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LEARNING & DEVELOPMENT

Planning is carefully thought out using the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum guidelines. A range of  adult-led and child-led activities are provided on a daily basis (www.early-education.org.uk). Throughout Early Years our children are able to access a full and varied curriculum, which covers three prime areas of development and four specific focuses of learning as set out below.

Our planning focuses on these areas and we provide activities and experiences to ensure children can reach their full potential, whilst having a fun and exciting time.

​The three prime areas focus on Personal, Social & Emotional Development, Communication & Language, and Physical Development.

Personal, Social & Emotional Development

This prime area focuses on self-confidence and self-awareness, managing feelings, managing behaviour and making relationships.

Communication & Language

The second prime area focuses on listening and attention, understanding and speaking.

Physical Development

The third prime area involves moving, handling, health and self-care.

Curriculum Focus

The four specific focuses of learning are:

Literacy: reading and writing

Mathematics: numbers, shapes, space and measurements

Understanding the World: people and communities, the world and technology

Expressive Arts & Design: exploring and using media, materials and being imaginative

Every Child is Unique

In order to access learning, our children need to feel safe, secure and happy. The nursery sets out themes which express important principles to underpin effective practice in the care, development and learning of young children.

These focus on the uniqueness of each child, his or her ability to learn, ensuring secure relationships both at home and at school, an environment which is conducive to their learning, and the recognition that they will develop in a different way and at a different rate from other children. We consider these principles at all times when we are planning for and working with the children.

Particular importance is placed on the individual needs and interests of each child and staff use their expertise to adapt activities accordingly to suit the children in their classes. Selected mornings also consist of: Tennis Coaching, French, ICT, Forest School, Stave House, and a visit to the School Library.

Tennis

The children thoroughly enjoy their tennis lessons! They start the lesson with balloon tennis which teaches the children about balance and hand-eye co-ordination. The children follow instructions to try to keep the balloon in the air using their hands, rackets and foam balls.

Stave House

The Stave House method teaches children to read, play and write music. It uses a series of creative characters to engage children, through storytelling and nursey rhymes. The children learn about Furdy the Fox, Celia the Centipede and where they live in the Stave House. This style of teaching is progressive, suitable for children with little or no music exposure and with lots of fun along the way! 

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths)

STEM is an exciting opportunity for children to investigate and explore the world around them. Following instructions by the STEM leader, they learn how to balance, measure, weigh, create volcanoes that explode, build bridge and tunnels and much more! 

Drama

Our qualified drama teacher joins us weekly to deliver fun packed drama sessions. Children have the opportunity to act out their favourite stories, becoming superheroes to rescue vegetables from ‘Supertato’, following the Wonky Donkey story and learning songs for the annual Nativity performance.

French

The school's French teacher joins the Nursery to teach the children the foundations of the language. They learn numbers, colours, clothing, names and much more with the help of a monkey puppet, songs and games. 

Child-Initiated Play

Afternoons consist of an adult-led main activity, followed by child-initiated play. Examples of these activities are:  Make and Bake, Physical Fun, Music and Movement, Yoga and Creative Craft.

Community Links

We aim to forge positive relationships with our local community and regularly have visits from the Police Force, the Fire Service, the Medical Profession, Dentists and Vets to join us and share their expertise. As well as being an enjoyable experience for the children these visits often help to allay any fears the children may have through role play opportunities. These include trying on uniforms, using equipment, sitting in police cars and so on.

Learning About Cultures & Religions

Our Early Years is inclusive and throughout the year we celebrate a number of festivals. In recent years we have been lucky to have had parents who have come into our Early Years on festival days to share their cultural history with all the children. We fully embrace these exciting days and have displays around the Early Years to reflect this.

 

Special Events

Every year we hold a themed ‘Family Fun Day’. This is a very special day where staff, children and parents join together to have a fun-filled morning. The staff provide a range of activities for the children to participate in if they wish. We also hold an annual Sports Day which is held on the Victory Grounds, a Nativity (which we perform to families, in our school hall) and a Christmas Party.

We have many ‘Interactive Weeks’ which include: Science, Music, Maths, Outdoor Activities, Woodland Animal Homes and many more. We also have our own Graduation when completing our final year in Nursery.

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South Lee School, Nowton Road, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 2BT, UK

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