First Half Autumn Term 2018

We will be spending the first few weeks settling the new children into Nursery and introducing them to the routines and activities of he classroom.

Our first Literacy text will be We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen.  This is a lovely, repetitive text for younger children.  We will concentrate on the different settings of the story and think about how the family and the bear might be feeling.  We will go on our own bear hunt in the Methodist Gardens which are located next to the school.  

We will be basing much of our work across the curriculum around this story.  We will be using positional language such as under, over, through to when talking about the story. The children will use different materials and tools to create a large scale representation of the settings.  We hope to make our version of the story to complete our work on this text. 

The children in Nursery will work on counting, sorting and grouping objects.  For those children that are ready we will be working on recognising and ordering numbers.  We will introduce simple 2D shapes.

For those children that are ready we will be encouraging them to begin to write their names.

 

R.E over the Autumn Term

All new children will learn the class prayer.

Myself

In this topic we will think about the importance of our names and why we are precious.  The children will try to understand that God loves and knows each of us.

Welcome

In this second topic of the term we will think about what it is to welcome and be welcomed by others.  The children will understand that a baptism is a way of being welcomed into God's family

 

Catholic Social Teaching

September- We are Called to Live as Family and Community

October- Rights and Responsibilities

November- Promotion of Peace

December- No CST- focus on Advent

 

Please see below for more general information about the early years curriculum.

Curriculum Information

 

The EYFS curriculum is divided into seven different areas of learning.

There are three prime areas:

-Communication and Language

-Physical Development

-Personal and Social Development

Plus, the other areas of:

-Literacy (Reading, Writing)

-Mathematics 

-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.

 

Physical Development 

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.

 

Literacy

This area involves Reading and Writing.

 

Mathematics

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.

 

R.E.

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.

 

Throughout the year, OLM focuses on different elements of Catholic Social Teaching (CST). Each month we look at a different value and discuss what each one means:

 

September- We are Called to Live as Family and Community

October- Rights and Responsibilities

November- Promotion of Peace

December- No CST- focus on Advent

January- Solidarity

February- An Option for the Poor and Vulnerable

March- The Dignity of the Human Person

April- No CST- focus on Lent

May- The Dignity and Rights of Workers

June- We are Called to Stewardship

July- Recap

 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.