Mrs Wilby, Mrs Norman and Mrs Hunter would like to welcome you to Nursery class! This is your child's first experience of school life and we aim to fill each day with fun and engaging activities. We learn best by playing with our friends and using a range of different resources across our indoor and outdoor classrooms. The areas we have on offer include creative, shape and numbers, the natural world, construction, role play, literacy and sensory play e.g. sand and water. We also have lots of opportunities to develop our communication skills, for example through singing, reading stories, rhymes, playing instruments and dancing. Some of these activities take place outside or in the hall, and we also make use the large apparatus and play with the parachute to develop our motor skills.
During the year we look at different topics every half term. As the seasons change, we look at our local environment and celebrate the different festivals and cultural activities that our classmates enjoy. Curriculum overviews with additional details for each topic will be uploaded half termly.
We aim for all children to be happy and settled in our nursery class and we value partnership with parents. Please make use of your Tapestry account to view your child's learning regularly or see below for weekly updates.
Nursery Class Curriculum Overview Summer 2021
Week Commencing Monday 15th March LI: to match a numeral to a quantity
Whilst we were learning at home, we learnt our numbers 1 to 5. This week we have been practising matching numerals to towers and Numicon, and we also used seeds to count to 5.
Week Commencing Monday 8th March LI: to observe how things grow
We welcomed all of the children back to Nursery class this week and we had a lovely surprise - we had found some frogspawn in the nature area! All week we watched the frogspawn turn into tadpoles and they are now swimming around in the tank. The children have enjoyed looking at books to find out what will happen next, ordering the lifecycle blocks and they have even painted some pictures of the tadpoles. We can't wait to see what happens to them next!
Remote Learning Week Commencing Monday 1st March
This week we are learning all about baby animals and how to care for them. Mrs Evans helped us to learn how to care for a new puppy, and at home we learnt the names of other baby animals by playing matching games and creating baby animal artwork. At school we found some tadpoles in our nature area and we have been observing how they grow.
Remote Learning Week Commencing Monday 22nd February
Our new topic for this half term is 'Growing' and this week we have been talking about how much we have grown. At home the children looked at their baby photos and we played a 'Guess Who' game on Tapestry to see what all of our friends looked like as babies. We also talked about what we can do now that we are older and some children created self portraits.
Remote Learning Week Commencing Monday 8th February
For the last week of our 'Colours' topic, we learnt all about Chinese New Year. The children in Nursery class made their own decorations and we read the story 'The Great Race' to find out why each year is named after a different animal.
Remote Learning Week Commencing Monday 1st February
This week we thought about hot colours linked to the story 'The Mixed Up Chameleon' by Eric Carle.
We made our own 'mixed up' animals and talked about wishes, including which animal we wish we could be like and our wished for the future. At home lots of children explored melting by making some delicious cakes. We also enjoyed playing noughts and crosses while learning about the number 3.
Remote Learning Week Commencing Monday 25th January
We timed our week to focus on 'cold' very well as we got to enjoy lots of snow both in and out of school! We spent lots of time playing and exploring the snow, with lots of children taking part in ice based experiments at home. We also explored different textures to create snowy pictures and enjoyed playing different games together like the 'Snow Bears;.
Remote Learning Week Commencing Monday 18th January
The children in Nursery class have enjoyed looking at patterns this week. Lots of children went on nature walks to find patterns outside. They also looked at animal patterns and made some repeating patterns of their own.
Remote Learning Week Commencing Monday 11th January
This week we tried to link colours to different emotions using the story 'The Colour Monster'. The children enjoyed dressing in their favourite colours and we looked for things at home that make us feel happy. Here is our class version of 'Squares with Concentric Circles' by Kandinsky. It was created by: Annie, Archie, Brody, Effie, Elsie, Emilia, Isabelle, Max D, Nina, Reuben, Teddy and Tryakshar.
Remote Learning Week Commencing Monday 4th January
Our theme for this week whilst learning at home was Elmer. Children in Nursery class enjoyed creating their own Elmer patterns and going on colour hunts. Some children also had a go at camouflaging Elmer at home.
Week commencing Monday 14th December LI: to follow instructions
The children enjoyed making some gingerbread biscuits this week. They worked in small groups to mix together the ingredients. Then they rolled out the dough and cut it into Christmas shapes. They ate their gingerbread later in the week and it was yummy!
Week commencing Monday 7th December LI: to perform in 'The Nativity'
All of the children in Nursery class have been working very hard practising their show for the last few weeks. This week they performed their show and did a great job singing, dancing and retelling the story of the nativity - well done!
Week commencing Monday 30th November LI: to join in with Christmas customs
This week we have been getting ready for Christmas. We made Christingles in our adult led session to celebrate the start of Advent then we decorated our indoor and outdoor classrooms in choosing time. Some of the children even made their own decorations!
Week commencing Monday 23rd November LI: to learn about a different country (Whole School 'Around the World' day)
On Wednesday we joined in with the whole school event - Around the World Day. Our country was Zimbabwe. We learnt about where Zimbabwe is, and that people like to go on holiday there to see animals. We went on a mini safari in our classroom and saw lots of African animals. Later we looked at some of the cities and countryside in Africa, then made some clothes using traditional African patterns.
Week commencing Monday 16th November LI: to celebrate friendship day
As part of our Celebrations topic, we have been talking about birthdays this week. The children shared photos from their last birthday celebration and we talked about the things we do at home.
On Friday we held a 'Friendship Day' celebration as part of Anti-Bullying Week. The children made each other cards to take home and we enjoyed some cake and dancing together.
Week commencing Monday 9th November LI: to know how and why people celebrate Diwali
We talked about Diwali, the festival of lights, this week. The children watched the story of Rama and Sita then tried to retell it using shadow puppets, They also made their own Rangoli decorations using salt dough, beans and lentils. To finish off our 2 weeks of 'light' based celebrations, we had our own mini bonfire. The children enjoyed observing the flames and talking about what happened to the sticks we placed in the fire.
Week commencing Monday 2nd November LI: to know about fireworks night
This week we learnt all about why and how we celebrate fireworks night! We read and acted out the story of Guy Fawkes, created firework pictures by printing with squares of card and tried lots of other firework related activities to practise our fine motor skills.
Week commencing Monday 19th October LI: to develop our fine motor skills
There was a special delivery of pumpkins in Nursery class this week and we used them in many different ways! The children had a great time writing on the pumpkins with whiteboard pens, scooping out the insides using spoons, hammering golf tees into them then winding wool around them and stretching elastic bands over the top. We also picked up the seeds using tweezers and even filled them up with mud and water.
Week commencing Monday 12th October LI: to know that some people can help us
We have been talking about people who help us this week, particularly the emergency services. We had a visit from a police officer and listened very well. Some children even asked some questions. We also worked on developing role play activities, pretending to be doctors, vets, firefighters and, of course, police officers!
Week commencing Monday 5th October LI:to develop our play activities
This week we have been working on developing our ideas during choosing time. The children have come up with lots of stories and games both inside and outside, and have been communicating and working together well.
Week commencing Monday 28th September. LI: to listen and respond to stories
Our topic for this week has been Owl Babies. We enjoyed listening to the story then worked together to sequence the events. We explored the texture of feathers and cotton wool to make our own baby owls. As part of our 'Forest School' activities we also make a large mummy owl and an owl nest together.
Week commencing Monday 21st September. LI: to recognise numbers of personal significance
This week we have been reading the story 'Titch'. In our maths session, we made Titch a birthday cake as he was going to be the same age as us! The children found the number '3' (or '4' if they have turned 4 already) and stuck it on top of their playdough birthday cakes.
Week commencing Monday 14th September. LI: to settle in to our new class
This was our first full week in school. The children had a lovely week, exploring all of the resources in our indoor and outdoor classrooms and getting used to their new routines.