Welcome to our Nursery Class

Overview
This term, we will be focusing on settling into new routines and rules, as well as exploring the learning opportunities in the classroom provision and outdoor learning environment. The children will have the opportunity to bring books home in their book bags to share with parents and carers. In class, we will be reading the stories: Aunt Amelia, The Tiger Who Came to Tea, The Little Red Hen, Elmer and In my heart. However, these books may change as we adapt our planning to the needs
and interests of the children.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development
This term, we will be focusing on forming strong relationships with our teachers and peers. We will be getting to know our new class friends and children will be encouraged to join in play with old and new friends. Children will be made aware of their own peg, book bag and name card, to promote a feeling of identity within the classroom. They will learn to develop independence by selecting and using activities and resources through their play.

Expressive Arts and Design

The children will help create our wonderful role play areas that link closely to our book themes. They will be encouraged to share their ideas and use resources to create props etc. The children will learn lots of new rhymes with actions and they will have the opportunity to play lots of different musical instruments in response to music.

Understanding of the World
This term, we will be spending lots of time exploring people who are familiar to us like our friends and families. We will discuss who we live with and who is in our family. The children will always have full access to a range of technology in the classroom. This term we will have a focus on the computers. The children will be using the 2simple paint programme to draw pictures of themselves and others.
Mathematical Development
The children will be focusing on counting slowly and accurately from numbers 1 to 10 and beyond if appropriate. Through play opportunities, children will start to recognise numbers. They will also start to develop the ability to recognise a range of 2D shapes. We will do this through practical, hands on activities, such as creating our own number lines, using Numicon, recalling nursery rhymes with a number focus and going on 2D shape hunts. There are always lots of mathematical activities
available for the children to access independently. We aim to provide children with daily, purposeful play and maths activities related to the current topics.
Physical Development
We will be developing our fine and gross motor skills along with our hand-eye coordination, by making bracelets through threading and using scissors to cut. We will encourage the children to hold their pencil by using their first two
fingers and thumb ‘snappy crocodile’. The children have daily access to a range of finger gym activities in the provision, to develop strength in their fingers in order to help hold a pencil correctly. The children have daily free flow access to our outdoor area. The outdoor area offers a range of activities designed to develop their gross motor skills.
Communication, Language and Literacy
During this term, the children will have a range of books read to them with a focus on new routines, rules and feelings. We will also be focusing on retelling stories using actions. The children will be supported to develop their understanding of the stories by asking and answering a variety of questions through a range of games and activities. The children will also be supported to recognise and write their first name. They will be engaging in daily Phase 1 phonics activities in which they will develop their listening and attention skills. We will be learning to recall lots of nursery rhymes to help build up their vocabulary and understanding.

 

The children have been given a water bottle to bring home. Please can you fill this with fresh water daily and send it into school with your child. As we are a healthy school, we ask that only water is filled in their bottles. Each child also has a book bag and book for you to share at home together. To develop independence, your child independently changes this book as part of their morning routine. If the same book keeps coming home, please let a member of staff know so we can encourage them
to find another book to share with you. Due to COVID 19, books will be kept in quarantine for a minimum of 72 hours before being returned to the bookshelf or available for loan. 

If you have any concerns or issues, please do not hesitate to speak to any member of the EYFS team. You can always arrange a time to speak to myself, Mrs Edwards, on the phone or I can offer a sit down, face to face meeting by prior arrangement.

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