This term in Nursery our focus Power of Reading book is ‘The Naughty Bus.’ The book is about a young boy who receives a toy bus as a present and has great fun exploring the world with his new toy which turns out to be quite a naughty bus - or is it, in fact, the boy?! This is a very unusual picture book with a story told through close-up photography and narrated from the perspective of the bus.
Through the use of this book, pupils will be given the opportunity to recreate some of the scenes from the story using props, for example: tall buildings, the traffic in London, a bus queue, the garden, the baked bean scene. The pupils will be able to retell parts of the story in their own words as they recreate these scenes using their imagination.
In Music, the pupils will sing ‘The Wheels on the Bus’ and will create a new version to the same tune changing the title to ‘The Naughty Bus.’ You can practise at home too!
The role play area focus this term will be a ‘Tourist Information Centre’ linked to our focus text. The pupils will have the opportunity to explore the local area and decide which destination they would like to travel to and which mode of transport they will use. The pupils will develop their mark making skills, creating tickets and maps of the local area, and will begin to recognise familiar signs and logos. The pupils will develop their number recognition and counting skills using 1-1 correspondence to count out the correct number of coins needed for their journey.
In the outdoor area, the role play area will be developed into a bus where the pupils can act out driving the bus, collecting the tickets or taking a journey on a bus. In the construction area, the pupils will be able to use a range of resources to create their own types of transport e.g. a car, a bus or a train. In the Mud Kitchen, the pupils will make food and drinks at the ‘Bus Station Café.’
Following on from this, in Numeracy, our focus will be to develop pupils’ mathematical language of shape. The pupils will learn to recognise and name 2D shapes [square, rectangle, triangle and circle], and will use everyday language such as straight and round to compare and sort shapes. The pupils will have the opportunity to use shapes to create arrangements and will match shapes to create pictures. Pupils will learn to choose shapes appropriately and for a purpose e.g. selecting circle shapes for the wheels on a car.
Alongside this, pupils will continue to develop their number recognition and counting skills based on their individual needs.
In Phonics, pupils will be learning to distinguish between initial sounds in words and will begin to recognise letter shapes in response to letter sounds. Please help your child at home by playing games such as ‘I spy’ to develop their phonological awareness of sounds in words.
Please continue to support your child to develop the skills to dress independently by teaching them how to put on their coat, hat, scarf and gloves.
We look forward to lots of exciting learning opportunities ahead!
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