Welcome to Panda class! We have two groups of children in Panda class, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, and some children who stay all day.
In Panda class we learn through play, both indoors in our lovely Nursery, and outside in our amazing outdoor environment. As we play we make new friends, learn to take turns and share, listen to instructions, talk about our experiences, explore new things, have a go at new challenges, and most of all, we have fun!
In our Nursery we are exploring the Curiosity Approach to learning, which aims to bring curiosity, awe and wonder into the early years curriculum. In a world of technological equipment and plastic toys, we are introducing the children to 'real' and natural objects, which engages the children's interest and creativity.
This term our theme is:
All about me
In Panda class we focus on 10 special books throughout the year. They are called our Key Texts. The children will listen to these stories being read to them at story time this term.
We also listen to stories linked to our Topic. This half term our special story is Elmer
We enjoy singing Nursery Rhymes, with lots of fun signs and actions. These form part of our phonics teaching, and are brilliant at helping children to look and listen, developing their speech and language, and preparing them for reading.
We will introduce the children to Squiggle while you Wiggle, and the children will learn pre-writing skills whilst dancing with ribbons and scarves.
There are always have lots of opportunities for children to look at books and to have a go at mark-making throughout the Nursery session.
Maths is part of our daily routine in Panda class. We use every opportunity to count and look for familiar numbers. We always count the number of children and look at the number on the calendar. We have lots of interactive counting songs to join in with, and the children will soon meet the Numberblocks! There are lots of different maths resources for the children to explore in our maths area, and begin to use their developing mathematical knowledge.
Understanding the World
As a part of the Curiosity Approach, the children will have the opportunity to explore 'real' objects and natural materials. These may be in the form of Treasure Baskets or Loose Parts. The children may choose to build or create pictures with the materials; they may make small worlds for dolls and play people. The opportunities are endless.
Expressive Arts & Design
In our creative area there are lots of resources available to the children to explore painting, drawing, collaging, fixing and joining materials.
In our malleable area, the children have the opportunity to handle and explore playdough, using their hands and different tools to mould and shape the dough.
There are also musical instruments in the investigation area, which the children play as they sing familiar songs.
In the home corner and small world and construction area the children use their imagination and make up stories as they play together.
The 'Jigsaw' theme (our focus for Personal, Social and Emotional development) is ‘Being me in my world'.
This term the children will be settling in, getting used to separating from parents and carers, learning new routines, and beginning to interact and play with new adults and children.