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The Little Red Hen Nursery School

Battersea, London

020 7738 0321

Day in the life

Children are welcomed at the door by Miss Zara at 9.30am and are encouraged to shake hands and say "good morning." This helps to develop confidence, good manners and instill routine.

Each week there is a new topic which is explored through out the timetable. This provides a consistent theme to the week’s activities, which also encompass the seven areas of learning set out by Ofsted in the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Sample timetable

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Free Play Free Play Free Play Free Play - Home Corner Free Play
Chat on the Mat Chat on the Mat Chat on the Mat Chat on the Mat Chat on the Mat
Story & Break Story & Break Story & Break Story & Break Story & Break
Music & Instruments with Miss Yvonne French and Games Cookery Ballet Music & Movement
Outdoor Play Outdoor Play Outdoor Play Outdoor Play Outdoor Play

Subject to change due to weather etc.

Free Play

This incorporates a variety of activities that are linked to the seven areas of learning, and are changed on a daily basis. We pay particular care to ensure that each child’s interests are explored and that they are stimulated whilst still following the curriculum. The seven areas of learning are:

  • Communication & Language
  • Personal, Social & Emotional Development
  • Physical development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding of the World
  • Expressive Arts & Design

Following Free Play all children participate in tidy up time, this encourages:

  • team work
  • sorting skills
  • discipline
  • numeracy/counting skills
  • vocabulary and language skills

Chat on the Mat

Register - This encourages children to listen and to respond at the appropriate time. 

Weather board – The children look at and discuss the weather each day, including learning about the days of the week, the months and changing seasons. This helps develop their descriptive communication and observation skills.

Sharing their news – This is wonderful for expanding their vocabulary, learning how to communicate and listen to others, and for building the children’s confidence.

Story Time and Break

Story time – The children congregate on the mat everyday to enjoy a story. The stories are selected to enhance their listening skills, develop their imagination and ability to solve problems.

Break - Whilst the story is read children enjoy choosing and sharing the different fruits that are brought in by parents each day. This encourages a healthy and varied diet whilst allowing them to explore different textures, colours, new tastes and also expanding their vocabulary.

Daily Activities

Within the weekly structure there then follows a daily activity. These include:

  • Music and Movement
  • French
  • Music and Instruments
  • Gardening
  • Cookery
  • Ballet

Outdoor Play

This happens either in the courtyard playground or the secure garden.

Collection Time

At 12.30pm children wait on the mat to be called to shake Miss Zara's hand and are encouraged to say "goodbye" before being handed back to their parent or carer.

Afternoon school is available depending on termly demand.

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The Little Red Hen Nursery School
Battersea, London
020 7738 0321