Welcome to Nursery
Meet the Nursery Teaching Team
For more information about Mrs Dixon and Mrs Taylor, please see their 'Meet the Teacher' sheets at the bottom of this page.
Special Days in Nursery are:
- Fridays - Forest Schools - Please come in wellies, waterproofs and warm clothing (including long sleeve tops)
- To find out more about Forest Schools, visit our EYFS page.
Learning in our EYFS:
In the Autumn term, the children in EYFS begin with a Vehicle called ‘I wonder who or what else lives in my world?’ This is a Vehicle where children will learn all about themselves and make sense of their own life-story.
In the second half of the Autumn term, our EYFS children will study a Curriculum Vehicle called ‘I wonder what the world was like before I was born?’ This will have a focus on now and then and will lay the foundations for Historical skills and understanding that will be taught in KS1.
After Christmas, the focus will move onto a Curriculum Vehicle known as ‘I wonder if all of the world is the same?’ EYFS children will discover that there are different countries in the world and talk about the differences they have experienced or seen in photos. This Curriculum Vehicle focuses lots on exploration of similarities and differences and encourages the children to develop some basic Geographical knowledge, skills and understanding.
Furthermore, in the Spring term, the children will answer the question ‘I wonder what I could make and do with my hands?’ Through this Curriculum Vehicle the children will learn about creative arts, culture and performance, and this will be celebrated with a carnival at the end of the Vehicle where the children will showcase their learning to parents in their own carnival parade.
After the Easter break, our EYFS children will study ‘I wonder what the world around me is like?’ This will focus on understanding the key features of a life cycle of a plant and animal and begin to understand the need to respect and care for the natural environment and all living things. The knowledge, skills and understanding within this Curriculum Vehicle will enable the children to enter year 1 confident and ready to explore Scientific knowledge further.
In the final few weeks of life in EYFS at Holgate, the children will study ‘I wonder what else we can find out?’. This topic is very much centered on the interests of the children in each cohort. Class teachers and adults in the classroom develop a good understanding of the children over the course of the year and encourage the children to ask their own questions about the world around them. During the final half-term, the children’s learning then becomes centred on finding out new things about the world through a specific focus. During this study, the children will learn basic skills in research, presentation and recording of information and will have opportunities to extend their thinking further through dialogue with others. During the last academic year, the children were all very excited about upcoming holidays, following two summers of Covid restricted travel, the classes therefore learned about different places and their learning focused on seaside holidays today and in the past.
Learning in Nursery:
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The seven areas of learning covered by the EYFS are Personal Social-Emotional Development, Physical Development, Communication and Language, Literacy, Maths, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and design.
There are three prime areas of learning plus Literacy and Numeracy that are key to achieving a Good level of development at the end of the Foundation Stage.
The 3 PRIME AREAS:
Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED)
This area has three smaller sections. These are Making Relationships, Self-confidence and Self-awareness and Managing Feelings and Behaviour. This area focuses on children learning how to work, play, co-operative with others and function in a group beyond the family.
Communication and Language (C and L)
This area has three smaller sections. These cover Listening and Attention, Understanding and Speaking. These outcomes cover important aspects of language development and provide the foundations for literacy. Early Years at Holgate places a strong emphasis on children’s developing competence in speaking and listening and Understanding. During literacy sessions, there is always a strong emphasis in lessons planned in promoting communication and language by encouraging children to share their ideas and opinions and by saying out loud what they want to write prior to writing.
Physical Development (PD)
This area covers both fine and gross motor development and keeping healthy. In order to achieve this as well as weekly PE sessions children are encouraged to use the outdoor environment as much as possible and Forest school sessions are planned to support this. Weekly child-initiated activities are planned to develop and support fine motor development. We also do lots of work around healthy eating and looking after ourselves.
The SPECIFIC AREAS:
Maths is split into Number and Shape, Space and Measures learning. Maths is taught on a daily basis at Holgate during small group activities as well as being intrinsic to daily continuous provision. CLIC maths sessions are also delivered on a daily basis to ensure children have the opportunity to learn and consolidate key mathematical concepts and develop key skills.
CLIC MATHS – This session is taught daily to all children in EYFS and the children focus on learning how to recognise, read, write, order and use the numbers from 0-10 and then 0-20. These sessions are fun and practical and involve lots of counting songs such as 5 little ducks and 5 little speckled frogs.
Literacy learning is split into Reading and Writing. Literacy is taught on a daily basis at Holgate during small group activities as well as continuous provision. Children have regular opportunity to explore and understand a range of genres and are challenged to create their own stories and adventures through both written, drama and spoken activities. Children are read with individually on a regular basis to enable them to learn and practise strategies taught. Phonics plays a big part in this area and the ability to blend for reading and segment for spelling are skills that are taught daily in the Foundation Stage at Holgate Primary and Nursery School.
Phonics – Phonics is taught daily in EYFS and the children in Nursery learn a new sound each week and in F2 the children learn 4 new sounds a week. We use the Jolly Phonics sounds and resources to support teaching and learning and materials to support this learning can be found on the Jolly Phonics website.
Understanding the World
This covers the subjects Geography, Science, DT, History, RE and Computing. This is a major area of learning and enquiry focusing on children’s developing knowledge and understanding of their environment, other people and features of the natural and man-made world. Weekly Forest School activities provide an opportunity for children to explore, understand and care for their local environment and understand how it differs from the wider world. Opportunity within continuous provision is provided for children to investigate and understand natural objects and develop scientific curiosity and explanation. Key vocabulary and skills are taught during weekly group activities and provide children with the strategies to develop their own natural curiosity. Computing is key at Holgate Primary and children have access to a range of technology such as computers, laptops, talking postcards, bee bots etc.
Expressive Arts and Design
This covers art, music, and drama. To ensure a broad range of experiences small group sessions and continuous provision activities are planned on a weekly basis to teach and provide children with skills and opportunity to express themselves creatively in a variety of different ways.
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