In St Chad’s Foundation Stage we get to know our children really well and we find out what interests them and motivates them. We then enhance our learning environment to reflect the needs and interests of our class to encourage and support them meet their next steps. When we observe a group of children who share an interest or fascination we start a project based upon that interest. The children lead the learning, deciding what they would like to find out next. We place a very high value on play, where children get to explore, investigate, problem solve and collaborate in a safe and engaging environment. We aim to create a calm and stimulating learning space with a home away from home feel, where children feel valued and secure.
Learning in Nursery this half term
The children have settled brilliantly back after the Christmas holidays and we look forward to a very busy half term…
In phonics we will be finding out about rhyme and alliteration. We will try to find rhyming pairs and generate rhyming strings of words. We will learn and recite our rhyme of the week. We will look at and sort objects that begin with the same initial sounds, making silly sentences using the objects.
This half term in maths we will be finding out about 2d and 3d shape, matching and sorting, developing mathematical language to describe them. We will talk about patterns and try to extend them. We will practice counting, singing counting songs and learning about the order of numbers. We will continue talking about the similarities and differences of objects and shapes.
As usual talk plays a vital role in Nursery this half term. We will be encouraging children to talk about what they are doing, supporting them to use full sentences and extended sentences, and to ask and answer questions. In our ‘talk for writing’ sessions we will be learning a story, adding actions and using a story map to show the key parts of the story. We will then look at changing key features of the story, using the children’s ideas.
In RE we will be reflecting on our nativity play, encouraging the children to talk about what they remember of the Christmas story. We will also be added our own lines to our end of day prayer. We will continue reflecting on our school statement, ‘In the light of God, we care, we share, we laugh, we learn,’ thinking about what that means to us in Nursery.
In project work time we will be continuing the dinosaur project, and beginning some new project work based around a sustained interest in making food, and in using cameras and iPad to take photographs.
In our outdoor learning sessions, we will be developing our experiences of using tools, building confidence using hacksaws, hand drills and hammers, thinking about our own safety and that of those around us. We will also start looking at ice, adding colourings and salt, and talking about what is happening and why.
We will continue working on developing our fine and gross motor skills, developing a pencil grip and encouraging children to make marks with meaning, writing for different purposes in all areas of provision. We will read and talk about lots of stories and look at some nonfiction texts too.
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