Welcome to Nursery!
We are so glad you have joined us for your child’s first steps into education.
In Nursery, we use play-based activities to help children to explore, investigate, test and expand their knowledge of the world. Adults endeavour to provide challenging and interesting learning opportunities in a safe and caring environment. At Redhill, we are committed to create imaginative, critical and independent learners, who are ready for school and life-long learning.
Over the year, children will develop their early skills by exploring the following themes. Adults plan carefully providing opportunities to develop knowledge, skills and vocabulary needed in order to be ready for their next steps in learning. Each year, we aim to personalise and tailor our curriculum to offer experiences that capture our children’s imagination and instil a love of learning.
Over the year we will develop our early skills exploring the themes of:
Autumn Term Story Tellers Creating early readers:
High quality stories , traditional tales and multi-cultural stories used to expand children’s knowledge and vocabulary. We will use storied as a base to explore a wide range of themes based on children’s learning needs and interests.
Discovering and performing nursery rhymes and favourite songs.
Exploring special times in our lives and how these events are celebrated in different cultures.
Developing early listening and phonics skills – Having fun with rhymes, rhythms and sounds in the environment.
Spring Term Our World:
We will learn about familiar people who help us in school at home and in our community.
We will share our way of life and explore how this is similar or different to others.
We will be provided with opportunities to observe and notice change in the environment and learn how we grow and change over time.
Children will learn and practise healthy practised helping them to maintain health and well-being.
Summer Term Around the World:
Explore different forms of transport and technology in our daily lives.
Exploring more stories, poems and songs from a range of cultures.
Celebrating diversity, learning about how different people and communities live their lives.
In partnership with parents, we have a dedication to ensure all children develop their basic skills in spoken language, reading, writing and mathematics.
Nursery Welcome Pack – September 2016
At Redhill, we work as a team to embed our school values, creating an ethos of respect and ambition. Adults act as role models for children, helping them to develop good learning behaviours and remain safe. We feel that children’s ability to identify, express and regulate their own emotions is vital for their ability to achieve in later life. Using stories, songs and role play, we help children to build resilience, form relationships and develop their self-esteem.
Physical Development is key to children’s life-long learning. We place particular importance on helping children to develop physical strength, move with control and improve their fine motor skills. This will ensure they are physically ready to write. We maintain high expectation and work tirelessly to help children to be independent learners, helping them to manage their own health, hygiene and well-being.
In nursery, understand the importance of developing children’s speech and language development, in order to create early readers. We prioritise talk, providing opportunities and time for children to have conversations and ask questions. Nursery children develop their attention and listening skills so that they can recognise, hear and say simple phonics sounds. We value sharing high quality texts with children. Adults champion reading and help children to develop a passion for stories and storytelling. We use a range of stories to widen children’s vocabulary and deepen their knowledge.
Adults carefully plan practical and purposeful activities to introduce and embed mathematical knowledge and skills. In Nursery, children are asked to practise counting and engage in problem solving in their play. This will help them to develop and embed basic number sense ensuring they are ready for more complex mathematical concepts in the future. They will explore shape and measure first-hand, through construction, cooking activities and sensory play. We support children to develop and embed basic maths knowledge and use progressive maths vocabulary by sharing number stories and songs.
We look forward to working closely with your family, as your child begins their journey on the Road to Reception.