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Ongoing petition to urge the Government to take action to ensure maintained nursery schools are financially sustainable

We’ve had wonderful support from existing and former parents and carers in signing this ongoing petition to urge the Government to take action to ensure maintained nursery schools are financially sustainable. If you feel you can help by signing the petition then please click on this link. With thanks in advance for your support.

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/237044

A Planned Environment: Professional Questions 16th January 2019

* Which groups of children work together in a collaborative way in the Atelier space?

* Where is spontaneous mathematical enquiry occurring in the Nursery environment?

* Where are boys using language in the Nursery environment?

* Which children are noticing change in the Nursery environment?

* How can we support children in identifying their feelings and help them to manage their feelings in a positive way?

* If we introduce corn flour as a new sensory resource, what language will the children use to describe their experiences?

* Can we encourage more spontaneous mark making in the outdoor classroom by providing large paper to work on?

* How will the children respond to a new provocation on the mark making table in the graphic classroom? What’s new in Main Nursery from 16th January 2019.

9th January 2019 – A Planned Environment – Professional Questions

* Which groups of children work together in a collaborative way in the Atelier space?

* Where is spontaneous mathematical enquiry occurring in the Nursery environment?

* Which children are noticing change in the Nursery environment?

* Are the children thinking of their own ideas in their play in the Nursery environment?

* How will the children respond to the new group of children starting in Main Nursery?

* How can we encourage the children to share the rules and routines of Nursery with our new children?

* How can we support children in identifying their feelings and help them to manage their feelings in a positive way?

What’s new in Main Nursery from 9th January 2019.

* New coloured mats have been introduced into each group space.

* Dinosaur small world resources have been added to the outdoor classroom.

* Smaller tubes and connecting joints have been added to the large sand pit to allow the children to continue to explore the properties of dry sand.

A Planned Environment: Professional Questions 6th December 2018

* As Advent continues will the Advent bags continue to encourage number recognition and subitising in the Nursery environment?

* Which groups of children work together in a collaborative way in the Atelier space?

* Now the children have experienced the Atelier space with Matt the artist will they use the found materials in outdoor classroom in a different way?

* Where is spontaneous mathematical enquiry occurring in the Nursery environment?

* Following the children’s interests in collaborative play can we provide larger 3D resources in the creative classroom to allow them to work together?

* If we introduce a real Christmas tree in the graphic classroom will the children be inspired to complete an observational drawing for their own Christmas card?

* Can the children notice and talk about the Christmas tree’s features?

* Are the children thinking of their own ideas in their play in the Nursery environment?

What’s new in Main Nursery from 29th November 2018

* A real Christmas tree will be introduced in the graphic classroom.

* Larger cardboard boxes will be introduced in the creative area for the children to work on with paints collaboratively.

* As Advent continues, Advent bags will continue to encourage number recognition and counting.

* A post box will be added to each colour group area to allow the children to post cards to each other.

A Planned Environment: Professional Questions 29th November 2018

* Will the introduction of the Advent bags support number recognition and any further mathematical enquiry?

* With Christmas festivities taking place in the local community and Christmas traditions starting at home, are the children talking about their experiences with adults and each other?

* How will children respond to the opportunity to work with paints on a three dimensional scale?

* What learning will this painting opportunity lead to?

* Are the children thinking of their own ideas in their play in the Nursery environment?

* Are children ‘noticing’ change in the weather on their way to school and in the outdoor environment?

* If we introduce another Traditional Tale, The Three Little Pigs, will the children be inspired to create their own structures and test their strength?

* Can the children make links with the Three Little Pigs story, thinking of ways to move and travel like the pigs and the wolf in music and movement with Lizzy?

* Following the children’s interest in writing letters, can we provide paper and a post box in the graphic classroom?

What’s new in Main Nursery from 29th November 2018.

* An assortment of seasonal books and stories will be provided for the children to read and share.

* As the build up to Christmas begins, the children will encouraged to talk about and share their experiences.

* Cardboard boxes of various sizes will be introduced in the creative area for the children to work on with paints in a three dimensional way.

* As Advent begins, Advent bags will be introduced to encourage number recognition and counting.

* Cards and a post box will be added to the graphic classroom following the children’s interest in writing letters and cards.

A Planned Environment: Professional Questions 22th November 2018

* Can the children revisit their Diwali dancing routines in the garden studio using the 4 beat pattern?

* If we make a gingerbread man to eat will the children notice and talk about the changes to the ingredients as they are mixed together and cooked?

* What threads of learning are the children exploring when using the found materials in the play dough?

* How will the children respond to the new atelier space in the garden studio?

* If we introduce found materials in the outdoor classroom, how will the children incorporate them into their play?

* Which children are able to retell the main parts of a story considering the beginning, middle and end of a story?

* Are the children noticing change in the outdoor classroom?

* What characteristics of effective learning are the children demonstrating in the Nursery environment?

* Can we build on the children’s interests in fixing and joining by introducing hole-punches and treasury tags in the graphic classroom?

A Planned Environment: Professional Questions 7th November 2018

* Will the children recreate their experiences of fireworks displays using paints and black paper on a larger scale collaborative piece of work in the creative classroom?* *Can the children recall their music and movement session based on fireworks and will they link movements they made with the movement when painting?

* How will the children respond to their first introductory Forest School session?* How will the children respond to their first Literacy session focusing on rhythm and rhyme?

* Now that we have introduced 2D shapes in our group time which children will notice these shapes in the Nursery environment?

* Using their photograph from home, can the children talk about their families at group time?

* What descriptive language will the children use when they are invited to complete a drawing of their family?

* If we introduce more tubes in the sand pit can we encourage more collaborative play?

* Following the children’s interests in musical instruments how will they use them if we place a selection in the outdoor classroom?

* Can the children retell the story of “the 3 Billy Goats Gruff” using the small world resources in the outdoor classroom?

A Planned Environment: Professional Questions 4th October 2018

* How will the children respond to being invited to their first adult focused activity; drawing their self-portrait?

* How can we continue to support children in building relationships with adults and peers?

* What are the children showing interest in as they explore the Nursery environment?

* Where in the environment are we noticing children counting and using number in their play?

* If we introduce tonal colours in the painting area can the children’s interest in colour mixing be explored further?

* In the outdoor classroom will the children continue to explore trajectory and movement?

A Planned Environment: Professional Questions From 2nd July 2018

  • Now that all children have explored the feeling fans will they be able to discuss how they feel about visiting their new schools?
  • Can we introduce more props to support the developing shop role-play in the outdoor classroom?
  • Can the children explore heavy and light and begin to use mathematical language when comparing different objects?
  • Can we introduce another sensory experience for the children to explore in the creative classroom?
  • How will the children respond if we investigate and experiment with bubbles and paint?