October 2018

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The purpose of this learning wall is to keep you informed of the learning that your child is experiencing in school so that it may also be complimented at home. This month your child will be learning about the season autumn; changes in their environment, weather and the effects on animals etc. Please encourage your child to collect leaves, acorns and discuss autumn with them, the changes in the colour leaves etc. Our colours for this month are autumnal colours; red, orange, yellow, brown and black. We will also be learning about the festival of Halloween.

Personal, Social and Emotional:

Children will;
• Become confident and feel secure in their new environment.
• Learn where their personal belongings with be kept and use trays appropriately.
• Learn the different rules and routines in the nursery, especially the dinner routine which starts this month.
• Be independent getting their own snack.
• Learn the names of staff, areas, resources and their friends- reinforced with topic boxes, name cards and where are you song.
• Be encouraged to become more independent by putting on coats, shoes, changing, toileting, dressing up, putting on aprons, getting snack, putting their names on work, tidying and doing helpers jobs.
• Be aware that good behaviour is rewarded with petals, stickers and prizes.
• Be encouraged to share and turn take in play and conversation.
• Say daily prayers and demonstrate a Christian attitude.
• Be responsible for self-registration and sort cards into girls and boys.
• Show a positive attitude to learning.
• Begin to socialise with peers and develop friendships.
• Listen and take direction from adults when appropriate.
• Be aware of how their behaviour affects others.
• Be able to toilet independently.
• Learn responsibilities of being a helper at dinner time.
• Be encouraged to persevere with tasks.

Language Development:

Children will;
• Talk and have conversations with adults and other children.
• Follow simple and more complex instructions.
• Be encouraged to recognise their photo and names.
• Become familiar with other children/staff names.
• Be encouraged to develop language skills through Wellcomm language activities.
• Be able to discuss objects in the topic box and identify what they are related to.
• Handle books appropriately and enjoy reading books using picture ques.
• Enjoy listening to stories and discuss the who?,where?, what?, when?
• Answer yes/no questions about stories and other questions at their appropriate level (Elklan Blank)
• Be exposed to stories/songs/ rhymes, including Halloween and autumn focus.
• Begin to speak out confidently during discussions.
• Say ‘Good morning’ and prayers every morning.
• Take part in pre writing skills.
• begin to develop listening and concentration skills.
• Begin to retell and sequence stories – Matt and Molly and Elklan.
• Extend vocabulary associated with nursery
• Play imaginatively with props and resources within the home corner and act out stories.
• Develop language associated with autumn and Halloween.
• Develop their ability in turn taking in speech.

Physical Development:

Children will;
• Listen to and follow simple physical instructions.
• Take part in physical play outdoors
• Experiment with different ways of moving and exploring personal and general space.
• Develop confidence, imagination and some understanding of safety through participating in a range of movements, running, hopping, jumping, starting, stopping, climbing.
• Use a range of small equipment to develop skills of rolling, pushing, patting, throwing, catching, writing and developing fms.
• Be guided on how to use scissors appropriately.
• Be encouraged to develop the tripod grip (short chubby crayons)
• Develop hand eye co-ordination and fms through threading, peg boards, jigsaws, using tweezers, pegs at painting easal and dough
• Develop ability to pedal and steer tricycles around outdoor track.


Children will;
• come to terms with the rules and routines associated with working within the creative areas, put name on work, drawings in their trays and paintings out to drying rack.
• enjoy the art activities available, not be afraid to get their hands dirty and will take increasing pride in the work they produce and the work of others.
• be willing to participate in story, songs / rhyme
• be able to use their imagination and props appropriately in home corner
• Freely access art and design materials.
• Make simple models.
• Enjoy working with dough.
• Enjoy the therapeutic value of working with water and sand.
• Experiment with musical instrument to make sounds.

The World Around Us:

Children will;
• Continue to learn about their new nursery environment.
• Learn about the season autumn and festivities of Halloween.
• Display a natural curiosity about the world around us.
• Has opportunities to use and explore their 5 senses, know that we smell with our nose, see with our eyes, hear with our ears. Learn about these 5 senses and organs used
• Begin to develop an awareness of living things and show care in the outdoor environment.
• Begin to observe the weather daily with reference to weather song.
• Begin to have a knowledge of familiar roles in their environment and recreate these during play.
• Recall past experiences/ experiences from home.
• Talk about who is in their family.

Mathematical Experiences:

Children will;
• Count a variety of objects encouraging children to slow down to ensure accuracy.
• Develop an understanding of one to one correspondence and come to appreciate that the size of a set is given by the last number in a count.
• Explore ordinal number focusing on ‘last’.
• Count in the context of number rhymes, count forwards and back to 5.
• Compare 2 objects of different length/weight/size and capacity
• Sequence events in the nursery daily routine.
• Explore time patterns; days of the week.
• Explore and talk about shapes in the environment, basic shapes, shapes of different leaves
• Explore problem solving while attempting jigsaws and other areas of play.