The EYFS curriculum is divided into seven different areas of learning.
There are three prime areas:
-Communication and Language
-Personal and Social Development
Plus, the other areas of:
-Literacy (Reading, Writing)
-Understanding the World
-Expressive Arts and Design.
In Nursery we particularly focus on the three prime areas, as these lay the foundations for success in the other areas of learning.
As a Catholic school, we also teach RE.
Communication and Language
This area involves developing Listening and Attention, Understanding and Speaking.
Examples of learning within this area include: listening to stories, talking to others and asking and answering simple questions.
This area involves Moving and Handling and Health and self-care.
Examples of learning within this area include: using simple one handed tools such as a paintbrush or pencil, throwing and catching a ball, using climbing equipment and being able to manage their own toileting needs.
Personal and Social Development
This area involves developing Self-confidence and Awareness, Feelings and Behaviour and Making relationships.
Examples of learning in this particular area include: children developing in confidence, beginning to understand how to manage their feelings and forming friendships with their peers.
This area involves Reading and Writing.
This area involves learning Numbers and Shape, Space and Measure.
Understanding the World
This area involves learning about People and Communities, The World and Technology
Children will talk about their own families and local area, changes that they have noticed and they will also begin to use simple equipment or computer programs.
Expressive arts and design
This area involves learning about Media and Materials and Being Imaginative
Children can express themselves selecting their own resources whether it be through the media of music, dance, art or role-play.
We use the Come and See scheme of work to teach R.E.
The topics are:Myself, Welcome, Birthday, Celebrating, Gathering, Growing, Good News, Friends and Our World.
First half - Autumn Term
TOPIC - BEARS
Our focus texts for this half-term are two storybooks about bears.
Our first book is the ever popular 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' by Michel Rosen. This book has cross curricular links with many areas of learning and has a repetitive text that the children enjoy joining in with. It follows a family who embark on a bear hunt using rich onomatopoeic language.
The learning objectives for this text will be:
Enabling children to enjoy and join in with the reading of the book,
To help the children to enact the story, respond to the story through talk,
drawing and painting
To help them understand the structure of the story through storymapping.
The second book is 'Biscuit Bear' by Mini Grey
During a baking session with his mum, Horace makes Biscuit Bear, but despite all his best efforts to the contrary he is made to wait until the next day to eat him. In the middle of the night, however, the bear comes to life and finding himself alone decides to make some friends of his own, using flour, butter and sugar to make a whole circus of delectable friends. And so the fun begins until it attracts the attention of a hungry visitor...
Overall learning aims:
To listen with enjoyment and respond to stories.
To make up their own stories, songs, rhymes and poems. To enjoy listening to and using spoken and written language in play and learning.
To use language to imagine and recreate roles and experiences.
To talk confidently about picture books using prediction, asking questions, making connections with their own experience.
To think about the story meanings conveyed in the illustrations. To explore the story through role-play, storytelling.
To create and develop stories as a whole group.
As part of our topic work on bears we will also be reading a range of other books, these include Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? Goldilocks and the Three Bears and a number of non-fiction books. If your child would like to bring in their own favourite bear story for us to read they are more than welcome to do so!
We will be looking at the many different types of bears in the world and talking about how they differ. We will be using various types of media to create our own bears.
How to help at home
You can support your child with the early stages of reading, writing and mathematics by:
- Continuing to encourage an enjoyment of books, stories and poems; reading and sharing the class library text sent home and by visiting the local library.
- Continuing to encourage your child to join in with rhymes and songs.
- Continuing to provide your child with a variety of writing equipment to encourage drawing and writing skills, encouraging your child to give meanings to the marks that they make.
- counting everyday items such as biscuits or solving simple problems like sharing out food.