Preschool (Formerly Nursery) 2021-04-26T11:47:33+00:00

Preschool (Formerly Nursery)

We currently have morning, afternoon, and all day sessions available.

In Preschool,  Miss Kinsella is the Class Teacher.

Mrs Magee and Mrs Keegan work in Preschool as Teaching Assistants.

We operate an open-door policy, so if you have any questions or queries, please pop in to see us and have a chat. You can also email Miss Kinsella: sarah.kinsella@hungerfordacademy.org

The Preschool classroom is located in the infant building and shares a playground with Reception children, which is accessed through entrance M from the Foundation playground.

A.M./P.M./All day Sessions

Although we still run two Preschool sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, we are also able to offer funded 30 hour places, where your child will stay all day.

Morning Session: Drop off at 8:45 Pick up at 11:45

Afternoon Session: Drop off at  12:10 Pick up at 3:10

Whole day Session: Drop off at 8:45 Pick up at 3:10

What We Do

Each day in Preschool is a busy one and although we have a daily timetable of activities to create routine and help the children settle in, we provide an exciting range of activities so that no two days are exactly the same!  We want to help the children becoming confident learners who don’t give up when things get tricky. We aim for them to be happy to leave familiar grown-ups and to come into Preschool excited about what the day might entail.

We undertake daily Phonics, English and Maths lessons. For our phonics we follow the ‘Letters and sounds’ scheme. This is continued as the children move in to Reception in order to build on what has been learned during their time in Preschool. The children are then able to consolidate and continue to apply these key skills. More information about what is covered and how this learning is organised can be found here http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/what-is-letters-and-sounds-.html

P.E.

All children take part in weekly (all day children) or fortnightly (morning/afternoon children) PE sessions. School PE kits are not required at the start of the school year as we will initially be practising taking shoes and socks on and off! When PE kits are required we will give you plenty of notice. PE kits consist of a t shirt, shorts/leggings and pumps (no laces please). It would be a big help if you could practise getting changed with your child at home.

The Great Outdoors

At Hungerford we really value the benefits of learning outdoors, and Preschool children will spend a lot of time outside in most weathers. Please make sure the children have a labelled, waterproof coat in school everyday and be prepared for the possible results of messy play! Please ensure children have a pair of named wellies and socks in a named carrier bag to be left in school. If you would like to send spare clothes in for the children should they need them please make sure they are also clearly labelled, and again, in a clearly labelled bag.

We plan our learning based on the children’s interests, which form the basis of any topics studied.

Reading

Although it seems like a long time away we are beginning to think about the transition into ‘Big school’ in September.  One of the focuses that we as a school have is on the importance of reading. We strongly believe that you as parents can have a massive impact on the progress your child makes in reading, even at this early stage. Whilst we give the children the chance to choose a new book in school once a week, reading books that they know gives them the opportunity to confidently retell stories and ask and answer questions about what is happening. In Reception, the children will change their reading books several times a week, so it would benefit the children to get into the habit of regularly sharing stories with you now. The main focus at the beginning of Reception is telling a story using just the pictures in a picture book which is what they do with reading books at the first level. Please make sure that children bring their bookbag with them each day with their book and reading record.

Topics

Autumn 1- All About Me

Autumn 2- Traditional Tales

Spring 1 – The Naughty Bus

Spring 2 – The Journey Home

Tapestry Learning Journeys

Every child in the Foundation Stage at Hungerford has an online learning journey. This learning journey can only be accessed by school staff and a child’s own parents and is password protected.   This can be accessed via an app on your android or iOS device.  Alternatively – log in at https://tapestryjournal.com/.

We want you to share in your child’s learning journey at Hungerford Primary Academy and would like you to enjoy the Tapestry Journals.  It is important that you can access your child’s journal to be able to do this, we are happy to help if you are having any issues logging on. Please contact your class teacher if you are unsure of your log in details.

We would also ask that any photographs / special moments from life at home are uploaded to Tapestry by parents where possible, the teaching staff really enjoy seeing these and it helps us get to know each child as an individual that bit more.

Water Bottles, Lunch and Snack

Children need to have a clearly labelled water bottle in school every day so they can drink regularly.

A snack of fresh fruit and a carton of milk is available during each session. For children who will be staying all day you will need to provide a packed lunch.

Preschool Letters Home:

Please keep an eye in your children’s bookbags for letters coming home as well as on this page.