Our special topic for this half-term is 'Growing'
Children planted some colourful primroses to decorate the Nursery window sills. After reading the story of 'Jack and the Beanstalk' they planted beans in containers and are waiting to see their own beanstalks grow.
Children are looking forward to watching caterpillars in the Nursery growing and changing into butterflies.
The morning group visited the Pizza Express restaurant in Clapham where they were able to learn about and make own pizzas.
The afternoon group had an opportunity to make own pizzas, using fresh ingredients, in the Nursery.
A great fun was had by all !
St Valentine's Day celebrations
Children made Valentine's Day cards and heart-shaped necklaces for their loved ones. They had fun dancing at the disco.
Foundation Stage International Food Afternoon
Nursery and Reception children enjoyed finding out about where their families come from. They made flags representing countries of their origin and enjoyed tasting various food from around the world. It was delicious!
Children had great fun watching the live show of 'Cinderella'. It was a lovely, humorous performance with lively audience participation.
Thank you to the PSA for organising this treat for us.
Chinese New Year - Kung Hei Fat Choy
Children enjoyed learning about how Chinese people celebrate their New Year. They made their own dragons, lanterns and were given red envelopes, with chocolate coins in them, for luck in 2019 - the year of the pig. Children participated in the Dragon Dance with great enthusiasm.
Our topics this term will be 'Celebrating', 'Gathering' and 'Growing'.
We will also look at other cultures and learn how Chinese people celebrate their New Year.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Children will be encouraged to develop their social skills such as sharing, taking turns and listening to each other. They will learn about the importance of following class and school rules. We will talk about good manners and encourage children to make friends. We would be grateful if you would support us, by giving your child opportunities to play with other children outside of school, as this will also help them develop these skills.
Communication and Language
Children will read and discuss a wide range of traditional and modern stories, nursery rhymes and poems. They will act out stories and play games during weekly drama sessions.
Children will take home library books twice a week on Monday and Thursday. We welcome your help in sharing those books with your children and sending them back regularly to be changed.
Our focus in writing for this term will be tracing and writing names. Please encourage your child to hold their pencils in a comfortable tripod grip.
Children will listen to various sounds in the environment and use their voices in a variety of ways. They will experiment with musical instruments and will be able to sing using a microphone. Children will have the opportunity to listen to pre-recorded stories and songs at the listening station. We will also introduce children to various sounds in the alphabet.
Children will learn to recognise numbers 0 - 10. Activities will include matching, sorting, sequencing and pattern making. We will teach the children to count to 15 and match objects to numerals, using one to one correspondence. Children will revise the 2D shapes learnt so far and we will introduce pentagon and hexagon shapes.
Understanding the World
Our topics this term are 'Food', 'Growing' and 'Life Cycles'. Children will learn about a balanced diet and will have opportunities to make sandwiches, fruit salads and biscuits. All parents are invited to our Foundation Stage International Food Afternoon on Wednesday 13th February.
Children will also grow plants and watch real caterpillars change into butterflies.
Expressive Art and Design
Children will be able to explore different art media and materials. They will paint, print, use modelling materials and make collage. Children will have opportunities to dress up and role play in our ever changing home corner.
They will sing familiar and new songs and play musical instruments.
We would like y our help by sending small empty cereal boxes, egg boxes, inner kitchen roll tubes, yogurt pots or other material suitable for box modelling.
Children will continue to regularly use the outdoor play area to develop their gross motor skills. In PE we will concentrate on Movement and Games. We will also provide a range of activities to improve their fine motor skills such as cutting, sticking, kneading, drawing and painting.
The children will have a weekly French lesson where they will learn some basic vocabulary, play games and sing songs.
Nursery Special Events
Wednesday 6th February - Chinese Dragon Dance
Thursday 7th February - Cinderella performance sponsored by the PSA
Wednesday 13th February - International Food Afternoon
Friday 15th February - Valentine's Disco - own clothes allowed on this day
Tuesday 5th March - Pizza Express visit (morning group). The afternoon group will have an opportunity to make pizzas at school.