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It's a Kind of Magic!

Our Early Years theme for this term is It's a Kind of Magic!

In Nursery, we will begin with a focus on that magical feeling you have when you are kind and you help others, when you are brave and try something new, when you make new discoveries and when you persist even if you find something really difficult and succeed!

 As it is a season of celebrations too, we will also learn about those festivals and occasions we enjoy with our families and those that other people may celebrate too for example Diwali, Remembrance Day, Bonfire Night, birthdays and Christmas. Throughout the term we will continue to discuss the beautiful magic of nature as we experience the changes happening in our natural world through the seasons of autumn into winter!

 

The focus for teaching and learning will continue to be in the Prime Areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum which are Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Language and Communication and Physical Development

 

PERSONAL, SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT (PSE)

 

  • To be brave and try something new. 
  • During Anti-Bullying Week we will have a focus on being kind and nurturing that magical feeling you have inside when you are kind to others. 
  • To show thanks to others; to friends who are kind and adults who help us. 
  • To begin to think of how we can solve problems in our play ourselves, by staying stop if we don't like it, taking turns, sharing and listening to each other and thinking about their needs. 
  • To know what it is to be friendly to each other. 

 

 

LANGUAGE AND COMMUNICATION

 

  • To listen to stories and discussions with attention showing 'good looking, good listening, good thinking by being still' 
  • To join in with familiar songs, rhymes and repeated phrases in stories
  • To follow or respond to simple directions, routines and instructions
  • To understand simple who, what, where questions related to experiences and stories
  • To talk about a story or experience in simple sentences. 

 

Nursery children will have daily phonics sessions this term. The quick 20 minute sessions have an initial focus on developing listening skills so they can identify and talk about the different sounds they hear. For example sounds in their environment and those made by musical instruments. This helps young children develop the skills needed for early reading and writing. 

 

PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT

 

  • To adjust speed and direction when travelling outside so that we are avoiding others. 
  • To explore building obstacle courses so that we have to try travelling along, over and through. 
  • To use marking making equipment marks and begin to develop control. 
  • To experiment and use a variety of tools e.g. scissors, hammers 
  • To manage toileting needs independently including washing and drying hands
  • To talk about how we can keep safe when it is darker outside. 
  • To know that we can say 'stop' to someone if we don't like it and we can tell others if we are worried or upset. 

 

Young children's physical development includes the way they move around the inside and outside areas of Nursery and those smaller movements which require more control so pouring, drawing and manipulating for example construction and playdough. It also includes self care so toileting, feeding, dressing and having an awareness of our surroundings and what you are doing so that you are safe.  

 

 

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