Spring Term

Our first text for this term will be the storybook 'Knuffle Bunny a Cautionary Tale' by Mo Willems.  

This story is about Trixie and her special toy Knuffle Bunny and their adventure at the laundrette. We will base our topic around this text and will be asking children to bring in their own special toys on a specific date.

The book has a mixture of drawings and photos.  We are hoping to draw inspiration from these illustrations for our own art work.  The children will take their own photos using a camera ready for their artwork.  We are also hoping to produce our own washing machines!

As one of the story's settings is the laundrette, we will think about how we clean dirty clothes.  The children will experiment with different methods to see which works best.

The main character Trixie goes though a range of feelings in the story, and we will use this as a base to talk about our feelings e.g. what makes you feel sad?

We will spend a few weeks on this text and at the end of this time we will produce our own stories based on special toys.

During the autumn term we focused on numbers 0-4.  We will continue to consolidate this work and also begin to look at larger numbers.  

We will also be focusing on measuring by comparing, for example:

Which toy is heavier?

Which snake is longer?

Which bucket is empty?

For those children that are ready we will be encouraging them to begin to write their names.

R.E over the Spring Term

Celebrating

We will be learning about what a celebration is, and how people celebrate.  Then we will look at how the parish family celebrates.  The children will be told the story of Mary and Joseph taking Jesus to the temple.

Gathering

The children will discover what activities children and their families like to do together.  They will then learn about the joy of gathering together at mass, and we will talk about how the parish family gathers in church to listen to God's word.

Growing

We will look at growth in nature and learn about Lent and how it is a time for growth in love.  We shall learn about Good Friday and looking forward to Easter.

 

Please see below for more general information about the early years curriculum.

 

Curriculum Information

 

The EYFS curriculum is divided into seven different areas of learning.

There are three prime areas:

-Communication and Language

-Physical Development

-Personal and Social Development

Plus, the other areas of:

-Literacy (Reading, Writing)

-Mathematics 

-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.

 

Physical Development 

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.

 

Literacy

This area involves Reading and Writing.

 

Mathematics

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.

 

R.E.

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

January- Solidarity

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

July- Recap

 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.