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Nursery Curriculum Summer 1
We start each session by saying “Good Morning / Afternoon”, singing songs and rhymes and talking about our weekend or daily experiences.
We practise taking turns in conversations, listening to others and building our self confidence to speak in front of a familiar group.
During the Nursery session, we benefit greatly from adult support across the activities where we are encouraged to use a developing range of vocabulary.
We can take home a library book each week which must be returned for a new book to be issued.
We are encouraged to use a wide range of writing tools which are available in both the indoor and outdoor environment.
The children’s hand eye coordination is developed through construction and throwing and catching activities.
Pre-reading skills are developed across the curriculum in activities such as matching games, sound games, listening to and enjoying a range of stories and learning rhymes and songs.
We are taught how to hold writing tools correctly and develop good habits.
Snack times are spent in small groups. This is a relaxed, social time for us to talk together.
Nursery Curriculum MapSummer 1 Topic - Fairy Tales, Traditional Tales and Comic books
Building Learning Power:
Our learning power will be developed by being Questioning Queen Bees and learning to ask questions with different openers such as who, what, where, when, how and why. We will also be Imaginative Iguanas by using our imagination to make up our own stories.
Communication, Language & Literacy
Children will read a range of different Fairy Tales and Traditional Tales. Together, we will discuss the characters in the stories and sequence the events.
We will be encouraged to use full sentences to share our ideas when creating our own class stories. We will be challenged by ‘what if?’ questions, which will help us use our imaginations to create alternative endings to familiar stories.
When looking at our Comic characters, we will create our own ‘who did it?’ board, where children will be encouraged to ask questions to find out who the baddy is!
In maths, we will be looking at different shapes and discussing the different shapes of objects e.g. ‘the castle has three triangular roofs.’
We will start to use positional language while retelling stories during role play e.g. putting the Billy Goats Gruff under the bridge, the Little Pigs in the house and having the Three Bears’ porridge on top of the table.
Problem solving will help our Comic book characters out of danger e.g. how far will Spider Man have to swing to get to safety? How many bricks will the Hulk have to break through to get to the other side?
Expressive Arts & Design
We will be transforming our role play area into a story land cottage.
We will be using a range of props to help us get into character and use the fairy tales and traditional stories we are learning about as inspiration to create our own props and characters.
We will be singing and dancing to new and old songs and enjoy a fairy tale ball.
Understanding the world
We will be creating our own play mats that we can use with our small world equipment, thinking about real world features like roads and lakes as well as making fantasy land maps for our own stories.
BASICS & Characteristics of Learning
This half term, we will be focussing on the fol- lowing two characteristics:
- Active Learning – enjoying achieving what we set out to do
- Creating and thinking critically – choosing ways to do things and finding new ways.
Personal, Social & Emotional
While looking at a range of stories, we will be talking about the choices that different characters make—is that the right choice to make?
What would you do? These will be discussed during circle time. We will continue to develop our social skills by playing in groups, elaborating play ideas and keeping play going by responding to others during role play activities.
In our Nursery garden, we will play a range of different games over the term which involve throwing, kicking and catching large balls. Children will also be encouraged to join in with outdoor group exercises and yoga.
We will continue to provide a range of finger gym activities for children to build hand strength such as threading, necklace making and using a range of malleable materials such as clay and playdough.