This term in Nursery our focus Power of Reading book is ‘The Bog Baby.’ This is a magical story with a serious message about what it means to really love something. When two small sisters go fishing to the magic pond, they find something much better than a frog or a newt: they find a bog baby! Small and blue with wings like a dragon, the girls love him with a passion and decide to make him their secret, but… the bog baby is a wild thing who becomes poorly so the girls tell their mummy who teaches them the greatest lesson… If you really love something, you have to let it go.
Through the book, pupils will be given the opportunity to recreate some of the scenes from the story using props, for example recreation of the pond with weeds and creatures. Pupils will be able to retell parts of the story in their own words and recreate the scenes using their imagination. They will also have the opportunity to use their imagination to design their own Bog Baby using various media and materials. Pupils will learn new descriptive vocabulary to describe their Bog Baby and they will make up their own Bog Baby story.
Through our topic, Nature, pupils will learn about living things in the local area and will learn to show care for living things and the environment. Using the outdoor areas in our school and the local area, they will have the opportunity to talk about and compare things they have observed such as plants and animals. Pupils will learn about animal habitats, their diets and their survival. They will focus on the life cycle of a frog.
In Phonics this term, pupils will continue to learn the letter sounds and develop their blending and segmenting skills using CVC words, for example pat, mat, sit. They will continue to practise forming recognisable letters and will focus in particular on writing their own name from memory.
This term, the role-play area focus will be a ‘Flower Shop.’ Pupils will have the opportunity to explore the local area and decide which flowers they would like to buy. They will develop their mark making skills, writing the initial sound of each flower and write their own shopping list. They will develop their skills in number recognition through prices, and they will count how many flowers are in each bunch. Pupils will progress into selling soil and other props to support growing seeds and bulbs, and they will have the opportunity to plant seeds and bulbs in the outdoor nature garden.
Following on from this, in Numeracy, our focus will be to develop pupils’ mathematical language of weight. They will learn to understand the terminology ‘heavy’ and ‘light’ and will begin to identify heavy and light objects in the environment. They will begin to use comparative language ‘heavier’ and ‘lighter’ to compare the weight of two objects and will learn to use a balance to weigh everyday objects. Alongside this, pupils will continue to develop their number recognition and counting skills based on their individual needs.
Please continue to support your child to develop the skills to dress independently by teaching them how to put on their coat and zip it up.
We look forward to lots of exciting learning opportunities ahead!
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In addition to the home learning activities below, please also look at the additional resources available on the general sites listed under the Home Learning tab.
Daily live Read Write Inc lessons can be accessed at https://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/find-out-more/help-during-school-closure/
Set 1 lessons begin at 9:30am
Set 2 lessons begin at 10:00am
Set 3 lessons begin at 10:30am
All are available on YouTube via the link above. Most Nursery pupils will be learning Set 1 sounds.
Additional resources and activities relating to the topic for this half term will be added shortly.