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A huge warm St. Anne’s welcome to the new children and families joining our Nursery class this month and a great big welcome back to our returners! This year there have been a few changes in Nursery. We have a new staff team in place:
Mr. Duffy – Nursery Class Teacher
Mrs. Prescott – Early Years Practitioner
Morning: 8.45am – 11.45am
Afternoon: 12.15pm – 3.15pm
As we have a “quick turnaround” we would appreciate it if parents/carers could be punctual at all times.
The Early Years Curriculum
In nursery we follow the Early Years Curriculum. The curriculum is made up of three prime areas (Communication and language, Physical development and Personal, social, emotional development) and four specific areas (Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the world and Expressive arts and design). Each week activities are planned so that children can achieve across all areas.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups and to have confidence in their own abilities.
Communication and Language is about children having opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.
Physical Development is about improving skills of co-ordination, control, manipulation and movement. Children also learn how to make healthy choices in relation to food and exercise.
Literacy involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.
Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.
Understanding the World involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
Expressive Arts and Design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play and design and technology.