The Owls Room is where the focus is on providing opportunities for the children's natural curiosity to flourish, and for them to develop a love of learning.
The Owls Room is a large, well equipped and resourced room and, apart from the usual colour matching, phonics and number sessions and pre-school writing and activity book work, the children will develop their knowledge and interest in the natural world. They will observe tadpoles growing into frogs, caterpillars into butterflies and listen to baby chicks cheaping inside their eggs, prior to the amazing sight of them bursting out into the world. They will assist with the care of our chickens, quail and guinea pigs, helping to feed them all and collecting the chicken eggs, and they will will plant bulbs and seeds and help with the harvest.
We have the facilities for simple science experiments, for cooking (and eating) a variety of dishes, and for developing the children's IT skills, with cameras, remote controlled cars, ipads and a wonderful interactive table, which even the babies can use.
By the time the children leave, we hope they will be well prepared for school; able to recognise and write their own name, know and understand numbers, and be on the first steps towards reading. We hope they will be confident, independent and sociable young people. We want them to be full of questions, to have lots of interests and to find fun and enjoyment in learning.
To quote from a previous OFSTED Report .....
"Elswick House Nursery School is highly effective in promoting successful outcomes for children in the EYFS".
And from the parent of one of our very recent school leavers .....
" (She) has really thrived at Elswick House. I have loved her telling me about all of the things she has done and the new things she has learned. I have seen a huge change in (her). She is generally more settled, calmer (believe it or not!) and I detect a greater sense of contentment, alongside the exuberant joy she has alwayd had. I believe this is thanks to the rich experiences she has had with you all, and the opportunities for learning you have (provided) to stretch her mind."