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Each half term Nursery and Reception children are immersed into different topics. These topics are all based around stories and help children develop a love of books as well as developing their vocabulary, imagination and engagement in their learning. The teaching and learning experiences being delivered reflect the half termly topics, as does the learning environment both inside and outside the classroom.
During the school year Nursery children will explore 4 key themes.
Topic 1 - What Makes Me, Me!
Topic 2 - People who help us
Topic 3 - Traditional Tales
Topic 4 - Over Land and Over Sea
Literacy develop is a vital part of your child's overall development. In Nursery we will be developing our literacy skills through daily Dough Disco and Squiggle into a Wiggle sessions to help prepare for early writing. We will also have lots of activities such as signing, talking, story telling, drawing and sound games.
In Nursery, children will be given opportunities to explore shape, pattern, colours and number in all areas of continuous provision. Children will focus on "mastering" numbers to 5. This is so that they learn the value of number and how numbers are made up. Number is taught through practical, relevant play based activities and is reinforced through repetition, songs and rhymes.
During the school year we have four key topics. Through these topics children will experience all areas of the early years curriculum and these will be further enhanced by visitors and school trips.
Unit 1 - Me and Where I Belong
Unit 2 - Journey through Storylands
Unit 3 - Traditional Tales
Unit 4 - My Earth
All children within Nursery and Reception will have the opportunity to explore the indoor and outdoor environments and engage in a range of exciting learning opportunities to develop their skills in reading, writing, math, art, construction and problem solving just to name a few.
We have been very fortunate to have had our outdoor area developed in recent years. We now have a wonderful water wall, sand area, mud kitchen, gravel pit and story telling area. All children across Nursery and Reception will have the opportunity to experience all areas of the outdoor provision.
We will be helping children to develop their reading and writing skills by having a daily phonics session. We will also complete a daily fine motor activity and ‘dough disco’ session to support children with their physical development.
Within school we will be helping children to develop a love of reading by sharing a range of exciting and engaging stories everyday. Here are some suggestions of stories you might like to share with your child at home; Handa’s Surprise, Owl Babies, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Peace At Last. Your child will also bring home a reading book and a library book every day.
This year your child will learn to count to 20, the composition of each number and key number facts within these. They will also develop their knowledge and understanding of 2D and 3D shapes, measure and time.
Each half term Reception and Nursery will be taught new vocabulary through stories. Children will hear these words in a story and then will learn the meaning of each word. Children will then rehearse using these words within sentences.
Personal, Social, Emotional Development
This half term we are learning the names of our new friends. We are beginning to develop an understanding that there are similarities and differences between ourselves and our friends and are beginning to understand that some objects belong to ourselves and other things are shared.