The initial topic for this half term is Bears. We will be looking at lots of different stories that include famous bears like Winnie the Pooh and Paddington. This topic also links beautifully with our Talk for Writing story Goldilocks and The Three Bears.
In Physical Development, we will be developing the muscles in our arms, hands and fingers by mixing porridge and playing with oat dough. We will develop gross motor skills using Squiggle whilst you wiggle. We will discuss safety rules for using large and small equipment and explore using this equipment both inside and out.
In Personal Social and Emotional Development, we will be discussing staying safe and knowing what is right and wrong. We will also be focusing on sharing and taking turns. We will share stories to aid discussion of this half terms core value of empathy.
In Communication and Language, we will use Beat Baby to sing a variety of rhymes and encourage the children to keep a steady beat. We will encourage the children to follow simple instructions and ask questions. We will be looking at books by our focus author who this half term is Lucy Cousins and fiction and non-fiction books that link into our topic ‘Bears’.
The children will engage in Squiggle whilst you wiggle and Dough Disco to encourage them to develop the skills necessary for mark making. Activities will include mark making in shaving foam, finger paints, chalks, and patterns in the sand. Outside we will use squeezy bottles and large paint brushes and tools.
In Mathematics, we will sing number rhymes, for example 1,2,3,4,5, once I caught a fish alive. In practical activities we will count a variety of objects and sort them by colour, type, size and shape. We will use language such as the same, more, less, big and little and positional language for example in, on, under, in front, behind, next to. We will explore 2D shapes and use them to make pictures and patterns.
In Understanding the World, we will talk about bears and what makes them different to us. We will also look at the changes that are taking place in the nursery garden as we move from autumn to winter. We will make bird feeders and discuss what other animals might need our help as the weather gets colder.
In Expressive Arts and Design, we will sing a variety of songs linked to our topic, for example. ‘When Goldilocks went to the house of the bears’’. We will introduce a selection of percussion instruments and move to music using “Tiny Tweeties” material. We will introduce the children to Tatty Bumpkin and go on adventures with her. We will use a variety of materials and techniques to explore constructing for a purpose and we will use a variety of construction kits to make models. We will engage in role play for example in the home corner, the shop and follow the children’s interests.
To help your child at home:
• Count at every opportunity
• Learn their colours with them
• Share story books with your child
• Learn simple shapes with them
• Encourage your child to dress themselves and help them fasten their coats
Our initial topic often changes when the children’s interests take us in a different direction. We will post information on the parent board in the cloakroom if this happens.
Please send in junk for model making