Hello from morning nursery!
Hello from afternoon nursery!
Each week the children are introduced to a new rhyme. Learning rhymes supports the children's speaking, listening and understanding. Rhymes are also a prerequisite to reading.
During English sessions we have adapted the 'Talk for Writing' approach to suit the needs of the children. We have a focus book for a week or a fortnight and we use props and visual aids to tell the story and we break it down so the children understand it and can answer questions about it. We also encourage the children to join in with the words and have actions to go with each story. Other activities that support the children to internalise the story include acting it out and using instruments or puppets. Story telling allows children to imitate language, as the children move through the school they will use the 'Talk for Writing' approach to support their writing. In nursery we aim to begin to embed this approach in order for children to gain a love of books and to enhance their understanding of stories.
It is important to ensure that children gain a solid understanding of number. In order to support their understanding of number we look at each number individually. If for example we were working on number five we would count five objects to find the total, look at patterns of that number such as a die pattern or Numicon shape, recognise the digit and match the right amount of objects to the digit. We have also been singing number songs and ordering digits.
Shape, Space and Measure
So far we have been learning the names of 2D shapes- circle, triangle, rectangle and square. We have learnt about height using the words tall and short to describe towers we have made. We have also been working on creating repeating patterns using different colours, shapes and objects.
Fine motor and mark making activities
In nursery many of our activities are aimed at strengthening the muscles in the children's hands and wrists in preparation for writing. These fine motor activities concentrate on supporting children to develop a pincer grip which is needed to hold a pencil. We also provide opportunities for children to make marks in a variety of different ways to strengthen their grip and begin to make purposeful marks in preparation for writing. Here are some examples of the activities the children have taken part in that will prepare them for writing:
The children enjoyed celebrating Diwali, they listened to the story of Rama and Sita, made diva lamps from clay and enjoyed dancing with scarves.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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