If your child is 3 years of age before 1st September 2021, they will be old enough to be in our Nursery in September. Please collect an application form from the school office and return it to the school office and your child will be placed on the waiting list.
If you would like to visit our setting please contact our office to arrange a time.
Early Years Outcomes
At Irk Valley Community School, staff in Early Years plan according to Early Years Outcomes, a government publication to help structure children's development from birth to 5 years old. The publication is available on the following link:
... In simpler terms!
Early Years Outcomes has also been published as a supporting document to help parents and carers work alongside teachers and learn with their children at home. This is available on the following link:
Early Years Curriculum - An Overview
Reception and Nursery use half termly topics to help with children's learning. This enables us to plan around exiting topics which will bring new experiences to the children. We incorporate the ideas and interests.
Parents as Partners
We always appreciate an extra pair of hands and it's lovely when parents come and join us in class and on trips. We have a weekly stay and play in which parents are welcome to stay and work with the children. Reception's stay and play is every Tuesday and Nursery's stay and play in every Wednesday.
Please always have a chat with your child's teacher or Miss Watson if you have any questions concerning your child's learning and development, or if there is anything else we can help you with.
As children move through Early Years, we follow 'Letters and Sounds'- a method to develop children's phonic skills and help them learn to read and write. This begins in nursery with Phase 1 of Letters and Sounds, which encourages children to listen to and join in with nursery rhymes and songs as well as listening carefully and helping them to tune into sounds around them. Once they move onto Phase 2, children begin to learn actual letters, although they are first introduced to the sounds they make not the letter names. To listen to these sounds, please click on the link below:
To support your child with their reading, we ask that you promote a love of books through reading school books and bedtime stories at home with your child. Trips to the local library are a great way to encourage their interest in books, or else come and use our Early Years library where you can borrow books to share at home.
We also have a new notice board which has lots of useful tips to help support reading at home. There are also leaflets and phoneme mats available for you to take to support this.
Celebrating Good Times
At Irk Valley Community School we like to celebrate festivals and religions which happen all over the world, especially when some of our children have links to particular countries and religions. Last year we celebrated Eid, Christmas and below are a few pictures form Chinese New Year. Watch out for invitations to attend our special celebration days this year.
Learning Through Play
Throughout the Early Years, we aim for every child to enjoy their day at school and encourage them to become independent and motivated learners. Staff encourage playful interactions to help children develop across Seven Areas of learning:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development: making friends; developing their confidence and self-esteem; being self-motivated in their own learning.
- Communication and Language: interacting with peers and adults, speaking and listening, paying attention.
- Physical Development: Developing gross and then fine motor skills; looking afer their own personal hygiene; understanding the need for a healthy lifestyle.
- Literacy: Phonics/ the beginning of reading and writing.
- Mathematical Development: Numbers and counting, Space, shape and measure.
- Understanding the World: Looking at their own environment and community; beginnign to understand technology.
- Expressive Arts and Design: Through different expressive art and creative media- paint, dance, drama.