The four remaining areas in children's Learning and Development are:
Reading: We read, tell and retell stories and recite and sing rhymes together every day. We have an extensive library of books including fiction, non-fiction, rhymes and poetry. At the Nursery we work with Phase 1 and 2 of ‘Letters and Sounds’ and Jolly Phonics, helping children to develop their auditory discriminatory skills for identifying sounds all around them and particular sounds in letters, words and rhymes. Children learn the letter sounds of the alphabet and move on to phonic blends and tricky words.
Writing: Very young children mark make and we ask them to tell us about the drawings and writing they have made. They learn to write their name with correct pen grip. We give children real reasons to write, for example a shopping list in the home corner, a log book for the space station, a recipe for making gingerbread men.
Numbers: Through number games, stories, rhymes and maths equipment children count and solve problems, for themselves and together. We use number lines 1-10 and number grids 1-100. In Buds children learn to write numbers correctly and write simple number sentences for addition and subtraction.
Shape, space and measure: Children weigh in cookery, explore capacity in water play, measure how tall they or their sunflower has grown and make patterns using sequences of colours or shapes. They build with 2D and 3D shapes and learn the mathematical names for the shapes they use.
Understanding the World
People and Communities: In circle times, assemblies, festival days, Our Wonderful World Week, Harvest Festival Week and Book Week, children learn about their own and other children’s faiths and culture. Parents visit regularly to share their books, music, cooking and traditional costumes and customs with the children. We talk to children about the similarities and differences between us all and how we can be kind, happy and caring individuals.
The World: This is the foundation for Science, History and Geography. Children explore and investigate the world around them, finding out how things work, naming different animals and plants and discovering how plants grow then decay.
Technology: This is the foundation for Information & Communication Technology (ICT). Children have access to a range of to a computer, iPads, and programmable toys with help and independently.
Expressive Arts and Design
Exploring and using media and materials: Children have a weekly Dance lesson with a specialist Dance teacher. Children design and make constructions using different materials and tools, for example chopping fruit to make a fruit salad, sewing a hand puppet or using junk to create their own structures.
Being Imaginative: We have a wide range of media and materials for children to use in painting, making collages, building dens, playing percussion instruments, dancing, role play and for re-enacting or making up their own stories.