Spring - 1st half
Personal, social and emotional development
A key focus this half term is British Values; we want parents to be aware of the expectations we have in school to help our children best contribute to society. We teach about showing respect to others, taking turns and participating productively in activities, being tolerant to people who are different to ourselves, following rules and making good choices that help everyone.
As parents, you are your child’s first and most important educator, children will follow an adults’ example, so it’s important we present good examples for them to follow. Encourage your child to talk about any worries, reassure them that the teachers and adults in school are there to keep them safe and help with their learning.
R.E. At Nursery:
When we return to school we will celebrate Epiphany, when the three Kings visited Jesus.
Our new topic is ‘Celebrating’. This will focus on special times with our family, our friends and the church.
We will look at different events that we celebrate (birthdays, Christmas, Baptism, weddings, etc) and how we are part of a wider community and God’s family sharing our beliefs, our faith and His church.
R.E. At home:
Talk to your child about special family celebrations. Can you share any photos and talk about the memories you have of that event? Have they attended a baptism, a wedding, a birthday party? What happened?
Talk about how you celebrated Christmas with family and friends. What did you enjoy? How did you feel and what made it a special time?
Communication and Language
We will encourage children to enjoy the role-play areas. We encourage imaginative play and play with small world toys. We want children to develop greater confidence interacting with others through a wide range of play opportunities, stories and songs.
Talk about different animals in story books. Make animal vocal sounds and talk about the sounds they make when they move around. Developing vocal expression helps children explore how we can use our voice and how we put sounds together to make phonemes, words and sentences.
We will play games travelling around and changing direction. We will pretend to be different animals, copy the sounds and movements they make. We will explore the physical features of some garden, jungle, sea, domestic and farm animals and how we care for animals.
Support your child to draw straight lines and simple shapes like circles, squares, triangles and rectangles. Use these shapes to make simple pictures. Support your child to dress independently and give them confidence to try.
We will play matching and sorting games: sorting the animals by colour and pattern, looking at the animals that have 2, 4, 6, 8 or 10 legs, sorting animals on the basis of whether they live on land or sea. We will find opportunities for counting, recognising number and shape in our environment.
Look at the shapes, colours, size and patterns of different animals.
Can you sort 3 objects from smallest to largest; then add another object and try again! We will use animals but you can use spoons, toy cars or shoes
We will encourage children to listen and use the language they hear in our fantastic new texts. We will learn new songs and stories linked to animals. Songs help children learn about patterns and words in our language.
Share your story book each day, talk about the pictures, ask your child what they like about the story, what might happen next and if there’s anything they don’t understand? Then encourage your child to retell the story.
Understanding the World
We will look at the variety of animals in the world, some that live on land and some that live in water, some that swim and some that fly. We will look at some habitats and what makes it a special place for animals to live.
Talk about any animals, mini beasts or birds that you have seen in your garden, at the park, on a farm or at the seaside or when you have been on holiday. Encourage your child to see the wonder of the natural world and how we can help to look after it.
Expressive Arts and Design
We will look at identifying the sounds made by different animals. We will make puzzles and models, we will draw, paint and use construction toys and recycled materials to design our own animals. We will enjoy sharing songs and making music together with our friends.
Have fun moving around like different animals: stomping around like an elephant, slithering on our belly like a snake or soaring gracefully like an eagle. Learn to move fast then slow, high then low, moving up then down, left then right. Make a picture or model of your favourite animal using recycled materials, playdough or old sock!
Other important information…
Dates for your diary:
Wednesday 4th January – Children return to school
Friday 6th January – Epiphany, Parent Session celebrating the 3 kings’ journey to Bethlehem
Friday 13th January – Parent Session: Communication in Early Years
Wednesday 18th January– ‘Henry’ nutrition workshop – no Friday parents session this week
Thursday 26th January – The Animal Man Show - afternoon children and parent/carer are welcome to attend the morning nursery session
Friday 27th January – Speech and Language therapist appointments
Saturday 4th February – Saturday Stay and Play (9.30-11.30am)
Friday 10th February – Nursery children break up for half term
Our Parent Sessions continue at 8.45am and 12.45pm. We have some really informative sessions lined up this half term. All parents and family members are welcome! Please contribute to your child’s Special Book; bring in a photo of your Christmas, a celebration or a holiday to put in your child’s book, our RE topic is ‘Celebrating’.
We will be supporting parents’ this half term with a focus on mark-making and early writing and also Maths. Please support your child to take part in the activities we set up in Nursery each day and encourage your child to experiment and practice similar activities at home. Establishing early good habits will set your children up for a very successful start in Reception next year. The emphasis is on having short sessions that encourage children to explore in different ways and have fun.
Please make sure you come into Nursery promptly so that you and your child have an opportunity to participate in learning activities together. Prompt timekeeping allows your child to join in with planned activities and to settle down with their friends.
Please ensure that you notify us of a change of address or contact number, if your child has an injury at home. Please ask if you want some help with any aspect of your child’s learning or development. We are here to support you!