Nursery Room 2 Summer Curriculum
Ready for Summer!
A warm welcome back to our wonderful children and their families. We hope you have had a fantastic Easter break. This will be the last term for your child in Nursery before they enter their Reception year, so we are very much looking forward to some exciting events and activities ahead.
In Nursery, we like to study a range of topics that allow for the children to develop their own preferences and interests, with their key person helping to support and develop their curiosities.
During the Summer Term, our main topic areas are: 'Once Upon a Time', 'Holidays and Travel', and 'Transition'.
During your child's time in Nursery it is vital for us to concentrate and work closely on the three Prime Areas of Development. These are set out below. It is also important for us to ensure your child settles quickly, with ease and is able to feel safe and secure in the Nursery environment.
The Prime Areas are what we call the 'building blocks' to success and the foundation to any individual. If we secure these, all other knowledge and developments will slot into place. The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is outlined below. There are three 'Prime Areas' and four 'Specific Areas'. The 'Characteristics of Effective Learning' (COEL) include 'Playing and Exploring,' 'Active Learning' and 'Creating and Thinking Critically.'
Nursery Room 2 Staff:
Room Leader and Key Person: Mrs Hannah Hammond
Key Person: Mrs Jo Williams
Key Person and Forest School Leader: Mrs Clare Masters
Looking back ...
The main interests that shone through in our Lent Term were:
Cutting, sticking and creating: Our Creative Area was always full of busy children cutting paper, sticking, and finding photos in magazines and catalogues. The children demonstrated fantastic independent skills and had a wonderful sense of achievement upon completing their tasks.
Weather: Last term the children thoroughly enjoyed learning about wintery conditions. Coinciding with our own snow storm, they had a blast building snow castles and snowman, as well flying their own handmade kites as part of Science Week.
Animal songs and stories: During one of our Lent Term assemblies, the Nursery pupils put on an astounding performance of The Animal Boogie. It was clear to see how this story had captured the children's imagination, helping them to further express their passion for the performing arts through song, dance and storytelling.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Games to encourage independence, concentration, confidence and social skills
- Circle Time
- Learning and understanding the 'Nursery Golden Rules'
- Creating awareness of own feelings
- Being considerate of others' needs and opinions
- Working together to build dens
- Sharing, retelling and acting of stories
- Transitional visits
Communication and Language
- Development of speaking and listening skills
- Following simple instructions
- Circle Time
- Role play areas (eg. construction site)
- Environmental walks and trips
- Narrative story language
- Sports activities (including Sports Day)
- Developing motor skills through the use of small and large equipment
- Health and self-care
- Weekly trip to Vivary Park and Hestercombe House
- Forest School
- Building bridges (STEM)
- Wake and Shake
- Story maps
- Using tools (knives and forks)
- Traditional fairy tale story sharing
- Children's modern favourite story telling
- Letter and sounds
- Letter formation activities
- Sequencing opportunities
- Songs and rhymes
- Musical instrument sound exploration
- Wake and Shake
- Summer Show
- Book-based activities
- ... and more!
Understanding the World
- Forest School - Animal care, plants and veg patch tending
- Building of dens
- Daily school routine
- ICT to support mathematics and literacy
- Environmental walks
- Father's Day
- St George's Day
- Seasonal activities
Expressive Arts & Design
- Painting and colour mixing, printing, and general media exploration
- Role play areas to meet interests
- Movement to music
- Junk modelling
- STEM activities
- Seasonal crafts
- Summer show
- Weight/capacity (baking and play dough)
- Height and length (measuring)
- Positional language
- Recognition of 2D and 3D shapes
- Environmental shapes and patterns
Did You Know?
As always, our Medium Term Planning, which details the activities and experiences we aim to cover, are accessible on the 'Parents Notice Board' in Nursery (Room 2). Please feel free to look at it and if you have any questions, we will warmly welcome them.
Please also remember we endeavor to develop the children's own personal interests through ongoing observations and child-initiated play. We will add these spontaneous moments to the 'What We Have Done Today' whiteboard, again in the Nursery 2 foyer. The whiteboard is updated weekly and can help you to discuss your child's day on the journey home.
If your child is new, they will be assigned a Key Person who will be responsible for conducting observations as part of the EYFS pathway. A Key Person is an adult that provides a secure and familiar base for both the child and the family.
We are thrilled that the majority of our parents are viewing the photographs and observations we make using Tapestry. We love to hear your feedback, and please do feel free to add any observations of your own for us to look at. The children very much enjoy sharing their 'WOW' moments and experiences from home with staff and friends.
We provide children with the opportunity of a Forest School session every Monday. Your child may wear home clothes on this day, preferably something that is old or well-loved, as they will get very muddy. We store additional waterproof trousers should a child not have theirs to spare, but please do ensure that all clothing is named.
Every Tuesday morning, the children are free to use the Sports Hall, where they play with the equipment. This provides them with the chance to develop those all important physical skills. Bats, balls, hoops, music, dance, and games are just a small selection of activities on offer. We also share this session with Nursery 2.
Every Friday, we are lucky to be able to take the children on a mini adventure. We often go to a local park or the nearby Hestercombe Gardens. Here, the children are able to explore their surroundings, play with the equipment and feed the ducks.
It is a legal requirement for your child to be signed in and out of the Nursery each day. Our safeguarding policy states that all children require a collection 'password'. This will be communicated to you by a member of the Nursery Team on your child's first day.
We hope that this term the weather will be warmer, in which case we urge that your child wears appropriate clothing/shoes to ensure their comfort during the day. Please provide your child with at least two named pairs of spare clothes, sensible shoes, a thin coat and a sun hat.Nursery are expected to wear the summer uniform (grey shorts for boys, navy blue shorts or a skort for girls).
Thank you for your continued support.