SUMMER TERM - Our Learning
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
This term the children will be encouraged to take steps to resolve conflicts with other children, e.g. finding a compromise when disagreeing on ideas and sharing resources.
We will continue to talk about expressing our feelings and clarify that all of them are understandable and acceptable. ‘Superworm’ will help us discover our ‘special powers’ and will ask the children to describe themselves in positive terms and talk about their abilities. Our ‘Moving On’ topic will support children with the transition into Reception.
Fine motor development is another main focus area in Early Years; therefore, we will support the children to increase control when using various mark making tools and will support them with the correct pencil grip. Our ‘Woodwork Workshop’ will aim to support children to handle tools, construction and malleable materials safely and with increasing control. When making fruit kebabs we will learn about the importance of eating a healthy range of foods.
Communication and Language
In our new ‘Minibeast Laboratory’ (role play area), the children will have the opportunity to find out about minibeasts. We focus on using language to imagine and recreate roles and experiences in play situations that will be supported by our visitors ‘Perform’ who will share a performance in Nursery. Playing ‘I spy’ will help the children become more confident in hearing and saying the initial sound in words.
On a daily basis, we share rhymes, books and stories from many cultures. Our focus stories are going to be: ‘Superworm’, ‘What the Ladybird Heard’, ‘I Could Be, You Could Be’ and ‘The Train Ride’. From these stories we will continue to recognise familiar letters, words, signs, revisiting rhyming words and sequencing stories. In Phonics, we will be sounding out short words and linking sounds to the letters of the alphabet.
We will be continuing to incorporate appropriate positional language within the environment, during indoor sessions and outdoor play. We will be practising confident counting with objects and actions; combined with recognising corresponding numbers. We will be continuing our shape hunt in different locations around the school and constructing using 3D objects on a smaller and larger scale.
Understanding the World
When reading ‘Superworm, we will focus on minibeasts and other living creatures through rhyming verse. In the second half of the term, we will encourage children to talk about their own family experiences and community life. Our work will include many opportunities for the children to raise questions and make links with the world around them.
Expressive Arts and Design
We will be exploring different media and find out what happens when we mix various materials such as sand, paint and sawdust. ‘Charanga’ music will help the children initiate new combinations of movement and gestures. We will becoming familiar with a number of songs, which will include ‘The Ants Go Marching’ and ‘There’s a Tiny Caterpillar’.
We will find out more about Sikhism through reading the story ‘The Crocodile and the Priest’.
Trips and Special Events
Woodwork Workshop, Teddy Bear Picnic
Please bring sunhats and apply sunscreen when the weather is hot.