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Welcome to Nursery!

 

 

"Children get off to a flying start in the Nursery." Ofsted 2017

 

 

The Foundation Stage Curriculum

 

 “The effective early years provision lays firm foundations for children’s future progress. Nursery children, in particular, thrive in the enticing and exciting environment.”  Ofsted 2017.

 

The Foundation Stage is part of the national curriculum and covers the years from birth to the end of the Reception year.

 

Nursery at Ley Hill School follows the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum as set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework. This Framework underpins all future learning and is a statutory requirement for children from birth to five in Early Years settings. It covers seven areas of learning:

 

The Prime Areas

· Communication and Language

· Physical Development

· Personal, Social and Emotional Development

The Specific Areas

· Literacy

· Mathematics

· Understanding the World

· Expressive Arts and Design

 

 

 

During the week of harvest we were lucky enough to make some yummy bread roll hedgehogs. We took it in turns to stir the mixture before we kneaded the dough. We then made the dough into a ball and gave it prickles like a hedgehog. Once it was cooked we got to take them home to share with our family. They smelled delicious.
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The nursery children have settled very well and are starting to make new friends. This week we have been focusing on playing together and working as a team. We have decided friends make nursery more fun.
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The Foundation Stage Curriculum in Our Nursery

 

The Foundation Stage curriculum is applied through a creative and stimulating approach both inside and outdoors. Staff plan a wide range of learning experiences that build on children’s interests and what children already know and can do. These learning experiences encourage “playing and exploring”, “active learning” and “creating and thinking critically” – the characteristics of effective learning. 

Nursery is well resourced to ensure children have a wide range of learning opportunities.  We pride ourselves on our outdoor learning and make full use of the school grounds all year round and in all weathers. Children are encouraged to become independent learners and learning through play and self-directed activities, together with carefully planned adult-led learning experiences are at the heart of this excellent provision.

 

“Throughout the early years, the environment is bright, vibrant and well organised. It is particularly enticing and stimulating in the Nursery, where the learning and challenge created by the activities provided promote children’s learning extremely well. The Nursery outdoor environment is exceptionally rich, with enticing and imaginative activities keeping children purposefully engaged.” Ofsted 2017

Nursery Curriculum Overview

 

The curriculum is taught through half termly topics. Some activities are adult-directed and some are child-led. A wide variety of resources are provided to encourage children to be active and independent learners and to ensure they experience a range of activities both indoors and outdoors and build a firm foundation for their future learning.

 

Our curriculum may change to reflect children’s interests and enthusiasms.

 

 

Autumn 1

Spring 1

Summer 1

Autumn and Harvest

  • Settling in (All about me)
  • Apple trees and orchard fruits
  • Acorns and conkers
  • Digging up potatoes
  • Little Red Hen and the harvest
  • Hedgehogs and autumn leaves

Traditional Tales and Nursery Rhymes

  • Settling in (Me and my family)
  • Three Little Pigs
  • Three Billy Goats Gruff
  • Little Red Riding Hood
  • The Gingerbread Man

Celebrations

  • Chinese New Year

Plants and Small Creatures

  • Settling in (My favourite things)
  • Frogs
  • Snails
  • Worms
  • Ladybirds, bugs and beetles
  • Ants, wasps and bees
  • Caterpillars and butterflies

Autumn 2

Spring 2

Summer 2

People and Celebrations

  • Diwali
  • Firework Night and Poppy Day
  • Nursery Rhyme Week
  • Road Safety Week
  • The Christmas Story
  • Christmas celebrations

Safari

  • Elephants
  • Hippos and rhinos
  • Big cats
  • Giraffes and zebras
  • Apes and monkeys

Celebrations

  • Easter

The Sea

  • Pirates and mermaids
  • Sand, shells and pebbles
  • Under the sea
  • Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch
  • Big Blue Whale
  • At the sea side

Celebrations

  • Eid

Transitions

  • Moving on (ongoing)

Phonics: Letters and Sounds Phase 1, SALLEY

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