What We Are Learning – Nursery

 Beech Grove Primary School
Spring Term 2019

Head Teacher’s Message
Happy New Year everyone and welcome to spring term 2019. 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 Christmas break and hope that 2019 is a good one for our whole school community.

This term we hope to pick up where we left before Christmas with our children achieving great progress within their core subject areas, due to the tremendous hard working attitude of them and the dedicated staff team here at school.
Children’s classroom and corridor manners were amazing which created such a lovely atmosphere around school. I was immensely proud of all of the children. In fact I was bursting with pride!!

This term we will also be hoping for some lovely spring sunshine so that children can make full use of our Secret Garden in lesson time and maybe plant some wonderful spring flowers for us all to enjoy (even the ducks!!!)

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.

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)

Here’s to a really positive spring term!

John Dixon

Our work for this term

(The EYFS Curriculum is made up of 7 areas of development)

1. English

This term the Nursery children will continue focusing on communication and language. We will be focusing on developing the children’s listening skills through fun and interactive activities. We shall be learning lots more rhymes and continue sharing stories every session to build their vocabulary and familiarity with stories and their structures.

We will be learning lots of letter sounds and practising how to write them. We will also begin to practise blending and segmenting words to get ready for reading and writing in Reception.

We shall be focusing of the children’s names working towards everyone recognising their own name and the initial sound of their name. Some children are now writing their own names.

2. Maths

The children are learning to count, recognise and order numbers to 20. They will be engaging in lots of counting and number work. We will all be exploring numbers to 10 and working beyond 10 with the older children. We will be counting out objects and becoming familiar with numerals. We will begin to talk about 1 more and 1 less.

We will also be learning more about 2D shapes and using shapes and colours to recognise, describe and create patterns. We will be exploring size and using size vocabulary and ordering objects by size.

3. Topic

Our topic for Spring 1 is ‘Where does the snow go?’ – We will introduce our topic with an exciting giant snow globe for the children to play inside which is coming to our school at the beginning of the term. We will then explore hot and cold, freezing and melting, the winter season and animals that live in cold places.

Our topic for Spring 2 is “How does that building stay up?” – We will be looking at different kinds of buildings and bridges. We will make models of buildings with lots of different materials. We will spend time looking at the story of The Three Little Pigs. We will explore the different materials that can be used to build a house and talk about the properties of them. During this topic we shall also be exploring the season of Spring.

4. Safeguarding
The children will continue learning about rules and routines in the classroom and the playground. We will keep reminding the children about 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 any new children the correct way to use our climbing equipment in the outdoor area.

Dates for your Diary
Autumn Term:              Monday 7th January 2019 – Friday 5th April 2019
Half Term Holiday:      Monday 18th February 2019 – Friday 22nd February 2019
PD Days:                      Friday 25th January 2019, Friday 22nd March 2019
Snow Globe:                 Wednesday 16th January 2019
Safer Internet Day:     Tuesday 5th February 2019
Snow Party:                  Wednesday 13th February 2019
World Book Day:          Thursday 7th March 2019
Red Nose Day:             Friday 15th March 2019
Mother’s Day Event:    Wednesday 27th March 2019