Monkstown Nursery School
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OUR VISION

We aim to create a safe, secure, attractive and stimulating learning environment, where sensitive, caring professionals work with young children, in partnership with their parents, providing challenging experiences and activities for every child, so that they will make progression in all areas of their development.
THE CURRICULUM

The school, therefore, aims to provide a broad and balanced curriculum, which allows children the opportunities, through play and other experiences, to develop the learning associated with:

Personal, Social and Emotional development

We aim to provide a safe, secure environment where the children will be encouraged to learn, without experiencing a sense of failure, where their self esteem will be enhanced, where they can develop self-confidence and self control and will go on to form new relationships and friendships.
Helping
Hullahooping
Physical Development and Movement

As the year progresses, the children will show increasing confidence and control in their movement and will use a variety of large and small equipment with increasing confidence and competence.

The children will be involved in activities where they can develop:-
* * * fine motor skills, using a variety of tools and equipment- construction pieces, pencils, scissors etc.
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* * * large motor skills- climbing, balancing, jumping etc.
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The Arts

The children will be encouraged and stimulated by adults to help them express their ideas, extend their creativity and develop originality of thought. They will have opportunities to explore those thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of art and design activities, music and movement, dance, drama and role-play activities.
Cillian Drawing
Sand Pictures
Language Development

As the children play and talk to their peers and their teachers, we aim to provide an environment where their listening and communication skills are fostered.

The children have the opportunity to develop:
* * * an expanding vocabulary
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* * * confidence to express their thoughts and feelings with increasing fluency
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* * * an enjoyment of books
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* * * an awareness of the printed word
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* * * pre-writing skills
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* * * an interest in listening and responding to stories, rhymes and songs
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Early Mathematical Experiences

Although the children will not be involved in formal learning of mathematics, the adults in the nursery school will be seeking to extend their mathematical concepts in an informal manner. Many play activities and daily routines provide opportunities for the children to develop:
* * * an awareness of space
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* * * early concepts of size
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* * * early concepts of quantity
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* * * problem solving skills
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* * * mathematical language
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* * * an awareness of time
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* * * identification of shapes and colours
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Alicia Maths
Gloop
The World Around Us

To help the children develop an understanding of the world around them, they will be involved in a wide range of interesting activities. These will include opportunities to:
* * * explore and observe natural materials such as water and sand
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* * * observe and inspect living things
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* * * create models with blocks and other materials
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* * * learn about themselves, body parts and keeping healthy
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* * * talk about topics which arise naturally from their own experiences eg. holidays, birthdays
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* * * talk about the weather and seasons
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* * * take some responsibility for caring for their own environment
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* * * learn about the work of some of the people in the local community
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* a: Jennings Park, Monkstown, Newtownabbey, BT37 0NB
e: info@monkstownns.monkstown.ni.sch.uk
t: 028 9086 1459