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Ofsted Outstanding 2009/10 Weston Way Nursery School

Weston Way, Baldock, Herts, SG7 6HD
Tel: 01462 892172
Email: admin@westonway.herts.sch.uk

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We have various themes throughout the year which are planned for around the EYFS document.

Our themes for the Summer Term 2017 are:.

  • The Farm
  • Teddy Bears
  • Families
  • Mini beasts
  • The Zoo
  • Science Week / Water

Weston Way Nursery School Curriculum Statement
The care and education of children in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) follows statutory requirements and guidance given by the government.
The Early Years Foundation Stage
This is the statutory framework for all children aged between 0 and 5 years. It provides a framework for the safeguarding, learning and development of all children attending Weston Way Nursery School.
The learning and development requirements are organised into 7 areas of learning with developmental stages that describe the typical development expected of children within each stage.
At Weston Way Nursery School staff plan activities to ensure the children make good progress towards the early learning goals that they are expected to reach by the end of their Reception year. All children are supported to make the best possible progress from their starting points.
How young children learn:
The children will experience a range of activities indoors and outdoors, whatever the weather to develop skills, knowledge and independence. They learn actively within an established routine. We have a notice board that gives weekly information about the themes the children are working on and some of the activities they will be experiencing.
In all areas of learning there is a strong emphasis on active learning, play and exploration, and creating and thinking critically.
More information can be found on: www.foundationyears.org.uk
The 7 areas of learning within the Learning and Development requirements are:

3 Prime Areas of Learning

4 Specific Areas of Learning

Communication and Language
Physical Development
Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Literacy
Mathematical
Understanding the World
Expressive Art and Design

 

 

The Prime Areas of Learning
Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED)

  • Making relationships: Weston Way provides a happy, safe and secure environment where children feel valued and respected. Children form positive relationships and learn to work and play together cooperatively.
  • Self-confidence and self-awareness: Weston Way provide an environment where children grow in independence and are excited about learning. They will learn to speak in a group, to express ideas and to make their own choices.
  • Managing feelings and behaviour: Children learn about their emotions and the feelings of others. They will use appropriate behaviour, take turns and share.

Physical Development (PD)

  • Moving and Handling: learning and improving skills of co-ordination, control, manipulation and using large and small movements, climbing, jumping and using pencils and scissors.
  • Health and self-care: children learn about the importance of good health, physical exercise and healthy diet. They enjoy the outdoor environment everyday including a wide range of play activities and opportunities for investigation and exploration. They will learn to manage their own hygiene and personal needs, e.g. hand washing and healthy snacks.

Communication and Language (CL)

  • Listening and Attention: children learn to listen to each other and adults individually and in small groups. They listen and join in with stories and rhymes everyday with enjoyment and relevant responses.
  • Understanding: Children develop understanding of language through their play and exploration, they respond to questions, they explore, predict, explain, describe… They learn to follow instructions to extend their learning.
  • Speaking: Children are given a rich range of real experiences and activities to talk about. The take part in planning and recall activities enabling them to talk about past experiences and plan the future.

 

The Specific Areas of Learning

Mathematics (M)
In the EYFS children’s mathematical understanding develop through active learning, play and exploration. They will use indoor and outdoor environments, stories, songs, cooking and games, construction and creativity.

  • Number: Children will learn to count reliably, order numbers, calculate, problem solve and use mathematical language.
  • Shape, Space and Measure: Children will learn about weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money. They will explore, recognise, create and describe patterns and shapes.

Literacy (L)
For both reading and writing children will develop phonic knowledge that will enable them to decode, read and write words. Phonics will take place through a range of learning experiences e.g. listening activities, songs, rhymes, and playing with language throughout the EYFS.      

  • Reading: Children will learn the skills they need to be a reader and to love books, they will borrow books to be read to them at home and enjoy daily stories at the nursery. They will become familiar with print and talk about their reading.
  • Writing: All attempts at writing will be encouraged, children will start with their own names and words of interest to them. They will write what is meaningful to them and be encouraged to read what they have written.

Understanding the World (UW)
People and communities, the world, technology.
In a rich and active learning environment children are challenged to learn about themselves and others and the world in which they live.
Expressive Arts and Design (EAD)
Exploring and using media and materials: children will sing, make music and dance. They will have daily opportunities to use a wide range of tools, techniques and materials creatively and safely.
Being imaginative: children will be encourage and supported to express themselves imaginatively through all media.
Special Educational Needs (SEN)
Weston Way Nursery School welcomes all children. Parents are encouraged to inform the school if their child has any specific needs. Parents are welcome to visit the school to see the facilities and share their concerns with the Headteacher or Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO). For more information see our School Offer.