We hope you had a lovely Christmas break and Happy New Year to you all.
This web page will be updated once every term with the activities that your child will be participating in for those 12 weeks. As always these topics are not set in stone as your children’s interests are always our priority, so the activities below may change due to us following your child’s interests
- Making snowflakes – The children will make a snowflake design, by sewing the numbers in order.
- Adding glitter to white playdough to make sparkly snowmen and snowflakes.
- Observing signs of winter at Forest School.
- Making snowflakes using loose parts.
- Listening to winter stories.
Chinese New Year
- Learning about how families celebrate Chinese New Year, by reading stories and looking at short video clips.
- Finding out about the animals in the Chinese calendar, and what animal represents this year.
- Making Chinese lanterns.
- Learning how to write in Chinese
The Little Red Hen
- Reading different versions of the Little Red Hen, and voting which one we like the best.
- Finding out how bread is made, then making our own bread roll.
- Having a go at retelling the Little Red Hen story with our friends.
- Joining in Little Red Hen role play.
- Painting and colouring pictures of the characters.
Other topics this term may include:
- Pancake Day
- The Three Little Pigs
- Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Your child/children will also take part in:
- Number week – Where they will participate in lots of maths activities and games.
- Staying Safe Day – Where your child/children will be taking part in activities that will teach them about safety e.g. crossing the road etc.
- Science week – Where they will participate in lots of science activities
Each week the children will split up into 3 groups and participate in various phonics activities, all three groups will take part in these activities over a three week cycle, so they get to do all 3 activities. Our focus this half term will be alliteration, environmental and instrumental sounds.
The children will participate in activities to prepare the muscles in their shoulders, arms, hands and fingers ready for writing.
Each week the children will split up into 3 groups and participate in one of the following activities, all three groups will take part in these activities over a three week cycle, so they get to do all 3 activities. Below are some of the activities your child will participate in:
- Dough Disco – The children manipulate play dough to music.
- Tennis ball squeeze – How many beads the children can put into the mouth of the tennis ball person, by the time the music stops.
- Cheerio threading – How many Cheerio’s the children can put on their pipe cleaner, by the time the music stops.
- Dough Disco – The children manipulate play dough to music.
- Hole punch challenge – How many times the children can hole punch their paper, by the time the music stops.
- Clothes peg challenge – How many clothes pegs the children can clip onto their card, by the time the music stops.
The children will also be making their own play dough and choosing which colour they would like it to be.
Each week the children will split up into 3 groups and participate in various maths activities, all three groups will take part in these activities over a three week cycle, so they get to do all 3 activities. Our focus this half term will be counting, number recognition and more or less.
The children will participate in Forest School every Friday, where they will spend the entire session in our Forest School setting. Please ensure your child has their Forest School clothes on this day. These include: waterproof trousers, waterproof jacket and wellington boots. Please bring these in a separate bag to their spare clothes and ensure everything is named. Also if you can insert their Wellington boots in their waterproof trousers, like we showed you on the tapestry video, that would be great. Uniform is not worn on this day, so on warm days ensure you send your child to school wearing a lightweight long-sleeved top and long trousers, and on colder days many thin layers, a hat and gloves should be provided.
Below are listed some of the activities that your child will participate in:
- Getting changed into our Forest School clothes
- Learning the Forest School rules and boundaries
- Planting meadow flower seeds for the Spring
- Feeding the birds
- Playing games
- Climbing trees
- Looking for mini beasts
- Making natural art pictures
- Watering the plants
- Looking for wild life in our pool
- Using binoculars to spot birds
This term it is a little different, as each Friday we will choose a total of 6 children, and they will be asked to bring in one of their favourite stories/books. They need to complete the poster by getting Mummy or Daddy to write the title of the book, the author and why they like that particular book. Your child can also draw a picture or their favourite character too. They need to bring their favourite book back to Nursery on the Monday, where their posters will be displayed on the wall, sometime during that week your child will show their poster and we will read their book at the carpet session. Their poster will then be stuck into their Learning Journey.
Activities that you can do to support your child’s learning at home
- Any of the activities mentioned above
- Reading to your child and asking your child questions about the book/pictures e.g. can you find the ………..?
- Playing board games with your child, especially those that have a dice, so your child can develop their counting skills.
- Going for walks and talking about what you can see, hear etc
- Encouraging your child to be more independent e,g, putting on their coat, shoes etc by themselves.
- Talking with your child. to develop their language and communication skills and introducing new words.
What’s new this term?
- Forest School helpers – If you would like to come and help at a Forest School session, then please sign up on the signing up sheet in the cloakroom.
- Learning Journeys – Your child will bring home their Learning Journey for you to look at and comment on your favourite page.
- Secret reader – You can come in and read a story to the class – shhhh! Don’t tell your child when you are coming. There is a signing up sheet in the cloakroom.
A Few Gentle Reminders…
- Please ensure your child brings a named water bottle to Nursery each day. Water only please in their bottle.
- Can you ensure that if your child has long hair, that it is tied back in a pony tail.
- Earrings are removed.
- If your child has lunch, that grapes are cut in half please.
- Shoes – can you please send your child to Nursery in shoes they are able to take off and put on themselves. At Nursery we like to teach independence, and it can be quite frustrating for children if they can’t do things which their friends can. At this age Velcro fastenings are much easier for children to use.
- Please make sure that you are prompt at pick up and drop off times – this will allow our Nursery session times to work smoothly and also it is distressing for your child if you are late picking them up.