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, naming and describing dinosaurs. They will be encouraged to talk about themselves and their families we get to know each other. We will also be working on listening carefully to environmental and instrumental sounds as well as identifying the initial sounds in words and rhyming words as part of phase 1 phonics. The children will be encouraged to recognise their name and other environmental print and give meaning to marks that they make when drawing/painting.

At home – Sing familiar songs and rhymes with children. 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.

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 and saying the total number. They will also be matching numerals to amounts. The children will also be introduced to Numicon which is a fantastic resource for understanding number. We will also be learning about shape and sorting/comparing based on quantity, size, shape, colour etc. At home- Practise counting objects carefully, saying a total and showing an amount on fingers. Point out numerals in the environment to develop recognition.
Understanding the World We will be learning all about dinosaurs (naming them, looking at what they ate, finding out about fossils, hatching dinosaur eggs etc). We will be looking at seasonal change as Autumn approaches and learning about the 5 senses. The children will also be thinking about what is special about them and will be encouraged to talk about similarities and differences that connect them to and distinguish them from others. They will talk about members of their family and recognise and describe special times and events. At home Encourage children to talk about themselves (what they are good at, what they want to get better at, what their favourite things are) and their family. Bring in pictures of your child as a baby and their family so that they can talk about them in class more confidently.
Expressive Art and Design The children will use a variety of media (self-selected) to create different dinosaur art work and autumn pictures. They will look at their reflection in a mirror and create self-portraits in a variety of ways. We will also be learning a range of songs linked to our topic and autumn changes. At home Encourage children to identify colours and explore what happens when they mix colours.
Physical Development The children will develop their awareness of ways to keep healthy through food choices, hygiene and exercise. They 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. At home Help children to practice writing their names (try without copying when confident). Practise using scissors. Get them to put on and take of their own clothes (coats, jumpers 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 what makes them special. 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.