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Welcome to Little Hoots


Take a peek at some of the things we did during the Autumn Term

Spring Term

Term 3: Child-initiated play is the best way for children to learn to enable them to develop their curiosity, concentration, creativity, problem solving skills and to enable them to use their imaginations.   So whilst we predominantly follow the children's lead, and recognise their individual stages of development, there are some key aspects of development that we will be encouraging through play and circle-time activities.  

Please see 'Little Hoots Spring Term Curriculum Letter' to find out more. 

How we learn

Hello my name is Debbie Hanna and I am the teacher in Little Hoots Nursery. Children develop quickly during their early years. It is our aim at Little Hoots to do all we can to give the children the best possible start in life and prepare them for their upcoming transition to school.  We recognise that children learn best when they feel valued and secure in their environment.  

At this stage of their development play-based learning is key.  We provide a wide variety of resources and opportunities to encourage the holistic development of the children, paying particular attention to their communication skills; personal, social and emotional development; and their physical development.  We monitor the children's stages of learning and development using the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework.  To find out more about how your children learn and develop in accordance with the EYFS, take a look at the attached '4children parents guide to the EYFS' booklet. It explains what to expect at different stages of development and provides ideas to support learning at home.  We are one team, working together, learning together and succeeding together.

Autumn Term

Term 1:  We strive to ensure  all of the children feel safe and secure at Little Hoots by enabling them to learn the class routines and expectations. We give them lots of time to become familiar with the staff (Myself, Mrs Hicks and Mrs Murrow) and the setting.  We want the children to feel happy and confident  to explore all areas of the nursery both indoors and outdoors.  During this term we pay particular attention to their personal, social and emotional skills, for example, by encouraging them to make new friendships and supporting them in being able to manage conflicts and negotiations independently.  

The children will be taking part in the Harvest Festival. They will visit the  Mobile Library Bus and the Life Education Bus to learn about 'taking care of themselves'. They will also get to see some African drumming and dance when the Kakatsitsi drummers come to school. 

Term 2: Starting this term and continuing through to the end of the school year, we will select 'focus children' for each week.  Parents will be given a 'parent consultation sheet' the week prior to their child being the focus to help us make links to their home lives and enable the children to develop their 'Understanding of the world.'  

The children will be taking part in the Christmas Service at Malmesbury Abbey.  They will receive a visit from the 'Police'; the Dental Nurse; and Dyson to see 'robotics' in action. They will also get to explore 'Space' in the sciene exploradome. Finally there will also be the opportunity to explore some creepy crawlies when the Zoolab come to school. 

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