Curriculum

The early years are critical in a child’s development. Children develop rapidly during this time; physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially. Understanding that all children are competent learners from birth, our environment is designed to facilitate learning opportunities both indoors and outdoors.

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Curriculum Overview

The curriculum in the nurseries is a British based, Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum with a main focus on the children learning through play.
The children have differently designed, age appropriate activity sheets.
This helps to keep the activities in range for children with differing age / ability / needs.

We cover the seven areas of learning:

Mathematical development

Literacy

Expressive arts and design

Personal, social and emotional development

Communication and language

Physical development

Understanding the world

Activities and the 4Cs

Our activities focus on developing different sets of skills and knowledge to ensure your child is stimulated, engaged and developed both academically and socially. We aim to develop children in four areas we call the ‘Four Cs’. Understanding that all children are competent learners from birth, our environment is designed to facilitate learning opportunities indoors and outdoors.

Communication

The foundations for literacy are built through speaking and listening skills. It is important children receive the right support and guidance to lay these building blocks at an early age. In early childhood, being able to make sense of visual and verbal signs, including facial expression and hand gestures, enables children to become skillful communicators.

Creativity

Our creative activities are designed to provide a stimulating environment in which creativity, originality and expressiveness are valued. With the child as a starting point they are given freedom to develop and explore materials, feelings, thoughts and ideas in an unrestricted way. Music encourages children to experiment with and explore sound. Children can express different emotions by exploring rhythm or volume; movement to music helps children learn about timing and beats. Art is of vital importance, allowing children to explore different media, materials, textures, colours, space and shape to form independent opinions. From the early stages of mark making to writing their own name and painting their own self portrait, our staff will guide children to explore to develop their creative abilities.

Challenge

Much of learned behaviour is absorbed by the age of five: how to interact with others and our environment, how we treat our bodies and our attitudes to food. We believe in helping children develop a healthy sense of self, acquiring good habits and setting the principals for a future healthy lifestyle. Through a wide range of physical activities, including playing with balls, hoops, ropes, cones and skittles, children’s gross and fine motor skills are developed. Our staff are trained to build children’s confidence in physical activities, encouraging them to learn about safe risk taking and persisting in their play and activities.

Cognitive Development

Our cognitive development activities aim to encourage children to question and understand how and why things work. Our trained nursery staff will encourage children to explore, observe, predict and discuss elements in the real world to understand how we impact them and how they change and grow.

Jolly Phonics

Jolly Phonics is a multi-sensory phonics programme which makes learning to read and write fun, interesting and challenging for all children. It works by teaching children the five key skills for reading and writing. The letters are not introduced in alphabetical order, but rather in groups. The first group, comprising the letters s, a, t, i, p, & n, is introduced because these letters from simple three-letter ‘cvc’ (consonant-vowel-consonant) words than any other six letters. For example: sat, pat, sin, pin, etc…

Learning Letter Formation

Using different multi-sensory methods, children are taught how to form and write letters. It is therefore important that a child holds their pencil in the correct way. The pencil should be held in the ‘tripod’ grip between the thumb and first two fingers. This method is suitable for both left and right-handed children. If a child’s hold is incorrect it will be difficult to re-correct later on.

Blending

Children are taught how to blend sounds together to read and write new words. Blending is the process of saying the individual sounds in a word and then running them together to make the word i.e. sounding out c-a-t and then making cat!

Identifying the sounds in words; listening for the sounds in words gives children solid foundation in preparation for spelling. Games like I SPY are ideal for this and can be played anywhere from the car to the supermarket.

Last are tricky words: these are very commonly used words with irregular spellings and cannot be read by blending such as ‘said’, ‘was’ and ‘one’. They simply have to be remembered.

Within our curriculum at Humpty Dumpty, it is important to stress that we do not cover the Jolly Phonics programme in its entirety. We cover the learning of the individual letter sounds. Later in the school year we introduce letter formation.

Following consultation with British Curriculum schools, the advice is that it is more beneficial for children to have the initial sounds exactly correct and for that reason we do not urge you to use this method at home. Please also do not teach your child old fashioned ‘ABCs’ as we no longer focus on letter names and reciting the alphabet.

School needs to be captivating and exciting for children, and by covering too much too soon, it can actually do more harm educationally. Let them walk before they try to run.

Kindermusik

Research has shown that music plays a vital part in a child’s developmental years. Muisc can increase the child’s skills in all aspects of his/her life, be it academic, social or sport.

Kindermusik is a children’s music programme which has been developed in the United States for newborn babies to 7 years. The programme aims to develop the whole child through the use of music. The course ‘ABC Music and Me’ has been developed specially by Kindermusik for use in nursery schools. Each lesson contains activities designed to encourage many different kinds of learning: Greeting and Goodbye Rituals, singing, vocal play, movement, instrument exploration and play-along, story time and focused listening.

KINDERMUSIK’S PHILOSOPHY IS FOUNDED UPON RIGOROUS RESEARCH AND THEIR FUNDAMENTAL BELIEFS:

  • A parent or loving caregiver is a child’s first and most important teacher;
  • All children are musical;
  • The home is the most important learning environment;
  • Music nurtures a child’s cognitive, emotional, social, language, and physical development;
  • Children flourish in a child-centered environment where activities are developmentally appropriate;
  • Educators value the learning process – not the performance – of music making;
  • Every child should experience the joy, fun & learning that music brings to life.

For more information about Kindermusik, please visit www.kindermusik.com.

+ JOLLY PHONICS

Jolly Phonics

Jolly Phonics is a multi-sensory phonics programme which makes learning to read and write fun, interesting and challenging for all children. It works by teaching children the five key skills for reading and writing. The letters are not introduced in alphabetical order, but rather in groups. The first group, comprising the letters s, a, t, i, p, & n, is introduced because these letters from simple three-letter ‘cvc’ (consonant-vowel-consonant) words than any other six letters. For example: sat, pat, sin, pin, etc…

Learning Letter Formation

Using different multi-sensory methods, children are taught how to form and write letters. It is therefore important that a child holds their pencil in the correct way. The pencil should be held in the ‘tripod’ grip between the thumb and first two fingers. This method is suitable for both left and right-handed children. If a child’s hold is incorrect it will be difficult to re-correct later on.

Blending

Children are taught how to blend sounds together to read and write new words. Blending is the process of saying the individual sounds in a word and then running them together to make the word i.e. sounding out c-a-t and then making cat!

Identifying the sounds in words; listening for the sounds in words gives children solid foundation in preparation for spelling. Games like I SPY are ideal for this and can be played anywhere from the car to the supermarket.

Last are tricky words: these are very commonly used words with irregular spellings and cannot be read by blending such as ‘said’, ‘was’ and ‘one’. They simply have to be remembered.

Within our curriculum at Humpty Dumpty, it is important to stress that we do not cover the Jolly Phonics programme in its entirety. We cover the learning of the individual letter sounds. Later in the school year we introduce letter formation.

Following consultation with British Curriculum schools, the advice is that it is more beneficial for children to have the initial sounds exactly correct and for that reason we do not urge you to use this method at home. Please also do not teach your child old fashioned ‘ABCs’ as we no longer focus on letter names and reciting the alphabet.

School needs to be captivating and exciting for children, and by covering too much too soon, it can actually do more harm educationally. Let them walk before they try to run.

+ KINDERMUSIK

Kindermusik

Research has shown that music plays a vital part in a child’s developmental years. Muisc can increase the child’s skills in all aspects of his/her life, be it academic, social or sport.

Kindermusik is a children’s music programme which has been developed in the United States for newborn babies to 7 years. The programme aims to develop the whole child through the use of music. The course ‘ABC Music and Me’ has been developed specially by Kindermusik for use in nursery schools. Each lesson contains activities designed to encourage many different kinds of learning: Greeting and Goodbye Rituals, singing, vocal play, movement, instrument exploration and play-along, story time and focused listening.

KINDERMUSIK’S PHILOSOPHY IS FOUNDED UPON RIGOROUS RESEARCH AND THEIR FUNDAMENTAL BELIEFS:

  • A parent or loving caregiver is a child’s first and most important teacher;
  • All children are musical;
  • The home is the most important learning environment;
  • Music nurtures a child’s cognitive, emotional, social, language, and physical development;
  • Children flourish in a child-centered environment where activities are developmentally appropriate;
  • Educators value the learning process – not the performance – of music making;
  • Every child should experience the joy, fun & learning that music brings to life.

For more information about Kindermusik, please visit www.kindermusik.com.

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