All the staff at Marlfields Nursery hope that you have had a fun filled and enjoyable Easter break.
During the next few months we are undoubtedly going to experience mixed weather. It is most important that you remember to provide a waterproof jacket and a sunhat for your child so that they can make use of our wonderful outdoor provision.
This term we will be continuing to learn through topics of interest to your child. We will really get to know your child more and more throughout the weeks to ensure we know what interests them to ensure they have the best learning experience
The Prime Areas of Learning & Development
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
We will be focusing on working as a whole group, turn taking, sharing and building friendships. We will also be seeking 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 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 also provide the children with a chance of telling their own story in our helicopter sessions. This enables them to work on their story telling skills and encourage a breadth of language.
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 Thursday’ 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.
The Specific Areas of Learning & Development
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. 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 and listening and attention skills. We will also be introducing stage 2 phonics where we will learn new sounds focusing on SATPIN sounds. 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. Math 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. 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 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
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.
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