Ladybirds

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In FSU the children are free to access all areas of the foundation unit to develop skills such as mark making, reading, physical development, speaking and listening and maths.

We will be taking lead from the children and using their interests to help us plan our environment and activities so that FSU is a really exciting place to be. We have exciting areas in the classroom to explore both indoors and outdoors and adapt these regularly to meet the needs and interests of the children.

You have all received a ‘wow moments’ sheet for you to fill in if your child does something for the first time. Don’t forget photos can be emailed to jbatey@worthvalleyprimary.co.uk  It can be anything from getting dressed, to visiting a family member or a place of interest.  We really enjoy  sharing  the children’s experiences from home and adding them to their learning journeys.

In Nursery we are learning:

  • To select and use activities independently
  • Demonstrate friendly behaviour.
  • To write our own name.
  • To recite number names in order to 10 and recognise numerals 1 to 10.
  • Initiate conversations and form good relationships
  • Use language to imagine and recreate roles and experiences
  • Use a pencil to begin to form recognisable letters
  • To listen to and join in with stories and poems.
  • To recognise and describe special times and events.

In Nursery your child will be following the Jolly Phonics programme. Each week your child will learn a new letter sound and an action to represent these sounds. These sounds will help them when reading and writing.

This year we are also introducing the ‘Read, Write, Ink’ Letter formation rhymes to help the children with their mark making and early writing to begin the correct letter formation.  Each week we will learn the rhyme to go with the phoneme we are learning.

Here are the letter sounds we will be learning this term…       

Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6
Jj Vv Ww Xx Yy Zz
Jiggle and wobble whole body like a jelly

Saying  j j j  

J as in jump

Hold a pretend steering wheel and move hands as if driving a van

Saying vvvvvvvvv

V as in vase

Cup hands – blow into them like the wind

Saying wh wh 

W as in wig

 

Make box with hands (camera) Pretend to take an x-ray of someone

Saying  ks ks

X as in fox 

Pretend to spoon mouthfuls of yoghurt into mouth

Saying y y y   

Y as in yellow

Flap arms beside body like a bee or insect

Saying zzzzzzzz

Z as in zip

 


  Our Topic is:

Wings out off we fly, who’s trip trapping over my bridge?

This term we will be continuing to use the stories by Julia Donaldson as a stimulus to engage the children in a variety of activities and follow and stimulate the children’s curiosity, understanding, knowledge and imagination.   Using a key story each week we will build on initial starting points and observations we will take account of the children’s fascinations, interests and ideas to develop the classroom environment and activities.  Throughout their experiences the children will work as part of small and large groups, which encourage taking turns and sharing ideas.  This will help them understand that playing together can help build good relationships and develop thinking.  The PATHS strategy will support this.

Possible lines of enquiry might be:

  • Make treasure maps for the pirates to follow.
  • Make obstacle courses with the crates and the planks to recreate walking the plank.
  • Use fishing rods with increasing control to catch letter and number fish in role play
  • The children will have opportunities to retell the stories of Julia Donaldson using props.
  • The children will then re-invent their own versions of the stories
  • Create a class story maps.
  • Provide writing and mark making materials to make a book of our favourite Julia Donaldson stories.
  • Engage in imaginative play and role-play based on own firsthand experiences. Role play area pirate flags and treasure chest
  • Investigating floating and sinking What materials float/sink?
  • Spring 2 parents information sheet
  • Ways you can help your child at home:

  • We have the Worth Valley FSU lending library outside on the wooden dinosaur.  Please take books home and when you have finished with them return them to the dinosaur and take another.  we are working on making up our own stories from pictures which is an early reading skill.
  • The children who are going into Reception class in September 18 will bring home a reading book  and will be heard read in school twice a week.  Please  read regularly at home and support your child to look at books and make up their own stories as this is an fantastic early reading skill, alongside holding the book the correct way up and turning the pages one at a time Listening to an adult or older sibling read a variety of different books will really help the children learn important reading skills.  Please write any comments in your child’s yellow home reading diary so we can update our bronze, silver and gold reading challenge.
  • Practising letter sounds see parents termly learning for the phonemes we are learning each week.
  • Using any opportunity to count, order numbers and simple adding & taking away questions.
  • Encourage your child to write, draw and colour at home, this helps develop pencil control.  please see the Read, Write Ink formation sheet sent home to encourage your child to use the correct formation when mark making.
  • Practise writing first name.
  • Your child has been sent home a pack with a laminated name card, alphabet, number and phonics sheet with your child you can use these as often as you like to practise and develop all the skills we are learning in nursery.  They also have some bottle lids with numbers 1-10 on them to practise ordering and recognition of numbers.

Nursery 1 – Children who move into Reception in September 2018

Please support your child to complete an activity from their homework grid each week.  They can complete more than one activity if they would like to.  Once they have completed an activity they are encouraged to bring it into school and celebrate their work with the rest of the class or send your pictures to jbatey@worthvalleyprimary.co.uk.

Homework Grid – Spring 2 – Nursery 1

Ask someone to draw a straight, wavy and zig zag line on a piece of paper.  Can you follow the lines and cut them out? Listen carefully as your grown up says these words. Can you find the one that doesn’t rhyme with the others ‘box, fox, pin, socks?’ Can you think of any more rhyming words? Houses have numbers on them. Each house in a road will have a different number on it. This number tells people which home is yours and it tells the postman where to deliver your letters.

What number is on your house? Can you find your house number?

Write numbers to 10 Can you count the number of white cars on your street?  How many can you see? Walk up the stairs and practise counting to 10 Practise your letter sounds using your ‘Jolly phonics’ alphabet.
Draw your day.  Draw a picture of a day when you are not in Nursery. As they are drawing talk about their picture and bring it into Nursery to show your friends and tell us about your day. Play ‘follow the leader with your family.  One person chooses some body percussion (clapping hands, patting knees) and the rest of the family copy. Take it in turns to be the leader. Go on a shape hunt how many squares can you find? Encourage your child to try and operate simple equipment such as CD players, i-pods, toys with knobs or pulleys, or cameras. Go on a letters and sound hunt.  Look around at home and find three things that begin with the same letter sound.  Can you find 3 things that start with t?  What other letters can you choose? The Troll has a list of things he needs to take on his next adventure.  Can you help him work out what he needs?  Sound out the words and blend the sounds together to work out what he needs.  You could draw pictures if you like?

m-a-p

c-u-p

h-a-t

p-e-n

Can you teach someone at home your favourite nursery rhyme?  Can you remember all the words?

 

Nursery 2 – Children who have joined Nursery in January 2018

Please support your child to complete an activity from their homework grid each week.  They can complete more than one activity if they would like to.  Once they have completed an activity they are encouraged to bring it into school and celebrate their work with the rest of the class or send your pictures to jbatey@worthvalleyprimary.co.uk.

 Homework Grid – spring 2 – Nursery 2

Walk up the stairs and practise counting to 10 Ask someone to draw a straight, wavy and zig zag line on a piece of paper.  Can you follow the lines and cut them out? Play a getting your coat on game.  Can you get your coat on before you count to 10? Go on a shape hunt how many squares can you find? Encourage your child to try and operate simple equipment such as CD players, i-pods, toys with knobs or pulleys, or cameras. . Play ‘I hear with my little ear’ Take it in turns to make the sound of something, it could be things from the home (telephone, an alarm) or animal noises (cat, dog, pig) Sing a number song that you know, such as

‘5 Currant buns’. Can you use your fingers to count the buns in the song?

Draw your day.  Draw a picture of a day when you are not in Nursery. As they are drawing talk about their picture and bring it into Nursery to show your friends and tell us about your day. Can you teach someone at home your favourite nursery rhyme?  Can you remember all the words? Sing ‘If you’re happy and you know it.’  Can you make up different actions to do?  Can you teach your friends at school? Practise recognising your name.  Ask a grown-up to write several names on a piece of paper and help you to spot which one is yours. Play ‘follow the leader with your family.  One person chooses some body percussion (clapping hands, patting knees) and the rest of the family copy. Take it in turns to be the leader. Sing ‘Heads, shoulders, knees and toes’ Can you change the words to touch other parts of your body? Teach your friends at school the new song. Play a getting your shoes on game.  Can you get your shoes on before you count to 10?

Things we need:

Please remember to name all items of clothing. This will reduce the risk of things going missing.

Do you have any spare trousers and t-shirts that your child has grown out of?  If so FSU would be grateful if you could donate them to us.

Upcoming events

Wednesday 21st February – Share and celebrate your child’s work and classroom.  Come and look in your child’s learning journey and watch how the Nursery works.

8.30-9.00 and 2.30-3.15

Wednesday 21st March – Peace Mala Big Bang day – Bahai faith – Naw-Rúz (literally new day) is the Bahá’í new year festival and falls at the spring equinox, although it has been fixed at 21st March for countries outside the Middle East. Naw-Rúz symbolises the new life of spring.

 

Any other useful information:

Nursery Opening times are      AM 8:30-11:30           PM 12:15-3:15