Welcome to Sandcastles Nursery!
Miss Megan Somerfield
Hello! My name is Miss Somerfield and I am the Nursery teacher. This is my second year here at Castlefort school. Teaching in Nursery has always been my dream job and I feel hugely privileged to play a part in your child’s education.
In the EYFS we love being creative, a little bit messy and a little bit noisy, but don't worry- it's all to help us with our learning! We do lots of singing, dancing, playing and creating. Children have the chance to work with their teachers and well as find out things on their own. I have lots of exciting activities planned for the busy summer term ahead, and cannot wait to share these experiences with the children.
We really value your support and the role you play in your child’s education, so if you have any queries or questions, please do not hesitate to come in and see any of us.
Miss Somerfield is your 'first point of contact', but Mrs Locke (Deputy Headteacher) is available as the EYFS Leader.
Meet the Sandcastles Nursery team
We're really lucky to have such a close friendly team in the Early Years. This year we have two wonderful Teaching Assistants who be supporting the children throughout the year. Our morning Nursery class will be supported by Mrs Woodall-Williams, and our afternoon Nursery class will be supported by Miss Hawtin.
Below there are some links to some useful information to help you and your child in Nursery. You'll find letters, curriculum information and copies of our timetable. If there's any other information you'd like but can't find, please let me know.
All of the work we do in Nursery goes towards developing your child in the 7 key areas of learning; Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language, Physical Development, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World, and Expressive Arts and Design.
All of our work in these areas will be documented by photographs, mark making, artwork and other pieces of evidence in Learning Journeys. Your child will work in groups each day completing guided maths and writing activities, as well as a daily Letters and Sounds or RWI (phonics) session to develop their reading and listening skills. These activities will develop key skills for your child, as well as being fun and interesting to engage them with their learning.
We also follow the ‘Cornerstones’ curriculum, which is a thematic approach to delivering aspects of the curriculum. We have a different topic each half-term, and provide lots of stimulating activities for your child to chose and explore based around this topic.
Our topic this term is
Why is Water Wet?
Let’s get wet! Why does water change shape? Why is water wet? Let’s dive right in and find out all about water and its properties.
This half term, we’ll practise our letter recognition by fishing letters out of the water tray. We’ll learn water-themed vocabulary and start to think about initial sounds. We’ll carefully move water from one place to another and between different containers. Getting creative, we’ll use watery paints and pipettes to add colour to cloud and raindrop shapes.
In our water area, we’ll play with blocks, stones, boats and small world animals. What will happen when we spray water onto different materials? Will they be waterproof? Thinking scientifically, we’ll explore the shape and depth of puddles, as well as investigating floating, sinking and melting. It might get messy when we make garden soup using petals, leaves and herbs. Using our mathematical skills, we’ll count numbered umbrellas and practise ordering numbers. On a rainy day, we’ll take a wet walk in our wellies, splashing in puddles and catching the rain.
Themes incorporated within this topic include:
Take a look at our Nursery learning environment, we have so many things to be getting busy with!
Counting, size and shape games - http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/3-5-years/counting
Things to make and do! – www.dltk-kids.com
cbeebies - story time and songs - http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies
Children’s digital Literacy - www.storyplace.org
Storybooks, games, activities and colouring – www.lil-fingers.com
Children can learn about letters, numbers, shapes, writing and words - www.literacycenter.net
Children can learn the alphabet, phonics, pre-reading and reading skills -www.starfall.com
Extra Provision at Sandcastles Nursery!