We would like to wish everyone all the best for the new term. We are excited about the term ahead. If there are any problems, please can you come and see us as soon as you can so we can make you and your child’s time in our setting the best possible. This letter will tell you about what we are learning this term and some of the routines we have – we hope you will help support the areas that we are covering in lessons and help your child make the best possible start to their school life.
This term our topic is change and growth and Fairytales.
We will continue to explore the seasons particuarly the Summer. We will be planting various seeds and observing what they need in order to grow – we will also be looking at how they grow, by watching our bean plants grow. We will also be planting things we can eat, such as potatoes and strawberries.
We will begin to focus on the growth and change of Humans and Animals. We are very excited to be looking after caterpillars. We will be caring for the caterpillars and watching to see how they grow and change into Butterflies.
We are reading some of our favourite fairytale stories and recreating them using puppets and role play props.
In Literacy (English) we will be learning to recognise environmental sounds, musical instruments, body percussion and rhythm and rhyme in order to develop our listening skills. We will be identifying sounds which begin our names and matching objects to initial sounds, playing guessing games, ‘I spy’, who begins with M…? and searching for objects in the Nursery that begin with a certain letter.
In Numeracy (Maths) we will be learning to count, recognise, read and order numbers to 10 and investigating 2d and 3d shapes. We will be especially concentrating on comparative mathematical language associated with size, weight and position, through stories such as ‘Where’s My Teddy?’, ‘It’s the Bear!’, ‘My Friend Bear’ and ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears!’
During the year, if you wish to see the teachers, it is best to do so after school. We are keen to deal with issues as quickly as possible, so that your child can continue to feel happy and secure in school. Mr Batchelor will also be delighted to see parents at other times, although an appointment is often needed, as he gets very busy during the week. There will be a parents’ evening each term, where you can discuss your child’s progress and you will receive a written report at the end of the year.
Following discussions at our most recent parents evening, it became apparent that many parents would like some extra advice on useful websites to use to download or use age-appropriate software. Below, I have put together a few websites that you may find useful in helping to aid your child’s nursery education:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies : This website offers many purposeful activities, games and stories for Early Year’s children. The website also offers a ‘grown-up’ page, which answers frequently asked questions amongst parents
http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk : Phonics play offers children the opportunity to practise phonic skills they will be focusing on in Nursery. At the moment, we are focusing on phase 1, which can be selected on the left hand side of the website drop down menu.(Phase One of Letters and Sounds concentrates on developing children's speaking and listening skills and lays the foundations for the phonic work, which starts in Phase 2. The emphasis during Phase 1 is to get children attuned to the sounds around them and ready to begin developing oral blending and segmenting skills)
http://www.ictgames.com : This website offers literacy and mathematic games, many of which link to the Early Years curriculum.
http://www.topmarks.co.uk : This website offers a wide range of learning opportunities. It includes stories, maths, literacy and science games (on the website you will need to select ‘Early Years’ from the age group drop down menu).
http://www.twinkl.co.uk and http://www.sparklebox.co.uk : These websites offer activities that link across the different area of the Early Years curriculum. Many of these resources are used in school and are printable (it is essential that you access the Early Years options on both websites, so that you are accessing age appropriate activities for your child/ren).
We hope you find this information useful. If you have any queries, please come and see us.
Miss Dower and the Nursery team
Below you will find our learning scores for the past two years. They show that in every area our children achieve above, and in most cases, well above average. The average score should be 2.0.
You will also find a welcome booklet about routines in our school and how you can help your child learn with us.