Nursery

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Nursery Curriculum Statement

Communication and Language

In Nursery our communication and language focus centres on developing children’s speaking, listening and attention skills alongside broadening their vocabularies and developing their social skills. We aim to achieve this by providing a positive, language rich environment within which we strive to develop children’s confidence and skill in expressing themselves, interacting with peers and providing opportunities for the children to speak and listen in a range of situations.

We utilise a range of stimulating activities closely linked to class themes and children’s interests to develop their communication and language fluency. These include:

  • Reading and exploring books and stories every day; Spending time talking about stories, new vocabulary spotted/used, our predictions, the characters and illustrations etc.
  • Circle times.
  • Singing songs and rhymes.
  • Role play.
  • Using puppets and small world characters.
  • Open ended continuous provision enhancements to allow children to explore and share their own narratives and ideas.
  • Introducing interesting and sometimes unusual pictures/ objects to encourage and nurture discussion and investigation e.g. objects/ artefacts at the investigation station and silly/unusual pictures displayed at snack time.
  • Modelling and extending language in areas of continuous provision.
  • Offering real life/hands on experiences in the inside and outside areas.
  • Using technology such as walkie talkies, iPad and microphones.
  • Daily games and activities focused on developing children’s listening and attention skills e.g. phase 1 phonic activities using songs, instruments etc.
  • Where needed we also run language interventions such as BLAST and Early Talk Boost alongside bespoke small group and 1-1 interventions where needed.

 

Literacy

Nursery Literacy sessions centre on developing their listening, language and communication skills alongside nurturing their passion for reading and sharing books and stories.

Our main learning aims within Nursery Literacy are:

  • To develop children’s passion for reading.
  • To develop children’s imaginations.
  • To develop children’s comprehension skills.
  • To develop children’s listening and attention skills.
  • To develop children’s communication and language fluency- they are encouraged to speak in full sentences-speech is recast and extended to further children.
  • To develop children’s knowledge of story structures and language.
  • To further extend children’s vocabulary.
  • Children learn how to hold and turn the pages in a book.
  • Children are encouraged to learn stories orally off by heart through our Talk4Writing approach.
  • Children are keen to explore and create their own stories.
  • Children become confident to share their ideas and opinions.

We aim to achieve these learning goals through using a range of fun and engaging approaches and activities during literacy carpet sessions but also through literacy linked continuous provision enhancements such as story role play with masks and puppets and story map template sheets etc.

The Literacy/ story theme focus units Nursery focus on are:

To further enhance children’s comprehension skills, the children have weekly oral comprehension sessions with additional stories based around the class learning topics and/or their interests where they are encouraged to talk about what story they have read as a small group/ 1-1.

Our writing focus within Nursery is centred on encouraging and develop children’s mark-making skills and confidence. We work hard to develop children’s gross and fine motor skills alongside developing their pen grip and control so that they are ready to begin their journey into writing. We achieve this through offering a daily range of gross and fine motor control activities, daily dough disco’s and regular write dance sessions alongside providing a range of mark-making materials. Children are immersed in a writing rich environment where words, letters and sounds are continually modelled and children are actively encouraged to explore their mark-making potential. Our children begin to explore purposeful writing through learning to write their names.

Phonics

In Nursery, phonics is taught as a daily session. Nursery phonics focuses on developing children’s listening and attention skills alongside developing their speech and broadening their vocabulary. Our key focus is on developing children’s ability to tune into and identify sounds. We use a range of fun, stimulating and engaging activities to explore phase 1 phonic activities:

       

 

By the end of Nursery, we aim for all children to be fluent at tuning into sounds and competent to orally blend and segment at least cvc words.

Mathematics

During Nursery maths is focused on developing children’s awareness, confidence and fluency of number and other mathematical areas including shape, space and measure.

We follow the White Rose scheme of work. The children cover the following units across the year:

Other Subjects

The EYFS Curriculum is based around the 7 areas of learning:

And so the other subjects taught in Nursery Class are:

  • PSED
  • Physical Development
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

These are all taught through a range of themes linked largely to our key texts, the seasons and festivals and will change dependent on children’s interests and learning and development needs. Children are taught through a combination of adult-led and child-initiated activities. Adult-led carpet sessions are complimented by related engaging continuous provision enhancements to maximise learning and stimulation for the children.

 

 

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