Welcome to Natterjacks
We are the Natterjacks, and we are the youngest children in The Pines. There are nine of us in Natterjacks who are supported by Miss Kiernan alongside our wonderful support team Mrs Marsden, Miss Gemma, Mrs Guy, Miss Howard and Miss Hayley.
We are a very busy bunch who love to explore lots of messy and sensory activities!
We also love playing and learning outside within our lovely outdoor classroom.
In Natterjacks we are all learning how to communicate with our teachers and each other, and each one of us has our own way of communicating. We are always busy learning lots of different ways to help us communicate such as talk, gestures, visuals and communication systems such as PECS and Makaton.
We have lots of outside professionals who come in to support us as well such as speech and language therapists, physiotherapists and occupational therapists.
Everyday is a new and exciting day of learning and adventures in Natterjacks!
Please enjoy our class page which will give you a sneaky little peek into what our lovely, and very busy days of learning look like in Natterjacks
Our Indoor environment
Our Natterjacks indoor classroom has a large number of areas of continuous provision which we can access independently and with the support of our teachers throughout the day. These areas include; a creative workshop with a large painting easel, a home corner, sand and water play, construction and small world, malleable and sensory play and a lovely cosy reading den. All of our areas are enhanced with lots of lovely story books and information books which we love sharing with our teachers.
We use all of our areas throughout the day and our teachers are there to follow and support our play. Using our classroom in this way and valuing our interests ensures we feel happy, scaffolds our play skills, helps us to be engaged in our learning and supports and our language and communication development. Using our interests and play as a vehicle for our learning also develops our social and interaction skills as well as developing our independence and life skills.
Our outdoor environment
We are very lucky in Natterjacks to have a large and wonderful outdoor classroom all to ourselves. Our teachers keep the door open all day so that we can make a choice about where we would like to play and learn.
Our outdoor classroom is very important to us as it provides us endless opportunities to practice and learn lots of new physical skills. It also gives us the opportunity to explore and learn about the world around us as well as allowing us to explore our learning on a much larger and messier scale than we would indoors.
Our outdoor classroon also supports our mental health and well being by enabling us to be outside in the fresh air, being physical and giving us a space away from an environment that might sometimes get over stimulating for some of us
All of our learning areas, both indoors and out are carefully enhanced with exciting learning experiences and provocations with each of our individual needs and interests in mind.
What we are busy learning this half term.......
We are super busy this term! We have been busy building strong relationships for all children and staff in Natterjacks as we continue to grow!
Our favourite time of the day is Bucket Time, when we work together to build our attention and access a range of activities.
We have also loved exploring our faces in the mirror as well as learning how to take turns with our friends. We are always busy exploring water but this half term we have loved it even more as we have been able to explore it outside using our whole bodies!!!
We have also been busy using our special work boxes with our key person. We love to do tricky puzzles and explore our early writing skills.
Within Natterjacks our curriculum is bespoke and individual to each and every single one of us according to our needs as documented within each of our Educational Health Care Plans. However to support these plans our teachers are also guided by the Early Years Foundation Stage Framwork which further supports our learning and development.
Within the framework there are seven areas of learning and development:
Communication and Language Development
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Understanding the World
Expressive Arts and Design
Our teachers understand and value that every single one of us learns in our own unique way, and so within our classroom our teachers also support and nurture our Characteristics of Effective Learning.
Within the EYFS there are three main characteristics of effective learning:
Playing and exploring – engagement
Finding out and exploring
Playing with what they know
Being willing to have a go
Active learning – motivation
Being involved and concentrating
Enjoying achieving what they set out to do
Creating and thinking critically – thinking
Having their own ideas
Choosing to do things
You can find further information here :
Our daily Timetable
Our teachers follow a basic structure and timetable to the day to ensure familiarity, routine and consistency, however this is very relaxed and does sometimes change to ensure that we feel safe and secure and that our teachers are able to follow the our needs and interests.
Some of us can find it really tricky to pay attention to our teachers and so our lovely teacher do bucket therapy with us every single day. This helps us to concentrate and focus which will help us to learn.
We all love bucket therapy, especially because our teachers get so excited to show us all of the exciting, interesting and wonderful things hiding inside the bucket!
Here are a few websites we use in school to help us to learn lots of exciting and useful things!