What We Are Learning – Nursery

 Beech Grove Primary School
Summer 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!

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.
We will start our phonics groups where the children will be engaging in listening activities, writing and exploring sounds. Some of the older children will follow the Read Write Inc scheme.

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, with the older children exploring numbers to 20 and even 30. We will be counting out objects and becoming familiar with numerals. We will continue to talk about 1 more and 1 less, comparing larger group sizes.
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 Summer 1 is ‘Why do spiders eat flies?’ – We will introduce our topic with an exciting visit from animal story where the children will be able to look at and learn about different minibeasts. We will link our topic to our maths and writing, looking at pictures of minibeasts, counting minibeasts and writing about minibeasts. In our outdoor area we will try to find minibeasts. We will finish this topic with an exciting ‘bug ball’ where all of the children and staff can dress up as their favourite bug.
Our topic for Summer 2 is “Did dragons exist?” – We will be looking at knights, dragons, kings, queens, princes and princesses as well as exploring a range of traditional tales. We will use our creative skills to make dragons, castles and outfits for knights and princesses. We will use our construction skills to build castles that would be strong enough to protect us from a dragon, exploring different properties of castles. We will also explore mythical creatures.

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
Summer Term:            Tuesday 23rd  April 2019 – Friday 19th July 2019
Half Term Holiday:      Monday 27th May 2019 – Friday 31st May 2019
PD Days:                      Monday 22nd, Tuesday 23rd July
Animal Story:              Tuesday 30th April
Bank Holiday:              Monday 6th May
Father’s Day event:      Wednesday 12th June
Last day of half term:   Friday 24th May
First day back:                Monday 3rd June
last day of term:          Friday 19th July