All children are learners with a natural curiosity. The best way to assist and enhance this is to recognise that they are also individuals who learn in different ways and at different speeds. When planning the curriculum we consider the needs and stage of development for every child in our care individually and not necessarily based on their age. We use this information to create a challenging, exciting and enjoyable experience for each one.
TAKE A LOOK AROUND
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LEARNING THROUGH PLAY
Learning at Peaslake Nursery involves a balance of adult-led and child-initiated activities. Play is essential for every child’s development: it builds their confidence as they learn to explore and relate to others.
THE GREAT OUTDOORS
We use our wonderful outdoor areas on a daily basis. The nursery has access to a separate outdoor area so that children can choose between indoor and outdoor activities. As well as sharing the School playground that is invaluable for group activities as well as a large range of outdoor play equipment including a climbing wall, climbing frames, football goal, large sandpit and a range of bikes, scooters, bats and balls.
Children benefit from regular opportunities to engage with nature as they play and learn in the varied outside environment, such as going on weekly 'forest walks.
There is something quite idyllic about learning in the woods.
Our Forest School is set in a wonderful location just a five minute walk from the school. We go every week, whatever the weather, and everybody enjoys being outside in the fresh air.
We enlist the help of a specialist sports teacher who leads a weekly active session.
We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum from Nursery through to the end of the Reception year. There are seven areas of learning and development:
These cover the knowledge and skills that are the foundations for children’s future progress and readiness for school.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Communication and Language
Prime areas are reinforced by:
Understanding the World
Expressive Arts and Design
Harvest Festival at St Mark’s in Peaslake with Harvest breakfast at school
Fireworks for Bonfire Night
Nursery Nativity performance
Chinese New Year
Celebration tea for Mother’s Day
Easter Egg rolling
Sayers Croft outdoor centre