We are able to provide a caring, stimulating environment which prepares each child for a seamless transition from Nursery to main school in Reception. Children have opportunities to develop relationships with Reception teachers during their time in the Nursery. The children have constant access to whole school resources including enriching and diverse opportunities afforded by whole school events such as multi-cultural and Book Weeks and visits from professional musicians and authors.
Children attend the Nursery for at least two terms before entry into school. They will be offered up to five full day sessions, depending upon the funding available to the family. There are a maximum of thirty children in each session with a qualified teacher and additional members of staff, one of whom is a qualified Nursery Nurse.
The Nursery has been on the school site since January 1997 and provides a well-structured and exciting pre-school experience for three and four year old children. Ghost Hill Nursery provides the very best emotional and educational preparation for school. Attendance at our Nursery does not ensure a place at the school, a separate admissions criteria is followed.
Children benefit from a wide range of learning experiences covering each area of learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage. The Nursery offers learning experiences which flow freely between indoor and outdoor areas. A qualified, professional teacher plans learning opportunities in collaboration with Reception teachers to ensure progressive experiences for each individual as they move through the Early Years Foundation Stage. If you would like more information about our curriculum, please get in touch with a member of staff.
During lockdown the nursery children were given lots of opportunities to engage in some fun learning. We followed the nursery's medium term plan and work was planned around topics such as Winter Wonderland and Roars and Claws. We met some new friends called Squawky Phonics and Maths Monkey. Squawky Phonics asked the children to think of lots of objects starting with a given sound, helped the children to blend sounds together to make some simple words and showed the children how to write the sounds. Math’s Monkey helped the children with lots of maths including recognising numbers, matching numerals to the correct amount of objects, making estimates, simple adding, learning about 2D and 3D shapes and repeating patterns.
We also had the fantastic opportunity of working with a PGCE student for a short time. Miss Fergus read the children stories and planned some exciting activities for the children to do.
On Thursday 3rd March we all came to school dressed as our favourite book characters as part of World Book Day. We had fun trying to guess the different books represented and also spoke about why we chose the book and character that we came as. We also took part in a scavenger hunt in the school library, trying to find pictures, words and characters to match the information on our maps
During British Science week, we took part in a whole school experiment. Our challenge was to find Humpty Dumpty a safe jacket to wear on the wall to stop him from cracking if he fell. We wrapped Humpty Dumpty in different materials and dropped him from 1 metre to see if his shell cracked. We made predictions as to which material would be the best and worst.
We had a visit from the Junk Orchestra and had the opportunity to play lots of different upcycled instruments and make some awesome music! The leader was very funny, he had a crisp packet bow tie!
'I loved the big drums' - Roman
'I liked scraping and banging with the flip flop' - Hayden
'I liked the plant pot shaker' - Mollie
' I like the wheel that spins' - Dexter
' I didn't like the noise at first, but then I didn't mind' - Clara