Autumn 2021 - 22
WELCOME to our new FS1 Nursery class! We are all eager and excited to play & learn together. We hope you all had a lovely Summer and that you managed to still make memories, even with some travel restrictions still in place.
Over the first few weeks we will be busy learning all about each other and the routines of our class. We will share our own interests as well as discuss how we can make new friends.
Thank you for all your support so far in setting up important paper work systems & logging onto our school Dojo system. On here we can send updates, messages & photos to show how the children are settling into their new class. If you have any questions please contact Miss Baglin (our FS1 qualified Teacher) or one of the foundation team, we are always here to help and support you.
The FS1 topic for this half term is “Me & My Community”
In the Me and My Community project, your child will learn about the school community and building friendships. They will explore the school grounds and find out about all the people in school who are there to help them. They will explore how they are special and unique and how everyone’s family is different. They will take part in practical activities to support them to build new friendships and explore what makes a good friend. They will also find out about people in the community who help us, including doctors, nurses, and the emergency services.
Supporting your child at home
In phonics children will follow the RWI nursery programme to help your child grow their vocabulary through role play, discussion, building sentences & using productive questioning. Children will be supported to further develop a love of reading through enticing stories & poetry times. Children will play phonics games such as I spy, cross the river and silly soup to hear and say the initial sounds in words. Some children may begin to blend the sounds in order to read and build simple CVC words.
In literacy we will be listening to and retelling lots of new stories using actions and story maps to help us. We will be talking about the key events in the book as well as discussing the different characters from the story. Throughout the term we will be practicing identifying our name & developing fine & gross motor skills to mark make. We will be having lots of fun with dough disco and funky finger activities.
In numeracy we are developing our counting skills so we can count to 5 and beyond. When you are out and about with your child, see what numbers you can find in the environment. You might see different numbers on house doors, number plates or buses. This will give your child lots of opportunity to see what the numbers look like. Any practice will really support your child’s development.
Children will have access to our EYFS outdoor areas, including sand, water, climbing, mud kitchen, water wall & ball skills area. We kindly ask that children are always equipped with appropriate clothing for the weather and that children do not wear or bring items that are new/precious.
Stay safe & please do not hesitate to contact one of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) team if you have any questions.
Miss Baglin (FS1 Lead) & Mrs Webster (FS2 Lead/SENDCo/Assistant Head)
Summer Term 1 ...
How Does that Building Stay up?
The wolf huffed, and he puffed, but he couldn’t blow the house down! How does that building stay up? How many windows does it have? It’s time to find out more about buildings and the materials from which they are made.
This half term, we’ll look closer at local buildings & sites to see buildings in different stages of construction. We’ll handle different building materials, and we’ll build structures out of wet sand, construction kits and blocks. Who can build the tallest tower? We’ll also retell the story of The Three Little Pigs, practise hammering different surfaces and make mini mud bricks. In our English lessons, we’ll take a walk down a local street, describing what we see, and we’ll mark make about our homes. Using our maths skills, we’ll count houses and put them in the right order, and we’ll estimate how many cubes are in different towers. Working together, we’ll build a shelter big enough for us all to sit in, a bridge we can use to cross a given space and a street of colourful houses made from different containers. We’ll also work outdoors on our own ‘construction site’, building imaginative structures out of a range of materials.
We’ll also gather resources to build more structures and demolish a wall of cardboard boxes by kicking, rolling and throwing balls.
Help your child prepare for their project
Buildings are brilliant! Why not explore your home together in great detail, inside and out. What kind of building do you live in? How does it stay standing? How many floors, windows and doors does it have? You could also make a mini house out of building blocks or cardboard boxes? Can you make it look like your house? Alternatively, look online at spectacular buildings such as The Shard and talk about why certain buildings might have been built to be taller, wider or grander than others.
Summer Term 2...
Do Dragons Exist?
Beyond this place, there be dragons! Do dragons exist? What’s it like to live in a castle? It’s time to explore the fantastical world of dragons and castles.
This half term, we’ll virtually explore a castle and its grounds. Will we find a medieval sword or a dragon’s footprint? We’ll identify the different parts of a castle and learn about the people and animals who lived there. We’ll move like dragons and unearth dragon eggs from the sand. What will we find inside? We’ll dress up in royal finery and as knights, sticking to the knight’s code by working together and being kind. In our literacy lessons, we’ll create and label castle picture cards and identify rhyming words in dragon poetry. In our maths lessons, we’ll count gold coins into numbered dragon jars and move brave miniature knights from 1–10. Can we stick to the correct order? Getting creative, we’ll draw dragons, try out some hoop weaving and make a friendly dragon to protect our classroom. Roar!
At the end of the project, we’ll come to school in castle-themed fancy dress and carry out our duties: making bread, sweeping hay in the stables and polishing silver in the great hall!
Help your child prepare for their project
Dragons are roarsome! Why not gather together a collection of books about dragons and curl up somewhere comfy to read? You could also visit the library together to research mythical beasts. Dragons breathe fire and can fly, but what can other mythical beasts do? Alternatively, make a dragon collage out of materials you have at home.
Spring Term 2021
Welcome back and happy new year to you all!
We begin our new term by looking at, Food glorious food! We’ll find out why we can’t eat chocolate for every meal, which foods are healthy and more in this project about food, mealtimes, oral hygiene and nutrition.
This half term, we’ll have a special breakfast, carefully spreading toppings on our toast and cutting it. In the classroom, we’ll choose foods from a shopping list and start to explore words and labels. In our role play sweet shop, we’ll have fun buying and selling sweets. It could get messy when we explore foods with interesting textures!
Getting creative, we’ll use a variety of foods for printing and mark making. What’s that smell? We’ll try to work out which foods are inside ‘smell pots’. We’ll enjoy joining in with food-related poems and spot rhyming words. We’d better put our chef’s hats on, as we’ll be making simple snacks and meals. Using our mathematical skills, we’ll weigh different foods and practise ordering numbers. We’ll investigate what is inside different foods, smelling and handling them. We love chocolate, and we’ll get chance to explore its sensory and basic scientific properties.
At the end of the project, we’ll shop for some familiar characters and reflect on our favourite foods. We’ll play games that involve using our senses to guess the foods.
Help your child prepare for their project
Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker’s man! Why not read and learn nursery rhymes about food? You could also use recycled materials to make meals on a paper plate. Will you make string spaghetti or green tissue paper peas? Alternatively, try following simple instructions to make a healthy snack. What fruits and vegetables will you use?