PLANNING  –  for Week Commencing 8th & 15th May 2023

Theme  –  Life Cycles & Mark-Making

Small World Corner & ’Belly Play’ Carpet Imaginative play Understanding the world Communication & language Space Rockets, Fairy Cottage Vehicle Table Fine motor skills Communication & language Co-operative play Dolls House & Road, Bob’s Building Yard Home Corner Using imaginative language Collaborative interactions with peers Imitating everyday actions in role-play scenarios Coronation Tea Party, Hairdressers
Construction Tray  Fine motor skills Using imagination Exploring shape, counting, pattern, spatial awareness Duplo/Lego MagneticoPuzzles Exploring shape & patterns Fine motor skills & manipulation Using critical thinking Inset puzzles Variety of 4-16pc puzzles Life Cycle PuzzlesUnderstanding the World Exploring textures & materials Use of descriptive language Finding out about the animals, plants & technology of the world around us Bug House Volcano Science Experiment
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 worksheets   Spring CraftsMathematics Tray Exploring numbers, counting & comparisons Understanding shape, pattern & measures (SL-2023) Describe a familiar route (use of descriptive language – ‘along’, ‘around’, ‘in front of’)   (SL-2024) Recite numbers to 5 (include recognition of familiar numbers)
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 natural materialsBook 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  –  Remembering and following the nursery’s Golden Rules

Physical Development  –  PE kits: to encourage independent dressing in preparation for school

Dear parents,

Our main focus will be looking at life-cycles of plants and animals. This half term we will be planting seeds and watching them grow and next half term we will be watching caterpillars turn into butterflies. Maybe you could support your child’s learning by talking about new life emerging and even getting some books from the library to support this topic.

For our children who are moving onto school this year we will be continuing to focus on their independence skills, especially with dressing and undressing ready for P.E at school. If you have not already brought in a PE Kit please could you do so in the next few days. (Shorts, T shirt and change of shoes- all clearly named in a named bag please).

We will also be encouraging our school leavers in all aspects of early mark making, this might be chalk on a chalk board, writing letters with a stick in the sand or water with a big paint brush on the wall. It is all good practice and build’s children’s confidence to have a go, especially for children who are reluctant to put pen to paper.

Suncream and sun hats

When the sun finally comes out please ensure that children arrive in nursery with suncream already applied and bring a hat with them. Our garden is quite shady but we do try to spend as much time outside as possible.

Diary dates

Thursday 6th July at 9am

Fraser Portraits – School Leavers photo

Friday 14th July at 11am

Leavers Presentation and Fashion Show followed by refreshments