Nursery Curriculum and Information
Each term our focus and topic areas change.
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.'
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 as a team to create a 'Nursery Potion'
- Sharing, retelling and acting of stories
- Wilson Bear (the Holiday Bear)
- Taking part in the Summer show
Communication and Language
- Development of speaking and listening skills
- Understanding how people live in different countries and cultures
- Following simple instructions
- Circle Time
- Small group activities
- Role play area
- Weekly outings
- Weekly sports activities
- Mark-making and using tools for crafts
- Developing motor skills through the use of small and large equipment
- Making different animals
- Hands on media exploration, including sand, water, rice and spaghetti
- Participating in Sports Day activities
- Exploring different foods from around the world
Literacy & Music
- Weekly book-based activities
- Song and rhyme time
- Listening to stories and facts using the interactive computer
- Song board
- Singing with puppets
- Playing musical instruments with Head of Music, Mr Dayus-Jones
Expressive Arts and Design
- Role play
- Movement to music
- Designing beach pictures
- Dressing up
- Interactive story time
- Taking part in the annual Summer show
- Creating an 'Around the World' display board
- Aboriginal arts and crafts
- Exploring puzzles
- Positional language
- Exploring and playing with 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 1). 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 your child's learning journal on Tapestry, which we encourage parents to look through and enjoy. In the foyer of Nursery (Room 1), we also have a whiteboard which is updated weekly with all the daily adult-led activities your child will experience throughout the week.
Understanding the World
- Forest School
- Exploring ICT toys and equipment
- Exploring the interactive table and board
- Environmental walks
- Creating flags
Your child 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.
In Nursery, we also spend a short time each day as a key group, but it is also important to highlight that we work very closely with all children across Nursery Room 1 and 2. This enables both classrooms to share resources and areas, enhancing opportunities for your child. If you have any questions, please speak to a member of the Pelican Nursery Team.
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 1 Staff:
Room Leader and Key Person: Mrs Leanne Darlow
Key Person: Miss Lizzie Welstead
Gap Student: Miss Megan Beecher
Nursery 2 Staff:
Room Leader and Key Person: Mrs Hannah Hammond
Key Person: Mrs Clare Masters