This half term our topic is all about ‘Minibeasts.’ Through our discussions and play, we will explore the secret life of insects.
The children have already helped to make a wormery and over the next couple of weeks they will also experience the life cycle of a butterfly, as we take delivery of live caterpillars and watch them transform into ‘Painted Lady’ butterflies. This ‘hands on’ experience will again help our young children better understand growth and changes over time, as well as an appreciation for life and living things.
Towards the end our topic on ‘minibeasts,’ the children will have the opportunity to handle some more exotic insects when the ‘Bug Lady’ comes to visit. She will bring stick insects and giant land snails to name but a few!!!!
This half term our nursery text will be The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We will read the story regularly, adding actions to help the children retell the story. In addition, lots of our activities and areas of provision will be directly linked to the book. Please take the time to ask your child about what happens in the story or ask about the characters to promote a greater understanding.
Preparing children for reception
Phonics: this term we will be focusing our attention on key listening skills to best prepare your child for reception. We will practise the following daily;
- Discriminating between different sounds including environmental and instrumental sounds
- Changing our voice sounds and recognising alliteration
- Oral blending (Mrs Sidebottom will demonstrate this technique in a phonics demonstrations session to parents later this half term – more info to follow)
Maths: this term we will be focusing our attention on key numbers skills to best prepare your child for reception. We will practise the following;
- Reciting numbers to 10 forwards and backwards
- Reading and ordering numbers to 10
- Recognising and describing 2D shapes
Dates for your diary:
Class of 2017/18
Class of 2016/17
Year of the Rooster
Our Nursery children are getting ready to celebrate the Chinese New Year with a bit of dressing up and a taste of Chinese food.
Class of 2015/16
Reception & Nursery Winter Wonderland
All aboard the Santa Train