We are very excited for lots of wonderful learning in the spring term! Our topic in Nursery is ‘What’s in the woods? ’. This topic is taught through lots of lovely, familiar stories such as Stick man, We’re going on a bear hunt, The Gruffalo, Owl babies and Goldilocks and the 3 bears. We will be learning to tell these stories using actions and words using active storytelling and are going to become super story tellers.

We will also be learning about and taking part in lots of celebrations this term including Valentines day, Pancake day, Chinese New Year and Easter.

We will continue to develop all our learning through continuous provision both indoors and outdoors using a variety or activities across the term. This will help us improve our learning behaviour such as gaining independence; learning to cooperate with others; linking our learning; noticing and observing ourselves and the environment; and sharing our ideas. We will also be learning to be resilient and persevere when we can’t do something the first time, by practising and getting better and better.

  • Practice this at home by letting your child have a go by themselves and encouraging them to keep practicing even if it’s difficult and show them some top tips eg. How to make it easier. This can be done with lots of activities including putting their shoes on, completing a jigsaw puzzle, opening a box,doing up their coat etc.

We will develop our personal, social and emotional skills by continuing to play with our friends with a particular focus on talking to each other when there is a problem, using a timer to share resources and take turns with equipment and in games. We will also learn how to make new friends and how to play together.

  • Practice this at home by playing turn taking games, share the house rules about sharing with your child eg. You must ask if you would like a go. How your child will know when it is there turn eg. sand timer, watch timer, when you have finished this tv program etc.

  • At home you could encourage your child to think about how they might ask someone to play. Helping them to understand that everyone has different ideas and plays differently.

We will develop our literary, language and communication skills by listening and talking about stories; joining in with actions and phrases; listening and talking to adults and our friends; taking part in role play activities by being a character; sharing experiences with others; follow simple instructions. We will be learning to write the letters in our name.

  • Practice this at home by sharing stories together, asking questions about what has been read, encourage your child to join in with familiar words or phrases in the story, let them tell you a story using the pictures in a book and using different voices for characters.

  • Practice this at home by supporting your child to write individual letters from their name and then the whole name. Remember to start your child’s name with a capital letter but the rest should be lowercase eg. Bob not BOB. Start with the first letters first and work your way through their name. Can they copy write it to start with then build up independence.

We will develop our phonics skills by beginning to orally blend; hear initial sounds in words; learn the jolly phonics songs; and play sound sorting games.

  • Practice this at home by singing the jolly phonics songs and learning the actions. Make sure you know the sound (and not the letter) that your child’s name starts with. If you are unsure please ask! Google Jolly phonics, phase 2 for the initial sounds.

We will develop our physical skills by developing our independence and confidence using the toilet; using scissors safely and with control; improving our balance, control and coordination on the obstacle course and bikes; developing more control and accuracy with small movement such as tweezers, threading and mark making tools.

  • Practice this at home by supporting your child to use the scissors in their home learning pack, go to the park and use a variety of equipment, teach your child to ride a bike, encourage your child to draw pictures and write their name on it.

  • Practice this at home by taking part in dough disco every week. Your child will need a pot of playdough and the video online. These will be posted each week on tapestry.

We will develop our mastery maths skills by learning all about numbers up to 5 in depth such as singing number songs; counting amounts correctly; showing amounts on our fingers; recognising amounts; naming numbers 1-5 correctly; matching amounts to the right number and talking about the numbers. We will be playing lots of dice games and beginning to recognise the number of dots on a dice without counting (subitising).

  • Practice this at home by counting in lots of different ways eg. count the stairs to bed, Can you get 4 bowls out for breakfast?, noticing numbers when out and about such as house numbers, bus numbers, etc. If the number is under 10 can you show me that on your fingers? And sing lots of numbers songs.

We will develop our understanding the world skills by exploring the world around us; talking about what we find; talking about celebrations and events we know about.

  • Practice this at home by talking about times you celebrate with your child and discuss how you celebrate and why.

  • Practice this at home by noticing things on walks such as natural objects and weather and talk about what you can see, how it might feel, smell, etc.

We will develop our expressive arts and design skills by exploring different media; making models and pictures; talking about creations; talking part in role play and storytelling activities.

  • Practice this at home by using construction sets such as duplo, lego, Knex, etc to build models and talk about them.

  • Practice this at home by taking part in art and craft activities such as painting, cutting and sticking, and play dough.

  • It is expected that your child will be read to at least 5x a week. Please record this in their reading diary daily. The reading diary should be sent in your child’s book bag everyday.

  • Your child will need their raincoat, wellies and a change of clothes on their peg as we will play outside whatever the weather.

  • Your child will receive talking homework which will cover a variety of activities including pictures, games and activities. This will now be sent on tapestry only until further notice.

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