Rockwood Nursery 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.

Every year the school reviews how it is doing and identifies some areas for development over the next academic year.  For 2019-20, these are

  • To ensure the school’s curriculum is broad and sequenced with a clear intent on how it meets the needs of all children
  • To review how the curriculum is implemented and further developed in the outdoor environment to ensure it is at least consistently good
  • To continue to strengthen and improve the middle leaders so that they can accurately evaluate the quality of the provision and outcomes within their subject area through robust monitoring and evaluation

Every year the school reviews how it is doing and identifies some areas for development over the next academic year.  For 2017-18, these are:

  • To improve children’s achievement in Writing
  • To further improve the quality of teaching for differentiated learning across the extended age phase and widening range of needs
  • To strengthen the governing body’s leadership role in line with the Governor Competency Framework (2017)

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

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!

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