We use Tapestry, an online learning journal to help teachers and parents records the progress of our children in Nursery and Reception.
If you have completed the form, you can logon using this link.
What is Tapestry?
Tapestry is a secure online Learning Journal where teachers record photos, observations and comments, for parents to see at home.
This system allows us to work with parents and carers to share information and record the children's play and learning in and outside of the classroom.
How does Tapestry work?
Tapestry provides each individual child with their own Learning Journal held online, only you can see your child's journal no other parents will be able to see your child's journal. Parents and carers are given their own log-in using their email and password (which is pre-set by us but can be changed by you to make it more secure). All EYFS staff are also given a secure log-in.
Then both you and our staff can then upload observations, photos or videos; recording children's achievements and assessing their learning in reference to the curriculum.
How do I get a login for my child?
At the start of each year we automatically create you a Tapestry account using the email address you have provided during the enrollment process. Once created, you will receive an email from Tapestry asking you to complete the setup by creating a secure password and PIN. If you do not supply an email address, we will be unable to create you a Tapestry account.
If you require any more information, you can either speak to your child's teacher or the school office.
The nursery children are welcomed into their classrooms at 9am. They are encouraged to independently hang up their coats and put away their book bags. The children are supported to then self-register, selecting their name card and placing it in the box. Children are then free to explore the nursery classroom.
The children are supported to participate in group circle times, including; shared discussions on topic based learning, five minute Math’s and phonics sessions.
Half way through the morning the children share a healthy snack of fruit and milk or water. This is then an opportunity for us to share some songs and rhymes.
The children then continue to spend time playing in the indoor and outdoor classrooms. We end our session with a shared story and rhyme time, before getting ready for home time. We always end our nursery day with our ‘goodbye song’, before the children are collected at 12pm.
Each day in nursery is a different themed day to help support the children in learning their days of the week.
Music Monday: - A shared musical instrument and dance sessions.
Tasty Tuesday: - The children get to participate in weekly cooking sessions, for example, baking bread, icing biscuits and chopping vegetables for soup.
Wellie Wednesday:- Our learning takes place in our forest school on Wednesday, where the children experience den building, tree climbing and searching for mini-beasts to name a few.
Thumbs up Thursday: Thursday we celebrate the children’s achievement, with a weekly ‘star of the week’.
Fitness Friday: We get our bodies moving in our weekly PE sessions, playing ring games, using apparatus and dance.
Forest School is an amazing, fun experience for children and adults. It is a long term program, allowing the participants the freedom to learn in an outdoor environment, using mainly natural materials as well as learning to use tools, ropes and tarps. It allows participants to develop many skills, self confidence, emotional awareness, social skills, creativity, communication, physical and to develop their knowledge and understanding of the world. Participants love to take ownership of the area and they learn to organise themselves and others, often displaying leadership skills. They will see and learn about nature and the changing seasons through the ever changing environment. This helps to develop observational skills and will also teach them how to care for the environment while experiencing the beauty of nature. Forest school can also reinforce learning from the classroom, for example subjects that are being learned in the classroom can be seen for real in the outdoor setting. Forest school leaders will nurture and allow child led learning, facilitating rather than teaching and providing opportunities and encouragement for children to learn through play and exploration
Nursery children participate in these sessions every Wednesday and enjoy a delicious hot chocolate drink at snack time to warm them up!
Science Week in Nursery
In Nursery the children have been 'scientist'. We carried out an experiment to see if we could turn milk into ice cream; without using a freezer. We poured milk, sugar and vanilla essence into a zip-locked bag. Next we put the bag in a box full off ice and a cup of salt and shook the box for about two minutes. We opened our bag of milk to reveal delicious ice cream. The children very much enjoyed sampling their vanilla ice cream.