Areas of Learning

Prime Areas

Communication and language development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.

Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.

Personal, social and emotional development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.

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Specific Areas

Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.

Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.

Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.

Expressive arts and design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.

Our Morning

No two mornings at our pre-school are ever the same and we pride ourselves on offering a varied and stimulating curriculum which changes daily. We do not want to be too rigid and often find that the children dictate what happens next – as it should be! However, the following gives an idea of how we spend our morning:

9.15 Welcome children and registration
9.25 Free play
9.40 Circle time / sharing news
9.50 Free play indoors/outdoors plus adult-led activity
10.50 Discussion/story time, in small and large groups
11.00 Free play indoors/outdoors plus adult led-activity
11.55 Tidy-up time for children and adults
12.00 Songs, poems, games, stories
12.10 Treasure Box, goodbyes
12.15 Home time

We do encourage parents who have a specific skill, knowledge or interest to come in and share this with the children which adds to the variety of experiences we aim to give them. Recently the children have enjoyed learning a little about wood work from one of the grandads, we have also had the local fire service visit and show the children their fire engine and Shirley, our regular volunteer, does sewing with them. These are just a few examples of the fun the children can enjoy at the Newman Pre-School Playgroup!

Example Topics Throughout the Year

Autumn TermSpring TermSummer Term
  • Welcome new children
  • Autumn Activities
  • Harvest
  • Diwali
  • Welcome new children
  • Pancake Day
  • Chinese New Year
  • Welcome new children
  • Summer Activities
  • Bonfire Night
  • Winter & Christmas Activities
  • Nativity
  • Christmas Party
  • Spring Activities
  • Mother’s Day
  • Easter
  • Prepare leavers for Reception
  • Roman Villa Visit
  • Summer party

Interest table

Circles

We endeavour to display a range of child-friendly, interesting objects and items that your child can interact, explore and investigate safely with. This gives them the opportunity to utilise their senses, i.e. sight, touch, hearing and smell (as appropriate).

Staff use this table as another aid for communication, and the children are encouraged to share their thoughts, experiences, comments, findings, questions etc. which they may have regarding its contents and the related topic. Children enjoy sharing this experience with both adults and their peers, thus increasing their social interaction.

Concepts for children within all ages and stages can be covered i.e. colours, shapes, sizes, matching, comparing, numbers, letters etc. as well as their developing skills of understanding the world around them.

Physically handling the objects allows the children tactile experiences and the chance to interact, investigate and explore the objects as appropriate e.g. pushing buttons, opening, operating them etc. as well as incorporating them into their learning and play.

We actively encourage the children to bring in objects, photos or pictures from home as we feel this helps them and you to be included and have some ownership within their learning environment. We have noticed that children are both pleased and proud when they place an item on the table, thus promoting their self-esteem. They are then given the opportunity to tell us and the other children about it, boosting their confidence and communication skills.

If your child has an item that they would like to show and tell, but it is precious or delicate and not suitable for the table, then please don’t hesitate to let us know and we will ensure that it is kept safe and out of harm’s way. Please ensure that all items have your child’s name on it, so that they can be safely returned.

We welcome your help in making our Interest Table a stimulating learning experience and resource for your child.