over several months.  The children also got to work with Ben from More Music and explore rhymth through a drum workshop and with Gordon around story telling.  You can see some of the photos on the website.

Parents and carers were invited to be involved in the project and some booklets were completed from all of the artists' work with the schools which were provided to every child and are available on Gordon's website (as project leader) http://creepingtoad.com/out-and-about/stories-

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