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Wk beg. 01.03.21

On Monday we received the news we have been waiting for and are looking forward to seeing all of our learners return to Nursery next week. We really have missed you all and we are looking forward to supporting the children in developing their friendships and communication skills with one another. You have all done such a brilliant job staying at home and we do appreciate everything you have done to support your child's learning. We look forward to continuing to work with you all as we support the children in their learning this year. 
Our text this week is the 'Leaf Man' by Lois Ehlert. This book will enable us to learn about the tree as a plant, explore the seasons and the changes that occur to the tree over a period of time. 

Physical Development, Gross Motor.


Each day we will complete short burst energy activities to keep us healthy and to improve our co-ordination. Below are a selection of activities we will be accessing this week. On Tuesday we will be working with Mr Wheeler, our whole school sports coach. Please ensure children come dressed in warm track suit trousers and suitable outdoor footwear such as trainers as this session will be delivered outdoors on the school playground or on the field should it be icy. 

Physical Development, Fine Motor.


We will continue to develop our accuracy when using mark making tools, we will learn to trace carefully over a given line and colour within the lines (sheets included in home learning pack). We will practise large scale movements, then practise the same patterns on large sheets of paper. We will practise our Dough Disco movements (see sheet in previous home learning packs). We will use our pincer movements to place a variety of flower buttons onto straight and curved lines and develop our hand/eye co-ordination by threading various leaves onto our string. 



This week we will be developing our understanding of alliteration. We will be seeing how well the children can identify the initial sounds in words, if they can reproduce the sounds clearly and recognisably and if they can make up their own alliterative sentences. 

We will have a tray of mixed objects and begin by checking that children know the names of each item on the tray. We will then play, I spy with my little eye something beginning with ... We will begin with two objects extending to 3, 5, 7 and 10 depending on how well the children are able to identify the correct object by listening to the initial sound that the word begins with.

We will go on a treasure hunt looking for words beginning with either s or a, when we have found a picture with this sound we will then share our learning with our friends and sort the pictures in to two piles those beginning with a s sound and those beginning with an a sound (sheets enclosed in home learning pack). We will spot pictures beginning with the t sound by circling the images that begin with t (sheet enclosed in home learning packs).

Literacy; reading.


Throughout the reading of the text we will be encouraging the children to show an interest in the illustrations to enable them to recreate the leaf characters themselves. As we label the parts of the tree we will be encouraging the children to read the labels as they discuss the tree with others. We will encourage the children to describe the story characters represented by the leaves, discuss where the story was set and the events that occurred throughout the story. We will continue to recognise our own names, finding our own name cards to help us write our name on our work. 


Literacy; writing.


We will be writing our own names to accompany our work for display, remembering to pinch the pen using our Tommy Thumb and Peter Pointer finger. We will support the children in tracing over or copying each letter in their names accurately. Children will be encouraged to write the initial sounds of the parts of the tree as they label their own representations created. Children will have access to leaf shaped paper as they make their own written recordings and notes.  

Mathematics; Number.


Each day we will count by rote forwards from 0-10 and backwards from 10-0.  As we count we will point to the corresponding number on our tree number line.

On Monday, we will mix up the numbers 0-5 and re-order the numbers so that the number line is complete. We will also roll the die and place the given amount of leaves onto a tree.

On Tuesday, we will turn a number from 0-5 on our number line and see if the children can identify which number has been turned. We will also roll the die and place the given amount of leaves onto a tree. We will then find the correct piece of Numicom to represent the amount.

On Wednesday, we will order the numbers 0-5. We will then have an apple counter and place the counter in different places on our tree. Where ever we place the apple we will always only have one. We will then have two apple counters and place the counters in different places on our tree. We will arrange them in different ways but will only have two. The children will then work in partners, one child to arrange the two apples for the other child to copy the image. We will realise that we still only have two, but two can be represented in many different ways. See link below to support understanding on subitizing.

On Thursday we will name the numerals 0-6 from a mixed pack developing our speed and confidence. We will then have three apple counters and place the counters in different places on our tree. Where ever we place the apples we will always only have three. We will then have four apple counters and place the counters in different places on our tree. We will arrange them in different ways but will only have four. The children will then work in partners, one child to arrange the four apples for the other child to copy the image. We will realise that we still only have four, but four can be represented in many different ways. See link below to support understanding on subitizing.

On Friday we will name the numerals 0-6 from a mixed pack continuing to develop our speed and confidence. We will roll the die and draw the correct amount of apples on to our tree. We will also practise recording the numbers too.

Children will also have the opportunity to build on last week's learning and have the opportunity to create different patterns; ab, abb, abc and aab using different shaped leaves and different coloured leaves.
Expressive Arts and Design.
We will closely explore the illustrations in the text and discuss how the leaves create different character images. We will show the children how to re-create the various images seen in the illustrations and allow the children the opportunity to create their own Leaf Man characters. We will then photograph the children's arrangements of the leaves to record their work. We have included some wobbly eyes in the  home learning packs, for home learners.
We will create our own leaf dances exploring using our bodies to represent the leaves falling to the ground; twisting and spiraling. We will move imaginatively to the music, joining sequences of movements together.

Understanding the World. 


At Forest School we will be making nature crowns (instructions in home learning packs and sugar paper to create the crown). We will be discussing the natural items that the children choose to use on their crowns. If selecting leaves we will discuss their shape, colour, size, pattern and textures.

We will return and look at the cress seeds we planted last week, encouraging the children to comment and ask questions, developing the children's understanding of growth and changes over time. 

We will discuss and name the Seasons and discuss the changes that happen to a tree during this time. We will look at whole pieces of fruit and vegetables and leave them to decay observing the changes over time.  

On the investigation table we will look at parts of a tree; branches, twigs and leaves looking at and discussing the patterns, shape, colour and size of the leaves and bark. We will use the magnifying lenses to look closely at the leaves and comment on what we can see. We will match the leaves to some label cards to identify the tree that the leaves are from. 

Whilst on your walks this week can you take part in this week's Scavenger Hunt? Look closely and see how many items on the list you can find, (sheet included in home learning envelope).

In the outdoor area we will continue to prepare a bedding area and pots, using our arm muscles to rake and hoe the soil and use trowels to fill pots with compost. We will name the plants we can see; grass, trees, bushes and flowering plants. We will go on nature walks and name parts of a tree; trunk, branches, bark, roots, twigs and leaves. We will produce a bark rubbing, leaf rubbing and leaf print.