Our Power of Reading book for next half term will be ‘Anna Hibiscus’ Song’. Anna Hibiscus is a small girl of dual heritage with a happy heart living with a large and loving family in Africa. Anna asks each member of her extended family what she should do because she feels so happy and she weaves their various responses into a song.
In Literacy, pupils will read about Anna’s adventures and will sequence story events while they learn the song that Anna sings whilst sitting in her mango tree. Pupils will learn about different recipes using mangos and yams and will write their own instructions for mango smoothies and how to cook a yam.
This term in Phonics, pupils will continue to embed their blending and segmenting skills to read and write CVC words. Pupils will continue to work with all pupils to develop their pencil grip and letter formation. Additionally, pupils will take home reading books to begin to retell stories using picture prompts and recognize familiar words.
In the learning environment, Nursery pupils will have the opportunity to take part in various creative activities to recreate different scenes from the book, as well as creating animal prints with paint and making African animals using junk modelling resources.
Our role play area will be a ‘Travel Agent’, where pupils will have the opportunity to use their imagination to recreate roles and buy tickets to visit Africa or different countries around the world. Outdoors, the pupils will have ‘Anna’s Home’, alongside an ‘Airport’ role play area, where they will be able to pack their luggage ready to check in at the airport with their passports and suitcases. Pupils will learn about various types of holidays for example, a trip to the seaside, camping, going on a boat, going abroad or staying at home in the lead up to the Summer holidays.
In Numeracy, this term the focus will be to secure pupils’ understanding of number. Pupils will have opportunity to develop their number recognition and ordering skills, as well as their counting skills through activities such as counting the mangos on the tree and matching to the correct numeral representation. Pupils will develop their understanding of early calculation by exploring how many are left when an amount has been taken away through practical activities such as mangos falling off the tree.
Opportunities for pupils to develop individually and creatively in all areas will be continuously provided within the learning environment. They will continue to come together for group carpet sessions in which the pupils will learn through stories, songs and group discussions in preparation for transition into Reception.
This term, pupils will participate in other exciting events such as Sports Day. They are looking forward to Sports Day where they will participate in different challenges and competitions such the ‘egg and spoon’ race and ‘obstacle course’. We hope that you can join us on the day!
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