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SUMMER (1) April 2019

This half term the Nursery children will be learning about what lives ‘Under the sea.’

We look forward to reading many stories that are set under the sea. We will read ’The Snail and the Whale’,  ’The Rainbow Fish’  and ’The Fish Who Could Wish’ to name a few.  We will discuss what creatures live under the sea, how they move and what they eat.

In our creative area there will be lots of activities on offer such as making Jellyfish puppets and Rainbow fish.

Our role play area will be changed into a ‘home corner’. This will help children to use language to imagine  and recreate roles and experiences in play situations.

The children will be continuing to develop their mark making skills, blending and segmenting simple words orally and we will be challenging our children to copy some small words.

We will also be continuing to develop children’s mathematical skills through a variety of activities including number work and looking at and discussing size and height.

In Nursery we are following a new phonics programme, called Read, Write, Inc. This programme has a rhyme for each letter and this helps children to form letters correctly. For example for the letter ‘a’, the rhyme is ‘around the apple and down the leaf’.

For further information on the new programme, please check out the website:

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SPRING (2) – February 2019

This half term the Nursery children will be learning about mini beasts.

We look forward to reading many mini beast stories and discussing all the different types of mini beasts we can see around nursery and at home. We will also be looking at how to protect the mini beasts we find and what their habitats are like.

In our creative area there will be lots of activities on offer such as designing our own Incy Wincy Spider and creating our own Very Hungry Caterpillar.

There will be a new role play area on offer for the children to explore, a ‘Garden Centre’. In this area the children have the opportunity to act out their experiences of going to a garden centre and develop their ever growing imaginations. We will also be learning about pancake day and life-cycles of frogs and butterflies.

The children will be continuing to develop their mark making skills, blending and segmenting simple words orally and we will be challenging our children to copy some small words.

We will also be continuing to develop children’s mathematical skills through a variety of activities including number work and looking at and discussing different shapes and patterns.

SPRING (1) – January 2019

This half term the Nursery children will be learning about the topic ‘Winter’.

We look forward to reading many wintery stories and discussing how we dress appropriately for winter as well as discussing the climate change in wintertime.

In our creative area there will be lots of activities on offer such as designing our own bobble hats, painting penguins and decorating scarves to name but a few.

There will be a new role play area on offer for the children to explore, a ‘Doctor’s Surgery’. In this area the children have the opportunity to act out their experiences of going to the doctors and develop their ever growing imaginations. We will also be learning about Chinese New Year, and Valentine’s Day.

The children will be continuing to develop their mark making skills, blending and segmenting simple words orally and we will be challenging our children to copy some small words.

We will also be continuing to develop children’s mathematical skills through a variety of activities including number work and looking at and discussing different shapes and patterns.

Within our phonics activities, we will be continuing to develop children’s listening skills and children’s awareness of the initial sounds of words by playing games such as eye spy.

AUTUMN B – November 2018

This half term the Nursery children will be learning about Bonfire night and how to stay safe. We will be creating bonfire pictures using our hands and also talking about the 100 year anniversary of WW1 and what the soldiers did to keep our country safe.

Later on in the half term we will start to learn about Christmas and make fantastic creations to take home in our Christmas folders. We will be learning songs to sing at our Christmas concert. We will be reading ‘Stickman’ and planning focus activities around this story.

Throughout the half term we will be continuing to concentrate on developing children’s independent skills, name writing skills and listening skills. We will be continuing to cover the writing table with name cards and ask that when you bring your children into nursery you encourage them to write/mark make their name.

If there is no space at the table to do this or you do not have time  a  member of staff will support them to do this later on in the session.

We will continue to develop our phonics skills through daily phonics sessions too.

In Maths this half term we will be focusing on the children counting skills and different things they can do to represent the numbers we are learning. For example jump or clap a certain number of times. We will also be working on their shape recognition.

At the end of each day a star of the day will be picked for exemplary behaviour and their name will be displayed on our board. The following day this child will wear our star medal as a reward.

Have you had our friend Albert Bear to stay at your house yet? He could be coming to your house soon, how exciting!

Things to remember:

  • Please bring in your child’s book bag with their school planner in EVERYDAY.
  • Don’t forget to write in your child’s planner when you have read the library book they have that week with them. The name of the library book will be written in on a Friday when they select their new book.
  • Please bring library books back on a FRIDAY as this is the day they are changed. If you bring them back any earlier you wont be able to comment that you have read it with them in their planners
  • Homework books will be collected in EVERY Monday for marking and put back in your child’s bag as soon as it has been marked giving you plenty of time to complete homework for the following week.

AUTUMN A – September 2018

This term the Nursery children will be settling into Nursery and a lot of children will be exploring their new environment. We will be supporting children to make new friends and be independent within the setting.

The topic we will be learning about is ‘Ourselves’. We will be looking at the features of our bodies, painting and creating self-portraits, drawing around our bodies with chalk, and talking about  families and friends during circle times.

We will also be focusing on nursery rhymes and exploring musical instruments during phonic time and within the provision.  We will be focusing on books such as ‘The Three Little Pigs’ and ‘The Gingerbread Man’ and we will be joining in with the repeat refrains. We are very excited to help the children create our own houses.

We will be looking at 2d shapes and exploring them in different ways. Within our continuous provision and during number time we will be starting to count small amounts and we will also be practising our counting when singing number songs and through various counting activities.

Later on in the term we will start to look at ‘Autumn’. We will be encouraging children to bring in objects they have found on walks such as conkers and leaves. We will be reading books associated with autumn such as ‘Owl babies’. We will be focusing many of our activities around this theme.

Dates for your diary this half term

  • 3rd September – INSET
  • 4th September – First day of school
  • 4th – 12th September – Staggered intake for new children (please refer to your letter for your child’s start date)
  • 13th September – Roald Dahl day
  • 28th September – MacMillan coffee morning
  • 8th October – Road Safety Week
  • 16th October – Parents Evening

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