What We Are Learning – Nursery

 Beech Grove Primary School
Spring Term 2020

Head Teacher’s Message
Welcome back to our new Autumn term. On behalf of the staff we would like to welcome you to a new school year and hope that 2019/20 is a good one for our whole school community.
I hope that you have all had the chance to read our really positive Ofsted report from June of last summer. One thing that stood out is how well our children achieve, conduct themselves and really try their very best in all lessons. Something which I’m sure you are just as proud of them as I was and indeed am!!!
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.

John Dixon

Our work for this term

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

1. English
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.

2. Maths
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.

3. Topic
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.

4. Safeguarding
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
Spring Term:  Monday 6th January 2020 – Friday 3rd April 2020
Half Term:      Monday 17th February 2020 – Friday 21st February 2020