Learning in the Nursery
“In the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) all children are making excellent progress consistent with their age and development. By the end of Reception the majority are exceeding many of the Early Learning Goals and some are working to a level two years above their chronological age.”
ISI Report 2018
In Pre-Nursery, Nursery and Reception, we cover the seven areas of learning outlined in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and then develop that curriculum to suit the needs of our children, and reflect the Ardingly ethos.
We frame our learning opportunities around a theme or topic. These can be a few weeks long or span most of the term. This will depend on the children’s interests and the route they chose to follow them. The topic often starts with a familiar book or author based on the children’s interest to ensure maximum engagement with learning.
WHY DO WE PLAY AT ARDINGLY?
There are many different types of play:
Children love having the chance to make up their own stories. We help by supplying simple items to aid their imaginations. This offers children the chance to act out aspects of their own lives which may be puzzling them, or to experience how it might feel to be someone else or something different.
Children love to be busy and active and we have the perfect facilities for them to develop physical skills, such as: control and balance, spatial awareness, hand‑eye coordination and confidence in their own skill, strength and judgement.
Small World Play
With our extensive range of toys, children can play out different real life or imaginary scenarios. This gives children the opportunity to collaborate with one another, make choices, develop physical dexterity, consider mathematical concepts and act out their present understanding of the real world.
Sounds and Musical Play
Children love rhythm, dance, singing and rhyming and these all develop listening skills and can be used to develop phonics and numeracy.
Children gain powerful emotional satisfaction from knocking down a tower and then building it up again. This can develop counting skills, balance hand-eye coordination and encourage teamwork and communication as they work with peers.