Activities

Nursery 3

We incorporate a variety of activities into our session’s plans, to encourage children to have fun as they learn through play and discovery:

Early Mathematics

Matching and sorting, comparing and ordering, sequencing, practical number games, shape games, number songs and rhymes are all important aspects of our mainly practical mathematics.

Writing

Handwriting patterns, trace writing and writing names, but only if the child is ready to do so.

Pre-Reading

Jigsaws, sequencing games, posting boxes, lotto games. Sharing books to encourage a love of literature through library books, story time, big book sessions and story sacks. We have a story sack lending library on Wednesday mornings. These are a great way of bringing stories alive. For £1 you can hire a sack for a week to enjoy with your child.

The children in Kindergarten are introduced to Letterland (phonics). A different character or sound is focused on each week. An activity relating to this will be completed at school and placed in each child’s sound book. Parents’ are encouraged to support this at home. Kindergarten children are given the opportunity of library time on Friday afternoon. They are encouraged to choose a book to share at home. These are changed each week, but you are welcome to keep them longer if you wish.

Science

Free exploration with magnifying glasses, torches, feely bags as well as first-hand experience in gardening, growing seeds, river visits, nature walks, health and safety explanations. Cooking is used in Science. Observation work is also encouraged.

Language Activities

Speaking and Listening; taking turns in discussions, following instructions, expansion of vocabulary, listening games, show and tell, circle time.

Music/Sound

Singing is an important part of life in the Nursery and Kindergarten. It is fully integrated into the daily planning. Kindergarten do have a hands on instrument and percussion work lesson with Mrs Sophie Banks, a music specialist. This also includes singing and is aimed to encourage and develop the children’s rhythmical and pitching ability.

Physical Play

Specialist gym lessons are given on Friday mornings by Wade Gymnastics, who come onto the school site and deliver the lessons in the school gymnasium. In addition to this a coach from ‘Little Strikers’ visits weekly, providing the children with opportunities for various outdoor games and activities. Sand, climbing frame, wheeled toys, large apparatus work, ring games, ball games, large construction blocks

Fine motor control

Threading, weaving, cutting, tweezer play, pestles and mortar

Construction Play

Mobilo, brio, duplo, wooden bricks, lego, mega blocks, kid-nex, poly-m, sticklebricks

Tactile Experiences

Clay, playdough, plasticine, wet and dry sand, water, corn flour, foam, coloured rice

Art and Technology

A range of activities that encourages pencil control, brush control and scissor control. Drawing, painting, collage, junk modelling . Information, communication and technology is experienced through a wide variety of mediums. For example the children will learn to use computers as well as using equipment such as cameras, mechanical toys, on and off push button toys and bee bots.

Cultural Diversity

At Beachborough we realise that young children in the UK are being raised in a society of cultural diversity. We reflect these differences within our curriculum. Activities include multicultural puzzles, toys and posters, learning to say hello and count in different languages, cooking and trying different foods from around the world, celebrating different festivals incorporating art, music and dance.

Imaginative Play

Role play areas and small world are used. Home corners such as hospitals, shoe shop, pet shop, flower shop, post office, café, travel agents, and Chinese restaurant can be seen in the classrooms. Dressing up, dressing dolls, puppet play, dolls’ house, farm, brio, cars and garage as well as imaginative large play-tray scenes are all important aspects of our imaginative play.