Early Years - Reception and Nursery

Happy Notes

Early Years Foundation Stage - Spring 2019

Happy New Year and welcome back to school! We are very pleased with how well the children have settled back into school life and have welcomed our two new teachers - Miss Hudson and Miss D’Anza!

The theme of ‘winter’ will underpin the majority of our learning this term in both Reception and Nursery. Nursery will be basing their learning around the much loved ‘Gruffalo’s Child’ which will provide many opportunities for mark making, building fine motor skills and developing communication skills through role play.  The topic of capacity will be a focus in Maths – making delicious Gruffalo soup!

In Reception, we will investigate signs of winter and changes in our own environment. We will also carry out investigatory work on materials, looking at changes including; freezing and melting. Our learning about ‘Health and Self Care’ will focus on suitable winter clothing and making comparisons between summer wear.  This topic will also provide many opportunities for the children to express themselves through Art.

High quality English texts will follow the winter theme, starting with Nick Butterworth’s ‘One Snowy Night’. Following on from this we will complete non-fiction work looking at arctic animals and their habitats.  Maths lessons will focus initially on prepositional language, capacity and measure. 

Phonics sessions will continue to be taught daily in Reception alongside reading activities and we encourage the children to practise regularly at home – thank you for your ongoing support with this.

Within this term Shrove Tuesday falls when we are hoping to taste various pancake toppings and design our own pancakes. Chinese New Year will allow us to learn about celebrations across different cultures, following on from our work on Hanukkah and Diwali.

Finally, thank you for all of your support with the fundraising activities we completed last term and the contributions made to the Early Years Fund – we have already purchased some wonderful new learning resources for the department!

The Early Years Team