Our curriculum is designed by looking within each child and outside windows.
We provide an awe inspiring, irresistible knowledge rich curriculum that is based around an immersive seasonal and cultural calendar.
Early Mark Making
Children learn to write from an early age in ways you don’t even realise. It starts with messy play using our fingers to make marks in rice or sand and with shaving foam, paint, clay or even slime.
At school we will generally spread the resources across the table or in a tuff tray. You can easily do this at home using a dinner plate, tray or on the kitchen worktop using flour or rice.
Starting to write
The next step is beginning to draw lines and circles using thick crayons or chalk, but we can use pens, pencils or paintbrushes.
Large decorators’ brushes dipped in buckets of water are great for painting the outdoor walls.
Writing our names
From pictures and marks come words, beginning with the most meaningful of all – our name.
As part of our daily routine at school, we collect our name cards use them as a guide to help us ‘sign-in’ each day, sometimes forming letters from our names.
If you would like to know more about early mark making please speak to your child’s keyworker.
As our children settle back into nursery we will be revisiting ‘Owl Babies’ which will help them to understand their feelings associated with being away from home. We will also talk about and share photos of our families and homes. The children will also read the story of ‘The Gingerbread Man’ and will have the opportunity to make a ginger biscuit. See simple recipe below.
We will be looking at the seasonal changes in the garden and local surroundings. The children will help to make bird feeders for the garden and we will be taking part in the “Big Bird Watch”. For more details go to RSPB
We will also be getting ready to celebrate Chinese New Year on 5th February.
Our value for this term is ‘kindness’ and we will be helping the children to care for each other, particularly our new children.
Getting children to eat can be one of the things that parents find most stressful. To get them interested in eating you have to get them involved in where their food comes from and make it fun. Why not start with some simple baking!
Here is a simple recipe for gingerbread biscuits that we made in school – try it out at home. There’s lots to talk about and lots of learning involved.
Maths – weighing out your ingredients and counting the number of biscuits.
Personal, Social and Emotional development – working together as a pair or part of a small team, taking turns to stir the mixture.
Physical Development – using tools to mix the ingredients and cut out the shapes
Understanding the World – observing the changes that take place as the mixture combines and cooks.
Learning happens around us all the time without us even knowing!!
Yummy Apple Crumble!
6 cooking apples
240g granulated sugar
280g self raising flour
Turn oven on 180c/350/gas mark 5
Wash your hands.
Make crumble mix. Put butter and flour into a bowl and rub together with your fingers until it looks like crumbs.
Add 180g of the sugar.
Peel, core and slice the apples.
Lay the slices of apple into a dish.
Sprinkle cinnamon (optional) over the apples.
Add the rest of the sugar.
Spread the crumble mix evenly over the sliced apples.
Put in the middle of the oven for 40 minutes.
Take out the oven.
Leave to cool for 15 minutes.
Serve hot or cold, with ice cream, custard or cream.