Nursery – Dinosaurs

Teacher/SENCo – Miss Gaunt

Early Years Practitioner – Mrs Barnes

TA – Mrs McNulty

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.

Here are a few images to show what we have been doing here at nursery this week – please don’t forget to read our information after viewing these pictures – Thank you

Class Dinosaur

Information below shows what your child will be learning about during the first half of the summer term 2018.             

               Summer 1 2018            NURSERY – CLASS DINOSAUR

Our topics this half term is ‘Once upon a time’. We will also be looking at seasonal changes & E-Safety.

Communication, Language and Literacy

The children will develop and extend their vocabulary based on topics around various traditional tales. They will be listening carefully to different versions of the same stories to identify and talk about differences and retell stories using story maps and 5 sentence stories. We will be working on our listening skills to help to with clapping syllables, identifying rhyming words, hearing initial and other sounds in words. We will also be recognising some letters as part of phase 1/early phase 2 phonics. The children will be encouraged to look at environmental print and give meaning to marks that they make when drawing/painting as well as write their name with more independence. We will be continuing to work hard to develop our understanding and use of vocabulary. Our focus stories are: The Gingerbread man, Little Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks and the 3 Bears, The 3 Billy Goats Gruff & Jack and the Beanstalk.

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 The children will be continuing to take part in maths group time where they will develop key mathematical concepts including reciting numbers, counting accurately, recognising numerals, addition, 1 more/less, shapes (2D & 3D) & measurements. 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. Count objects and match them to amounts (games are good for this).
Understanding the World We will be looking at seasonal changes (Spring) and growth (of plants & animals). We will be looking at e-safety and the importance of adult supervision whilst using the internet in the first week of term. We will also be doing various baking/cooking activities linked to our stories. At home Talk about things that you have done at the weekend to increase their confidence of talking about events.
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 will also be learning some Disney songs & other songs that link to our theme. 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 continuing to practice name writing and letter formation on a morning where children will be encouraged to hold their pencil using a strong, correct grip. We are also going to be focussing on correct and effective 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.
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- we will be encouraging the children to try and solve their own issues through finding a compromise. At home Encourage children to select and tidy away their own toys, encourage them to listen to others when they are speaking and respond appropriately, practise turn taking and waiting their turn.