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Teaching team

Our teacher is Mrs Hobbs and our teaching assistant is Mrs Beech.

In the Foundation Stage our aim is to provide the very best start in life for your child by developing the skills they need to become independent learners. We follow the statutory framework of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), which sets the standards for learning and development for all children up to the end of their Nursery year, ready for Reception.

Learning through play underpins all of the EYFS, and the framework is split into three 'prime' areas of learning and development and four 'specific' areas of learning and development.

Areas of Learning and Development

Prime Areas

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical Development
  • Communication and Language

Specific Areas

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding of the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

Whilst these seven areas provide a framework for the early years curriculum, within Nursery the prime areas are fundamental in developing the specific areas.

At Riverside Academy we recognise that the environment plays a key role in supporting and extending the children’s development. We aim to create an attractive, welcoming and stimulating learning environment.

We also aim to make it a place where children feel secure and confident, and are challenged to develop their independence. Activities are planned for both the inside and outside environment. Children have the opportunities to engage in the indoor and outdoor classroom throughout the school day.

On-going formative assessment is at the heart of our practice. We observe children, which allows staff to plan experiences and learning opportunities through a highly structured environment in order to deepen children’s understanding and drive their learning forward to the next stage.

To promote a love of reading and to inspire their writing we read a range of books linked to our topics.

Current Learning

In Spring Term 2, Nursery will be focussing on the theme ‘Around the World. During this topic we will be looking at different animals from around the world, this will include; jungle animals, rainforest animals, polar animals and sea creatures. Click on the link at the bottom of the page to explore what the children will be learning in each area of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.

Exciting Learning Opportunities

We now have a new outdoor learning environment, with lots of exciting areas to explore. We have a wonderful outdoor reading area, with a large throne and toad stalls to sit on, where we can share our love for reading, through books, puppets and small world. This term the children will be introduced to the new water wall, and newly refurbished art studio.

Within the early years, we have decided to create a driving school to support physical development. This type of learning will provide children with numerous goals and the opportunity to ride different level bikes independently.

In spring the children will have the opportunity to take ‘Spot the Dog’ on adventures with their families and share these at school.

Play and Stay

All parents are welcome to join us for play and stay every Thursday morning 8.45-9.15. This gives you the opportunity to learn with your child through a range of different activities.

New Library Service

This term, we are setting up a free library service for our children and their families. You can choose a book with your child to take home. All books must be signed out and returned before you choose a new one. Books need to be returned to a member of staff before the next book can be taken.