Nursery – Dinosaurs

Teacher/SENCo – Miss Gaunt

Early Years Practitioner – Mrs Barnes

Information for parents and carers

Class library: We invite you to come in to look and choose a book with your child. You are welcome to borrow any book from the book box (not the large shelving unit) but we do ask that you only borrow one book at a time. Please write the title of the book on your child’s library card, the date it is taken and tick when it is returned. We now have story sacks in our library system and would encourage you to use them. Story sacks contain a story book, non-fiction text and props to help re-tell the story. These can be loaned out for 1 week and will be signed out using a different card system (one card for each story sack).

Sharing achievements: In nursery we like to celebrate the achievements of children but are often unaware of things that they are achieving out of school. Please remember to send in achievements on the coloured ‘star cards’ or upload achievements to the home learning journey section of Early Essence.

If your child is ill we may need to contact family urgently, so please ensure that school has up to date contact information at all times.

We need to work closely together and share information in order to achieve the best for your child.  Please keep us up to date with your news and ask if you need to know more from us.  We communicate all the varied and exciting things that happen in our school by wall posters and by letters/notes sent home.


Communication, Language and Literacy

The children will develop and extend their vocabulary based on different celebrations and seasons. They will be encouraged to talk about their own experiences of things such as bonfire night, birthdays & Christmas. We will also be working on identifying rhyming words as part of phase 1 phonics and ‘World nursery rhyme week’. The children will be encouraged to environmental print and give meaning to marks that they make when drawing/painting. They will be encourage to continue to recognise and write their name with more independence.

At home – Encourage your child to recognise their own name and talk about the print that you see in the environment e.g. signs & labels. Share stories together and talk about events, characters and settings. Have discussions at home about the things you have seen on Early Essence. Model vocabulary wherever you are.

Mathematical Development We will be singing number songs and using our fingers correctly to represent numbers. The children will be practicing reciting numbers in order, counting objects 1:1, counting out amounts and saying the total number. They will also be matching numerals to amounts. We will also be learning about shape by going on shape hunts around school and outside as well as thinking about time in terms of daily routine. At home- Practise counting objects carefully, saying a total and showing an amount on fingers. Point out numerals and shapes in the environment to develop recognition. Talk about daily routine.
Understanding the World We will be learning all about different celebrations (bonfire night, birthday celebrations, Diwali & Christmas). We will be participating in World nursery rhyme week and will learn about other countries and how they are participating. We will also be looking at seasonal change as Winter approaches. At home Encourage children to talk about their own experiences of different celebrations and talk to them about friends and families experiences of celebrations.
Expressive Art and Design The children will use a variety of media (self-selected) to create different art work related to our weekly themes. We are continuing with our colour recognition table which is working really well. We will also be learning a range of songs linked to our Christmas production. At home Encourage children to identify colours and explore what happens when they mix colours. Talk about textures.
Physical Development The children will be encouraged to develop their self-help skills- dressing, using the toilet & washing hands independently. We will be doing weekly ‘dough disco’ & ‘Squiggle whilst you Wiggle’ sessions to improve small and large motor control. We also have a ‘funky fingers’ area where we will have a range of different fine motor activities to strengthen pencil grip. We will be continuing to practice name writing and letter formation on a morning where children will be encouraged to recognise their name and hold their pencil using a strong, correct grip. We are also going to be focussing on correct scissor use. At home Help children to practice writing their names. Practise using scissors. Get them to put on and take of their own clothes (coats, scarves, gloves, hats and shoes in particular).
Personal, Social, & Emotional The children will be encouraged to develop independence, selecting and using their own resources and tidying up after themselves. There will be a lot of focus on turn taking as the children get to know each other and get used to sharing with lots of other children. During circle time we will be recognising their skills and achievements and talking about feelings related to events, in particular the Christmas production. At home Encourage children to select and tidy away their own toys… “Choose it, use it & put it away.” Encourage children to listen to others when they are speaking and respond appropriately. Practise turn taking and waiting their turn.