In the Early Years we follow the 'Development Matters' curriculum where children are supported to learn through play; click the below link to view a parent-friendly version.
Our topic this half term is: 'Let's Imagine!'
This half-term the children will have the opportunity to express their own imaginations after listening to a range of exciting make-believe stories. We will become pirates like Captain Flinn in 'The Pirate Dinosaurs', find out more about some 'Aliens' who 'Love Underpants', and get to know 'Winnie the Witch' along with her cheeky cat Wilbur, amongst other things. The children will be able to make up their own tales too, and share them with their friends. We will also be taking care of some caterpillars together and will watch their incredible transformation into beautiful butterflies. This is the last half-term of Nursery, we will be doing lots of transition activities in preparation for the children to move to Reception, discussing the exciting upcoming changes together.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development...
Throughout their pre-school years children should be supported to build relationships, develop self-confidence and self-awareness as well as manage their own feelings and behaviour. These skills are vital for developing positive learning behaviours which will have an impact on learning later in their school life.
Communication and Language Development...
It is said that "reading and writing float on a sea of talk" which is why learning through play to develop better understanding of concepts, widen vocabulary and listen to others is so important in a child's early years. If you would like to support your child's early literacy skills at home then talk to them! Limit screen time, share stories together, sing nursery rhymes, make comments on the world around you and let your child's voice be heard too.
Physical development is a vital part of your child’s learning and will enable them to become confident writers. Physical development sets them up for successful learning later in their school life, which is why we focus on it so heavily within the early years. We support children to develop good:
Every week your child will have the opportunity to practise these skills, through a variety of activities including outdoor play, music and movement sessions, 'dough disco' and snack time, among others.