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Wk beg. 10.05.21

This week our text is The Selfish Crocodile by Faustin Charles. This text will allow us to explore the importance of looking after our teeth; how we should be brushing our teeth twice a day for two minutes in the morning and again for two minutes before we go to to bed and the importance of visiting the dentist to help us look after our teeth. The text also allows us to explore friendships and how we can care for our friends whilst understanding and valuing the differences between us all. 

The Selfish Crocodile By Faustin Charles Illustrated By Michael Terry

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Personal, Social, Emotional Development.


We will continue to support the children in making good relationships with others, supporting them in playing games together in small groups, larger groups and being part of the whole class. As we play we will support the children in being aware of their own feelings and develop their understanding that their words and actions can hurt others' feelings. 

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 continued 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 working with a steady hand when we join up lollipop sticks to create 2D shapes, practicing our threading skills using different 2D shapes and using tweezers to pick up pom-poms and place them carefully on outlines of shapes.

Communication and Language; Word of the week.


Our concept of the week is 'short'. At home, compare the size of two objects, which one is short? 



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. 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 use the instruments to create loud and quiet sounds. They will use their instrument to play a loud or quiet sound to a given picture. The children will also move in response to different sounds heard such as marching when the tambourine is played, flapping their arms to the maracas, jumping to the beat of the drum and tip toeing to the beat of the triangle. 


Older children (who have a place in Reception Class in September) will listen to three then four jungle animal sounds and order the matching picture cards to represent the order of the sounds heard. They will listen to the adult sounding out a word; c-a-t, repeat the sequence of the sounds and identify the word that has been blended. 

Mathematics; shape.


Younger children (who will remain in Nursery in September) will continue to 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' 'long' 'short' 'same size' and 'corners'. Lots of opportunities will be available for the children to play with the shapes, learning to construct the shapes; with their own bodies, pieces of string and using the elastic bands and geoboard kits, drawing around templates of the shapes and labelling them, creating the shapes using the pegs and pegboards and making the shapes using lollipop sticks. Children will sort various 2D shapes into two sets, such as circles and not circles. 


Older children (who have a place in Reception Class in September) will consolidate their knowledge and ability to describe 2D shapes alongside learning to name and describe the faces of the 3D shapes; cylinder, square based pyramid, cube and cuboid.  Opportunities will be available to name and describe these shapes during play such as building with 3D shapes, printing with 3D shapes to create 2D pictures, naming the 2D images created. We will play guess the 2D shape; children will identify the shape by listening to the clues given and identifying the shape that is being described. 

Understanding the World


We will continue to learn about animals found in the Jungle, learning their names and facts about them. We will model gaining information about the new animals we introduce using the computer to find out information. Using the text as a stimulus we will explore the differences and similarities between ourselves and our friends. 

Expressive Arts and Design. 


Children will copy and create their own pictures using 3D shapes to create 2D shape images, using a selection of paints. They will use the 3D blocks to construct with, stacking blocks vertically and horizontally, making enclosures and creating spaces for the Jungle animals to then create their own imaginative small world play stories. 

Our rhyme of the week, will be introduced on Monday then practiced daily in class using a variety of props to support the children in singing the song. Practice this song at home too, to develop your child's growing repertoire of songs and rhymes. 

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