Welcome to Merton Bank Nursery

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Our Nursery Team

Teacher - Mrs Clay        

Teaching Assistants- Mrs Cronin and Miss Johnston   

Welcome to all our new children and their families!      We are all settling in well and having so much fun in nursery!    Thank you for choosing Merton Bank Nursery!   We are never less than our best!

Spring Term

Phonics

We are learning the names of the pictures that linked to the phonic sounds.  We are practising saying the words clearly and using the correct sound at the beginning.  This will help when we start to learn the individual letter sounds and the letter shapes.

 

Rhymes and Rhyming Words

We sing nursery rhymes and read rhyming stories and poems everyday.  This is so important for helping children's language and communication. The children are beginning to think about words that rhyme and fill in the missing rhyming words in stories.  The children also love finding words that rhyme with their own name (especially nonsense words!)

 

This term we are learning to: 

  • answer 'how' and 'why' questions like "why did the ice melt?" and "how do we brush our teeth?" 
  • use lots of new words to talk about people, places, objects and actions 
  • hold a pencil with a thumb and two fingers
  • copy letters from our name
  • talk about the characters, setting and events in our favourite stories: Three Little Pigs, The Gruffalo, Owl Babies, Goldilocks, Three Billy Goats Gruff
  • join in with rhymes and find words that rhyme in stories and songs
  • think about the sound at the start of words and find words that start with the same sound: Alex, apple; Skye, snake;
  • know about the different jobs that people do
  • talk about special events we celebrate with our family and friends
  • count forwards from 1 to 10 and count backwards from 10 to 1
  • say one number for each item and say 'how many'
  • say when two groups have the 'same, more, or less'
  • find a number to match to how many there are in a set
  • talk about shapes using the shape name (circle, triangle, rectangle, oblong, square) and describing features (sides, corners, straight, curved..) 

Autumn Term

This term we are learning some very important skills

  • to choose our own activities 
  • to share our play with other children 
  • to help with jobs around nursery
  • to talk about things we have done
  • to join in with the routines of the nursery day
  • to listen to stories and join in with some words
  • to join in with songs and rhymes
  • to help take off and put on shoes, coat, wellies and other clothing
  • to talk about our drawings and paintings
  • to look after the plants and animals in our nursery garden
  • to explore the sounds we can make with instruments 
  • to explore how colours can change 
There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing!
There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing!

 

Here're some great websites for early years activities and games:  (Just click on the link below for some learning fun)

 

CBeebies 

Topmarks - Early Years 

Oxford Owl

 

 

Rhyme Time

Learning nursery rhymes helps us develop lots of skills! Here are the rhymes we are learning this term:

 Incy Wincy Spider

 Miss Polly Had a Dolly

 Wheels on the Bus

 Twinkle Twinkle

 1,2,3,4,5 Once I caught a fish alive

 Hickory Dickory Dock

We are learning to count forwards and backwards to 5!

We do lots of activities to help us get strong arms, wrists, hands and fingers ready for holding a pencil and learning to write:

  • raking, sweeping, digging and moving large things outside
  • climbing, crawling, pulling and pushing
  • painting and marking making on the wall, easel, floor and even under tables
  • playing with play dough and other malleable materials
  • threading beads, pasta
  • using tweezers and other tools to pick things up
  • building with duplo and other construction kits
  • the list is endless....

 

Our Curriculum

 

In Nursery, we follow the statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage.  

 

The three Prime Areas are:

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Communication and Language

Physical Development

 

The four Specific Areas are:

Literacy

Mathematics

Understanding the World

Expressive Arts and Design 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development involves helping children to develop a sense of themselves and others; to form positive relationships with other children and adults; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings.  In Nursery, the children learn how to behave appropriately and develop confidence in their own abilities.  We actively promote and celebrate the '5 Rs': Respect, Responsibility, Resilience, Risk taking and Resourcefulness.  

Communication and Language Development involves giving children experience of a rich language environment and supporting them in developing their confidence and skills in expressing themselves.  The children in Nursery learn how to speak and listen in a range of situations and begin to develop a broad vocabulary. 

Physical Development involves providing opportunities for the children to be active and develop their coordination, control and movement.  Children learn how to move, climb and balance in different situations and also begin to develop their fine motor control skills ready for writing.   

Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and begin to read and write.  We sing songs and rhymes and read and tell stories every day.  We follow the Letters and Sounds programme for developing skills in listening to sounds, rhyming, and hearing the sounds in words.  We also introduce the children to the Read, Write Inc phonics programme which they will continue to follow in Reception.  

Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems, describing shapes and using different measures.  Opportunities for developing mathematical skills are supported in all areas of the learning environment including outdoor learning.

Understanding the World involves guiding children to make sense of the world around them, particularly the natural world and their community.  We spend a lot of time learning outdoors and in our Forest School area where children are free to explore, play and follow their own curiosities.

Expressive Art and Design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of materials and media.  Children explore how to express themselves, their thoughts, feelings and ideas, through painting, model building, singing, dancing, role-playing and many other creative activities and experiences.