Nursery Curriculum Information
Term: Autumn 2022
The EYFS curriculum is divided into seven different areas of learning and development which are all important and inter-connected. These are:
Prime areas: (We focus particularly on the three prime areas as these lay the foundations for success in the other areas of learning).
Communication and Language,
Personal, Social and Emotional Development,
Understanding the World
Expressive Arts and Design.
As a Catholic school, we also teach RE.
Communication and Language
The development of children’s spoken language underpins all seven areas of learning and development. This area involves developing Listening, Attention and Understanding and Speaking.
Examples of learning within this area include: listening to stories, talking to others, understanding instructions such as ‘Get your coat and wait by the door’ and asking and answering simple questions. Children will have lots of opportunities to extend their spoken language by using talk in their play such as saying “Let’s go on the bus”, “You can sit there” and “What would you like for dinner?”. Our role play areas inside and outside play an important part in developing children's communication and language skills. We will change these areas depending on children's interests and needs. For example having a home corner, cafe, shop etc.
This area involves Gross motor skills and Fine motor skills.
Examples of learning within this area include: developing movement and balance by riding scooters and bikes and developing ball skills. Using the play village and climbing equipment will also help to develop children’s gross motor skills. Children will also develop their self-help skills and learn to become independent by learning how to put their coats on and use zips and buttons. They will also learn about making healthy choices about food, drink, exercise and how to look after our teeth.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
This area involves developing Self-regulation, Managing self and Building 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. We will focus on supporting children to develop good relationships with the other children and adults through games, activities and facilitating play. Children will also be supported and encouraged to talk about how they are feeling and develop strategies to deal with different situations.
This area involves Comprehension, Word Reading and Writing. It is crucial for children to develop a life-long love of reading.
To develop language comprehension children will have lots of opportunities to take part in extended conversations about the stories they hear and also learn new vocabulary.
To develop word reading children will be taught that print can have many different purposes and is not just seen in books. Children will learn the names for different parts of the book and how to handle books correctly to help them understand sequencing. Children will also develop their phonological awareness.
In writing children will use their print and letter knowledge in their early writing through their play by writing for a range of purposes. For example when writing shopping lists, birthday cards or labelling a picture they have drawn.
Autumn CLPE texts and topics
We use high quality core texts, recommended by the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE), to support our learning across all areas of the curriculum. We work with each text for approximately three weeks, before moving on to the next one. In autumn 1 our topic will be space/travel and our CLPE text will be Astro Girl by Ken Wilson-Max and Whatever Next by Jill Murphy.
Astro Girl by Ken Wilson-Max is about a little girl called Astrid who wants to be an astronaut. Her dad tells her all the things she will need to do if she becomes one and her strong self-belief in her abilities is joyfully apparent. Then it’s time to go and meet Astrid’s mum from work and we discover who has inspired her to have this ambition. During this topic children will learn about five women astronauts from a variety of cultural backgrounds. In our Understanding the World lessons children will learn about the years that these women were astronauts and place them on a timeline which will help children learn about history.
In Autumn 2 we will move on to a topic about bears and the texts we will use to support this will be ‘We're Going on a Bear Hunt' by Michael Rosen and 'Biscuit Bear' by Mini Grey. In this topic children will have the opportunity to act out the story of We're going on a bear hunt and use descriptive, repetitive and mathematical language. Children will also have the opportunity to make their own biscuit bears to eat and 'write' their own shopping list of ingredients.
This area involves Number and Numerical patterns.
In the Autumn term we will be looking closely at numbers 1-3. We will begin this by using the story of ‘The Three Little Pigs’, where children will act out the story, have an opportunity to create their own houses which they can number and make their own characters from the story.
It is really important that children have fun so playing games, singing nursery rhymes and helping set the table for dinner whilst you count the number of plates, forks etc are good ways of achieving this.
Please click the link to access online maths games: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/3-5-years/counting
Understanding the World
This area involves learning about Past and present; People, culture and Communities; and The natural World.
Children will talk about their own families, learn about different occupations, understand that there are different countries in the world and develop positive attitudes about the differences between people. They will learn about the natural world, looking at life cycles of plants and animals and understand the need to respect and care for the natural environment and living things.
In the autumn term we will focus on learning about the natural world through our space and travel topic. Children will learn about the planets of the solar system and different forms of space travel.
Expressive Arts and Design
This area involves Creating with materials and Being imaginative and expressive.
Children can express themselves by selecting their own resources whether it be through the media of music, dance, art or role-play. They will use different materials and textures to express themselves and experiment with colour mixing. Children will also have the opportunity to use their imagination to create their own ‘small world’ scenes using building blocks and constructions and act out different emotions in their play.
In the autumn term we will be linking our learning to the texts covered in our Literacy lessons. We will be using a variety of media to create space scenes. Children will also have the opportunity to act out a moon landing when they can dress up as astronauts.
In R.E lessons this term our topics will be Myself, Welcome, Birthdays and Judaism.
Myself: Children will learn about themselves, their names and their own feelings when they are called by their name. Children will learn names of their peers in their class and that we are all loved by God.
Welcome: Children will learn about their own and others experiences and feelings of being welcomed into different groups. We will talk about how we welcome people into a family before moving on to learning about how people are welcomed into God’s family through Baptism.
Birthdays: We will start this topic by discovering what a birthday is and how it may be celebrated. We will then learn about Advent, when people get ready for the birthday of Jesus at Christmas.
Judaism: Children will learn about a special days. We will talk about special days that we have and then we will learn about a special Jewish celebration called Hanukkah, The Feast of Lights. We will listen to the story of the oil lamp in the Temple and why Jewish people celebrate this special day.
Catholic Social Teaching
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
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
Tapestry is an online learning journal to show your child's learning journey and development in their Nursery year. You will be able to access this from home in order to look at photographs, videos and notes following your child's time at school. Please check this regularly.
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.