The Young Explorers nursery classroom provides a stepping stone for 2-year-old children into school life at Marsh Green Primary. We support each child’s learning and development by providing a safe, inspiring environment that reflects the interests of the children within it. Each child’s specific needs are met through careful planning, that supports children as inquisitive, confident explorers who learn through play. The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum supports an integrated approach to early learning and care, and is used to enhance the delivery of quality early education and to ensure the best outcomes for each child.
Communication and language development is a consistent focus. We support children’s development by providing a rich language environment, where conversations, singing and sharing stories become a regular part of the children’s day. Weekly singing and signing sessions provide further opportunities for children to experience a wide range of communication methods. Daily ‘Letters and Sounds’ groups encourage children to ‘tune into’ both environmental and musical sounds with adults and other children. These crucial skills support communication and language development, and will later support the beginnings of phonics knowledge.
The children can access a range of activities both indoors and outdoors daily, these free-flow spaces allow the children to make links within their learning, become resilient problem solvers and gain independence. Learning walks in the local area and trips wider afield support children’s understanding of their world. Parent’s and carers are children’s first educators and are the most important people in their lives. Therefore, just some of the ways we build strong partnerships with families include daily communication, home learning challenges, class blogs and stay and play sessions.
We look forward to supporting you and your child through their learning journey!
Mrs Ashcroft, Class Teacher
Young Explorers class teacher
Young Explorers teaching assistants
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