Celebrating Individuality...

This half term (Spring 2) your children will be developing their understanding
of ‘growth’ through our topic of ‘And it turns into a...’ Thank you
to everyone who donated seeds, bulbs, plants and garden
equipment to help us start our allotment project. The support has
been fantastic!

Communication & Language skills/Literacy skills

We will be reading some of our favourite ‘Treasured Texts’ - The Very Hungry
Caterpillar by Eric Carle, Titch by Pat Hutchins Oliver’s vegetables by Vivian French
and Alison Bartlett and Jack and the Beanstalk.
Through this theme, your children will be extending their sentences by talking about
what they can see, questioning why things happen and using their own experiences
to explain their ideas to their friends. We will be using colourful semantics which
develops children’s use of vocabulary, helping them to extend their word level by
including nouns, verbs and adjectives and names of everyday objects, for example,

Adult asks:'What is the boy doing?'

Child would be encouraged to say: 'He is planting a big sunflower.'

Try this at home and encourage your children to talk in ‘full sentences’ and have
fun with the actions (…a good family game of charades!)


Your children will be continuing to learn letter sounds. Each week your children will
learn a family of letter sounds. Try practising these at home with your child! Please
ask your child’s group leader if you are unsure of the pronunciation or see
www.youtube.com Oxford Owls, How to pronounce pure sounds. 

Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design
Through our theme of ‘Growth!’ your children will be exploring their world around them. We will be finding out more about seeds, bulbs and plants and what happens to them when they show signs of growth. We will be supporting your child to nurture and provide care to the plants to ensure they will grow.

SPRING 1 Focus...

This half term (Spring 1) your children will be developing their use of storytelling language through our theme of

Tell us a Story…

Communication & Language/ Literacy skills

 We will be reading some of our favourite ‘Treasured Texts’ by Jill Murphy, ‘Peace at Last’ ‘Whatever Next!’ and ‘On the Way Home’.

Through this theme, your children will be learning and developing their Letters and Sounds early phonic skills of ‘Environmental Sounds’. They will be going on a sound walk and finding out where are the quietest and noisiest places in Nursery! They will be identifying everyday noises such as the sound a kettle makes, the sound a dog makes and the sound a washing machines makes. We will be encouraging your children to develop their ‘Voice Sounds’ using recording devices such as sound buttons, talking tins and tape recorders, to create sound effects to their stories.

Your children will be linking their ‘Squiggle whilst you Wiggle’ Disco Gym moves to pure phoneme sounds that we call ‘Storytime Phonics’. Each week your children will learn a family of letter sounds that they will relate to a squiggle. Try practising them at home with your child! Please ask your child’s group leader if you are unsure of the pronunciation!   

Understanding the World &

Expressive Arts & Design

Through our theme of ‘Tell us a Story!’ your children will be exploring their world around them. We will be finding out more about the homes we live in and the noises all around us. We will be looking at how our environment changes and the seasons that it brings. Through the RSPB Big Bird Watch, we will be discovering who visits our garden and sharing our discoveries with our friends.  

We will also be celebrating Chinese New Year and Valentines Day with all our friends at Nursery!

Watch out for WOW days and special events coming up very soon!

Chinese Lanterns crafted from paper and some nifty scissor work!
Chinese Lanterns crafted from paper and some nifty scissor work!

Autumn 2 Focus...

This half term (Autumn 2) your children will be discovering their imagination through our theme of

Colour, Magic and Tinsel!’ 

Communication & Language 

Literacy skills

 We will be reading some of our favourite ‘Treasured Texts’ such as Meg and Mog by Helen Nicoll and Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson. As we move into December your children will reading about the Nativity story and finding out more about the true meaning of Christmas together with Santa and his elves!

Through this theme, your children will be learning and developing their Letters and Sounds early phonic skills of ‘Rhythm and Rhyme’. They will be making rhyming potions with Meg and Mog~ putting a hat, cat, bat and even a rat into the cauldron!

Your children will be listening and laughing along to the rhyming language in Julia Donaldson’s Room on the Broom.

‘How the cat purred and how the witch grinned, as they sat on their broomstick and flew through the wind’

 

Understanding the World and Expressive Arts & Design

Through our theme of ‘Colour, Magic and Tinsel!’ your children will be exploring their own cultures and learning about how others celebrate. We will be mixing colours and finding out how to make new ones through celebrating Bonfire night. We will be remembering soldiers who have lost their lives by making poppies and visiting the local war memorial to pay our respects. We will be welcoming a special visitor during our Family Learning workshop in December we can’t wait to share this time with you all!

(more information will be shared closer to the date!)

Autumn 1...

In their first few weeks, your children will be exploring their Nursery environment and making new friendships. We will be introducing the ‘Golden Rules’ to them so they can build upon their social skills whilst meeting a very special Nursery friend called “Funshine Bear”.

Personal, Social and Emotional skills

Our skills focus for this half term will be to encourage your children to make new friends, develop a strong self of “themselves” and build up safe and special relationships with their Group Leaders whilst understanding how to keep safe with our school rules and boundaries.

 

We will teach your children the Golden Rules, these are:

 We are kind

We are safe

We are ready to learn!

Your children will learn these rules through these five important skills~

Good Listening,

Good Sitting,

Good Looking,

Good Thinking

Good Talking (or communicating)

 Each time they demonstrate that they can do these skills they will be rewarded lots of praise, both individually and as a group celebration, with golden pom-poms for their group jar or with individual Funshine Bear stickers!

These skills will be practiced through playing simple games during our small group times and through their daily routines at Nursery.

Personal, Social and Emotional Skills
Our skills focus for this half term will be to develop our understanding of ‘Me and My Community’. We will be walking to
visit our local Post Office and finding out what happens when we post a letter as well as taking part in Education Sunday at Furzebank Worship centre on Sunday 8 March. Your children will
be talking about ‘Kindness’ and talking about what it is like to be kind and who is kind to us. This theme will be shared with our Federation families, so if you can join us on Sunday at 10:45 am we will welcome everyone!

Mathematical Development

Through our growth topic this half term, we will be exploring ‘measures’. We will be encouraging your children to use the language associated with length, height, width and weight. We will be using standard measuring equipment such as tape
measures, measuring sticks, trundle wheels, weighing scales, balance scales and exploring non-standard measuring equipment like our hands, our feet, Lego bricks and building blocks to measure all sorts of things in and around Nursery!
During our ‘Daily Maths Chat’, your children will be sorting objects into two groups, combining them and counting how many they have in total. Group Leaders will be encouraging your children to record this through drawing the objects and having a go at writing numerals. Your children will be looking for numbers and numerals everywhere in their home environment and in their Nursery environment. Why not go on a number hunt and see how many numerals you and your child can find!

SPRING 1 Focus...

Personal, Social and Emotional skills

Our skills focus for this half term will be to develop our understanding of how we feel and that all feelings are natural. Your children will be encouraged to talk positively about their emotions and to develop their techniques for ‘self-regulation’. This could be to know when we need a break from learning to address feelings of tiredness, we could go and get a drink or we could complete a simple physical exercise. No emotion is a ‘bad’ emotion, so please talk openly to your child at home and explain its ok to feel: sad, mad, excited, grumpy, or simply happy!  

 

Junk Modelling Space rockets!
Junk Modelling Space rockets!

Mathematical Development

 We will be jetting off into space with our ‘Treasured Text’ -‘Whatever next!’ Your children will be developing their skills in recognising shapes and patterns. We will be using 2D shapes to make rockets whilst using 3D shapes to make spaceships with lots of sticky tape and glue. If you do have any clean recycling at home, please donate it to Nursery we love creating models!

During our ‘Daily Maths Chat’, your children will be sorting objects into two groups, combining them and counting how many they have in total. Group leaders will be encouraging your children to record this through drawing the objects and having a go at writing numerals. Your children will be looking for numbers and numerals everywhere in their home environment and in their Nursery environment. Why not go on a number hunt and see how many numerals you and your child can find!  

Looking for birds and changes in our environment!
Looking for birds and changes in our environment!

Autumn 2 Focus...

Personal, Social and Emotional skills

Our skills focus for this half term will be to inspire your children to become independent learners. Group leaders will encourage your children to dress themselves ready for outdoor exploration, pour their own drinks at snack time and put their own indoor shoes on ready to climb in the Noisy room.

We will be encouraging your children to develop their friendships through circle time, learning how to listen to others and to ensure their voice is heard within their group. These skills will be practiced through their daily routines at Nursery and during small group times too.

Each time they demonstrate that they can do these skills they will be rewarded lots of praise, both individually and as a group celebration, with golden pom-poms for their group jar or with individual Funshine Bear stickers!

Mathematical Development

This half term, your children will be developing their skills in recognising shapes and patterns. We will be using 2D shapes to make pictures whilst using 3D shapes to make models with lots of sticky tape and glue. If you do have any clean recycling at home please donate it to Nursery, we love ‘Junk Modelling’!

During our ‘Daily Maths Chat’, your children will be sorting objects into two groups, combing them and counting how many they have in total. Group leaders will be encouraging your children to record this mathematical operation by drawing the objects and having a go at writing numerals.

Autumn 1...

Communication & Language

Literacy skills

This half term your children will be discovering Nursery Rhymes through our theme

Along came a…!’

We will be singing, dancing, keeping a steady beat with instruments and making props to accompany some of our favourite treasured Nursery Rhymes. Everyone has a favourite song or rhyme – we will be celebrating their individual favourites.

Through this theme, your children will be learning and developing listening and attention skills. They’ll play games to hear their name or an instruction and respond by catching balls, blowing bubbles, playing instruments and passing objects to their friends. They’ll be developing listening and understanding skills through games like playing hide and seek with their toys and during the everyday routine of ‘tidy up time’.  Your children will be learning new words rapidly, through singing Nursery rhymes and listening to the many stories we have on offer during Story-time. 

Mathematical Development

Your children will be developing their skills in counting objects and amounts. We will be encouraging your children to use mathematical vocabulary for recognising quantities of objects, using the words more and less, whilst noticing when an amount changes. These skills will be taught in our daily “Maths Chat” once the register has be taken, with lots of counting practise, number recognition and finding out how many boy and girls there are in their group that day. Children will also be learning the Days of the Week and using the group calendar to help them to understand the concept of time.

Understanding the World 

Expressive Arts & Design

Through our continuous provision (which is what you can see all around Nursery every day), your children will be learning creative skills such as building and constructing with a variety of materials: block, bricks, Lego, cardboard tubes, pots, sticky tape and glue. They will be encouraged to experiment with the way sounds are created by instruments in the noisy room and outside in the garden area. They will be playing and imitating everyday actions that they learn from home in our ‘home corner’ either dressing up or making tea!

 This half term we will be celebrating the festivals of ‘Harvest’ with our very own Farmer’s Day on Friday 11th October and ‘Diwali’. We will be using school fund money (which is a weekly donation of £1.50) to make these events special for your children.