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Wk beg. 04.05.21

Our text of the week is The Animal Boogie by Debbie Harter. This text will enable us to further identify animals that can be found in the Jungle. In addition we will learn to move imaginatively and follow a steady beat as we sing and re-enact the story.  

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Physical Development, Gross Motor.


Each day we will complete short burst energy activities to keep us healthy and to improve our co-ordination. On Tuesday morning we will have our P.E. session. 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. In the event of good weather please apply sun cream before arriving at Nursery and include a sun cap in your child's bag.


Physical Development, Fine Motor.


We will continue to develop our accuracy when using mark making tools with a focus this week on drawing around shape templates and labelling the shapes that we draw by copying the letter shapes (labels). We will practice large scale movements, then practice the same patterns on large sheets of paper as part of our Squiggle while you Wiggle routines. We will continue to develop our finger muscles through our Dough Disco movements. We will develop our hand/eye co-ordination by placing large and small pegs into peg boards, work with a steady hand when we join up lollipop sticks to create 2D shapes and use tweezers to pick up small pieces of wool from pieces of sandpaper.

Communication and Language; Word of the week.


Our concept of the week is 'side'. We will identify the sides of our bodies and the sides of our faces. We will place toys by our sides and not by our sides. We will identify what objects are at the side of the cupboard, the side of the door and who is sat either side of us.  At home look around the living room or bedroom and talk about what is at the side of the sofa, bed or television. 



Reading: We will continue to practice recognising our names and learn to read labels by looking at a picture stimulus for support. We will learn to identify the difference between words and pictures. We will name, discuss and list the characters in the text and identify the story setting. We will act out the story in small groups developing our knowledge of the repetitive refrains as we read the text. The children will have props to support them in singing our rhyme of the week and have access to their favourite stories as well as a rich collection of fiction and non-fiction Jungle themed stories. 

Writing: In the tree-house role play area, children will be encouraged to draw and label the animals that they see. In the Mark Making area they will be encouraged to label the 2D shapes that they draw. 



Younger children (who will remain in Nursery in September) will listen to the description of different animals including farm animals and wild animals. They will identify the animal that has been described and make the same noise that the animal makes. They will use the instruments to maintain a steady beat adding sound effects as the text is read aloud. 


Older children (who have a place in Reception Class in September) will listen to three then four sounds played behind a screen and order the matching instrument picture cards to represent the order of the sounds heard. They will use the instruments to maintain a steady beat adding sound effects as the text is read aloud. 

Mathematics; shape.


Younger children (who will remain in Nursery in September) will explore our 2d shapes, focusing on circle, triangle, square and rectangle. They will learn to name and describe the shapes using mathematical language such as 'sides', 'edges', 'curved', 'straight' and 'corners'. They will participate in shape hunts within the indoor and outdoor learning areas. Lots of opportunities will be available for the children to play with the shapes, learning to construct the shapes with our elastic bands and geoboards, drawing around templates of the shapes and labelling them, creating the shapes using the pegs and pegboards, making the shapes using lollipop sticks and using 2D shapes to create pictures of animals. 


Older children (who have a place in Reception Class in September) will consolidate their knowledge and ability to describe 2D shapes alongside being introduced to the 3D shapes; cylinder, square based pyramid, cube and cuboid. They will discuss the faces of these shapes and enjoy locating these 3D shapes in our indoor and outdoor learning area. Opportunities will be available to name and describe these shapes during play such as building with 3D shapes, building walls with cuboids and shaving foam by over lapping bricks to create solid structures and printing with 3D shapes naming the 2D images created whilst creating a Jungle Crown.

Understanding the World.


There will be no Forest School sessions for Nursery children this week due to Bank Holiday Monday and the use of our Forest School site for external Forest School training. Instead, Mrs Bromley, our Forest School Leader, will support us in outdoor education activities where we will be continuing to develop our gardening skills. The soil and pots are now prepared and ready for planting our seedlings. 

Expressive Arts and Design.


At the investigation table children will learn to name and play different instruments. They will be encouraged to use the same instrument and create different sounds with it. Children will be encouraged to move and make the sounds of the animals in the text. They will make banana recipes in the mud kitchen for the monkeys in the text. They will re-enact the text, chanting the story, acting out the story and using instruments to retell the story too. 

Rhyme of the week.


Each day we will learn a new rhyme so by the end of the week we have a collection of four shape songs that we are able to sing with developing fluency. 

Class Photographs will be taken on Tuesday morning. If you would like your child to attend and they are not usually in Nursery on a Tuesday morning, an additional session can be booked by phoning the school office.