Conway's Rising Stars
Conway’s Rising Stars – Together for Two’s
At Conway’s Rising Stars we use a key person system. Each child is in a key group and has their own key person. Parents are able to meet with their child’s key person for regular feedback
We plan around schemas and children’s interests. Schemas are described as patterns of repeated behaviour which allow children to explore and express developing ideas and thoughts through their play and exploration in our stimulating indoor and outdoor provision.
The repetitive actions of schematic play allow children to construct meaning in what they are doing. Young children learn best through opportunities to engage in active learning through hands on experiences. These opportunities allow children to problem solve, question, predict, imagine, speculate and develop independent choices as they make decisions in an area they are familiar with.
It is important to understand that children use play to develop a methodical, systematic and logical collection of information through their senses and movements as they interact with practitioners, each other, objects and materials within the nursery environment.
Through a basic knowledge and understanding of schemas it can support practitioners in understanding their observations of children, which can in turn support the assessing and planning for the children’s next steps in development.
Rising Star’s Nursery follows the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. The content is taught through individual needs and interests. There is a strong focus of learning through the three Prime areas: Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language and Physical Development.
The focus for autumn 1 was on the following areas of development;
- PSE development – Making relationships, Self-confidence & awareness,
- Physical development – Moving and Handling, Health and self-care,
- Communication & Language – Listening and Attention, Speaking, Understanding.
Understanding the World
Our topic during autumn 1 was Ourselves. To support with settling the children we had family photographs displayed on the board and we read the story Owl Babies, linking to what their family help them to do.
The topic enabled them to cover some areas of Understanding the World.
- Understanding the World – People and communities.
The children took part in looking at their face and naming facial features. We used mirrors to look at our face. The children can identify their facial features by either pointing, touching or using words. We took part in singing rhymes to do with the face and body; Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes was a favourite of the children. Also, Daddy finger, Daddy finger, where are you?
Our other book focus was The Funny face book. This enabled some children to show emotions, making a happy face, a sad face and a grumpy face. The children took part in finger and hand painting.
The focus for autumn 2 was on the following areas of development;
- Mathematic – Number
- Expressive arts and design – Media and Materials
- Communication and language – Listening and attention
This term children took part in World Nursery Rhyme Week, which linked perfectly with our topic all about nursery rhymes. The children have been learning actions to go along with rhymes and some of these even linked to numbers and counting. The children enjoyed singing and dressing up. They are using musical instruments in our outdoor area. They are beginning to use number language and using fingers to represents numbers in rhymes and songs and counting in number rhymes.