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Hurst Park Primary School

Hurst Road, Molesey, West Molesey KT8 1QS

Nursery

Curriculum Overview

Autumn Term

September – December 2022

 

Welcome to all our new children and their families.

This web page will be updated every term, with the activities that your child will be participating in. As always these topics are not set in stone as your children’s interests are always our priority, so the activities below may change due to us following your child’s interests.

 

Topics

The topics this term will revolve around activities that will help us get to know your child/children and the celebrations that they may participate in with their families.

 

Getting to know you – During the beginning half of this term, the children will be participating in activities that will enable us to get to know them a bit better, and also enable them to learn our rules and routines. These activities will include:

  • Home visits, so the children and parents can meet the Nursery staff in their own environment. Also an opportunity for parents to discuss with staff about their child’s interests and if they have any worries or concerns about their child or about them starting Nursery.
  • Stay and Play sessions, so the children and parents can meet all Nursery staff and explore the Nursery environment.
  • Looking at the children’s ‘All About Me Posters’
  • Finding out what the children already know through focused activities.
  • Observing the children, to find out their interests and knowledge for future planning
  • Drawing pictures of themselves
  • Reading stories about; feelings, sharing, good manners etc.

 

Other topics this term may include:

  • Autumn
  • Fireworks
  • Remembrance Day
  • Diwali
  • Christmas

 As mentioned previously, the topics that we engage in at Nursery are also guided by the children’s interests, therefore, may differ from the list above.

 

Maths

Our focus this term will be:

  • An introduction to subitising – recognising amounts without having to count them. We will provide activities to strengthen your child’s ability to instantly recognise patterns of 1, 2 and 3. This will be taught through daily use of dot patterns, noticing patterns in storybooks, in the environment and by using their fingers.
  • Time – This will be taught through;
    • Daily routines
    • Singing the days of the week and weather songs
    • Talking about the seasons
    • Introducing our monthly calendar
    • Plotting the children’s birthdays on our birthday/season clock
  • Your children will also learn new counting songs and have the opportunity to be read, and explore books and stories that have maths themes.
  • We will also introduce your child to the use of 5 frames, so they are able to recognise when the 5 frame is full, empty and how many spaces are left. 5 frames are present in most of the environment, such as:
    • Self-registration
    • On the water table
    • When accessing the out-door environment
    • Freely available, in the use in the inside and outside environments

 

Phonics

Early phonics involves the children developing their listening skills, which will lead them to distinguish between phonetical sounds later in their development towards reading and writing. Our focus this term will be tuning into and recognising sounds within their environment, noticing differences in the sounds produced by different instruments and having the opportunity to listen to and join in songs with rhythm and rhyme. These activities will enhance your child’s listening skills to help them with their later reading and writing skills.

 

Finger gym

The children will participate in activities to prepare the muscles in their shoulders, arms, hands and fingers ready for writing.

Each week the children will split up into 3 groups and participate in one of the following activities, all three groups will take part in these activities over a three week cycle, so they get to do all 3 activities.

  • Dough Disco – The children manipulate play dough to music.
  • Ribbon Sticks – Making big movements to music using ribbon sticks.
  • Pompoms and tweezers – How many pompoms the children can pick up using tweezers, by the time the music stops.
  • Nuts and bolts – How many nuts the children can screw onto their bolt, by the time the music stops.
  • Pegs and peg boards – How many pegs the children put in their peg board, by the time the music stops.
  • Shape cutting – How many shapes the children can cut out, by the time the music stops.
  • Bead threading – How many beads the children can thread onto their lace, by the time the music stops.

 

Forest School

The children will participate in Forest School every Friday, where they will spend the entire session in our Forest School setting. Please ensure your child has their Forest School clothes on this day, these include; waterproof trousers, waterproof jacket and wellington boots.  Please bring these in a separate bag to their spare clothes and ensure everything is named. School uniform is not worn on this day, so on warm days ensure you send your child to school wearing a light weight long sleeved top and long trousers, and on colder days many thin layers, a hat and gloves should be provided. Below is listed some of the activities that your child will participate in:

  • Getting changed into our Forest School clothes
  • Learning the Forest School rules and boundaries
  • Experiencing and noticing the changes in the seasons
  • Learning about and looking after their environment
  • Planting bulbs and meadow flower seeds for the Spring
  • Feeding the birds
  • Playing games
  • Climbing trees
  • Looking for mini beasts
  • Digging
  • Watering the plants
  • Looking for wild life in our pool

 

Special week

Each Thursday we will choose 6 children, and they will be asked to bring in five of their favourite things. They need to complete the poster, by drawing a picture or their favourite things. They need to bring the Special week bag and poster back to Nursery on the Monday, where their poster is displayed on the wall. Sometime during that week your child will show their poster and what they have brought in, at the carpet session. Their poster will then be stuck into their Learning Journey.

 

A few gentle reminders

  • Please ensure your child brings a named water bottle to Nursery each day.
  • Please make sure that you are prompt at pick up and drop off times – this will allow our Nursery session times to work smoothly and also it is distressing for your child if you are late picking them up.
  • Can you bring in your child’s ‘All about me’ posters, if you haven’t done so already, as we will be looking at these at carpet times over the next few weeks.
  • Can you ensure that if your child has long hair, that it is tied back in a ponytail.
  • Ensure that your child does not wear any jewellery, including earrings, for health and safety reasons.
  • If your child has lunch, please make sure that grapes are cut in half.
  • Shoes – can you please send your child to Nursery in shoes they are able to take off and put on themselves. At Nursery, we like to teach independence, and it can be quite frustrating for children if they can’t do things which their friends can. At this age Velcro fastenings are much easier for children to use.
  • On Forest School days please ensure you send your child to Nursery with their entire Forest School clothing, this includes – waterproof coat, waterproof trousers and wellington boots. Make sure that your child’s boots are clean before each session. They wear a long sleeved top and long trousers to Nursery and layers in colder weather.

 

Activities that you can do to support your child’s learning at home

  1. Any of the activities mentioned above
  2. Reading to your child and asking your child questions about the book/pictures e.g. can you find the ………..? What can you see?
  3. Playing board games with your child, especially those that have a dice, so your child can develop their counting skills and knowledge of number patterns.
  4. Going for walks and talking about what you can see, hear etc.
  5. Encouraging your child to be more independent e.g. putting on their coat, shoes etc. by themselves.
  6. Talking with your child to develop their language and communication skills and introducing new words.
  7. Ensuring that your child has a regular bedtime routine and between 10-13 hours sleep each night.

 

Our Aim

To provide:

  • A nurturing, caring, trusting and loving environment for you and your child
  • Valuable experiences and life skills
  • Independence
  • Learning to love and care for the environment
  • Your child with a positive fun start to their school life

Home Learning

If you are absent from school for a short period, below is some work that you can be getting on with.  Your teacher will arrange some additional work for you if you are likely to be away for more than a couple of days.

 Home Learning Pack

 Home Learning Pack – Guidance and Answers

 Home Learning – Practical Ideas

You may also be directed to complete some activities HERE.