Here is an overview of our areas of learning and development at Oxhill Nursery School.
Learning through Play
Young children learn by doing, touching and seeing for themselves – through play. Play that is well planned and pleasurable helps children to think, increase their understanding and improve their language competence. It allows children to be creative, to explore and investigate, to experiment and to draw and test their conclusions.
All aspects of children’s growth and development are linked and these are promoted by the varied play experiences available within the nursery environment.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
We aim to develop children’s ability to work, play, co-operate with others in a group beyond the family. Children are allowed time to develop personal values and an understanding of who they are and where they fit into the world around them.
Opportunities to take turns, share and help each other, foster a caring attitude and be aware of the needs and feelings of others are carefully planned and used to full potential. We aim to develop children’s competence in speaking and listening and help them to become readers and writers. By developing all aspects of language children are given the foundation for literacy.
Children are encouraged to enjoy books, stories and poetry, for their personal language development and to extend their views of the world, excite their curiosity and fire their imagination. This also brings tremendous pleasure, expands other play activities and develops concentration and listening skills. A lot of time is spent in nursery, talking and listening to what your child has to say.
Expressive Arts and Design
Children are provided with a range of activities, including music, dance, drama, art and craft, which will help them to develop and use their imaginations and communication skills. They are encouraged to express their ideas on paper (mark making, writing their name).
The children have access to a wide range of materials and tools, including paint, glue, scissors, pens, junk materials, clay, dough and slime. Our children are encouraged to explore, experiment and develop creative expression and imagination.
Creating something that is unique; either by themselves or by working together in a group gives each child satisfaction and helps boost self confidence.
Waterproof jackets and trousers are provided for the children to enable them to access the outdoor area in all weathers.
We feel it is important that children establish positive attitudes towards a healthy and active way of life. Healthy children have lots of energy and they need space to crawl, climb, balance, run, jump and dance.
Access to a wide range of equipment helps to develop manipulative skills, hand-eye and general physical co-ordination. Participating in these activities can help to build self awareness and confidence.
Understanding Of The World
We aim to develop children’s knowledge and understanding of their local and wider environment, other people and features of the natural and man made world. Aspects cover historical, geographical, scientific and technological learning.
Through a variety of experiences the children are made aware of themselves, their families and the environment in which they live. They are given opportunities to explore and recognise features of living things, objects and events in the natural and man made world and to look closely at similarities and differences, patterns and change. They are encouraged to ask questions, to find out why things happen and how things work.
Children are encouraged to select from a wide range of materials and equipment for a variety of purposes to practice their cutting, joining, folding and building skills. A wide range of ICT equipment is available for their use including digital cameras, scanners and a ‘top of the range’ computer in each unit.
More information can be found on our classes pages.
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