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 email@example.com 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…
Ways you can help your child at home:
Read stories, sing rhymes and talk about the books you read. Help them to recognise and write their names.
Talk about numbers as you are walking e.g numbers on doors, car registration plates, buses etc.
Our Topic is
‘Wings out, off we fly, whose 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 boat pirate flags and treasure chest
- Investigating floating and sinking What materials float/sink?
Our Julia Donaldson stories this term are:
The flying bath
The singing mermaid
The monkey puzzle
Day monkey, night monkey
and many more
Ways you can help your child at home:
- The children who are going into Reception class in September 17 bring home a reading book. 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.
- 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.
Things we need:
Please remember to name all items of clothing. This will reduce the risk of things going missing.
As the weather is changing and our outdoor area gets wetter please could you send your child some spare clothes to change into if needed. We are very short of skirts, trousers and tights.
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.
Thursday 2nd March – World Book dress up day