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. This half term we will be continuing our dinosaur project with a group of children and will begin other projects as different interests become apparent. In phonics we will be exploring sounds in the environment, playing a range of instruments, learning about rhythm and rhyme. In maths we are exploring ‘same’ and ‘difference’, looking at patterns and learning counting strategies and developing our understanding of ‘more’ and ‘fewer.’ In our outside classroom we will be learning how to use a hacksaw safely, making some natural frames and Christmas stars. The Prime areas of learning (Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language and Physical Development) continue to underpin our curriculum and remain a vital part of teaching and learning in Nursery. We will, of course, be learning Christmas songs and practicing for the Nursery nativity, as well as making cards and calendars to take home. It is really important to us to work in partnership with you and we hope to continue and develop this over the coming half term. You are your children’s primary educators; you know them best, so we really value your thoughts, opinions and contributions to your child’s learning journey. Meet the staff
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St Chad's Church of England Primary Academy Northolme Avenue West Park Leeds West Yorkshire LS16 5QR Telephone: 0113 274 7110 Email: katy.dixon@stchadsprimary.net Abbey Multi Academy Trust, c/o Chapter House Abbey Grange C of E Academy Butcher Hill Leeds LS16 5EA Telephone: 0113 275 7877 Email: enquiries@abbeytrust.org
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