Nursery

Nursery

Play underpins all development and learning for young children. It is through play that children develop intellectually, creatively, physically, socially and emotionally.  Within the nursery we provide a wide range of learning opportunities to enable the children to access a variety of experiences. Every child starts nursery at a different stage of development.

Their individual needs are assessed and staff plan appropriately to meet those needs, providing suitable resources and activities which allow for progression.   Our nursery provision is based on ‘Development Matters’ in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), which sets the standards for learning, development and care for children from birth to five. It stresses the importance of providing well-planned experiences based on children’s spontaneous play, both indoors and outdoors.

In nursery we plan educational experiences that build on children’s interests and their spontaneous play as much as possible. We use our observations of the children to help us understand the child’s current stage of development and ensure that the activities are well matched to the children’s needs and address the next steps in their learning.

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CURRICULUM

TEACHERS: Mrs Mahrer

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

During the Autumn Term we will focus on:

  • Supporting the children as they settle into nursery and help them to develop friendships with other children and relationships with the adults they will encounter
  • Teaching the children the behavioural expectations of our nursery e.g. we walk inside, we have kind hands etc
  • Developing independence, self confidence and self esteem.
  • Encouraging children to take turns, share and to tolerate delay when waiting for a turn.

Communication and Language

In this area of learning we will ensure that we provide opportunities for all children to:

  • Practise active listening (through story time, carpet time, circle time, show and tell time)
  • Engage in conversations with adults who will model good language and expose children to language we use for different audiences and in different contexts
  • Extend and develop their vocabulary
  • Develop their confidence in speaking in front of others, providing children with the chance to speak in front of different audiences e.g. peers, adults, visitors

Physical Development

 In this area of learning we will ensure that we provide opportunities for all children to:

  • ‘Mark Make’ using a variety of resources e.g. paint, crayons, chalks, felt pens etc
  • Develop their fine motor skills through a range of fine motor activities e.g. button threading, stacking blocks, playdough etc
  • Develop their gross motor skills such as running, jumping, hopping , skipping

Literacy

In this area of learning we will ensure that we provide opportunities for all children to:

  • Develop a love of books by regular story sharing sessions; providing an attractive reading area with props to accompany familiar stories
  • Join in with repeated refrains and anticipate key events and phrases in rhymes and stories
  • Be aware of the way stories are structured
  • Suggest how a story might end
  • Listen to stories with increasing attention and recall
  • Describe main story settings, events and principal characters
  • Recognise familiar words and signs such as own name and advertising logos
  • Look at books independently and handle books carefully

Numeracy

In this area of learning we will ensure that we teach children to and provide opportunities for children to:

  • Use number names and number language spontaneously
  • Use some number names accurately in play
  • Recite numbers in order to 10
  • Know that numbers identify how many objects are in a set.
  • Represent numbers using fingers, marks on paper or pictures
  • Match numeral and quantity correctly
  • Show curiosity about numbers by offering comments or asking questions
  • Compare two groups of objects, saying when they have the same number
  • Separate a group of three or four objects in different ways, beginning to recognise that the total is still the same
  • Show an interest in numerals in the environment 

Understanding of the World

This area of the curriculum covers learning in science, geography, history, RE and Technology. In this area of learning we will ensure that we provide opportunities for all children to:

  • Comment and ask questions about aspects of their familiar world such as the place where they live or the natural world.

·         Talk about some of the things they have observed such as plants, animals, natural and found objects.

·         Show interest in the lives of people who are familiar to them.

·         Talk about significant events in their own experience.

·         Describe special times or events for family or friends.

·         Learn how to operate simple equipment e.g. turns on CD player and uses remote control.

·         Show an interest in technological toys with knobs or pulleys, or real objects such as cameras or mobile phones. 

Expressive arts and design

This area of the curriculum covers learning in music, art, and dance. We provide opportunities for children to explore these areas through ‘free play’ where the nursery and outdoor environment is set up with activities and resources to facilitate this. The children will have access to role play resources and small world resources in order to develop their imaginative play. We will encourage the children to join in with songs, rhymes and dance and learn how to play different instruments. Adults will join children in the art and craft area and demonstrate how to use different art and craft resources such as glue, scissors, hole punches, staplers, sellotape.

Tapesty – Online Learning Journey We will shortly set up a Nursery Tapestry account so please ensure that you have returned your permission slip (please ask for a new form if you are unable to find the previous one). Once each child has a profile set up we will use this to record learning and achievements during the year. We value all contributions parents make to this journal as it is important for us to see what learning the children demonstrate at home – we often hear that they have mastered a skill but we may not see that in nursery. It is also a good way of us finding out about the children’s interests outside of nursery and what they do as a family which provides us with rich evidence for the ‘people and communities’ strand of our curriculum. If you are unsure how to comment or add evidence to your child’s Tapestry Journal we are more than happy to help so please come and ask.