Teaching good personal, social and emotional development promotes self-esteem and respect for others, which is not only important in all areas of life but is a pre-requisite for successful learning in the future. At Highfield, we pay particular attention to establishing constructive relationships with our children, parents and colleagues giving positive feedback, encouragement and praise as much as possible.
During our day at Highfield there are many opportunities to promote and encourage communication and language. For example, at story time, group time, game time, free play and at meal times children develop the key skills of listening and understanding, in both English and French. We also encourage children to express themselves freely and value what they say. In this way, children at Highfield develop into confident communicators. We also support young children to express their feelings when they are not yet able to communicate verbally... .
At Highfield we provide a safe, well planned and well resourced learning environment in which children can develop and improve their physical skills. Children are given time to explore and refine movements as well as being provided with fun activities that will encourage them to keep physically fit and active. We have Action Tots and Super Star Sport visit nursery on a regular basis and they deliver fun, active sessions.
Daily story times include stories in English and French and group times always include fun songs and rhymes. Our children always have access to a wide variety of books. In addition to being able to read during free play sessions we use transition times to ensure that children are looking at books every day. We use an enjoyable child friendly scheme to teach letters and sounds and how to read and write. Pre writing fine motor skills are fostered through tactile play as soon as children start the nursery. Writing implements are always available and children are encouraged to draw and write in a variety of contexts.
Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.
This area of development includes, dance, art, music, role play and imaginative play. A wide range of activities are provided allowing children to express themselves freely. They are positively encouraged to explore and try new experiences and, in doing so, utilise all of their senses. This area of development is an excellent way for non verbal children to express themselves.
Through play, children aquIre essential knowledge and develop skills that will enable them to make sense of the world. This knowledge and these skills provide the learning foundation for later school life. To promote this area of learning children at Highfield are provided with first hand experiences and are encouraged to explore, solve problems, make decisions and discuss what they are doing.