Welcome to Foundation Stage 1!
Welcome to Aston Lodge Nursery from Mrs Nurse, Mrs Wilkinson and Mrs Moore.
In Nursery we work hard to create a happy and safe environment that enables the children to become confident and independent learners.
We work together with you to ensure a smooth transition from home into Nursery. Parents are welcome at the start of all our sessions to complete an activity. This also gives us an opportunity to talk informally and work together to provide the best care and education for your child.
We plan an exciting and challenging curriculum based on our observations of children’s needs, interests, and stages of development. We plan for a balance of adult and child initiated experiences – all based on learning through play.
Our curriculum is based on the National Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum. Sessions are planned to ensure opportunities for development in the seven areas of development which are:
|Areas of Learning and Development||Aspect|
|Personal, Social and Emotional Development||Making relationships|
|Self-confidence and awareness|
|Managing feelings and behaviour|
|Physical Development||Moving and handling|
|Health and self-care|
|Communication and Language||Listening and attention|
|Shape, space and measures|
|Understanding the World||People and communities|
|Expressive Arts and Design||Exploring and using media and materials|
As well as these areas of development, we look at the different ways in which children learn. The EYFS lays out the Characteristics of Effective Learning. When planning activities we aim to reflect the different ways in which children learn.
|Characteristics of Effective Learning|
|Playing and exploring – engagement||Active learning – motivation||Creating and thinking critically – thinking|
|Finding and exploring
Playing with what they know
Being willing to have a go
|Being involved and concentrating
Enjoying achieving what they set out to do
|Having their own ideas
Choosing ways to do things
We want all our children to develop a love of books and we plan a lot of our work around stories. The children can chose a library book each week to take home and share with you.
Early phonics skills are taught through Phase One of Letters and Sounds which focuses on developing the children’s listening skills, vocabulary and speaking skills. In Phase 1 phonics, children are taught about:
- Environmental sounds
- Instrumental sounds
- Body percussion (e.g. clapping and stamping)
- Rhythm and rhyme
- Voice sounds
- Oral blending and segmenting (e.g. hearing that d-o-g makes ‘dog’)
Typical activities for teaching Phase 1 phonics include listening walks, playing and identifying instruments, action songs, learning rhymes and playing games like I Spy.
In Foundation Stage One we have moved away from topic based learning and have made the decision to plan around the children’s interests. We plan a lot of our work around stories the children have enjoyed reading.
We have put together an overview of things we do all year round to promote learning in all areas of the curriculum (Foundation Stage One Essentials).
We have also put together a list of books that we will cover over the year. Other books may be covered throughout the year and added to the list.