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Our Ethos in the Early Years at Garfield is that children learn best when learning through their own play and interests.

Please follow what your child enjoys in their play and you can join in and extended their learning through talk and modelling different concepts of thinking.

The prime areas of learning for Nursery are Communication and Language, Personal, Social and Emotional Development and Physical Development. Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning.

As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas: Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the world and Expressive arts and design.

All the fun activities that you do with your child at home are important in supporting your child’s learning and development. Even when your child is very young and not yet able to talk, talking to them helps them to learn and understand new words and ideas.

The Prime Areas:

Children’s play helps them to develop their processes of learning and talking to them during this time gives you the opportunity to model language and introduce your child to new vocabulary.

Supporting your child’s communication and language.

  • Pay attention to what your child is interested in and show interest.
  • Slow down your speaking rate to give your child time to process what you are saying.
  • Try talking to your child at a slightly higher level than what they are producing.
  • Pause, this will give your child time to respond.
  • Wonder out loud. “I wonder how far the car will go if I push it” This invites your child to make a prediction or allows you to expand with “Let’s see.”
  • Sing songs and rhymes with your child.
  • Make reading as interesting as possible – using fun voices, facial expressions etc.

Ways to support your child’s PSED:

  • Do simple activities together such as rolling a ball back and forth, building a tower together or dancing.
  • Model being kind and caring towards others and encourage your child to mirror similar behaviour.
  • Give opportunities for your child to have a choice eg: different vegetables/fruits at snack time.
  • Talk about any problems they encounter and explore how to solve the problem.
  • Encourage your child to talk about their likes and dislikes.
  • Give your child clear, simple and consistent boundaries.
  • Narrate other people’s feelings.

Physical development is about strengthening the whole body to be able to run, jump, hop, climb, ride a bike and hold a pencil.

There are many benefits including developing independence and social skills, helping children to identify and understand risk, increases wellbeing by interacting with nature, encourages healthy and active lifestyles and develops imagination, inventiveness and resourcefulness.

Ways to support gross motor development:

  • Encourage your child to walk up and downstairs, holding onto the rail to support them.
  • Playing chasing games such as stuck in the mud to encourage changing direction and speed.
  • Simple throwing and catching games.
  • Using paintbrushes and large pieces of paper.
  • Using chalk on the pavement to draw big lines and circles to develop arm muscles.
  • Balancing competitions eg: who can stand on one leg the longest.

Ways to support fine motor development:

  • Model how to snip paper using scissors and then provide your child with child-friendly scissors.
  • Provide plenty of opportunities to paint, draw and colour to develop early fine motor skills.
  • Write your child’s name in a light colour and encourage them to trace the letters.

Physical development is also about health and self-care. You can help your child by encouraging them to become more independent in their personal care at home.

  • Putting on and taking off their own coat.
  • Zipping up own coat.
  • Taking off and putting own shoes on.
  • Using a knife, fork and spoon.
  • Wiping own nose.

The Specific Areas:

Reading:

Please read to your child every day and choose a range of different story books.

  • Encourage your child to talk about the front cover, title and pictures.
  • Explain the difference between fiction and nonfiction books
  • Help them look for words that are repeated throughout the story.
  • Talk about what has happened in the story and encourage your child to retell the story once you have finished reading.
  • Encourage your child to turn the pages and follow the text with their finger.
  • Talk about what might happen next in the story.
  • Link the story to their own experiences.
  • Encourage them to sound out words using their phonics and blend them together
  • Show them finger spaces and full stops

Writing:

Please encourage your child to mark make with a range of different materials. This will help build their fine motor skills so they can begin to write.

  • Pencils, crayons, pens.
  • Chalk.
  • Painting.
  • Water and brushes outside on the pavement.
  • Salt in a tray.
  • Play initial sound games e.g. I spy with my little ear something starting with P (Pig)
  • Encourage them to form letters correctly
  • Practise writing their name with them
  • When they begin phonics encourage them to write short words and simple sentences

Nursery Rhymes and counting songs are a fun way to develop your child’s mathematical skills. You can access our Nursery rhyme booklet or you can sing your own.

Other ways you can support your child:

  • Encourage number recognition games such as matching games.
  • Explore different ways of representing numbers such as spots on a dice or fingers on a hand.
  • Look for numbers in the environment – bus numbers, phone numbers, car number plates etc.
  • Encourage your child to point to and move each object as they count.
  • Talk about different 2D shapes, you can use the environment around you to help you.
  • Model talking about the shapes – how many sides, corners they have etc.
  • Measuring activities – which is the tallest? Which bucket can hold the most sand?
  • Practise matching numerals and quantities correctly
  • Practise counting one more than a given number
  • Modelling how to add up small quantities

Supporting your child’s understanding of the world:

  • Talk about the different occupations of your friends and family.
  • Talk to your child about their friends and how they are different to them.
  • Use photographs to talk about past events like celebrations.
  • Look at books or pictures of people from around the world, discuss similarities and differences between different cultures.
  • Encourage your child to ask questions about the world around them.
  • Provide opportunities for first hand experiences with animals and nature.
  • Talk about changes in the weather and seasons.
  • Model being kind and caring towards the environment.
  • Talk about the different types of technology in the home and what they are used for.

Ideas to support your child:

  • Support and encourage sensory and messy play.
  • Introduce simple crafts and allow them to explore.
  • Encourage use of different materials.
  • Play music regularly and introduce instruments.
  • Encourage your child with rhymes and songs that are repetitive and involve lots of actions.
  • Role play with your child – shops, stories, occupations.
  • Talk to your child about their creative processes.

Take a look at some fun resources from https://outdoorclassroomday.com/resources/

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