What We Are Learning – Nursery
Beech Grove Primary School
Autumn Term 2019
Head Teacher’s Message
Where did the spring term go? The time has flown since children started their new classes in September.
On behalf of the staff I would like to wish everyone a happy return after the Easter break. Let us hope that the sun keeps its hat on and that term is a good one for our whole school community.
This term we hope to continue with our children achieving great progress within their core subject areas, due to their tremendous hard working attitude and the dedicated staff team here at school.
Children’s classroom and corridor manners continue to be amazing which creates such a lovely, warm and caring atmosphere around school. I am immensely proud of all of the children. In fact I think I might just pop, as I am bursting with pride!
We hope to make full use of our Secret Garden in lesson times and maybe plant some wonderful flowers for us all to enjoy (even the ducks!!!). It is wonderful to see our children participating in their outdoor learning. They get so excited and engaged.
Our teachers have lots of interesting activities planned for this term and hope that you will enjoy hearing what children have been working on at consultation meetings, and will support them with their homework and reading outside of school. (remember x3 a week reading at home is our minimum expectation)
We also hope that every effort is made by you for every child to attend school regularly. It is so important for your child’s development that we can’t stress that enough. (96% and above is GOOD attendance)
On a final note I would personally like to thank you all for the tremendous support you have given me this year as Headteacher. It has meant a great deal.
Here’s to a really positive summer term!
Our work for this term
(The EYFS Curriculum is made up of 7 areas of development)
In the Nursery we will focus on developing Speaking and Listening Skills and Early Reading and Writing Skills.
SPEAKING AND LISTENING – We will encourage conversation skills and build up the children’s vocabulary through our variety of play based activities. We will develop good listening skills with a range of listening games.
READING – The very first step when learning to read is to develop a love of books. So we share super stories every day. We share a BIG BOOK during whole class carpet time. We also read books in small groups and to individual children in the story corner throughout the day. We often read the same books over and over so that the children become familiar and begin to recite the stories by themselves. We also have quiet reading times when we encourage the children to look at books by themselves so that they become familiar with handling books – holding them the right way up and turning the pages one at a time going left to right – these are all early reading skills that the children need to learn.
WRITING – Early writing begins with MARK MAKING. The children need to learn how to hold a pencil properly and to make a variety of pre-writing marks – lines and circles, zig-zags and curves. Lots of our activities are designed to build up strength in little hand and finger muscles – digging in sand, pouring water from jugs, pegs in peg boards, threading beads, scribbling with a variety of writing materials, chalks, crayons, felt pens, paint brushes etc. When they are ready we will be helping the children to start writing their name – this will be their first introduction to writing letter shapes and we will start with their initial.
In the Nursery we practise our counting skills as part of our everyday routines. For example – we count how many children are in nursery each day at circle time so that we know how many milk cartons we need. We also count straws to go into the milk cartons. We count how many children have turned 4 every time we have a birthday. We count how many aprons are in the water area, so we know that 4 children can play there. We have number labels on the shelves when we tidy the bricks away – so we know how many bricks to put on each shelf. We have our MATHS area with daily activities to encourage counting and number recognition. Check out our NUMBER WALL Display where we assess the children every few weeks to see how well they can count. We display the children’s photo to show how many they can count to and the children love to see their own progress when they can count a little further than last time.
This term we will also be learning about SHAPES. We will be learning about CIRCLES SQUARES AND TRIANGLES and play matching and sorting games as well as going on a SHAPE HUNT around the school.
Our topic for Autumn 1 is ‘Why do you love me so much?’ – We will be talking about our families and our homes. We will talk about our friends and find out about similarities and differences between ourselves and others. We will help the children to accept how special and unique they are and how much they are loved at home and at school. We will help them to learn about respecting and valuing other people.
Our topic for Autumn 2 is ‘What is a Reflection?’ – We will have fun looking at mirrors and using them to find out about symmetry. We will also be using torches to explore light and dark and colour and shadows. We will be using Bonfire Night as a starting point for this exciting topic.
The children will be learning about rules and routines in the classroom and the playground. We will focus on our FIVE GOLDEN RULES and ensure children understand what each rule means. We will talk about why we have rules to keep everybody safe and happy. We will also show children the correct way to use our climbing equipment in the outdoor area.
Dates for your Diary
Autumn Term: Tuesday 3rd September 2019 – Friday 20th December 2019
Half Term: Monday 28th October 2019 – Friday 1st November 2019