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Wk beg. 22.02.21

Welcome back! We hope that following an announcement from Boris Johnson tomorrow (Monday), we will be able to safely welcome you all back to Nursery shortly. With a known date I am sure this will make life a lot easier for many of you and will enable the school to plan a safe return for all of our children and families.

As always we have many exciting learning opportunities planned as we embark on our new topic 'Let It Grow'. Over the coming few weeks we will explore growth in relation to plants, animals and humans. 

Our text this week is 'The Tiny Seed' by Eric Carle, (see link below). This book will enable us to explore what plants need to grow. A strong emphasis this half term will be developing an understanding of the world around us and whilst we will start planting our seeds and bulbs we will continue to refer back to them as they grow and develop for many months to come. As we appreciate children have limited patience, their individual growing task with the cress seeds will be much quicker, providing changes to observe on a daily basis. 

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 the tweezers to improve the accuracy of our fine motor control, placing a variety of seeds onto a given line. We will thread cheerios onto a coloured pipe cleaner to create a bird feeder (instructions and pipe cleaner in home learning pack) and place cheerios on a straight, curved and zig-zag line, again all to improve our fine motor control. 

Literacy; Writing.

In the foam we will practise writing our own names using cotton buds or our fingers. We will also practise writing our names using a felt pen and paper; learning to accurately hold the pen. We will write the initial sound c, next to pictures of cress, cup and cotton wool listening to the first sound in each of the words and hearing how each of the words begins with a c sound. We will consider what other objects/ words begin with a c sound and add these objects/pictures to our c pile or bin pictures that don't start with a c sound. 

Literacy; Reading

Our focus text this week is the Tiny Seed, in addition to this text children will listen to other carefully selected texts related to the growth of plants including non-fiction texts. These texts will be discussed with the children to further develop their understanding of the texts read. Within the book corner children will find these new titles throughout the week to refer to. 

After we listen to the text, the Tiny Seed, a number of times, we will then sequence the pictures from the text, developing the children's awareness of how the story is structured. The children will need to listen with increasing attention and recall to enable them to act out the story through dance and add instruments to the story later in the week.

Our Phonics learning will focus on rhyme work.

 

On Monday we will play the Rhyming Soup game, singing, I'm making lots of silly soup, I'm making soup that's silly, I'm going to cook it in the fridge to make it nice and silly (to the tune of Pop goes the Weasel). We will pass a bowl and spoon around the circle as we sing and at the end of each verse the person who is left holding the bowl will place an object into the bowl saying, 'In goes a fox' or 'In goes a box' or 'In goes some socks', depending on what they choose from the centre of the circle. (Picture sets included in home learning packs). Once each set has been created we will name the rhyming objects/pictures that we have used; fox, box, socks, discussing how the words sound the same at the end. We will then repeat the game with other sets of words; rug, bug, jug / frog, dog, log / wall, ball, tall. At the end of the game we will place two rhyming cards next to each other such as fox and box then giving the children a choice of two other words; socks and dog, see if they can identify which word would continue the rhyming string.  

 

On Tuesday we will continue to play the Rhyming Soup game, singing, I'm making lots of silly soup, I'm making soup that's silly, I'm going to cook it in the fridge to make it nice and silly (to the tune of Pop goes the Weasel). We will pass a bowl and spoon around the circle as we sing and at the end of each verse the person who is left holding the bowl will place an object into the bowl saying, 'In goes a dice' or 'In goes some mice' or 'In goes some rice', depending on what they choose from the centre of the circle. (Picture sets included in home learning packs). Once each set has been created we will name the rhyming objects/pictures that we have used; dice, mice, rice, discussing how the words sound the same at the end. We will then repeat the game with other sets of words; hen, pen, ten / tin, bin, pin. At the end of the game we will place two rhyming cards next to each other such as dice and rice then giving the children a choice of two other words; mice and hen, see if they can identify which word would continue the rhyming string.  

 

On Wednesday and Thursday we will play rhyming bingo (continue to use picture strips in home learning packs), children will be given a set of three pictures. The adult will then pull an object from the bag that matches a picture on the children's boards. As the children match the object to their picture they will then be encouraged to say the other words that rhyme with the object that are on their boards. 

 

On Friday we will revisit the taught Nursery Rhymes this week; Mary, Mary and the Days of the week song (rhymes included in home learning packs). For each of the rhymes we will clap and use percussion instruments to tap out the beat of the rhymes. 

We will use three contrasting instruments; triangle, maraca and tambourine. One set of instruments will be concealed behind a screen and the other set will be placed for children to see. As we play an instrument behind the screen children will be encouraged to identify which instrument has been played. We will then sequence two then three instrument sounds, encouraging the children to play them back in the correct order. 

Mathematics, Pattern.

 

This week we will explore plant patterns; focusing on the patterns on the leaves, petals, stems and seeds, discussing the various colours, lines and shapes that we can see. Using plant picture cards, each day we will continue a set pattern, create our own patterns and discuss the various patterns created; such as purple flower, yellow flower, purple flower, yellow flower, purple flower, yellow flower (ab pattern) or purple flower, purple flower, yellow flower, purple flower, purple flower, yellow flower (aab pattern) or purple flower, red flower, yellow flower, purple flower, red flower, yellow flower (abc pattern). Sets of flowers have been included in home learning packs. 

Throughout the week activities on offer will include the use of flower buttons and colourful pom-poms to create a pattern on a straight line these will then have the children's name written on to create a bedroom name plaque and table sign. After the patterns have been created the children can then use their signs to help them learn to recognise what their name looks like as well as having a visual representation of a pattern. Using foam flower stickers and a paper plate the children will also make a patterned necklace or patterned bracelet using a strip of card, for themselves or as a gift for a loved one. Adaptions for home, follow suggested links below. 

Understanding the World. 

 

At Forest School we will be making bird feeders (instructions in home learning packs). We will be encouraging the children to discuss the changes to the ingredients as they are made. Over the weeks we will then hopefully observe the birds using the feeders and have the opportunity to talk about what they observe; naming the birds that our bird feeders attract. Children will be encouraged to develop care and concern for the birds at this time of year, when food may be lacking. 

We will plant cress seeds, encouraging the children to comment and ask questions as they plant their seeds. Throughout the week we will continue to observe the seeds, developing the children's understanding of growth and changes over time. Cups, cotton wool and cress seeds available on a tray next to home-learning envelopes). 

On the investigation table we will look at seeds in fruits and also at non-edible seeds (bird feed), sealed in bags, looking at and discussing the patterns on the seeds, their shape, colour and size. We will use the magnifying lenses to look closely at the seeds and comment on what we can see.   

Whilst on your walks this week can you take part in the Nature Walk 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 start 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 name parts of these plants (tree; trunk, branches, bark, roots, twigs, leaves, flowering plant; roots, stem, leaves, flower, petals). We will look for signs of Spring (daffodils coming into bud, snowdrops flowering etc) photographing and drawing what we find. 

Expressive Arts and Design

 

We will retell the story in small groups using picture stimulus cards to help us use our imagination to act out the story, using our knowledge to act out the different weathers and seasons within the story. 

We will continue to listen to and sequence images from the story. We will then consider which instruments could represent the story at different parts. We will then retell the story adding these different instrument sounds throughout.  

 

Using construction toys we will encourage the children to lay out the loose part pieces to create a flowering plant, including a flower, petals, stem, leaves and roots. We will scribe labels for the children to place next to their work, developing their understanding that words carry meaning. 

 

Using images of plants we will encourage the children to lay out the pieces to create a flowering plant, including a flower, stem, leaves and roots. We will scribe labels for the children to place next to their work, to continue to develop their understanding that words carry meaning. 

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