Week Commencing 29th April & 6th May

Main Theme  –  Planting & Life Cycles

Small World Corner & ’Belly Play’ Carpet Using imaginative play & language Understanding the world Vehicle Table Using fine motor skills with co-operative play & language Using imagination to create scenariosHome Corner Imitating everyday experiences in role-play scenarios Communicating through language & actions Collaborative interactions with peers Ice-cream Parlour, Bakery
Construction Tray  Using fine/gross motor skills & imagination to build, create & assemble Exploring shape, pattern & sizePuzzles Using critical thinking to match shapes & patterns Using fine motor skills & manipulation to assemble & complete peg, inset & table top puzzles Life Cycle PuzzlesUnderstanding the World Experiencing different textures & materials Exploring using descriptive language Finding out about the animals, plants & technology of the world around us Dinosaur World, Garden Flowers
Literacy Table Creative mark-making & early writing Development of tripod grip for control Mark-making Use a comfortable grip with good control when holding pens & pencils Development of tripod gripCraft Activity Creating with different materials Using fine motor & cutting skills Junk Glue activity   Life Cycle WorksheetsMathematics Tray Exploring numbers, counting & comparisons Understanding shape, pattern & measures (SL-2024) Discuss routes & locations (use prepositions like ‘in front of’ & ‘behind’ & ‘next to’)   (SL-2025) Compare sizes, weights using gesture/language (‘bigger/little/smaller’, ‘high/low’, ‘tall’, ‘heavy’)
Painting Area Free-painting & mark-making Developing brush control Exploring colour mixing Painting (Spring still life)Malleable Materials Table Manipulating materials using hands, tools & equipment Creative model-making PlaydoughBook Corner Handling & exploring story, picture & non-fiction books Listening to, understanding & interacting with stories Developing awareness of rhyme & initial sounds Books/stories about plants/animals

PD  –  Collaborate with others to manage large items, such as carrying large hollow blocks (SL-2024)  :  Enjoy starting to kick, throw & catch balls (SL-2025)

Dear parents,

Please see attached our planning for the next two weeks.

Curriculum Plans

Our curriculum focus is Physical Development , in particular developing the children’s gross motor skills.

For our older children we are supporting them to develop both their gross motor skills and their cooperation with other children through activities such as working as a team to move and carry larger objects such as boxes, large tubs and large hollow blocks in the garden. Gardening at home provides lots of opportunities for you to help your child with these skills such as moving pots together or loading a wheelbarrow. This combines perfectly with our main theme of growing and lifecycles.

For our younger children we are developing their ability to kick, throw and catch both small and large balls. They are loving the new basketball hoop which is easy for our younger children to aim at.

We are continuing to plant seeds and watch our potatoes and strawberries grow and change. How are yours doing at home ?

We are also introducing some lovely new songs at circle time which you may well catch your children singing snippets of. We are using the Spring and Summer book from Out of the Ark Music, some of the songs are available on YouTube.

Reminder  – Closure for Police and Crime Commisioner Elections

Thursday 2nd May

Unfortunately the nursery building is being used as a polling station for local elections and we will need to close for this day.

We apologise for the inconvenience this causes.

Childcare Funding

There are lots of changes about to happen in Childcare Funding. This website contains all the information that you need

Childcare Choices | 30 Hours Childcare, Tax-Free Childcare and More | Help with Costs | GOV.UK

If you have any questions please do ask, we are gradually being given more information and will do our best to help.

Drop off time

Please note our main opening time is 9am. If you wish to drop your child earlier we are happy to book your child in for either 8am or 8-30am to accommodate your needs.