Welcome back – we hope everyone is feeling refreshed after the half-term break. As you are aware, currently school is still operating under government guidance and as a result, learning will continue to be offered via the online platform, J2e, until school returns on 8th March 2021.
Keeping in line with our long term plan, Nursery will continue to offer a broad and balanced curriculum, including learning in the prime and specific areas.
All learning resources are still accessible on J2e, including a timetable outline for pupils to follow whilst learning from home, which provides guidance on how long pupils should spend completing the work set each day.
This half term, Nursery’s topic focus will be ‘Nature’ based on our Power of Reading book, ‘The Bog Baby’.
In Literacy, pupils will use their imagination to recreate some of the scenes from the story using props, e.g. recreation of the pond with mud, sticks and water, and they will be encouraged to retell parts of the story in their own words. Pupils will also develop their mark making skills by drawing pictures of the Bog Baby and other pond creatures and using initial sounds to label them.
In Phonics, pupils will continue to listen for initial sounds in words and to link sounds to letter shapes. Alongside this, they will develop their blending and segmenting skills using CVC words, e.g. pat, mat, sit.
As part of Understanding The World and 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, pupils will have the opportunity to talk about and compare things they have observed such as plants and animals. Pupils will learn about local habitats and what an animal needs to survive, with a focus on the life cycle of a frog.
The role play area focus this term will be a ‘Flower Shop’ linked to our focus text. Pupils will have the opportunity to decide what flowers they would like to buy. Pupils will develop their mark making skills, writing the initial sound of each flower they will buy on their shopping list and will develop their skills in number by recognising prices and counting how many flowers in each bunch. Pupils will progress onto selling soil and other props to support growing seeds and bulbs and will have the opportunity to plant their seeds in the outdoor nature garden.
Following on from this and as a part of Numeracy, our focus will be to develop pupils’ mathematical language of weight. Pupils 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 the 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.
As part of Expressive Arts and Design, pupils will have the opportunity to use a variety of media to create their own Bog Baby and build a story around their creature. They will also explore new art techniques such as ‘leaf printing’ and use their creativity and imagination to design their own vases.
We strongly encourage all parents to ensure pupils follow the timetable outlined to enable them to maintain their progress while working from home. Pupils who attend school will complete the same work set online as we progress through our long-term plan, which is outlined on our curriculum page.
Online and in school, teachers will continue to review pupils’ work daily and opportunities for feedback will be provided and, each week, all pupils have the opportunity to win the Nursery Star of the Week!
As usual, the school website will continue to provide regular updates, including the wonderful work pupils complete online and in school. As always, if there are any questions or if school can support with home learning on J2e in anyway, please don’t hesitate to contact the school office.
We are looking forward to returning to school soon and to seeing everyone again! For now, we look forward to seeing all of the wonderful work pupils complete.
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