Nursery/Reception 2022 - 2023
Welcome to Early Years
The Foundation Stage team is made up of four creative and passionate professionals that aim to provide all learners with a stimulating, imaginative environment in which they can play and learn. We will nurture and support children in becoming happy, confident and resilient learners. All of this will allow our children to thrive and to 'Dream big'.
Mrs Spreckley - I am the Class Teacher and Early Years Lead. I love working with the early years children and seeing them bloom into independent
confident young people. I love working indoors and outdoors so you might well see me in my wellies jumping in puddles! I am passionate about how children learn and I like to make sure I am meeting all thier needs. I am a mother myself and know how important it is to have strong communication with the school so we ensure you feel as involved with your child's progress and learning as much as we can. I love inviting you into our setting so you can get a real feel for what it is like in the life of a 3/4 year old! So I look forward to meeting you all.
Mrs Speck -I am one of the teaching assistants in Early Years and I work every afternoon in Early Years. I am also a Teaching Assistant in Year 5. Previous to working at Bredbury St Mark's, I was a Nursery Manager in Stockport and Derbyshire. I have a son called Eddie who is 10 years old and a dog called Harry. Outside of work I love to spend time with family in the fresh air. My favouire thing about working in Early Years is watching the children smile and grow in confidence.
Mr Clayton- I work full time within Early Years as a Teaching Assistant. I began working at Bredbury St Marks six years ago but have been working in Early Years for the past 6 years. Before working with children I worked within the building trade and this means I am great at making things for our classroom. I am a dad to four lovely daughters, three of them are now teenagers. In my own time I enjoy going out on my motorbike or going on my push bike with my dad. I am a big Manchester City fan and love going to watch the football when I can.
Mrs Kay- I am one of the Teaching Assistants in Early Years and work every morning within the classroom. I have worked in the Early Years field for 17 years. I am qualified to level 5 foundation degree in Early Years Leadership. Over the years, my main role has been to manage private day nurseries. I have worked with age ranges from babies to age 5. I have 2 children, aged 9 and 3 and have a step son who has been in my life for 15 years and he is now 16 years old. I have worked at Bredbury St marks in the Early Years department for a couple of years. Outside of work, I love spending time with family. I particularly enjoy baking which I have done for many years and also enjoy walking in my spare time.I look forward to working with your children and their families.
Mrs Ridsdale - I am the cover teacher for Mrs Spreckley. I work in the setting on Thursdays and we have some great fun. I continue the normal routine that Mrs Spreckley and the team follow. I love working with the younger chidlren as they are full of energy and enthusisam. Outside of work I love spending time with my family going on holidays and relaxing in my hot tub!
In Nursery, we are passionate about learning through play. The classroom environment is planned for alongside different carpet times and activities using the development matters document to ensure that learners have opportunities to develop all of their skills. Topics are carefully selected to ensure that learners are provided with exciting and stimulating experiences that they can access both indoors and outdoors. Learners also have small key group sessions throughout the day. The focus of these key groups are; phonics- exploring Phase One. Tales Toolkit story sessions which develop learner’s story telling skills and experiences linked to our topic.
In Reception we follow a number of different schemes that allow us to challenge our children. We teach early reading in Reception following ‘Read Write Inc.’ this builds on any prior knowledge that children may have. Writing is taught based on our half-termly theme, books are selected depending on the theme and explored using Tales Toolkit and using skills from Read Write Inc. the children are able to learn a story or a piece of text and then using taught skills, draw pictures and write labels, captions and sentences. In Maths we follow the scheme Power Maths, this is an exciting interactive scheme that we use during carpet time to teach children specific skills, we then provide the children with opportunities in the classroom to apply and experiment with the skill.
Talking to children about what they have been learning helps them to make connections, reflect and develop their communication skills. Every week we will send home ‘Home Learning Activities’ including reading books. These are just some exciting activities for you and your child to do at home together.
Keeping in touch
You will receive communications from school via our Class Dojo app. This may be photographs, what learning has been taking place or any general notices for parents/carers.
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