Welcome to the Nursery Class at St. Anne’s School.
Nursery is the first year of the Early Years Foundation Stage in St. Anne’s.
This period of education is from 3 to 5 years.
This important part of children’s early development is divided into 7 learning areas:
Personal, social and emotional development. This area focuses on relationships and how children develop a positive sense of themselves and of others that they come into contact wth.
Communication & language. This is concerned with communication, providing children with a language rich environment to develop their confidence and ability to express themselves and listen in a range of situations.
Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children are given access to a wide range of reading and writing materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest. Towards the end of the year we begin to prepare the children for the Read Write Inc. phonics system which we use from Reception up to Year 2 of Primary to teach reading, writing and comprehension.
Problem solving, reasoning and numeracy. Here, the children concentrate on developing skills such as; counting, matching, sorting, identifying and repeating patterns, number work and recognising different shapes and their properties.
Knowledge and understanding of the world. This area helps the children to develop an understanding of the world they live in and gives them a sense of why things are the way they are.
Physical development. The children develop skills such as coordination, movement, spatial awareness, as well as pencil control and fine motor skills.
Expressive arts & design. This area focuses on art, music, dance, role play, imaginative play & design & technology.
General objectives in Nursery:
To promote learning. Young children learn principally through play, both structured and unstructured activities. We make sure that all aspects of play are covered in our planning using both indoor and outdoor resources.
To promote the children’s intellectual, emotional, social, personal, physical and creative development through fun, daily activities which help them to develop a sense of the “whole child”.
To develop self-esteem, identity, confidence and self-awareness by talking about their emotions and feelings.
As each child is unique, we assess the children’s development on an on-going basis, enabling us to adjust the activities to each individual child’s needs and capabilities, encouraging development and avoiding frustrations.
Learning English is obviously a priority for us and they are immersed in an English speaking environment the vast majority of the day throughout the Early Years Foundation Stage.
Other important information:
Parents as Partners: Effective communication means there is a two-way flow of information, knowledge and expertise between parents and practitioners. We believe in developing positive relationships between educators and parents. This has a positive impact on the children’s learning. We have general parent’s meetings throughout the year, and also the parents are invited to make individual appointments with the teacher to discuss their child’s learning requirements.
Learning through play: One of our main aims for the children in Nursery Class is to create a positive and safe environment where they can enjoy learning through play. We encourage curiosity and imagination inside and outside the classroom and believe that well planned play with the right level of structure and the right level of adult intervention is a key way for young children to progress and enjoy new challenges.
Classroom organisation: In Nursery, the children learn as a whole class, in small groups and individual situations. They also learn a lot from each other, especially the younger children who watch and learn from the older children, and therefore we believe in mixing older children with younger ones in small group activities. We organise a variety of activities regularly across the year with children from the Reception class and the year 5 and 6 Primary classes.
Carpet time. Carpet time is an important part of the morning. The children are encouraged to express ideas and to discuss, share ideas and take turns in talking and listening. It’s an opportunity for the children to learn new concepts and further develop their vocabulary. During carpet time we:
Greet the children by taking the register.
Use the home to school board where we bring things into school to show the class.
Talk about the day’s activities.
Talk and sing about the weather and the days of the week.
Sing nursery rhymes and action songs.
Have general discussions.
Listen to others.
Role-play area: We have a “role-play area” in the classroom which changes theme on a regular basis along with the topics in the class. Here the children are able to develop a variety of fundamental social and emotional skills such as; story telling, recounting events, exploring feelings, cooperation and negotiation with their peers, as well as providing them with an opportunity to enhance their learning and vocabulary.
Construction area: We provide the children with both small and large construction kits which they can use to explore their imagination in many ways, develop their hand-eye coordination, and construct freely, both inside the classroom and outside on the playground.
Outdoor play: We provide the children with a safe outdoor play area that gives them the opportunity to explore, learn and extend their physical capabilities. They are encouraged to move in a variety of ways while keeping in mind the well-being of others too. There are also sandpits and water trays outside for their use.
Writing table: Here the children can experiment with making marks. They frequently paint, draw, cut, stick and model. This encourages them to explore forms of self-expression, handle and correctly use a variety of tools and use a range of materials and textures. They learn about colour mixing and develop their fine and gross motor skills.
Pre-writing. The children are encouraged to experience the early stage of writing through the use of paintbrushes, crayons, and pencils. They will learn how to hold a pencil correctly, whilst developing their hand-eye coordination. They begin to understand that writing is about communicating ideas and feelings.
Snack time. It is a social occasion and an opportunity for the children to join in conversation with each other and develop vocabulary and listening skills. It allows the children to take responsibility for themselves and encourages them to become more independent. The children learn about different types of foods and it is a time when we encourage the children to be aware of personal hygiene.
Assessments. As the children develop at different times, we assess their learning on an on-going basis and can therefore plan for activities that encourage the development of their skills. Examples of the children’s work from every term are kept throughout their time in the EYFS and Primary. We use the Tapestry assessment software to record children’s achievements across the Early Years Foundation Stage in both Nursery and Reception.
Displays. It is important that the children are proud of their work and in Nursery, all their work is displayed within the classroom on a permanent basis. We like you and them to see the results of their work to encourage them to make an effort and try their best.
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