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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 half term is ‘Ourselves’. We will be talking about what makes us special, discussing our likes, dislikes and talents. We will also investigate how we are the same as and different from our friends. We will talk about our families and be learning about different families. We will read the stories ‘Mum is Brilliant’, ‘My dad is fantastic’ and share the story ‘The big book of families’.
We will be helping children to develop their reading and writing skills by having a daily phonics session. We will also complete a daily fine motor activity and ‘dough disco’ session to support children with their physical development.
We will be helping children to develop a love of reading by sharing range of exciting, engaging stories everyday. Here are some suggestions of stories you might like to share with your child at home; Handa’s Surprise, Owl babies, The very hungry caterpillar and Peace at last.
Personal, Social, Emotional Development
This half term we are learning the names of our new friends. We are beginning to develop an understanding that there are similarities and differences between ourselves and our friends and are beginning to understand that some objects belong to ourselves and other things are shared.
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.