Extra Curriculum Activities

At Leafield House Nursery we understand how important it is for our children to be exposed to a wide range of activities. This helps them to build an interest in learning and trying new things, as well as increasing their knowledge ready for school! Exposure to a range of activities builds confidence, develops a child’s communication and encourages creativity. At Leafield House we have a specialist Leader in this area so that a range of age appropriate activities can be organised for the children. Claire is an early year teacher who specialises in phonics, music, forest school and French.  The children participate in daily activities with Claire both indoor and outdoor, a favourite with the children is our yoga/sports sessions!

Claire: Extra Curriculm Leader

My name is Claire and I have worked in Education for 15 years.

My experience has ranged from teaching nursery children to year 6, having spent the majority of my years in Early Years where my passion lies. During my time of being an Early Years leader I was fortunate enough to train in Forest Schools and bring the knowledge and skills that I acquired into the Early Years settings I have worked in. One of the main reasons I am passionate about Forest Schools is that it is a child centred approach with the children leading their own learning supporting children to become independent and creative problem solvers. Learning outdoors also supports children develop interpersonal skills and has a positive impact on mental health.

Having being brought up in a bilingual home of English and French I took the role of Modern Foreign Languages co-ordinator in one of the schools that I worked in had training on how to deliver French to children from Early Years throughout Primary. I have taught French sessions to all age groups and I am looking forward to once again supporting children reap the benefits of learning a second language through music, games and stories.

Having taught in Early Years for many years another of my passions is the benefits of learning to read and write through phonics. I have supported children’s development of reading and writing through phonics within schools and as a home tutor. In nursery we will ensure children are ready to learn phonics when they start school by introducing pre- phonic sessions by exploring sounds around us and experimenting with musical instruments, playing with rhythm and rhyme and experimenting with our voices.

I love spending time with my own young children, going for walks and exploring new places. I have always loved reading, writing my own children’s stories and poems, drawing and cooking.”

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