This term in Nursery our focus Power of Reading book is ‘Handa’s Surprise.’ This story is about a girl called Handa who decides to take seven pieces of delicious fruit to her friend, Akeyo, who lives in the neighbouring village. But, as Handa wonders what fruit Akeyo would like best, a series of sneaky animals steal something from Handa's basket, which she's carrying on her head...When Handa reaches Akeyo, will she have anything left to offer her friend?
Through this book, pupils will be given the opportunity to sequence and retell the story in their own words. They will also recreate some of the scenes from the story using props, for example Handa carrying a basket of fruits on her head, the sneaky animals or even the tangerines falling off the tree! As part of this, they will explore tropical fruits and will learn how to make mango and banana smoothies. This will lead to applying their phonic knowledge to write recipes.
In Phonics, pupils will continue to develop their segmenting and blending skills and will be introduced to some high frequency words, for example the, I, go, etc. They will continue to practise forming recognisable letters and will focus, in particular, on writing their own name and surname from memory.
The role-play area focus this term will be a ‘Travel Agents’ linked to our focus text. Pupils will have the opportunity to decide which country they would like to travel to while developing their speaking skills. They will also develop their mark making skills by writing booking forms, boarding passes, passports and luggage labels. Pupils will develop their number recognition and counting skills using 1-1 correspondence to count out the correct number of coins needed to pay for their holiday.
In Numeracy, our focus will be to develop pupils’ mathematical language of length and height. Pupils will learn to understand the terminology ‘long’ and ‘short’ and will begin to identify long and short objects in the environment. They will begin to use the comparative language ‘longer and ‘shorter’ to compare the length of two objects. Pupils will also continue to consolidate their number skills within the learning environment.
As part of ‘Understanding the World’, and through our topic 'Holidays', pupils will learn about different countries and cultures. Using the outdoor area in our school, they will have the opportunity to plant strawberry seeds and care for them as they grow. Pupils will continue to take care of our green beans and observe the changes that take place over time.
As part of ‘Expressive Arts and Design’, pupils will have the opportunity to explore musical instruments from different cultures and make up their own songs and dances. Following on from this, pupils will learn about Maasai art and will use a variety of media to create necklaces and bracelets.
We look forward to lots of exciting learning opportunities ahead!
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