At Thornaby C of E School children in Nursery and Reception are provided with a stimulating learning environment which encourages learning through play – a fundamental part of early learning.
The school uses the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum to plan learning opportunities in the following areas:
These set out the skills, understanding, and knowledge we hope the children will achieve by the end of Reception. We do this by:
The children have a daily phonics session which will commence after children have become settled into Nursery. We have a sound of the week and children are encouraged to bring in items which start with this sound for our ‘phonics display’.
We read a book of the week during the literacy session, snack time and home time. Children are encouraged to talk about the pictures in the story and predict what might happen. We discuss stories we have read and re-call the main events in the story.
Children are taught the basic skills of counting and are encouraged to use number in their play. We will be starting a number of the week to help children recognise numbers and understand an amount can be represented by a number. We also use Ten Town to help children recognise numbers. This term, we have been learning about shape and size.
Nursery’s topics change 1-4 weeks, depending on the children’s interests.
Some of Year A topics
The children have daily phonic and reading sessions. Their repertoire of letter sounds will increase rapidly and we will be sending home 3 new sounds to revise every week. They are being encouraged to segment and blend simple words using ‘robot talk’. Action words are introduced to build up their sight vocabulary ready for reading.
A book of the week is read daily and children are encouraged to discuss the characters and events in the story. They are learning to discuss, predict and evaluate the stories they have listened to.
Maths is taught using our new programme called ‘Mathematics Mastery’. This term children have been learning:
Topics are changed every 2-4 weeks depending on the children’s interests. So far this term the children have been learning:
Some of Year A topics
All about me!
Which is the biggest dinosaur?
Where would you go and how would you get there?