For much more information, on the right hand side of this page you will find links to allow you to download information concerning what the children are learning this term and how our School works.
Our Nursery department has 3 classes which are:
- Sparrow: Mrs Nixon/Mrs Barber
- Gosling: Mrs Goodman
- Duckling: Mrs Cossey
The Infant Department
- The school has a planned admission number of 120. However, in practice everyone living in the town of Rothwell and the parishes of Harrington and Thorpe Underwood is eligible to attend, so on occasions the admission number is exceeded due to demand for places from the given catchment area. Admissions are dealt with centrally by the Northants Admissions team in Northampton and the school follows the Local Authority admissions policy.
- Children are admitted in the September after their Fourth birthday.
The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum
In nursery, we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum Guidelines.
The EYFS Curriculum is split into seven areas , three of which are designated “Prime Areas”, and which are described as “crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.”
The Prime Areas are:-
1. Communication and Language
- Focuses on: developing the children’s Listening and Attention, Speaking, and Understanding.
2. Physical Development
- Focuses on developing fine and gross motor skills, moving, and handling tools and equipment. It also looks at factors which will contribute towards a healthy lifestyle – healthy eating, hygiene, toileting and self care and exercise.
3. Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Focuses on developing social skills – sharing and turntaking, dealing with conflicts and problems, self confidence, behaviour and looking after ourselves and each other.
The remaining four areas are described as “Specific Areas”. These are:
6. Understanding the World
7. Expressive Arts and Design
Through these total seven areas, we plan, implement and evaluate a range of learning experiences. There is provision for activities that cover all of these areas and most activities cover more than one area at a time.
Characteristics of Effective Learning
Learning through play is at the centre of the nursery curriculum; recognising children need to be active participants in their own learning, giving them opportunities to explore and find out and giving them ownership of their learning experiences is vital.
Children enjoy leading their own learning, making decisions about what they are going to do and how they are going to do it, and enjoying the results and successes. The Early Years Curriculum talks about the characteristics of an effective learner and stresses the importance of having the right environment and opportunities available to them, to enable them to have a go, take a risk, try something new, or take their time to perfect a new skill and develop resilience, learning from making mistakes.
Click on this link for a Parents’ Guide to the Early Years Curriculum, to find out more.
The Nursery staff observe the children as they undertake a range of planned and child initiated activities, and track and record their developmental progress. This year we have started to use an App called "2 Build a Profile", on the Ipads. This allows us to provide an annotated pictorial record which is be emailed to parents at regular intervals throughout the year.