All the staff at Marlfields Nursery hope that you have had a fun filled and enjoyable Christmas. At the beginning of this Spring term we would like to give a very warm welcome to the new children who have joined us this January. We hope to have an enjoyable first term in Nursery, getting to know your children, building on their learning opportunities and experiences and settling into routines of nursery life!
During the next few months we are undoubtedly going to experience mixed weather and our fair share of unpleasant weather. It is most important that you remember to provide a waterproof jacket and warm clothes for your child so that they can make use of our wonderful outdoor areas.
Please don’t hesitate to speak to us if you have any concerns or questions regarding your child.
At Marlfields Nursery we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum which is split into 7 curriculum areas: Personal, Social and Emotional Development; Communication and Language; Physical Development; Literacy; Mathematics; Understanding the World; and Expressive Arts & Design.
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 & 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. The book we have picked for this term is ‘Supertato’ so that it links to our topic of infinity and beyond. 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 woodland 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. In addition to this we have PE every week where we will work on our Physical Development objectives. 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. In addition to this we are introducing write dance which through dance begins to enable the children to explore their writing skills. 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 are still working on the phonics programme for their current ability. This will remain a key focus across various activities and areas of learning, through the use of discussion, games, stories and songs. It is important that reading is encouraged within the home setting on a daily basis in addition to the Nursery setting.
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 of 2d shapes. 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 & Design
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.