Some of the work we are covering in Nursery this half-term:
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
We will support the children in settling into our Nursery. Our circle times will include talking together about things we have enjoyed doing at Nursery and introducing the children to the rules and expectations within the setting. Children will be encouraged to play cooperatively as we learn to take turns and share when working together. We will develop our Nursery rules and earn ourselves rewards as we fill up our treasure jar for following them. We will learn to tidy up areas of learning when we have finished working in them, so that they are ready for our friends.
Our key story is The Three Little Pigs, which the children will be retelling themselves using puppets, costumes, small world play and story boards. We will read other stories connected to the topic and use information books to find out about different homes. We will work on familiar nursery rhymes including Polly put the kettle on and learn some new rhymes. Our main focus will be to develop the children’s spoken language and vocabulary skills.
We will learn to take off and put on our own shoes and socks, as we get ready for PE. The children’s gross motor skills will develop within our outdoor area through activities such as riding a bike or scooter. Children will also have the opportunity to use large constructional resources as we make each of the houses for the three little pigs. Children will develop fine motor and manipulative skills through constructional activities such as building houses with Duplo and by using mark-making materials such as a paintbrush. Children will have opportunities to develop control when using tools such as scissors or a hole-punch as we make our own houses and homes in the technology area.
Our literacy focus will allow the children to develop an understanding of how stories are structured by listening to and joining in with our Key Story The Three Little Pigs. Our story going home bag will contain a copy of the story and a set of puppets for you and your child to retell the story together at home. We will sequence the main events and talk together about who is in the story. Our phonics will focus on discriminating between different sounds and will include listening to and identifying the sounds of different musical instruments.
Our maths focus will be to develop counting with one to one correspondence and shape recognition. We will learn the names of two-dimensional shapes as we use them to make different houses. We will talk about the shapes we have used and identify where we can see these shapes in our local environment. We will learn to count out a set of objects putting them into a line, counting them slowly and one at a time.
Our science will involve investigating the properties of different materials as we build our own houses similar to that of the three little pigs. We will investigate which materials are the strongest and therefore the best ones to use as we test to see if the big bad wolf can blow them down!
Expressive Arts and Design
Children will have opportunities to make houses from a variety of resources including Duplo, box-modelling materials, paint, play dough and sand. Our singing will include songs about homes, buildings & The 3 Little Pigs and we will explore rhythm by tapping out words associated with the story. Our role-play inside will become a home corner, which will allow us to imitate everyday tasks in the home such as washing the dishes or baking a cake. We will then enhance this area to enable children to act out the story of the three little pigs.
What you can do to help
Read every day with your child!
(Your may borrow a book to take home and share from the nursery library in the entrance area.)