Nursery - Pont du Gard
Our class name is ‘Pont du Gard’ which is an ancient Roman aqueduct that crosses the Gardon River in Southern France. We will be using our class name to plan some initial activities whilst we get to know your children and settle them in. These include working together to build a bridge over the ‘river’ in our outside area, junk modelling and using construction kits to build bridges and experimenting with making waterways using pipes and tunnels. We will use the traditional tale ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’ to act out crossing the bridge with the fearsome troll underneath! We will also be describing the troll and using different mark making tools and collage materials to create pictures of the troll. We will then launch the topic ‘All About Me’ with more information to follow.
Our topic this half term is ‘Growing and changing’. We will start by looking for signs of Spring in our local area and planting sunflowers and cress in our school greenhouse. We will be learning about how a plant grows and labelling the different parts of a plant. We will be sharing the book ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ and using this to learn about the lifecycle of a butterfly, which will also include some caterpillar visitors to our classroom! We will also share ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ which will include planting our own beanstalks and building the giant’s castle! It promises to be a fun topic with lots of opportunities for outside learning so fingers crossed for some sunshine!
In RE we will be sharing the story of ‘The Good Samaritan’ and thinking about who helps us and how we can help others. In PSHCE we will be sharing ‘The Earth Book’ and thinking about all the things we could do to look after the environment.
This topic provides lots of opportunities for hands on learning about our environment and the natural world. You can support your child by visiting your local library and sharing a range of books on this theme together at home. You could go for a walk around your local area to look for signs of Spring and things that grow. Perhaps you could plant something together at home or collect natural things such as leaves and flowers and use these to create a natural collage together. You could draw or paint Spring pictures or create a symmetrical butterfly picture together! Look out for our ‘Talk Homework’ in the children’s cloakroom for further ideas. If you do anything at home linked to our topic please bring it in as we would love to share it!
Topic Entry Point
As part of our ‘Growing and Changing’ topic, the children have been doing lots of planting in nursery class. We are growing broad beans and runner beans together, and here are some of our newly planted sunflowers!
Read Every Day, Talk Every Day
To encourage a greater focus on reading at home, the Early Years at Holy Trinity is introducing what we hope will prove to be a highly motivational scheme called RED TED.
RED TED is an acronym for children Reading Every Day with their parent or carer and then Talking Every Day about what they have read.
We will continue to change RED TED books on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday so please ensure your child has their book bag in school on this day.
Please click on the Red Ted for more information
Please continue to read to your child every day and we will continue to change RED TED books on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Look out for our ‘Talk Homework’ in the children’s cloakroom for ideas of how to support your child at home with our weekly learning. If you do anything at home linked to our topic please bring it in as we would love to share it.
Please find below the resources that were used and handed out in our recent Phonic Workshop for parents. We hope that you find them useful.
Here are some helpful websites to help your child with Phonics at home.
- Youtube – Jolly phonics. Songs and actions for each sound.
- http://www.mrthorne.com/ - Mr Thorne does phonics – some nice videos/apps
Here is a useful website to help your child continue their learning at home. Have you tried 'Count with Lecky', 'Dressing Lecky' and 'Lecky's Friends'?