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Our Nursery Pre-School Curriculum

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and in particular, we focus on the three Prime areas as we believe these are fundamental in forming a broad and balanced base from which all children can learn. These areas are, Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED), Physical Development (PD) and Communication and Language (CL).  The EYFS states that these three areas are 'crucial for igniting children's curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and to thrive.'  

We design an active and experiential curriculum, helping to develop each child's confidence, resilience, self-esteem and celebrating their uniqueness.  Please see the 'Welcome to our Nursery' page for more information.

Our topics this term are 'Me and My Family' and 'Winter Animals.'

Our Role Play area has become a lovely picnic area where we have displayed the children's holiday photos, alongside space for them to sit and chat together, making new friends.  We have also created a 'me and my family' area where we can explore, learn and talk about our families and what different families can look like.  We will also be learning about different occupations and looking especially at vets, as we will be turning our role play area into a vets later this half term. 

We will begin by reading and acting out 'Happy to be Me' by Emma Dodd where we will talk about the different parts of our bodies and what each of them can do.  We will then read the fabulous book, 'Pete the Cat' by Eric Litwin and illustrated by James Dean.  We will also be singing and learning Pete's song, which teaches us all about colours and having resilience when unexpected things happen! Our RE this term will be on Harvest and we will be celebrating and exploring God's wonderful creation, as well as digging up our harvest from last year!  

Why not look at these stories and songs together and talk about what is happening with your child?  You could ask questions like, 'What did you like best?' or 'Can you remember what happened in the story?'  Children love acting out stories and you could each take on a different character.   How would that character move?  How would it speak?  Your child will really enjoy learning with you and this will really help support your child's learning in nursery.   

We will continue to teach our Phase One Phonics scheme, Letters and Sounds,(see below) alongside the intentional teaching of mathematics following the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.  We will also continue our very popular 'Helicopter Stories' and 'Word Aware' sessions, which are great tools to aid your child's creativity, improve their language skills and help enhance personal, social and emotional development.

Supporting at home

There are many ways you can support your child's learning at home.  We have put together a series of little videos to help support you with your child and have produced some documents to help you (see below). 

You can also find useful ideas at:

CBeebies at home

Hungry Little Minds

Tiny Happy People

We hope you find them useful!

How to strengthen little fingers at home: video 01

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How to make playdough at home: video 02

INGREDIENTS:  2 cups flour (any type), 1 cup salt,  1  1/2 cups warm tap water,  2tbs cooking oil,  a few drops of food colouring (optional).

Why not add a bit of spice to your dough by adding cinnamon, ginger or glitter? Enjoy making this together!

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Ideas of how to use playdough at home: video 03

Remember to use both hands, using language like squeeze, pat, twist, splat, roll.  Why not watch dough disco too!

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How to build a den: video 04

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Making dens is a great way to help develop your child's magination, as well as exercise their gross and fine motor skills.  You can use chairs, clothes maidens/airers and even large boxes to make castles, ships and forts.  What will you create today?

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Sticky Learning - What have we learnt so far this year?

Repeating stories and rhymes already learnt is an important way to support your child's learning.  Why not go over some of our favourite stories and songs together?  You could re-tell the story, act it out or talk about the characters together.  You will find some of Nursery's favourite's below:

 

Nursery 2020-21 learning included:

'Dear Zoo' by Rod Campbell.

'Pete the Cat and his white shoes' by Eric Litwin.

'Away in a Manger' Carol.

'Monkey and Me' by Emily Gravett

'Daniel in the Lion's Den' from the Bible

'Walter's Wonderful Web' by Tim Hopgood

'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' by Eric Carle

 

We had so much fun learning all about different people who help us. We enjoyed visits from an ambulance driver, a nurse, a builder and two police officers. Can you name the special jobs of the people who help us in the pictures below?

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Phonics in Nursery

In Nursery, we follow Phase 1 of the Letters and Sounds programme and phonics is taught every day. 

In this phase, your child will be learning to:

  • have fun with sounds
  • listen carefully
  • develop their vocabulary
  • speak confidently to you, other adults and other children
  • tune into sounds
  • listen to and remember sounds
  • talk about sounds
  • understand that spoken words are made up of different sounds.

Phase 1 consists of seven interlinking parts, which are all vitally important to help your child develop their speaking and listening skills:

1) environmental sounds

2) instrumental sounds

3) body percussion

4) rhythm and rhyme

5) alliteration (words that begin with the same sound)

6) voice sounds

7) oral blending and segmenting

We will be giving you details of how you can support your child's learning throughout the year but for more information on Phase 1 support for parents online, click here.

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