Early Years

Welcome To Early Years

The place where children laugh and learn every day!

Our staff are Mrs. Yendall, Miss. Howard, Mr. Croft, Mrs. Hedger, Miss. Small, Mrs. Moorhead, Miss. Lord and Miss. Laden.

034 Here Mr Croft is welcoming his new class!

Our Early Years Curriculum

We aim to provide a stimulating learning environment, both indoors and outdoors, to develop the EY areas of learning. These are:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Mathematics
  • Literacy
  • Understanding of the World
  • Expressive arts and design
  • Physical Development

These set out the skills, understanding, and knowledge we hope the children will achieve by the end of Foundation Stage.
In our Foundation Stage we aim to have an environment that engages, motivates and encourages exploration by:

  • Providing planned and child initiated activities
  • Planning activities which follow children’s interests
  • Developing creativity, self esteem and confidence
  • Encouraging enjoyment and pride in achievements
  • Encouraging a close partnership with parents
  • Regularly assessing children’s learning to help us plan their next steps

Happy children learn best. We help the children to feel secure, encourage them to be actively involved in a wide variety of learning opportunities, enjoy coming to school and thrive in their learning.

 

Our Nursery Learning Topics

Autumn Term 2015

Guess how much I love you:

During this topic the children are settling back into Nursery. We welcome lots of new starters and spend time getting to know the children. The children explore lots of different things to do with who they are. We love to use circle time to talk to each other. Some children come into Nursery feeling quite shy. It is a new environment for them and it takes time for them to build up the confidence to interact with others. We help to support this in lots of ways in Kader Nursery and circle time is one of the ways we do this.

We will be exploring:

  • Who I am
  • My family
  • My pets
  • My likes and dislikes
  • Mirror reflection
  • Friendships
  • Caring for each other
  • Nursery rules and routine

Our role play area will be : Hospital

Outdoors : Imagination world

 

We loved this topic ! Look at the fun things we got up to…

We shared pictures of our family!

We shared pictures of our family!

We began to sing our Nursery songs and learn the daily routine.

We began to sing our Nursery songs and learn the daily routine.

We were exploring our senses with exiting activities outside.

We were exploring our senses with exiting activities outside.

We made a cosy home out of a giant box! We called it Kader Lodge.

We made a cosy home out of a giant box! We called it Kader Lodge.

 

Autumn 2

Where does the snow go? :

This topic is a wonderful way for the children to explore weather and seasons. We talk about how the temperature changes and observe ice melting. We look at different habitats and creatures and those that like to hibernate for winter. It is a wonderful way to get the children talking about the natural world around them. We will also be using some well loved children’s stories, ‘The Gruffalo’s child’ is a firm favourite in our Nursery! This year we will be welcoming ‘ Elf on a shelf’ into Nursery. During the last two weeks before the Christmas break the children will have to find where the elf is hiding each day! I’m sure it will be a fun and exciting activity enjoyed by all!

We will also be exploring:

  • Weather
  • Seasons
  • Christmas
  • Singing and dancing
  • Nativity
  • Artic animals
  • Climate change
  • Shapes
  • Numbers 1-10
  • We will also be learning a new  letter each week using our Read, write , Inc phonics scheme.

Our role play area will be: Gruffalo Cave

Outdoors: Bear cave

We loved this topic! It was great fun…. here are some pictures of us learning…

Our teachers made us a new reading area to enjoy stories together.

Our teachers made us a new reading area to enjoy stories together.

We had a fabulous time at our Christmas party.

We had a fabulous time at our Christmas party.

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We loved writing in the 'Bear cave' We used the giant chalk board and pretended to make marks like the ones found in caves thousands of years ago.

We loved writing in the ‘Bear cave’ We used the giant chalk board and pretended to make marks like the ones found in caves thousands of years ago.

We love playing outside in Kader Nursery. We climb, run , jump and explore! It's so much fun.

We love playing outside in Kader Nursery. We climb, run , jump and explore! It’s so much fun.

Spring 1

How does that building stay up?:

This topic we will be thinking about different types of buildings. We will start the topic by looking at the children’s own homes. The children will bring in a photograph to share with the class. We will then display this for the children to look at during independent play.

 

Our Reception Learning Topics

Autumn Term 2015

First, we will be trying to find out “Which was the biggest dinosaur?”.

We will explore:

– the prehistoric world of dinosaurs and their lives.

– different types of dinosaurs- those on land, air and sea.

– things that are big and small in size, shape and measurement.

– things that are heavy and light.

– what herbivores and carnivores are.

This topic was so fun, look at what we got up to…

We loved dressing up as dinosaur explorers.

We loved dressing up as dinosaur explorers.

We created our own dinosaur using the create a monster application.

We created our own dinosaur using the create a monster application.

 

We labelled parts of a dinosaur.

We labelled parts of a dinosaur.

We love working outdoor to work with the big practical resoources.

We love working outdoor to work with the big practical resoources.

 

We love our outdoor area.

We love our outdoor area.

 

After half term we will investigate “Why do leaves go crispy?” where we will learn:

– about the way plants and animals adapt to the changing seasons.

– about fruits and seeds that plants produce in Autumn and how they are harvested to be used as food.

– about hibernation and the way that animals and birds prepare for the winter.

–  to make detailed observations about autumn colours.

– to explore a woodland area to find natural signs of Autumn. We will then collect autumnal objects from the environment and use them to create our own artistic masterpieces.

 

We went to Hardwick Hall. We got up to lots of fun things.

We went to Hardwick Hall. We got up to lots of fun things.

We went to Hardwick Hall. We got up to lots of fun things.

We went to Hardwick Hall. We got up to lots of fun things.

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This half term our topic is ‘ Are we there yet?’

We are learning about …

  • Different methods of transport
  • Different holiday locations
  • Focusing on shape – 2d and 3d
  • Directions – up , down , left right
  • Number sentences
  • Counting consistently to 20 – counting one more and one less
  • We are beginning to write independent sentences based on our learning.
  • We know the importance of finger spaces and full stops.
  • We love to write in all of the areas both in doors and outside.
  • We are loving our daily phonics lessons and are making excellent progress with our sounds, we now all take home a reading book to explore with our parents.

 

Please check out our recent newsletters to find out what our plans are this half term!

 

Phonics songs we use in Nursery –  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Djz82FBYiug

 

 

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