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
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.
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.
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.
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.