Our Nursery class benefits from weekly lessons with specialist teachers for PE, French, ICT, Music, Music & Movement and Dance.
PE lessons focus on key skills including spatial awareness, co-operation and hand-eye co-ordination. We play a variety of playground games such as the ‘Mr Man Game’ and ‘Stuck in the Mud’. Children learn to handle balls, rackets. beanbags, hoops and bats. Each year culminates in our whole school Sports Day, in which every child participates in.
Lessons are verbal and require children to use their senses in order to participate. Teaching involves the use of visuals, songs, games and French video clips. Topics largely reflect topics which children encounter in every-day life and include counting, colours, parts of the body and items in the world around us, such as at home or in the classroom.
Children love our singing games and stories, using puppets and hand-held percussion instruments. When we practise the songs with percussion and actions, we learn the tunes and words easily and quickly. Using our whispering, speaking and singing voices, we learn to control pitch and volume. Xylophones, glockenspiels and a whole range of percussion sounds are used in our guessing the sound games as we try to match the sounds to the instruments.
Music & Movement
The children find enormous fun in the warm-up exercises, stretching to the music, jumping with the beat, clapping, tapping, stamping and stomping. They become fully absorbed in expression to music, acting out stories with musical accompaniment, imitating animal movements and performing action and number songs. These lessons lay the foundations for musical appreciation and drama.
The children are introduced to dance through skipping exercises. They are encouraged to move freely to music and to develop a sense of tempo and rhythm in their movements. Through music and dance the children develop greater spatial awareness, improve their gross motor skills and demonstrate their creativity and imagination.