Robins - Nursery
Ms Bradford and Mrs Gifford
Our Nursery is a teacher-led class for children from 3 years old.
Our aim is to provide a rich, stimulating and high quality preschool for 3-4 year old children.
The Nursery and Foundation class work together as a unit, allowing the children to move freely around all areas of the Foundation Stage with the children having access to the outside area whatever the weather! We plan a wide range of opportunities for children to learn through fun, hands on experiences in both adult led and child initiated activities.
We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.
This is made up of 3 Prime areas:
Personal, Social & Emotional Development;
Communication and Language and
There are also 4 specific areas of development:
Understanding the World and
Expressive Arts and Design.
Children will be given opportunities to learn at their own level and we endeavour to follow the children's interests to help us plan fun and exciting activities. We love the outdoors and always plan activities that involve the environment around us.
Home learning is set weekly and is shared on Tapestry. We would love you to complete the small task which relates to what we have been learning about in Nursery.
Within a nurturing environment, children are individually supported in developing confidence, independence and self-respect. They are encouraged to work and concentrate independently and to take part in the life of the group, sharing and co-operating with other children and adults. Through activities, conversation and practical example, they develop acceptable ways to express their own feelings and to have respect for the feelings of others.
In both small and large groups, children are encouraged to extend their vocabulary and fluency by talking and listening and by hearing and responding to stories, songs and rhymes. They will be supported in learning how to verbalise their wants, needs, interests and opinions, through appropriate modelling of behaviour.
A range of equipment and opportunities, both indoors and out of doors, allows children to develop confidence and enjoyment in the use and development of their own bodily skills. A high level of adult supervision enables children safely to create and meet physical challenges, developing increasing skill and control in moving, climbing and balancing. At the same time, children are supported in the development of the fine motor skills required to use tools.
Children are helped to understand that written symbols carry meaning, to be aware of the purposes of writing and, when they are ready, to use drawn and written symbols for themselves. A well-stocked book corner gives every child the opportunity and encouragement to become familiar with books, able to handle them and aware of their uses, both for reference and as a source of stories and pictures.
As they develop mathematical understanding to solve practical problems, children are assisted to learn and use the vocabulary of mathematics, identifying objects by shape, position, size, volume and number. Songs, games and picture books help children become aware of number sequences and counting and, when they are ready, to use simple mathematical operations such as adding or taking away.
We use our school environment and the grounds around to support children’s understanding of animals, plants and people. We look at different types of communities and how they might be similar or different to use. We also discuss familiar people who work in our community such as postal workers, fire fighters and doctors. A range of equipment enables children to extend their technological understanding, using simple tools and techniques as appropriate to achieve their intentions and solve problems.
Children are encouraged to use a wide range of resources in order to express their own ideas and feeling and to construct their individual responses. Art equipment, including paint, glue, crayons and pencils as well as natural and discarded resources, provides for open-ended exploration of colour, shape and texture and the development of skills in painting, drawing and collage. Children join in with and respond to music and stories, and there are many opportunities for imaginative role-play.
Each week we have a focus for what we can learn about the outdoors. So far we have learnt about: sticks, mushrooms, apples, pears, pumpkins, bulbs, hedgehogs, spiders and owls! The children are always motivated to learn more and remember where they can find mushrooms to share with their family or how to keep hedgehogs safe in the winter months.