This Term's Learning
Spring 1 Curriculum Newsletter
Welcome back to Term 3 in Nursery!
This term we will be welcoming a few more new children into our nursery. All the children currently in Nursery have got used to the routines and are beginning to become more independent in the nursery. We are looking forward to some hopefully warmer weather in the next few weeks to be able to be outside more and use our outside space for our engineering focus this term.
This term our STEAM focus is Engineering. We will be looking at how to build a variety of different objects and how we can plan before we build. There will be stories we are using to support our engineering, including The Three Little Pigs, where the children will be looking at how to plan and build their own houses and what material is best. Another of the stories will be Goldilocks and the Three Bears and following this story the children will be developing their engineering skills and helping baby bear to fix his chair. Three Billy Goats Gruff will support our final STEAM showcase build which will be a bridge that will stand up unsupported. Using these stories will support the children in developing their understanding of what an engineer is and what their job entails. We will be encouraging all the children to become engineers themselves next term and create and build all kinds of creations!
The areas of learning and development
There are seven areas of learning and development in the Early Years Foundation Stage. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. Three areas are particularly important for building a foundation for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, forming relationships and thriving.
These are the Prime areas:
- Communication and language: the number and quality of the conversations they have with adults and peers throughout the day in a language-rich environment is crucial. By commenting on what children are interested in or doing and echoing back what they say with new vocabulary added, practitioners will build children's language effectively. Reading frequently to children, and engaging them actively in stories, non-fiction, rhymes and poems, and then providing them with extensive opportunities to use and embed new words in a range of contexts, will give children the opportunity to thrive.
- Physical development: Physical activity is vital in children’s all-round development, enabling them to pursue happy, healthy and active lives. Gross and fine motor experiences develop incrementally throughout early childhood, starting with sensory explorations and the development of a child’s strength, co-ordination and positional awareness.
- Personal, social and emotional development: PSED is crucial for children to lead healthy and happy lives and is fundamental to their cognitive development. Underpinning their personal development are the important attachments that shape their social world. Strong, warm and supportive relationships with adults enable children to learn how to understand their own feelings and those of others.
We also support children in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. The specific areas are:
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design
This term we will be exploring the following principles within each of the specific areas:
Understanding the world
Expressive Arts and Design: exploring media and materials
It is crucial for children to develop a life-long love of reading. Reading consists of two dimensions: language comprehension and word reading. Language comprehension (necessary for both reading and writing) starts from birth. It only develops when adults talk with children about the world around them and the books (stories and non-fiction) they read with them, and enjoy rhymes, poems and songs together.
Our Read Write Inc phonic scheme starts in nursery with the children beginning to learn the rhymes that match the letters. Please look on our website for these.
This term we will be continuing to build the foundations to early phonics by teaching children to discriminate sounds, including environmental, musical, body percussion and voice sounds. At this stage in children’s development, rhythm, rhyme and alliteration are very important, so do please read lots of Nursery Rhymes at home to support our work in class.
We are very excited to be continuing ‘Talk through stories’ this term, which provides the opportunity for children to really explore key texts, understand the principle of the story, learn new vocabulary and explore new characters. Each week we focus on one key text which the children will become very familiar with.
Our literacy key texts for this will be:
- Hugless Douglas
- The Three Little Pigs
- Goldilocks and the Three Bears
- A Little Bit Brave
- The Three Billy Goat Gruffs
- The Bear and the Piano
Please ensure that you find daily opportunities to read to your child and support them on their journey to becoming a reader.
- Friday 10th February – Break up for half term
If you have any concerns, please come and speak to us. We tend to have more time at the end of the day as our priority in the morning is to settle the children and begin our learning.
Thank you for your continued support – we are looking forward to sharing your child’s achievements with you at the upcoming parents’ meetings and continuing to capture their learning through Tapestry observations.