Year group - Nursery
May I take this opportunity to welcome you and your children back to Nursery following the Christmas holidays. I would also like to welcome the new intake of Nursery children and their parents. On behalf of Mrs Antoniou, Mrs Reid, Neeta and myself, I would like to thank you all for your generous Christmas gifts and cards.
The Religion topic for this half term is Being a Sacramental People. Please help your child by trying one or more of the activities below while this unit is being taught:
You may have a special place, or item which ‘makes present’ someone you have lost. Share this place/item and feeling with your child.
Sit with your child and go through old photo albums. Tell the stories of what the photos captured and remember and ‘make present’ the love and friendship that they contain.
A prayer to say at home
God who is with us every day. May we be open to your warmth as the sun on our backs, your love as the hug of a family member, your joy as the smile of a friend. Help us to remember that you are with us every day and in all things great and small.
The children choose a ‘bedtime book’ on arrival to school with their parent/ carer. The book should be changed on a daily basis. Parents/ carers are invited to read with their children until 8.50am each morning. A member of the Nursery staff will read with the children whose parents/ carers are unable to stay for this time.
Children can bring fruit in once a week to share.
As the children spend so much time outside, please ensure that your child is dressed appropriately for the weather conditions. A change of clothes can be left on your child’s peg, in a bag clearly labelled with his or her name. Your child will also need a pair of wellingtons (labelled).
Please see the separate letter explaining about the Observational Rota for the Spring term and note the week your child will be observed. A sheet of blank star shapes will be sent home for you to record and date a moment in which your child has demonstrated something new they can now do. We will celebrate these moments by sharing your comments with the class and placing it on our special board.
We would like to invite parents to come into the Early Years and read to the children. We would also like to celebrate the different languages the children speak and to share stories in their home languages. If you are interested in doing this, please speak to a member of Nursery staff.
We plan learning opportunities/ activities for the Areas of Learning and Development, based on the children’s interests. The Areas of Learning and Development are listed below with a short explanation of work we will be covering in the Spring Term.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development: Both the existing children to Nursery and the new intake will be encouraged to make friends and to interact with one another. They will be following rules and routines. They will develop their skills in turn taking, sharing and being aware of their peers’ feelings.
Physical Development: The children will use one-handed tools and equipment, e.g. makes snips in paper with child scissors and continue to develop their pencil hold. They will learn to copy some letters, e.g. letters from their name or write their name independently. The class will be encouraged to be more independent as they put on their own coats and aprons. Through exercise they can observe the effects of activity on their bodies.
Communication and Language: The children will listen to one another in small groups. They have the opportunity to listen to stories and to recite rhymes. They can show understanding of prepositions such as ‘under’, ‘on top’, ‘behind’, respond to simple instructions and begin to understand ‘why’ and ‘how’ questions. Through speaking activities the children are beginning to use more complex sentences to link thoughts (e.g. using and, because). They can use talk to connect ideas, explain what is happening and anticipate what might happen next, recall and relive past experiences. They can question why things happen and give explanations. Asks e.g. who, what, when, how. The children are learning to use a range of tenses (e.g. play, playing, will play, played) and build up their vocabulary.
Literacy: The children will be participating in rhyming and rhythmic activities so that they can develop an awareness of rhyme and alliteration. Through looking at books we will explore the way stories are structured. They will be recalling a story, describing main story settings, events and principal characters and suggesting how a story may end. Our initial story will be Jack and the Beanstalk. Please share this book with your child at home.
Please talk to your child about familiar words and signs such as their own name and advertising logos e.g. cereal boxes and toys such as Lego. Please help your child to look at books independently, holding them the correct way up and turning pages. They will be developing their awareness that print carries meaning and, in English, that print is read from left to right and top to bottom.
Ask your child to talk about the marks they make when they draw and paint.
Mathematics: The children will be using number names and number language in their play. They will recite numbers in order to 10 and beyond through number games such as hide and seek. We will also be matching numerals and quantities correctly. The children will also compare two groups of objects, saying when they have the same number. Please help your child by drawing their attention to numbers in the environment e.g. door numbers, bus numbers, clocks, telephones and measuring equipment in the kitchen.
Please help your child develop their awareness and interest of shapes in the environment and talk to them about similarities of the shapes they have observed.
Understanding the World: The children will be learning about different occupations and ways of life.
They will be also be involved in planting and talking about what they have observed. The children will bring home their cress plants in a small pot. Please talk to your child about their learning.
The class will consider the use of technological toys with knobs or pulleys, or real objects such as cameras or mobile phones. Again can you talk to your child about these in your home.
Expressive Arts and Design: The children will be involved in dancing and ring games. They will sing a few familiar songs and play musical instruments, exploring how sounds are changed. The children will explore colour and how colours can be changed. They will be making models and involved in role play. There will be a Home Corner in the classroom.
The children participate daily in fine and gross motor skills activities called Funky Fingers. These activities help to strengthen the children’s fingers and thereby improve their pencil hold/ control. Please use the Fine Motor skills sheet with activities to support your child’s development, which has been send home. I will also prepare a Gross Motor sheet for your use. We are always restocking our modelling area (sticking area) and would be grateful if you could collect any of the materials listed below and hand them into Nursery over the following weeks.
Also any other materials you think suitable.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.