Acorn - Nursery
Teacher: Mrs Wright
Nursery Practitioners: Miss Begum and Mrs Heald
Teaching Assistant: Miss Rusch (Tuesday PM)
Summer - Minibeasts
This half term we are exploring how the seasons are changing as we move away from a very snowy and cold winter and plants and animals are growing and born whilst the weather (hopefully!) begins to become warmer! We have caterpillars in our classroom which we will observe and discuss how they are changing linking to our focus story 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'. In Acorn class we are learning about healthy living, growth and change, size, colour and we will be exploring movement and music in PE.
Please find home learning packs in the cloakroom to consolidate our learning at home and encourage your child to share what we are learning. In Maths we are looking at number patterns and exploring a number each week to find out what it looks like as a numeral, on a dice, in the environment, on our fingers etc. We are using the number line to investigate and sequence these numbers.
In Phonics we are focusing on voice sounds, using our voices and mouth movements to change the sounds we make beginning to distinguish between different vocal sounds and orally blending and segmenting. There are lots of ways to encourage phonics at home, please see ideas in the cloakroom or feel free to ask any member of the Nursery staff.
Below are a few photographs of our learning so far this year...
The children in Nursery are working hard to develop their independence skills; such as putting on and taking off their own coats and shoes. We hope parents and carers will continue to help by giving children lots of opportunities to practise at home and encourage children to tidy away their things when they have finished playing with them. We use the phrase "choose, play, tidy away!"
To support name writing we are encouraging children to use a tripod grip. We use our thumb and forefinger to hold the pencil like a crocodiles mouth, the crocodile doesn't like the taste of the pencil so he scrunches up his face, when we bend our fingers the pencil will be in the correct position for writing, leaning on the middle finger for support.
Children in Nursery practise mark making and writing their names daily in preparation for Reception. It is important that your child has support at home to make marks so that they gain muscle control and develop their pencil grasp. We begin to do this by encouraging mark making on a large and small scale and using our fingers in different ways to manipulate materials and media such as stickers and threading beads. We then look and talk about the shapes in our letters, feeling the movements that are made when writing, tracing shapes and beginning to form letters.
As children begin to write their names we explore and discuss the sounds in their own name. To help to remember these we use different rhymes for formation (shown below) and we also sing and use the actions in Jolly Phonics to link each letter and it's sound.