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Wk beg. 08.03.21

We look forward to welcoming all the children and their families back to Nursery this week, we really have missed you all. Whilst we have many exciting learning opportunities planned we will also be supporting the children in establishing friendships with others and settling all of the children back into Nursery routines. 


Over the next fortnight we will be learning about the growth of animals. We will start by looking at the lifecycle of a butterfly. We will be welcoming five baby caterpillars to the class and over the next few weeks we will be observing carefully as the caterpillars grow, transform to a chrysalis before finally becoming a butterfly. 



Our text this week is; The Crunching Munching Caterpillar, by Sheridan Cain and Jack Tickle. This book will enable us to explore the transformation and growth that our own caterpillars will go through.


If you are self-isolating, please get in contact with the school so we can put together a bespoke home learning pack for your child, with additional guidance to enable you to support your child's learning at home. Should our bubble have to shut, additional information will be posted to this learning page. As all learners will be attending Nursery we will return to providing you with a brief overview of what we will be learning in class should you wish to further support your child at home.  

In class we will be completing a range of activities including: 


Expressive Arts and Design. 


We will create our own symmetrical butterfly by painting one half of the butterfly, folding the paper together to print the other set of wings. 

We will create our own caterpillars by creating a colour explosion painting and wrapping our work around a cardboard tube, before finally attaching a head to our work.

We will learn the song and actions to "There's a tiny Caterpillar on the leaf".



Physical Development.


We will use the tweezers to pick up pompoms to decorate the wings on an outline of a butterfly, to improve our hand and eye co-ordination and fine motor control.

We will pick up Cheerios and place them on a curved line to improve our hand and eye co-ordination and fine motor control.

Understanding the World


We will complete life cycle puzzles including the lifecycle of a butterfly.

We will use the magnify lenses to explore our growing caterpillars, look at picture stimulus cards of the butterfly lifecycle and use picture cards to sequence the butterfly lifecycle ourselves.  

Literacy; Reading.


We will use the puppets to retell the story. 

We will use the loose parts construction to create different parts of the butterfly lifecycle and label the stages using our word cards.

We will read the text naming and discussing the characters and the story setting.

We will sequence and act out the story using picture cards for support. 


Literacy; Writing.


We will practise writing our names on caterpillar and butterfly shapes. We will encourage an accurate hold of the pen, accurate copying from the children's name card and accurate letter formation. 



We will learn the tongue twisters; 'Yellow Butter, Purple Jelly, Red Jam, Black Bread' and 'Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear'. We will create tongue twisters for the children's names, such as David's dangerous dinosaur and Millie's marvellous magic mittens. We will create names for our caterpillars using strings of non-words with the same initial sounds.

We will continue to play I spy games using objects on a tray, encouraging the children to listen to the initial sound in words. 

We will play the game Bertha the bus is going to the Zoo, who does she see as she passes through? Using animal toys beginning with the same initial sound such as lion, lizard, leopard, llama, and lobster or pig, panda, parrot and polar bear. 

We will play the game "Tony the Train", who finds many animals blocking his path on the track such as a big, brown, bear, a pretty, pink pig, a cute, clever cat, a smooth, speckled snake giving emphasis to the initial sound of each of the words.

Mathematics; Pattern


We will explore real life patterns on Caterpillars and Butterflies and match patterns, exploring how the patterns are symmetrical. We will match, copy and create our own patterns. We will identify the odd one out and reason why it is not the same. We will match the correct amount of sections to the number on the caterpillars face. 

Remember to post your children's home learning on Tapestry, we love to see and celebrate their work as a class. At the end of the year it is lovely for you and your child to have a combination of school and home learning observations to look through together all in one place.