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Prime Areas

Communication and Language;

At Bentinck many of our children join our Nursery speaking very little or no English. It can be a scary time for our youngest children and can it take time for them to settle into a new setting and get used to new and unfamiliar routines. Children will be totally immersed into the English language and most children begin to understand quite quickly and soon start to use new vocabulary. We ensure we provide a language rich environment to support our children’s early language development.

Children will learn to listen and speak in a variety of different ways – through role play, singing songs and rhymes, listening to and telling stories, engaging in conversation with their friends and adults, circle time, phonics, number time, outside play, listening games, assemblies, child initiated play – playing with their friends, learning new words, following instructions.

By the end of the Foundation Stage we want our children to be able to listen attentively and respond appropriately to questions, we want them to be able to hold a conversation with their friends and adults – we want them to be strong, confident listeners and talkers.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development;

At Bentinck we want our children to develop into confident and independent individuals. We want them to have a good understanding of what is right and wrong and how we need to treat each other fairly and respectfully. At this early stage it is important to develop our children’s social skills and support them to build positive relationships with others and have a good understanding of appropriate behaviours.

Children will learn these many skills through a variety of ways within our setting – supporting children to follow our clear and consistent rules, choosing activities independently within the learning environment both indoors and outdoors, sharing and taking turns with equipment, supporting children to resolve conflict and develop friendships, talk about their feelings, take care of their own needs.

By the end of the Foundation Stage we want our children to be able to work and play cooperatively, sharing and taking turns, we want them to try new activities and show resilience, we want them to behave appropriately taking into account the feelings of others and themselves. We want our children to be confident and resilient individuals who are keen and excited to learn new things.

Physical – gross and fine motors skills;

Children love being active and it is important to develop both their large and small physical skills. We also want to develop children’s understanding of what it means to be healthy.

To support and develop these skills in our children we involve them in a wide variety of activities here at Bentinck – large toys and equipment outside, activities to help strengthen their fingers ready for writing such as funky finger activities and dough disco, jigsaws, threading, drawing, painting, cutting, throwing and catching different sized balls and PE lessons.

By the end of the Foundation Stage we want our children to be able to move in a variety of ways with coordination, negotiating space and others safely, to use a range of tools safely and effectively and to manage their own basic needs independently – getting dressed and going to the toilet.

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