Nursery Room 1 Summer Curriculum
welcome back to our wonderful children and their families; we hope you have had
a wonderful Easter break.
This will be the last term for your child in Nursery before
they enter their Reception year in school so we are very much looking forward
as ever, to some exciting events and activities ahead.
In Nursery we like to look at some topic areas with the children each term but we also highlight the importance of allowing children to develop their own preferences and interests, where the Nursery staff are always close by to support and develop the children’s own curiosity.
During Summer our main topic areas are:
Once upon a Time
During your child’s time in Nursery it is vital for us to concentrate and work closely on your child’s three Prime Areas of development, which are set out below. It is 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, the foundations to any individual. If we secure these all other specific knowledge and development will slot into place.
Prime Area 1
Personal, Social and Emotional Development Activities
- Activities to encourage settling in and understanding the routine of the day, independence, concentration, confidence and social skills (sharing and turn-taking)
- Circle Time
- Learning and understanding of Nursery Golden Rules
- Creating awareness of own feelings
- Being considerate of other needs and opinions
- Working together to build dens
- Sharing, retelling and acting of stories
- Transitional Visits
Prime Area 2
Communication and Language Activities
- Development of speaking and listening skills
- Following simple instructions
- Circle Time
- Role play areas such as a construction site and ‘Show Time’
- Environmental Walks to look at our community
- Narrative story language
Prime Area 3
Physical Development Activities
- Sports activities: Sports Day
- The use of small and large equipment to develop both fine and gross motor skills
- Health and self-care
- Weekly trip to Vivary Park/Hestercombe House
- Forest School: Dressing/Undressing
- Three Little Pigs junk modelling
- Story maps
- Wake and Shake
- Dough Gym
- Using tools (knives and forks)
- Traditional fairy tale story sharing
- Children’s modern favourite story telling
- Letters and sounds activities
- Opportunities to create marks
- Letter formation activities
- Sequencing opportunities
- Songs and rhymes
- Musical instrument sound exploration
- Development of tuning into rhythm and beat
- Wake and Shake
- Dough Gym
- Summer Show
- Book based activities:
Three Little Pigs
Number Nursery Rhymes
The Hungry Caterpillar
Understanding the World
- Forest School: Animal Care, Plants and Veg patch tending
- Building of dens
- Daily school routine
- ICT: Busythings to support Mathematics and Literacy
- Programmable toys and equipment
- Environmental Walks to look and discuss what we see and hear
- Father’s Day
- St George's Day
- 2018 World Cup
- Royal Wedding
- Seasonal Activities
Expressive Arts and Design
- Painting and colour mixing, printing, collage, clay modelling and general media exploration
- Role play areas to meet interests
- Movement to music
- Junk Modelling
- Three little Pigs: House building using different equipment
- Seasonal crafts
- Summer Show
Use of mathematical language and development can be enhanced during any activity:
- Weight/Capacity (baking and play dough )
- Height and length (measuring)
- Positional language
- Recognition of 2D and 3D shapes
- Environmental shapes and patterns
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
Assistant ‘Gap’ Student: Miss Rachel Biggs
It is important to note that the Pelican Nursery Team (both Room 1 and 2) work closely together and the children enjoy being able to access both rooms at different points during each week.
Did you Know?
As always our Medium Term Planning, which details the activities and experiences that we aim to cover, is accessible on the ‘Parents Notice Board’ in Nursery Room 2. Please feel free to look at this and if you have any questions, we will warmly welcome them. Please also remember that we endeavour to develop the children’s own personal interests through ongoing observations and child-initiated play and we add these spontaneous moments to the ‘What We Have Done Today’ whiteboard, again in the foyer of Nursery room 2. The whiteboard is updated weekly and can help you to discuss their day (through your inside knowledge) on your journey home.
If your child is new to the Nursery they will be assigned a Key Person within the setting who will be responsible for conducting observations that are placed within an Early Years Foundation Stage pathway (Tapestry). These observations continue with that child on their journey throughout the EYFS (end of Reception).
A Key Person is an adult that provides a secure and familiar base for both the child and their family. It is important to highlight at King’s Hall, the Nursery staff work very closely with all children, across both Nursery Room 1 and 2, so please feel free to speak with any member of The Pelican Nursery Team.
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 experiences from home with the staff and their friends at Nursery.
- 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 as I can assure you they get very muddy even when wearing full waterproofs.
- If your child’s waterproof trousers are not always on their peg please do not fret as we tend to store all our waterproofs in one large container. I am sure you can appreciate it can become a little hectic when helping children out of muddy boots and clothes. Please ensure they are named and we will send them home each half term for a wash.
- Every Friday morning we are very lucky to be able to use the school minibus to take the children on a mini adventure. We often go to a local park or to Hestercombe Gardens.
- The children are able to explore the park, play equipment and feed the ducks, or we explore the wonders of Hestercombe Gardens.
Sports Hall Session
Every Tuesday morning we take the children to the main sports hall where we use equipment, big and small, and provide opportunities to develop those all-important physical skills. Bats, balls, hoops, music, dance, movement, games and races are just a selection of activities your child/children will participate in. We share this session with Pelican 1 Nursery.
- It is a legal requirement for your child to be signed in and out of the Nursery each day; please can you help us by ensuring you do this.
- Our Safeguarding Policy states that: ALL children require a collection ‘Password’, therefore a Nursery Team member will be confirming this with all parents on your child’s first day. (Only applicable to new families, if you have any questions please ask).
- Please ensure you apply sunscreen to your child on hot days before they arrive at Nursery. We can then use our own to re-apply as and when is necessary. We would always ask for all children to have spare set or two of uniform in their bag, as children easily become wet when playing with water.
- Nursery are expected to wear the summer uniform which means grey shorts for boys and navy blue shorts or a skirt for girls.
- Please ensure your child has a set of named waterproof trousers and wellington boots that remain at Nursery.
- A (polite) reminder that Early Morning Club begins at 8.00am. If you arrive earlier we cannot guarantee supervision of your child as we will still be preparing for the day.
Dates for Your Diary!
24 April: Reading Café & Mystery Reader
4 May: Parents’ Coffee Morning (Woodard Room), 8.30am – 10.00am
No TT Club
7 May: Public Holiday
25 May: Half Term
No TT Club
5 June:Reading Café & Mystery Reader
11 June: Nursery 2 Learning Diary Meetings
18 June: Nursery ‘Stay & Play’, 8.30am – 10.00am
Reception Welcome Afternoon, 2.45pm
22 June: No TT Club
27 June:‘ Open’ Ballet Lessons
5 July: Pre-Prep Summer Show and Sports, 10am – 12 noon