Early years

Below you can see the curriculum topics that your child will be learning about throughout the school year. We will update this page every half-term when the new curriculum topics start so keep checking back!

If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact the Foundation Stage team.

Nursery

  • Mrs Stephenson – Bumblebees and Ladybirds
  • Mrs Drinkell – Butterflies
  • Mrs Howard – Crickets and Caterpillars

Reception

  • Mrs Fitzsimmons and Miss McMahon – Blue Class
  • Mr Marriott and Mrs Stephenson – Red Class
  • Miss Payne and Mrs Woodhams – Yellow Class
  • Miss Kinnaird – Across all of F2

Curriculum 2017/2018

Nursery Spring 1

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Where Does Snow Go?

Welcome back, we hope you have all had an enjoyable break over the Christmas period.  We are very excited to welcome our new intake into Nursery this term and we will spend time ensuring the children settle into their new environment, getting to know both children and staff.

This term Nursery will be taking part in lots of exciting activities around the topic ‘Where does Snow Go’? In addition to this, we will be celebrating Twinkle’s 4th birthday in February and learning about Chinese New Year; a time of the year which is celebrated by lots of families across the world.

In Literacy children will be exploring the following stories where activities will be planned to cater for individual children’s needs and next steps:

‘The Gruffalo’s Child’, ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’, ‘The Guinea Pig Party’ and the Chinese New Year Story of the Animal Race. This year it is the year of the Dog.

Other stories that we will be reading this term include:

‘Say Hello to the Snowy Animals’, ‘Bella Gets Her Skates On’ and Oliver’s Winter Adventure.

In Maths, children will be spending time exploring number, focusing on representing number, realising that anything can be counted, not just objects and numeral recognition. Teachers will plan activities that cater for your child’s next steps in their learning.  If you would like further information please look out for activities in your child’s ‘Pick and Mix’ homework book or speak to your child’s teacher.

As part of our Physical Development we look forward to continuing with Brain Gym and Sticky Kids. We will also be focusing on moving to music from around the world.

This term in Personal, Social and Emotional Development children will learn about caring for animals, children will have the opportunity to make a bird feeder. We will also spend time thinking about what we need to do to keep warm in winter and the type of clothes that need to be worn.  We will be looking at different foods from around the world and taking part in sandwich making for Twinkle’s birthday party and food tasting of different types of foods that are often eaten at Chinese New Year.

Through Understanding The World and Expressive Arts and Design children will have the opportunity to learn about how snow forms, engage in small world play with Arctic animals, experiment by placing water in different environments to compare how water can change, create shelters for Bears, Hedgehogs and Squirrels to hibernate in. We will also spend time discussing appropriate clothing to be worn in the cold weather and why animals don’t need clothes to keep warm.

As well as providing a topic for each term the Nursery staff regularly discuss with the children what they would like out in our Nursery, this helps to enhance our provision for the children.  Through closely observing the children, activities are then planned to meet their individual learning needs in a fun, interactive and engaging way.

If you would like to discuss the topic or your child’s learning in more detail please do not hesitate to speak to your child’s teacher.

We are looking forward to an exciting term ahead!

Nursery Team

Reception Spring 1

Welcome back, we hope you have had a lovely break!

The learning opportunities for the children this term will include the following:

Literacy (based on the Power of Reading framework)

Our first text will be ‘Here’s a Little Poem’. Throughout this text our learning aims will be:

  • To explore rhyme and alliteration.
  • To make our own rhymes and poems.
  • To learn poems that are known by heart.

Our second text will be ‘Croc and Bird’ by Alexis Deacon. Throughout this text our learning aims will be:

  • To respond to illustrations through discussion.
  • To describe characters.
  • To read and write simple words and sentences.

The children will continue to be encouraged to apply their phonic knowledge to support their reading and writing development.

Mathematics

Throughout this term we will continue to develop our ability to count and recognise numbers to 20. We will also continue to name and describe the properties of 2D and 3D shapes. This term we will also be introducing:

  • Time
  • Money
  • Estimation

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

The children will be working to become more independent in solving problems. They will continue to develop their ability to make strong relationships and to take responsibility for their own behaviour. We will particularly be focusing on encouraging the children to talk about their feelings and understand the feelings of others.

Physical Development

The children will be taking part in ‘Brain Gym’ as well as using the apparatus during our P.E sessions. We will continue to develop children’s fine motor skills during our daily ‘Dough Disco’ and handwriting activities. The children will be working on their independence skills of putting on and fastening up their coat.

Understanding the World

The children will be given the opportunity to explore living things, looking closely at life cycles, food chains and the different type of animals that live in our outside area. We will also be engaging in a range of activities to support children in developing an awareness of other festivals, such as Chinese New Year.

Expressive Arts and Design

The children will be creating artwork in the style of Alexis Deacon, following our text ‘Croc and Bird’. We will be extending children’s colour mixing skills and begin to choose and mix colours for a purpose. Following the children’s interests we will be having a Hairdressers and Vets in the role-play area.

As well as providing a topic for each term the Reception staff regularly discuss with the children what they would like out in our Reception unit, this enhances our provision for the children.  Through closely observing the children, activities are then planned to meet their individual learning needs in a fun, interactive and engaging way.

If you would like to discuss the topic or your child’s learning in more detail please do not hesitate to speak to your child’s teacher.

Reception Team