What We Are Learning – Nursery

 Beech Grove Primary School
Summer Term 2021

Head Teacher’s Message
On behalf of the staff we would like to thankyou for your fantastic efforts during the Spring Term lockdown due to the global pandemic of Covid19. The way, with your tremendous support that our children accessed their remote learning package via See-Saw was absolutely wonderful to see. You all deserve an even bigger medal than last time!

As you know the school staff worked tirelessly around the clock to provide the children with the high-quality work that they needed.
However, nothing can beat face to face teaching with children learning in a real classroom environment.
So, it gives me ENORMOUS pleasure to welcome you all back to the Summer Term.  Lets all hope that we can finally get back to some sort of normality.

I hope that you have all had the chance to relax and recharge your batteries during the Easter holidays. It is so important that our children now attend regularly to catch up the ‘missing months’ since January. I’m positive with your continued support and our excellent teaching, our children will continue to achieve well and try their very best in all lessons.

I am so proud of them all and the way they have started back this Summer term. Their resilience and hard-working attitude astounds me.
As always, 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 (via the telephone), and will support them with their homework and reading outside of school. Reading remains the key to everything! Please, please, please encourage them as much as you can with their reading at home. It’s greatly appreciated.

John Dixon

Our work for this term

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

1. English

In Nursery we focus on developing Speaking and Listening Skills and Early Reading and Writing Skills.
SPEAKING AND LISTENING – The children will continue engaging in a variety of play-based activities – supported by adults to encourage conversation skills and extend the children’s vocabulary. We will continue to develop good listening skills during carpet time with a range of stories, rhymes. songs and listening games.
READING – In Nursery we share a BIG BOOK every day. We also read books in small groups and to individual children in the story corner throughout the day. 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. WE have been practising Nursery Rhymes throughout the year and many children can recite several Nursery Rhymes. We will continue practising Nursery Rhymes with all children. The Older N2 children will also start learning to recognise some letter sounds using RWI (Read, Write, Inc.) and we will be practising oral blending and segmenting to prepare for RWI lessons in Reception.
WRITING – We encourage lots of MARK MAKING in Nursery. We practise writing our names/initials every morning. We also have regular writing practice sessions several times a week using whiteboards where the children learn how to hold a pencil properly and make a variety of pre-writing marks – lines and circles, zig-zags and curves. We do lots of finger rhymes and daily Dough Disco where our fingers dance in little balls of playdough. This really helps to build up strength in little hand and finger muscles.

2. Maths
We practise counting every day. We sing Number Rhymes and use our fingers to help us with our counting.  We have a 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 CAPACITY, WEIGHT, and MONEY. We will be learning to use MATHS vocabulary FULL / EMPTY / HALF-FULL / HEAVY / HEAVIER / LIGHT / LIGHTER / MONEY / PENNIES / POUNDS

3. Topic
Our Topic for Summer Term is ‘How Many Pebbles are on the Beach?’ We will be engaging in seaside themed activities. We will use our sand pits to explore the properties of wet and dry sand. We will make sand pies in a variety of shapes and size and talk about why wet sand makes better castles than dry sand. We will also talk about the sea and different sea creatures. We will explore the properties of water /‘floating and sinking’/and look at boats and ships for transport. We will talk about the importance of water in everyday life – for drinking, washing, cooking, gardening etc. We will play with shells and pebbles – and use them for sorting and counting and making patterns and art work. We will open an ice cream parlour in our role play area to encourage imaginitive play.
Our older N2 children will also be getting ready to move into the Reception Class in September so the Summer Term will be used to help them prepare for this exciting adventure. We will visit the Reception Classes and meet the staff and later in the term we will hope to offer the children a chance to sample a school dinner.

4. Safeguarding
The children will continue following rules and routines in the classroom and the playground. We 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. We will also be learning how to stay safe in the sun by using sun cream and wearing a sun hat and drinking plenty of water.

Dates for your Diary
Summer Term:  Monday 12th April 2021 – Friday 16th July 2021
May Day:           Monday 3rd May 2021
Half Term:         Monday 31st May 2021 – Friday 4th June 2021