We value our relationship with you, the parents and carers of the children in our care, and believe this relationship is crucial in the development of your child. We would therefore really appreciate if you could continue to use our ‘Little Stars’ notes to document any special achievements and to also the ‘What my child would like to learn about’ sheets to keep us informed of any new interests which arise.
Our ‘Parents Noticeboard’ remains a key feature outside of the classroom, this includes ideas of how to support your child’s communication and language skills, ideas for home learning relating to our topic and also has all important dates for you to note down.
Our topic for this half term is
Under the Early Years framework, there are 7 areas of learning; 3 prime and 4 specific.
Each of the 7 areas of learning and how they will be addressed are outlined below:
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
We will be working hard to settle the new children who have joined us into the nursery setting. We will be focusing on working as a whole group, turn taking, sharing and building friendships.
We will also be seeking and delighting in new experiences, having a positive approach to activities, and demonstrating a sense of pride in their own achievements.
We will also encourage children to carry-out various self-registration tasks, praising their efforts, to emphasise the significance of the process to promote their sense of belonging as well as name recognition.
Communication and Language
We will provide children with short circle-time sessions to enable them to develop their listening skills in small groups, as well as on a one to one basis.
In Nursery, we adopt the ‘Talk for Writing’ approach in learning new stories. We will select a book with the children and then use the book to develop their listening and story-telling skills. Each term we select a different book and create a collaborative story map, with images to prompt the children re-telling the story.
We will also provide children with simple instructions throughout the day, enabling them to show their ability to follow directions independently and developing their understanding as well as their physical and verbal responses.
We will be using a variety of opportunities and experiences to develop children’s confidence and awareness of space using our wonderful outdoor areas. We aim children to move freely with pleasure and confidence in a range of ways, negotiating appropriate pathways when walking or running both indoors and outdoors. We will also engage in activities requiring hand and eye co ordination, using a variety of tools, apparatus and equipment through mark making, small world, construction etc.
We are very fortunate to have a fantastic wood area, as well as our outdoor provision. We aim to make full use of this and each week we have our ‘Trekking Tuesday’ morning, where we complete various tasks, ranging from obstacle course to outdoor art in the woods.
Within the classroom, we have designated mark making and ‘creation station’ areas. These provide continuous opportunities for children to use mark making tools such as pens and scissors as they wish, developing their fine and gross motor movements.
This area covers a range of skills such as language, reading and writing. We will be aiming to listen to and join in with stories and show an interest in the illustrations. ‘Talk for Writing’ continues to forms a key part of our Literacy activities, where the children will use the story map to join in with stories. We will also be developing our writing skills through children’s own mark making interests, aiming for children to give meaning to the marks they make. Towards the end of the term we aim for children to talk activities through, reflecting on and modifying what they do.
We sing Nursery Rhymes on a daily basis which brings in the initial recognition and enjoyment of rhyming activities and we will be working on the Phase 1 phonics program. One of the key aspects at this stage of Phase One phonics is the use and understanding of rhyme and alliteration. This will remain a key focus across various activities and areas of learning, through the use of discussion, games, stories and songs.
We will be practicing our counting skills, using them in familiar contexts (e.g. nursery rhymes, number games, role play etc.) to give meaning to numbers and counting. This will also be achieved by counting various objects as well as the daily counting of children during the register and at other times.
Maths is an important aspect of learning, it is therefore evident in all of the different areas of the classroom from construction, through to the snack area. This will also build upon the children’s ability to recognise numerals in the environment. We will be providing children with a home learning challenge to further embed this.
A further key focus will be shape recognition. This will be implemented through the use of shape hunts and the provision of shape based activities.
Understanding the World
We will be building upon children’s interests and experiences and developing their curiosity and interest in their surroundings. We will be helping the children to show curiosity and interest in what they see and in the world in which they live. Through imaginative and role play with peers we aim to encourage the children to remember and talk about significant events from their own experiences.
Expressive Arts and Design
Nursery is set up to enable children to explore their creative sides. Children will have the opportunity to access the ‘creation station’, junk modelling, mark making, construction, role play and small world areas. Each of these areas will enable them to develop their expressive and artistic skills.
This term we will positively encourage children’s creative development through a range of media experiences such as paint, clay, song, dance, music and role play experiences. These opportunities will build upon children’s own interests and we will be promoting the celebration of children’s work in order for them to indicate personal satisfaction in their work. We will begin to explore and differentiate between colour and the texture of things.