PLANNING  –  for Week Commencing 24th April & 1st May 2023

Theme  –  Planting & Mark-Making                                                                                           Planting Sunflower Seeds

Small World Corner & ’Belly Play’ Carpet Imaginative play Understanding the world Communication & language Pirate Ship, Happy Land Village Vehicle Table Fine motor skills Communication & language Co-operative play People Who Help Us, Farm Yard Home Corner Using imaginative language Collaborative interactions with peers Imitating everyday actions in role-play scenarios Bakery, Cafe
Construction Tray  Fine motor skills Using imagination Exploring shape, counting, pattern, spatial awareness Wooden Bricks & Magnetic Shapes Duplo/LegoPuzzles Exploring shape & patterns Fine motor skills & manipulation Using critical thinking Inset puzzles Variety of 4-16pc puzzlesUnderstanding the World Exploring textures & materials Use of descriptive language Finding out about the animals, plants & technology of the world around us Dinosaurs & Soft Blocks Bug House
Literacy Table Creative mark-making & early writing Pencil grip & control Opportunities for early writing – Write some letters accurately (L-2023) Noticing the first letter of our name or a familiar number (L-2024)Craft Activity Creating with materials Fine motor skills Life Cycle of Plants Early Writing ActivitiesMathematics Tray Exploring numbers, counting & comparisons Understanding shape, pattern & measures (SL-2023) Use of positional language to describe locations (‘in front of’, ‘behind’, ‘next to’) (SL-2024) Compare size of objects, use gesture/language (‘big/little/smaller’, ‘high/low’, ‘tall/short’)
Painting Area Free-painting & mark-making Brush control Colour mixing Free Painting Still Life PicturesMalleable Materials Table Manipulating materials Use of hands, tools & equipment Creative model-making Playdough with laminated sheets & toolsBook Corner Exploring & handling variety of books Listening to, understanding & interacting with stories Developing awareness of rhyme & initial sounds Variety of Picture Books, Nature Magazines

Personal, Social & Emotional Development  –  Remember rules without needing an adult to remind them

                                Feeling confident in new routines or situations

Our main focus will continue to be the part of our curriculum that covers Knowledge and Understanding of the World. Have you seen that our potatoes are just starting to shoot above the ground, soon we will need to earth them over. The children have all planted some French beans this week to take home and we will also grow some in nursery too. We are also talking  about Life Cycles as we see new life all around us in the spring…… leaves returning to the trees, birds nesting, baby animals being born etc. What have you noticed happening with your children, maybe you could send us a picture in on Tapestry. Please continue to work on independence skills for all the children, especially those moving on to school soon. There are lots of hints and tips on our website under the information tab.

PE Kits for school leavers

As part of preparing children for school we ask that all school leavers bring in a PE Kit to practice getting changed for PE during the summer term. This just needs to be any T shirt and elasticated waist shorts, that your child will find easy to get on and off, and a pair of plimsols in a named bag. All clothing, shoes and the bag need to be very clearly named so that your child can independently find their own bag.

Closure for Polling Day – Thursday 4th May

We have just received notification that we will not have access to the hall on Thursday 4th May due to it being used as a polling station for the local elections. We are very sorry for the inconvenience this causes.

Drinking bottles in nursery

We have noticed that a few children have been bringing squash into nursery recently in their drinking bottles.

We prefer that children have water in their bottles to promote good oral health. Thank you.

Domestic Abuse

If you or a friend are experiencing Domestic Abuse you may find the following drop-in sessions useful.