Dragonflies - Nursery


Welcome to Dragonfly class! Our teacher is Miss Pateman , who has joined Bedwell this year and is kind, calm and full of creative ideas! We are also supported by our fantastic teaching assistants, Mrs Avis and Mrs Nichols. We all come to school in the mornings, and some of us also stay for the afternoons as well - if you are interested in finding out more about 30 hour provison or additional hours, please speak to Miss Pateman or the School Office

Home learning ideas:

  • We use Tapestry to share work that we have done in school and share ideas for learning beyond school. Speak to Miss Pateman if you're not sure about how to log in.
  • Constant practice of reading and phonics is just about the most valuable thing you can do at home. Try to read with your child as often as possible and talk to them about what they’ve read. 
  • We have daily phonics sessions which follow the ReadWriteInc scheme. They have lots of guidance on how you can support your child with phonics at home here. 
  • There are lots of resources to support learning around traditional stories available on the Oak Academy site - try starting with the Gingerbread Man set of lessons, here. 
  • We’ve been practicing our counting a lot in class, so building on this at home would be a huge help - you could count houses on the way to School, footsteps on the way to bed, shoes in the house, players on the team, objects in the shopping trolley, claps, nods... Anything and everything you can think of! 
  • Support your child in building their imagination and storytelling, building things using big cardboard boxes and pieces of fabric, or dressing up and pretending to be nurse, doctors or parents.  

Our latest news:

  • Our focus story has been The Gingerbread Man, and linked to this we have made our own gingerbread, coloured, counted, written, drawn and read. 
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  • We have absolutely loved sharing our Tapestry journals this half term! It has helped develop our speaking, listening and communication skills. In class, many of us have been really excited to share what our parents have been putting online, and this has also helped our development. We also enjoy talking to our friends about what has been put online via the app and this has helped develop and strengthen friendships and connect us through common interests and experiences. 
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  • In the Spring Term, we all got involved in the Big Garden Bird Watch, spotting and counting birds in our gardens and making bird feeders to encourage more birds to come and visit us.
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"Relationships are warm and caring, and this helps children to feel confident, happy and safe."

Ofsted report, 2018

We have been learning about... 

Child Initiated Learning - we have had the chance to try out a huge range of activities linked to learning, our own individual interests and our focus story, Owl Babies. As a result we have developed and widened our friendship circles, enabling us to engage with our environment and improve our speaking and listening skills. Many of us have made fantastic progress because of this. We always look forward to finding out what new activities and challenges have appeared in our classrooms each day and are also keen to find new ways to explore, use and play with the equipment and resources around us.

This term's topics

Communication & Language - We will be working hard to listen carefully to stories and remember what happens in them. As we’re talking about travelling, prepositions will be really important this half-term, so we will be playing lots of games to practice using words like over, under, behind, below, around and on top. We will also be encouraged to ask ’how’ and ’why’ questions to find out more about different types of transport. We will try to speaking in full sentences as often as possible, using and and because to link ideas together and explain what we mean.

Personal, Social & Emotional Learning - We will get ready for the transition up to Reception next year by spending more time in the Reception classroom, having story times with Mrs Eddison and reading stories about starting schools. We will also be given more responsibility around class as we work to be more like our learning superhero for the term, Isaac Independence.

Physical Development - In our PE sessions we will be developing our running and coordination, as well as learning the rules of some simple events and competing in our class races. We will also think about the effect that exercise has on our bodies. In class, we will continue to work on our pencil grips, making sure that we hold writing tools correctly, so that we can form recognisable letters.

Take a look at our curriculum map for more information on our topics.