Welcome to Lakey Lane Nursery
The Nursery curriculum is broken down into seven main areas which are explained in more detail below.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
This is one of the most important areas of learning in our Nursery. The children are taught the life skills such as; making relationships with their peers and adults, becoming self-confident individuals, becoming aware of their own feelings, knowing how to manage those feelings and how to adapt their own behaviour. At Lakey Lane this is a key strand, particularly during the Autumn Term where we work hard to make the children feel SAFE SECURE and SUCCESSFUL!
Communication and Language
Another key area which is continually modelled by staff. Here children will develop the skills they need to become proficient listeners and speakers who can maintain their own concentration when they are listening. Who can understand what is being said to them and can use speech to communicate their needs, wants and interests. At Lakey Lane, we offer a very language rich environment and curriculum, using schemes such Well Comm to support children who need additional help with communication.
This area has two parts. The first is movement and handling – this is where we teach the children how to use their bodies to make large movements such as climbing play equipment or kicking a ball. Also how to make small, precise movements such as snips with scissors or using a pencil to form recognisable letters.
The second part of this area is focused on health and self-care. We encourage children to be independent when going to the toilet and washing their hands. We also help children to dress independently - including putting on their coat - and to be able to use objects and equipment safely. At Lakey Lane we strongly encourage that children develop their independence early on and we are always happy to work alongside parents to facilitate this through support and advice.
We initially teach a range of pre-reading and writing skills such as mark making, listening to stories, handling books carefully and enjoying rhyming activities. For those children who are ready we introduce initial sounds through songs and rhyming games.
Stories and Rhymes play a huge part in fostering a love of reading. We read to the children everyday and teach them familiar songs and rhymes. Later in the year we set up a story lending library, where the children can borrow a story book each week to read at home.
Here we teach the children about numbers, shapes and measures. We teach in an interactive and exciting way which often involves practical activities. At Lakey Lane we believe in the Number Sense approach which concentrates on UNDERSTANDING numbers rather than just learning by rote. We also teach in a very cross-curricular way, incorporating the children's own interests. This may involve measuring out ingredients to make bread for the Little Red Hen or finding the right shape box to make a Batmobile!
Understanding the World
This area is split into three main ideas; learning about people and communities, the world around us and technology. They are all integrated into our daily learning throughout the year and often supports our topic work. For example during our topic on The Little Red Hen, we look at growth & change - talking about how plants grow and investigating where our food comes from. We also enjoy talking about celebrations and special days such as Christmas, Eid, Diwali and birthdays, sharing experiences from home.
Expressive Arts and Design
In this area the children will have lots of opportunities to be creative and use their imaginations to create songs, dances, pictures, construction models and role play.
At Lakey Lane we encourage the children to be creative when learning and playing. Although it CAN get a little messy, it's also lots of fun and encourages talk and collaboration with others.
Click on the link below to access to lots of nursery rhymes we sing in school.
Watch this video for a super trick for putting on a coat click here
Advice on sleep routines click here
Advice on toilet training click here
General Advice on starting school can be found on the BBC Bitesize School Site click here