Nursery Science Investigations – March 2018
Spring Term 2018
Hello from Ducklings class!
Our nursery offers a range of sessions for 3 to 4 year olds from 8.30am to 3.15pm Monday to Friday. Children learn primarily through a play-based curriculum (EYFS) and learn through exploring, challenging themselves and interacting with others. We endeavour to develop life long skills needed to progress through the school and in all areas of lives.
Nursery begins with self-registration, a question of the day to answer and book choosing on the carpet in preparation for our initial focus time. Children choose their learning via continuous provision indoors and outdoors and have the opportunity to access fruit from the fruit stall. We enjoy milk time in our key worker groups, encouraging conversation to develop speech and language skills. Nursery finishes with a short input, special time and our goodbye song.
Nursery has introduced cooking and tasting sessions for each story book we base our learning on. Every Friday is library day where the children can choose a book to take home until the following Friday when they can return it and choose another one.
Our learning is based upon themes and topics arising from books based upon times of year and children’s interests. The children enjoy learning a rhyme or song with music and actions linking to our book and themes. We will develop this in order to learn the skills to retell our chosen story books.
Phonics in EYFS
Read Write Inc. Phonemes Pronunciation Guide
Thank you to all the parents of children in EYFS who came to our meeting about phonics. We hope you found it useful. The main things we covered were:
- What phonics is
- How we teach it in Nursery and Reception
- How you can support your child at home
Phonics, the teaching of letters and sounds, has been shown to be the best way to start teaching early reading and spelling.
The first stage is for a child to be able to listen to sounds and tell the difference between them, for example a car driving past or a plane flying overhead. Then they can start listening for sounds in words and join in with making those sounds. Nursery rhymes and songs are a great way of encouraging children to listen for patterns, such as rhyming words and words starting with the same letter. Talking to children and positioning yourself so they can see your face is so important for modelling clear speech so they can copy the shapes their mouths need to make.
By the time they enter Reception, most children are ready to start matching letter sounds to written letters. We have a sound of the day. The children hear the letter name and sound, see how it is written, think of words with that sound in and practise writing the letter. When they children have learned a set of sounds, they can put them together to make words (sounding and blending). For example “p..a..t.” The final stage is being able to break a word into sounds (segmenting) to help spell it.
It is important to use pure sounds. We hope this video will help.
Some words cannot be sounded and blended. We call them ‘tricky words’. Reception children will be given a book mark with words like ‘the’ and ‘go’ on, to help them remember these words.
Phonics is taught in a fun way through using actions, songs and games. We may send home activities for your child to practise. We hope the parents of children in Reception find the leaflet, ‘Learning Through Play: Letter and Sounds’ useful for ideas of activities you can use to support your child’s phonics learning. Please use Tapestry to let us know if you notice your child using their phonics skills at home in their reading and writing.
There are free games at www.phonicsplay.co.uk