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Prime area -Communication and Language

Bees work on developing listening and attention skills, understanding and verbal skills. We play a range of games designed to tune into different sounds such as environmental and instrumental sound lotto, listening walks and body percussion. This also supports their Phase one Phonics Development – a crucial stage in learning to read. Children take part in focus story sessions using props and symbols and also complete linked activities over the week. Where appropriate, children may take part in small group focus sessions based on communication activities such as simple board games answering everyday who/what/where questions, matching games or memory games such as ‘pairs’ and ‘Kim’s game’.

Prime area -Physical development

Children are regularly offered opportunities to explore different ways of moving as is appropriate to the individual, developing both gross motor skills and fine motor skills needed for a range of tasks. Bees Staff work closely with our Physiotherapy Team to support each child’s physical development daily. The team work hard to support children in becoming more independent, for example putting on their own shoes or taking off their coat, Children are encouraged to toilet train if appropriate. . Children take part in exploratory mark-making activities, copying patterns and exploring horizontal, vertical, circular, clockwise and anticlockwise movements.

Prime area -Personal, Social and Emotional development

Children work with both their Keyworker and the other adults in class to promote positive relationships. Children take part in activities where they can experience working with other children with adult support and build relationships with those around them. Children are introduced to timetable symbols to promote understanding of daily routine. Adults regularly model examples of emotional vocabulary and discuss feelings to support the development of emotional literacy.

Specific Area- Literacy

Children take part in activities to develop their listening skills to help them differentiate different sounds. Children are introduced to the first set of letter sounds in the Phonics scheme Read, Write, Inc and have blending modelled to them regularly to help them develop blending skills for reading in the long term. They are also encouraged to use magnetic letters to make simple CVC words. Children take part in song times and focus story sessions designed to enhance their love of stories as well as their comprehension skills. Children are encouraged to ascribe meaning to the marks they make, copy their name or match the letters, and regularly have writing modelled to them.

Specific area- Maths

Children regularly take part in a range of number songs and experiences linked to them such as prop making, painting and acting out the songs with peers. Children are encouraged to develop their one-to-one correspondence through a range of fun matching activities and games such as bowling whilst having number language modelled to them by adults. Children also experience Maths through everyday activities such as counting how many children are here today, learning about daily routine and using shapes in different construction activities. Children use Ten Town resources, songs and Stories to build on number recognition.

Specific area – understanding of the world

Children explore and learn about people and communities, the world and experience using technology. We look at how we are the same and yet different, different cultures and celebrations, the world around us and how it changes throughout the year. We learn about looking after animals with our class guinea pigs, explore our local environment and learn about our community.

Specific area – Expressive arts and design

Children take part in experiences to help them develop imagination and creativity which are so crucial to their long-term academic progress. Children receive regular music and drama sessions as well as exploring messy play, painting, modelling and role play.