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Children in nursery learn through exciting and engaging activities, which are planned to motivate and inspire young learners through their own interests and enjoyments.

We believe children learn quickly and animatedly when they are able to follow their own joys and passions. We encourage our children to be independent learners and to believe in themselves and each other.

Children's communication and language skills underpin everything that they go on to achieve in their life, so we place a high value in encouraging our children to develop a love of books early on. We do this through fun and engaging story trays, role-play activities, costumes and repeat reading! Once children know a story well, they will often select the story to re-tell to themselves and their friends.

We also recognise just how important talking is to young children so we regularly set up activities to encourage children to engage with their peers and adults, developing relationships and their vocabulary.

Towards the end of the year, we begin to develop children's awareness of phonics through Read, Write Inc. in order to prepare the foundations for their Reception year. Early mathematics skills are also taught through a range of exciting songs and games, both adult and child initiated. These encourage counting, number recognition and an awareness of shape and measure.

We believe in following the interests of children so that they engage fully in their learning and we explore a range of themes and topics based on children’s interests. The children will develop listening and communication skills through a range of fun and lively phonics activities and will explore mathematics through play-based activities, nursery rhymes and counting games. 

What their teacher says:

We love working with our nursery children and seeing the progress they make every day. We enjoy working with the children to develop their relationships, confidence and their love of learning.
Miss French and Mrs Wire (TA)
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“I like the sand. I like to make a giant sand castle.” (Jude) “I like to play with the blocks. I like to build a house.” (Winnie) “I like to play in the kitchen and the drawing area.” (Lillie)

The summer term

Over the summer term, we will be learning all about Spring and life cycles. We will be looking at familiar texts such as 'The Ugly Duckling' and 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' and we will be discussing the different stages of a life cycle. We will be exploring signs of Spring outdoors and will be looking at the apple, pear and plum trees in our outdoor area which are blossoming in preparation for their fruits. Our topic this half term will be supported by our visit to the farm, where children will be exploring farm animals and life cycles in more detail.

During the second half of summer term, our topic will be 'How many pebbles on the beach?' where we will be exploring the seaside and the ocean. We will discuss children's experiences of the beach and will explore this through Julia Donaldson texts such as 'The Snail and the Whale', 'Sharing a Shell' and 'Tiddler'. This will be alongside other texts such as 'The Sea Saw'. 

Children will continue to develop their number skills over the summer by looking into addition and discussing language such as 'altogether'. We will also begin to look at our letter sounds through Read, Write, Inc in preparation for the Reception year ahead.