Each half term Nursery and Reception children are immersed into different topics. These topics are all based around stories and help children develop a love of books as well as developing their vocabulary, imagination and engagement in their learning. The teaching and learning experiences being delivered reflect the half termly topics, as does the learning environment both inside and outside the classroom.
Our topic this term is ‘Owl Babies’. We will be talking about owls and their features and other nocturnal animals. We will talk about the Owl Babies family and our own families and how they might be the same or different to other families.
During Literacy we will be encouraging the children to make marks and ascribe meanings to them. We will begin to learn to draw circles and lines with accuracy and create moves and marks to music. We will encourage the children to listen to stories, act out stories and talk about them. Children will take part in a daily Dough Disco session to help develop their fine motor skills.
In Maths we will sing lots of number songs and encourage the children to join in. We will sort objects by colour, shape and size, encouraging our children to build for a purpose and discuss where we can see shapes in and around school.
Our topic this term is 'Ourselves'. We will be talking about what makes us special and will discuss our likes, dislikes, talents and interests. We will talk about how we are similar and different to our friends and will learn about different families.
During literacy we will learn to write our names and begin to write simple sentences about ourselves. We will begin to learn to read sounds during phonics and will complete fine motor activities daily to help develop our fine motor skills.
In maths we will sing lots of number songs. We will learn to say number names in order and will count a range of objects. We learn to sort objects into groups and will match objects to numbers.
During circle time we will begin to learn the names of our new friends in class. We will talk about our feelings around starting school and will begin learn to share with our new friends.
Each half term Reception and Nursery will be taught around 25 'Tier two' words. These are words that children will hear in the stories and the topics they are learning about but are often a step up from the words they may use themselves when speaking. As well as learning the new words children will also be taught the sign-a-long sign for each of the new words to help them recall the words.
All children within Nursery and Reception will have the opportunity to explore the indoor and outdoor environments and engage in a range of exciting learning opportunities to develop their skills in reading, writing, math, art, construction and problem solving just to name a few.
We have been very fortunate to have had our outdoor area developed over the Summer holidays. We now have a wonderful water wall, sand area, mud kitchen, gravel pit and story telling area. All children across Nursery and Reception will have the opportunity to experience all areas of the outdoor provision.
Can you help?
Reception and Nursery staff are looking for reading volunteers to visit classes to read a story to children to help develop a love of reading. You could come and share yours or your child's favourite story or could choose to read one of our many stories from class. You do not need to be an amazing actor/actress or voice impressionist. We are looking for people with a love of reading to share their enthusiasm for stories!
If this sounds like you please speak to one of the Reception or Nursery staff to arrange a time to visit. We look forward to hearing from you!