Children are encouraged to start learning how to write their names this term by using their name cards initially. All children will work at their own pace.
We will be continuing with our number work on recognising numbers to 10, counting by rote to 10 and starting to put numbers in order from 1-10. We will also be doing lots of number songs involving counting forwards and backwards and saying how many are left, e.g. 5 little speckled frogs, 1 elephant went balancing etc.
We will be continuing with Phase 1 phonics activities. We will be talking about the initial sounds in words and words that rhyme. Playing games like “I spy with my little eye something beginning with “s” or making up strings of words that rhyme, is really beneficial for your child to hear and discriminate between different sounds.
The topic for this half term is growing. We will start off with looking at growing plants. The children will be looking at changes in the environment, flowers growing, leaves turning green etc. They will be doing observational drawings of flowers such as daffodils and talking about baby animals that are born in spring. They will also talk about different life-cycles for example the caterpillar to the butterfly and the egg to duck. The children will have the opportunity to see eggs hatching and live ducklings being born.
Our key workers in the Nursery are:
Sue - Lion group.
Mira - Elephant group.
Louann - Giraffe group.
Shaista - Zebra group.
Planning for topics in Nursery is done on a weekly basis. Staff plan topics which are based around the children’s interests. Please ask the Nursery staff for more information about what we are learning each week. For the first few weeks the focus will be on settling in, learning the school routines and making new friends. Our first topic will be “All about me”.
We are introducing a WOW tree this that will stay in place throughout the year. We would like you to share any special significant moments, big or small that your child has at home or in the community. For example, they can now swim without armbands; they can now butter their own bread, they can now ride a tricycle, they can brush their own teeth, etc. This is a really special way to strengthen ties between home and school. These very important moments for you and your child can then be shared with their key worker and talked about in Nursery during carpet sessions. There will be a plastic wallet containing leaves for you to write on and then you can stick them on our WOW tree. The WOW tree is on the wall as you come into the Nursery. Please remember to write the date on your leaf so we can keep track of when things happen.