We hope that you had a lovely Christmas break and would like to wish you all a happy new year. Welcome to the spring term where we look forward to continuing our partnership with you to make the children’s nursery experience the best it can be. Since returning to nursery the children have shown an eagerness to explore the activities and resources on offer and are happily settling back into nursery life
Talking and Reading together
This term, we are planning more exciting story-based opportunities to promote a love of stories and to make them irresistible to children. We strive to encourage conversations about the stories we explore with the children and for them to learn a selection of ‘wonderful words’ from each one. We will use these words in other situations which will help children to eventually use them in their own talk. We will make you aware of these words so that you can also use them at home with the family. Revisiting a story over time will help children to remember repeated refrains, to understand the structure of the story and to talk about the stories they enjoy. Different playful story telling approaches and links will be used to make learning enjoyable such as acting out stories around the school and making porridge for the 3 bears.
This is a selection of stories that we will explore this term:
Our curriculum is based on the ‘Mathematics educational programme’ in the ‘Statutory Framework for the EYFS 2021’ and feeds into the ‘White Rose Maths Programme’. The children have opportunities to match, sort, count and subitise using real objects, counters and Numicon in their play and will have regular short and active maths activities.
This half term we will be focusing on ‘subitising’ in different ways, which is knowing how many objects there are in a small group without counting them and seeing smaller numbers within bigger numbers. We will be counting sounds and spotting the numerals 1 to 5 in the world around us. We will learn about shapes and measures in our play and sing number rhymes.
We will be learning about where we live and where our families live. We will be looking at our houses and building our own with different materials. As part of this focus, we are planning to go for a walk in our local environment to have a closer look at houses, naming the different parts and some of the materials they are made of. Please talk to your child about what they see on their journey to nursery each day, for example the park, a letter box, a roundabout. We can share our different journeys at nursery.
You can find out more information about the spring term learning by looking at the overviews and programmes of study on the website.
Updates and Reminders
Thank you for your support in helping your child to come into nursery on their own at the beginning of term. We know this can be tricky after a holiday.
Please remember to name your child’s clothes, bookbags, snack and water bottles. There are a few items of lost property outside the nursery gate. Please check these for your child’s belongings, which we would like to return to you.
Using ‘Seesaw’ to record children’s learning
As we start the new year, we will be making our first posts of children’s learning.
Please remember to send in fruit and vegetables only or a plain biscuit if your child does not eat fruit. These are the only snack foods we have in nursery in order to keep children who have allergies, safe.
A walk in the local environment this half term. Dates to be arranged.
2nd March – World Book Day
Thank you in advance for all of your support in the year ahead,
Kind regards from the nursery team