During this half term, Autumn 2018, there will be a strong focus on the three Prime Areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum as your child settles into Nursery.
These comprise of Communication and Language Development; Physical Development and Personal, Social and Emotional Development. In addition to these areas, we will also be working on the specific areas of Mathematics, Literacy, Understanding the World, and Expressive Arts and Design.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development – It will be important for the children to build positive relationships with both their peers and their key adults, to develop independence as they explore their learning environment, and the confidence to express their needs and wishes. We will also work closely with the children to develop their sharing and turn-taking skills.
Communication and Language – The children will be encouraged to develop their vocabulary and to speak clearly and confidently in a small group. They will also be encouraged to share their ideas and needs with everyone in Nursery. There will also be a strong focus on developing their active listening skills.
Physical Development – The children will explore ways of moving their bodies and controlling their bodies in a given space. They will have opportunities to explore the outdoor learning environment independently during our ‘Explore and Learn’ sessions. They will also develop their fine motor skills by providing the children with varied opportunities to engage in both ‘busy finger’ and mark-making activities. They will also learn to handle scissors safely and develop self-care skills such as putting on and taking off their coat, changing in and out of their shoes and wellies, and begin to develop independent toileting skills.
Literacy – The children will share and discuss stories each day and one of the most powerful ways of supporting your child at home, is to take time to share stories and books with your child for a short time every day.
Mathematics – We want your child to develop a curiosity for number and develop a commitment to finding solutions to problems. The children will be given opportunities to develop their counting skills, sorting and matching skills. They will sing number rhymes and play counting games. They will begin by working with numbers up to 10 but will soon develop an interest in larger numbers too. In practical activities such as construction activities and working with puzzles, they will explore shape and pattern and through sand and water play, they will have many opportunities for exploring volume and capacity.
Understanding the World – Much of our work this half term will be based on the theme of ‘Ourselves’ as we get to know the children through our conversations with them and as they share their ‘Family Books’. We will also explore our outdoor environment as we move from Summer to Autumn, encouraging the children to notice detail in their world.
Expressive Arts and Design – The children will explore colours and textures using a variety of resources. They will be using instruments and learning new songs and rhymes. There will be lots of opportunities for imaginative play using small world and role play situations which allow them to draw on their first-hand experiences.
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