SPRING TERM 2 - Our Learning
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
This term we will encourage the children to speak to others about their own needs, wants, interests and opinions. Through exploring various stories we will deepen the children’s understanding that their own actions can affect other people.
In Nursery we will be mark making using different materials and we will begin to form initial letters of our names using our dominant hand. Outdoor activities and PE lessons will provide opportunity for the children to negotiate space successfully, when playing racing and chasing games with others.
Communication and Language
This half term children will be recreating roles and experiences in our new farm area. We will continue to explore rhyme and repeated refrain in a range of stories. Our oracy focus of the half term will be speaking in simple sentences.
Our focus stories will be ‘The Gigantic Turnip’, ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ and ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’. In Phonics the children will explore that words are made up of a sequence of individual sounds or phonemes. When reading books we will emphasise that we read from left to right.
We will be counting actions and objects which cannot be moved and continuing with matching and ordering activities. When reading ‘The Gigantic Turnip’ we will be weighing different root vegetables. When cooking vegetable soup, children will explore the recipe and will begin to use ordinal numbers. The farm role play area will also provide opportunity for the children to use numbers, recognise numerals and represent them during their play.
Understanding the World
When reading ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ we will focus on lifecycles of living creatures. After reading ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’, we will be growing our own bean plants and looking after them. This half term there will be opportunities for the children to operate simple ICT equipment, such as Ipads and BeeBots.
Expressive Arts and Design
Children will explore how sounds can be changed and create repeated rhythm with instruments. Last term the children enjoyed mixing colours and we will continue to explore mixing and making new colours with paint.
This term we will be reading the Easter story. We will be finding out about Judaism and the children will be learning about Hanukkah.
Trips and Special Events
Farm visit. Literacy play and stay.
Please do not forget to sign up for your ‘Mystery Readers’ slot. Please remind your child that toys are not allowed in the classroom. Let us know of your child’s absence as soon as possible, by leaving a message or voicemail with reception.