Welcome back to all our Nursery pupils after the Easter holiday and we hope everyone had fun learning and talking about sustainability at home!
In Nursery this half term, we are starting a new topic of ‘Plants’! Our Power of Reading books will be a couple of books related to our topic including ‘The Tiny Seed’ and ‘How Things Grow’. We will also read other plant-related stories such as ‘Jack and the Magic Beanstalk’ and ‘Stuck’. Through these stories, pupils will learn to recall some facts from books and retell parts of the story independently. Pupils will also be exploring rhyming words in stories as well as using their phonic knowledge to identify the first sounds in words. Furthermore, pupils will continue to practise writing some or all of the letters in their names.
Linking to our Power of Reading texts, pupils will learn more about different plants and seasons and talk about what plants they see using a range of vocabulary. Pupils will continue to learn about the need to respect and care for the natural environment and all living things. They will also have the opportunity to grow their own cress and other plants in the classroom and investigate what plants need to grow in Nursery.
Within the Nursery, the role-play areas this half term will be a Plant Investigation Lab, a planting allotment and a Garden Centre for pupils to apply the knowledge that they have learned about plants and to use longer sentences to elaborate on each other’s ideas. Pupils will also be encouraged to use ‘and’ to join up ideas. The different role-play areas will provide different opportunities for pupils to embed maths and literacy skills that they have learned.
As part of their learning within Expressive Arts and Design, pupils will have plenty of opportunities to draw various plants as well as to plan and express their own ideas through different materials and media such as paint and other natural materials to create different plant-themed craft.
We look forward to another half term of fun learning!