Term 3 2018-19
Exploring African animals
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- To welcome the new children to nursery and to help them to get to know everyone.
- To continue with our weekly Jigsaw sessions with a focus on having a positive attitude and keeping on trying when something is difficult.
Communication and Language
- ‘I wonder…’ bag: To talk about an object brought in from home to develop skills of intonation, rhythm and phrasing of language.
- To develop listening skills using ‘Minute of Listening’.
- To listen to the person talking and take turns in conversations.
- To join in with repeated parts of familiar stories and sing songs from memory.
- To continue to attempt to put my coat on by myself.
- To have a go at holding a pencil near the point between the first two fingers and thumb (baby shark fingers).
- To take part in dough disco to exercise our fingers and improve our fine motor control.
- To play ball games and begin to catch a large ball.
- To share a range of stories about the African savannah, including ‘Handa’s Surprise’ and the traditional tale ‘Awongalema’.
- To learn how to form letters in our own name correctly.
- To recognise our teddy bear name cards and familiar signs and logos.
- To match numeral and quantity correctly.
- To compare two groups of objects saying when they have the same number.
- To develop an interest in number problems through counting rhymes.
Understanding of the world
- New Year’s celebration
- Chinese New Year
- Observe changes in the Foundation Stage garden (signs of Spring).
- To show care and concern for the environment (litter pick in garden).
- Using iPads in the classroom.
Expressive Arts and Design
- Arts Week: the Savannah
- Animal patterns and camouflage
- Tap out simple repeated rhythms and explore how sounds can be changed.
Please remember that your child is welcome to borrow a book from our class library box, which is kept in the cloakroom area. Please only take one book at a time so that there are enough books for all the children. There is a signing in and out sheet on a clipboard in the box.
We are encouraging the children to become independent in dressing. It makes it easier for them if they can wear shoes that are fastened by Velcro or zips and wear clothes with elasticated waist. Thank you.
Term 2 2018-19
Celebrations Through the Seasons
Personal, Social and Emotional Development: To continue to develop friendships with each other; To talk about the different emotions that we might experience and be aware of other children’s feelings.
Communication and Language: To develop listening skills through different activities and games, such as playing Grandmother’s footsteps; To listen to stories and to begin to retell them; To talk about how we celebrate special events at home.
Physical Development: To attempt to put my coat on by myself; To zip up my coat with support; To change from shoes to wellies and back again, by myself.
Literacy: To share a range of stories, including, ‘Can’t you sleep little bear’, ‘Whatever Next’ and ‘Let me come in’ by Pie Corbett. We will also learn about the Christmas story; To begin to write the first letter of their name and to have a go at writing in our Christmas card.
Mathematics: To begin to recognise and talk about 2D and some 3D shapes; To begin to represent numbers using fingers and tally charts; To begin to recognise numerals; To make fireworks models out of junk and talk about the shapes or arrangements.
Understanding of the world: To learn about special events such as Diwali, Bonfire Night, Christmas.
Expressive Arts and Design: To learn the songs for our Christmas performance; To explore art material for a purpose and follow guidance.
Family photos: We would still love to receive family photos for our display. If you have not already done so then please bring a photo in.
Print in the environment: Environmental print is the print that is found in the world around us and is usually the first print a young child recognises. The print they see in their everyday lives holds great meaning for them, such as: Labels on food boxes, cans, and bags; Signs for familiar restaurants or stores; Traffic signs; Logos for favourite toys.
Recognising environmental print is one of the beginning stages of literacy development. When they begin to understand that letters and symbols have meaning it builds their confidence and they begin to feel like successful “readers” which motivates them to read more. When children are confident and excited about reading the more likely they are to become successful readers.
Please help your child collect a few examples of environmental print from their favourite foods. Some examples might be the fronts of cereal boxes or labels from cans. Please make sure the sample is clean and flat – it may need to be cut. We will use the pieces of environmental print collected to create a class display.
Nursery Library: Please remember that your child is welcome to borrow a book from our class library box, which is kept in the cloakroom area. Please only take one book at a time so that there are enough books for all the children. There is a signing in and out sheet on a clipboard in the box.
Term 1 2018-19
Celebrations Through the Seasons
Personal, Social and Emotional Development: To build relationships with the other children and adults in nursery; To get to know the nursery and the routines; To understand that we have rules in nursery to keep ourselves safe and happy; To talk about home and family; To learn where to find things in nursery and to begin to be able to use them independently; Begin to learn to take turns and share resources.
Literacy: To listen and join in with stories and rhymes: To begin to recognise our own name: Rhyme of the week.
Communication and Language: To listen to each other and have conversations; To listen to stories; To respond to simple instructions; To use photos to talk about ourselves and our family.
Physical Development: To begin to use the toilet independently with support; To be able to wash and dry our hands.
Mathematics: To sing number songs; To begin to represent numbers using fingers, marks on paper or pictures; To make models out of construction equipment or junk and talk about the shapes or arrangements.
Understanding of the world: To talk about our home and family; To enjoy showing our Grandparents around Nursery on Grandparents day; To use the home corner and role play area.
Expressive Arts and Design: To learn new songs and join in with ring games; To use various construction materials; To experiment with different colours and marks.
Lunch time: We have children in nursery with an allergy to nuts. Please ensure that your child’s pack lunch does not contain nuts. This includes: peanut butter; a nut based chocolate spread, such as Nutella; or pesto.
Also, please could any grapes or cherry tomatoes be cut in half (lengthways) in case of choking.
Nursery Library: We want to encourage a love of books and reading for pleasure at John Hampden School. We have a library box that will be kept in the cloakroom area. Your child is welcome to borrow a book to share with you at home. Please only take one book at a time so that there are enough books for all the children. There is a signing in and out sheet on a clipboard in the box.
Water bottles: Your child can bring a water bottle to nursery to encourage them to drink water throughout the day. These will be kept on the small table next to the kitchen. Please ensure that you label your child’s water bottle.
Happy Birthday: We love to celebrate the children’s birthdays, which is why on their birthdays they get to stand at the front, have happy birthday sung to them, blow out the ‘candles’ on our class cake and are given a special sticker. If it is your child’s birthday and you would like to bring something in to celebrate (which you are not obliged to do) we would like to suggest that you bring in a healthy snack, such as a punnet of strawberries, or something that isn’t edible, such as stickers.
Term 6 2017-18
Tell Me a Story
Literacy: The children will be listening to stories, retelling them and talking about settings, events and principal characters; Rhyme of the week; To recognise familiar logos, e.g. Tescos or CBeebies; To encourage children to label their models and pictures.
Mathematics: To match numerals and quantities correctly; To continue to solve number problems.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development: This term ‘Jigsaw’ is all about ‘changing me’. We will be thinking about understanding how we change and thinking about how to cope with changes that are happening; To prepare the children for their transition into Reception.
Physical Development: To practise sports day races; To practise holding a pen with a tripod grip, between our thumb and two fingers and copy some letters from our names; To learn about healthy foods and have a go at tasting different foods.
Communication and Language: To listen to stories with increasing attention and join in with repeated refrains; To play with language through retelling and adapting stories; To begin to understand ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions.
Understanding of the world: To know some of the things that make us unique and talk about some of the similarities and differences in relation to friends or family; To plant a seed and observe the changes that happen to it.
Expressive Arts and Design: To explore using musical instruments and learn how sounds can be changed; To tap out repeated rhythms; To capture experiences with a range of media, such as music, dance and paint.
Important dates: Monday 24th June; The Big Breakfast; Tuesday 25th June; Family Picnic and sports day; Friday 6th July; Meet the teacher day; Wednesday 25th July; last day of Nursery. Finish at 2pm.
How you can support your child at home: Please look on the window in the cloakroom for which story we will be focussing on each week. Encourage your child to retell the story with you at home; Sing the rhyme of the week with your child at home; Please continue supporting your child to practise writing their name using the name card provided. Please let us know if you need another copy of this. Encourage your child to hold their pen using a tripod grip held near the point and to form the letters using the correct formation.
Hot weather reminder: When the weather is sunny, please ensure that you put sun cream on your child before they come to nursery and that they have a (named) sunhat; Next term your child can bring a water bottle to nursery to encourage them to drink water throughout the day. These will be kept on the small table next to the kitchen. Please ensure that you label your child’s water bottle. Thank you!