First half of the Summer term
This term we will be focusing on the story 'The Bog Baby' by Jeanne Willis. It tells the story of a strange blue creature that some children find in the bog. They take it home to try and care for it.
We will concentrate on the setting of the story and think about how to look after 'bog babies'. We hope to go on a trip to Coldfall Woods to take a look at a place similar to the setting of the book. We will also be making our own bog babies.
We will be basing much of our work across the curriculum around this story. We will be using positional language such as on, under, in, next to when talking about the story. The illustrations in the story link well to work by the artist Monet. We hope to recreate some of his lovely work!
The children in Nursery are becoming quite confident at counting up to ten objects, and so we will focus on identifying and ordering numbers as well continuing to work on counting, sorting and grouping objects. We will continue to consolidate our learning on 2D shapes.
For those children that are ready we will be encouraging them to begin to write their names.
R.E over the Summer Term
The children will know that everyone has good news to share and that pentecost is the celebration of the good news of Jesus.
We will be looking at special ojects for Muslims and inparticular at the prayer mat. We will talk about what makes it special. We will decorate our own prayer mats.
Remembering, celebrating and responding to how we can make good friends, that Jesus had good friends and what Jesus tells us about friendship
Please see below for more general information about the early years curriculum.
Catholic Social Teaching
May- The Rights and Dignity of the worker
The EYFS curriculum is divided into seven different areas of learning.
There are three prime areas:
-Communication and Language
-Personal and Social Development
Plus, the other areas of:
-Literacy (Reading, Writing)
-Understanding the World
-Expressive Arts and Design.
In Nursery we particularly focus on the three prime areas, as these lay the foundations for success in the other areas of learning.
As a Catholic school, we also teach RE.
Communication and Language
This area involves developing Listening and Attention, Understanding and Speaking.
Examples of learning within this area include: listening to stories, talking to others and asking and answering simple questions.
This area involves Moving and Handling and Health and self-care.
Examples of learning within this area include: using simple one handed tools such as a paintbrush or pencil, throwing and catching a ball, using climbing equipment and being able to manage their own toileting needs.
Personal and Social Development
This area involves developing Self-confidence and Awareness, Feelings and Behaviour and Making relationships.
Examples of learning in this particular area include: children developing in confidence, beginning to understand how to manage their feelings and forming friendships with their peers.
This area involves Reading and Writing.
This area involves learning Numbers and Shape, Space and Measure.
Understanding the World
This area involves learning about People and Communities, The World and Technology
Children will talk about their own families and local area, changes that they have noticed and they will also begin to use simple equipment or computer programs.
Expressive arts and design
This area involves learning about Media and Materials and Being Imaginative
Children can express themselves selecting their own resources whether it be through the media of music, dance, art or role-play.
We use the Come and See scheme of work to teach R.E.
The topics are: Myself, Welcome, Birthday, Celebrating, Gathering, Growing, Good News, Friends and Our World.
Throughout the year, OLM focuses on different elements of Catholic Social Teaching (CST). Each month we look at a different value and discuss what each one means:
September- We are Called to Live as Family and Community
October- Rights and Responsibilities
November- Promotion of Peace
December- No CST- focus on Advent
February- An Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
March- The Dignity of the Human Person
April- No CST- focus on Lent
May- The Dignity and Rights of Workers
June- We are Called to Stewardship
How to help at home
You can support your child with the early stages of reading, writing and mathematics by:
- Continuing to encourage an enjoyment of books, stories and poems; reading and sharing the class library text sent home and by visiting the local library.
- Continuing to encourage your child to join in with rhymes and songs.
- Continuing to provide your child with a variety of writing equipment to encourage drawing and writing skills, encouraging your child to give meanings to the marks that they make.
- counting everyday items such as biscuits or solving simple problems like sharing out food.