Welcome back to the Spring Term.
We would like to say a big hello to our new families and children. We are enjoying getting to know you and seeing the children become familiar with the setting and their new peers.
We have two topics this half term. Currently we are learning about the season of Winter as well as polar animals and regions. We have been using stories such as ‘Lost and Found’ to support the children’s learning and the children have been using their senses to explore ice and fake snow small world habitats.
The week beginning 20th January we will begin focusing our learning around Traditional Tales. Our main focus stories will be Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, The Three Little Pigs, The Gingerbread Man and Little Red Riding Hood. However, we will also be reading other traditional tales to the children in order to increase their repertoire of books. To support your child’s learning at home we suggest reading and discussing different traditional tales with your children. So far this half term we have been really encouraged by the children’s understanding of different stories for example some children started comparing the story of ‘Lost and Found’ with ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’ as they thought they were similar with each one starting with an animal knocking at the door.
This half term the children will also be developing their understanding of rhyme. We have begun some work on rhyming words and have been playing some match the rhyming word games. Again, to benefit your child’s learning further please discuss this with your child as skills such as rhyme are key foundations to later learning.
We will be introducing our sound basket from 20th January. Each week we will focus on a different sound and we will be inviting the children to lead some of their learning by bringing in items beginning with the sound of the week. We will be starting with ‘s’ as in sun, snake and sock. So you are aware here are the order of the sounds for this half term and the dates we will be focusing on them:
Week beginning 20th January- s
Week beginning 27th January – a
Week beginning 3rd February- t
Week beginning 10th February – p
Please ensure that you do not send in anything too precious and make sure that your items are named so we can return them at the end of the week.
In maths we have been practising counting objects accurately and recognising numerals to 10. Some of the children have also started to work on ordering numbers and using the language of ‘more’ and ‘less’ when comparing numbers and groups of objects. Additionally, this half term we will be exploring simple patterns and using language associated with size.
As the weather has been quite wet, part of the nursery is quite boggy. We have some spare wellies that the children can wear when outside but if you could provide your child with wellies this would be beneficial. We do have wellie racks whereby the children can keep their wellies at nursery at all times.
If you would like to complete a Proud Cloud for your child’s Learning Journey, please do hand them to one of the staff. We love to hear what your child gets up to at home and of course their achievements.
Any questions or queries do please ask any one of the Nursery team. We are always around at drop off or pick up if you would like to ask us about your child’s learning or development.