Every week, we explore activities in the 7 different areas of learning:

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

We will encourage children to:-
• Make friends in Nursery
• Use their words to share and negotiate play ideas
• Explore different areas of the nursery they don’t often visit and use unfamiliar resources
• Use resources independently.

Communication and Language

We will continue to provide opportunities for speaking and listening, encouraging the children to learn new words related to the topic and using sentences and questions in their speech. We talk about how to listen carefully, and how to speak clearly, taking account of what others are saying.

Literacy

We encourage children to recognise and practise writing their names. We will continue to use our general sound discrimination work with listening games and sound activities as well as learn new sounds each week using the Letters and Sounds programme. We will focus on two sounds each week.
We focus on the sounds that letters make rather than letter names as this allows the children to apply their knowledge of sounds to early reading and writing. We sing songs that have a rhythm and rely on creating sounds, e.g. Old MacDonald. We will encourage children to spot words which rhyme as we share books or nursery rhymes.

Ways you can help at home:

• Play listening games, either matching sounds or following directions, and allow your child to lead the game so that they can practise giving clear directions.
• Play games such as ‘I spy’ which encourage children to think of words that start with the same letter sound. Don’t worry if it takes a while for your child to get the hang of this, try to emphasise the initial letter sound as you guess but don’t reject their guesses.
• Encourage your child to use words and sentences when you are talking and playing, or when they are asking for things.
•  Have a regular quiet time to share stories, in books or make some up.
•  Play board games to help encourage taking turns and sharing. Look for letters and words in the world around you e.g signs, at the shops.

Mathematics

We will continue to count objects accurately, touching each object while counting and matching the number of objects to a numeral. We encourage children to learn the names of 2D shapes and apply this knowledge to the world around them. We will also encourage children to understand and use positional language words such as ‘on’, ‘under’, ‘behind’, ‘in front’, ‘next to’ and ‘under’. We will be exploring ‘sorting’, encouraging the children to compare objects and shapes and to talk about how they are the same or different.

Ways you can help at home:

• Playing games such as ‘snap’ or pairs, and encouraging your child to talk about what is the same.
•  Counting objects as you use them.
• Look for and talk about numbers in the environment e.g. door numbers, food packets.
•  Talk about shapes in the environment.

Understanding the World

Using our topics as a starting point we will include aspects of exploration and investigation, design and technology, the world around us and people and communities. We will be learning about traditions celebrated by different members of the community such as: Chinese New Year, Pancake Day, Mother’s Day and Easter. At the beginning of the term we will continue learning about Winter and we will be learning about Winter and towards the end of the term we will be learning about Spring and the changes that have occurred in our local environment.

Physical Development

Every Wednesday we go to the gym for P.E. This term our focus is exploring the small equipment such as bean bags, quoits and balls, passing, catching and balancing them with control. We go outside in the nursery playground to develop physical skills with a range of equipment such as the climbing frame, bikes, scooters, balance beams, footballs, basketball, bats, beanbags, quoits, hoops and skittles.
We also do activities to develop fine motor skills during our busy fingers session each morning with activities such as cutting, threading, mark making, malleable, pegging and small construction. These activities further develop children’s finger muscles.

Ways you can help at home:

• Encourage your child to dress and undress independently
•  Fasten zips and buttons in their own clothes independently

Expressive Arts and Design

We encourage the children to follow their own creative ideas for painting, sticking and imaginative play, helping them to talk about what they are trying to do and including others in their play. We also offer structured creative and music activities linking to our topic.

We believe that the development of children should be a partnership between parents and nursery staff and that parents should be able to add photographs and observations to the Learning Journeys. Please remember to complete ‘Magic Moments’ sheets, take photographs, make notes or bring examples of writing, number work , creative work that children have done at home. We will add these to your child’s Learning Journey.

Parent consultations will take place as a drop in session