Termly Information for Supporting Your Child

Summer Term 1 2018

Themes - Life Cycles and Growing

Things you can do together to help your child are in blue.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

  • SEAL theme – Relationships – Difficult feelings
  • Stories about loss eg Dogger, Owl Babies.
  • Ask your children about how they are feeling.
  • Can they imagine how others are feeling?
  • Talking about changes over time - the sunflower life-cycle
  • Sequencing the frog life cycle
  • Try growing something together.
  • Relax Kids- Relaxation CD’sSome parents find these useful for children to relax before bedtime. Share quiet times with your child to reflect on the day or share books.

Physical Development

  • Obstacle courses/ stilt walking
  • Football follow up activities
  • Encourage your child to climb, run or slide in a safe environment
  • Visit a park to try some unfamiliar play equipment. Take a football.
  • Scissor control
  • Fine motor control - through drawing, writing & threading.
  • Practise makes perfect. Use old birthday cards etc for children to cut up.  Support them with using child sized scissors.  Let them use a hole punch to edge the card and then thread with ribbon/wool (wrap sticky tape at one end to thread with)
  • Movement to act out the sunflower life-cycle
  • Listen and respond to different music. Clap, sway and dance together.
  • Relax Kids- Listening to relaxation CD’s - Feeling the difference in our bodies when we relax, compared to having exercised.

Communication and Language

  • Pie Corbett style story (Using signs) - We’re Going On A Bear Hunt
  • After a couple of weeks, ask your child to tell you the story and teach you some of the signs.
  • Other stories – The Gruffalo, Look Out ForThe Big Bad Fish!, Frog Is Frog.
  • Rhyming words.
  • Listen to and say rhymes and make up your own.
  • Leave words out and let your child fill in the rhyming words.
  • Nonsense words count as long as they rhyme!
  • 23rd April is St George’s Day. Stories about Knights and dragons eg George & The Dragon (About a brave mouse called George). Knights role-play. Singing The Dragon Song.
  • Reassure your child that dragons are pretend (mythical) creatures. If they show an interest, find out about knights and castles.

Literacy

  • Writing your name on your work
  • Making zig-zag books. Make your own simple books at home
  • LaLetters and Sounds - Learning initial sounds, with a focus on own names, key vocabulary and then s,a,t,p,i,n.
  • Model initial sounds at home.  “M for mummy, Millie, Monster”, Who’s name begins with…?
  • Play “I spy” together at home, on the bus or in the car.

Mathematics

  • Counting - songs eg 5 little speckled frogs, 5 little ducks went swimming one day, 5 fat peas etc.
  • Play board games. Sing the nursery songs together and act them out.
  • Recognising numerals
  • Look for numbers on doors, number plates etc.
  • Being aware of shape & patterns, through construction, model and picture making.
  • Look for shapes and patterns in the environment. Play alongside and make your own models and pictures as examples
  • Ordering by size, length and weight
  • Put everyone’s shoes in order of size
  • Collect sticks and order by length
  • Hide things in similar sized containers to order by weight

 

Understanding the World

  • Farm animals and the sounds they make (26th April Farm visit)
  • Ask your child which animal they like best and why.
  • Planting vegetables and bedding plants. Growing plants from seeds
  • Look at plants growing in the garden or the park. How are they changing?
  • Looking in the pond to observe tadpoles and frogs.
  • Looking for mini-beasts.
  • Songs – How Many Legs Has Daddy Long Legs Got, There’s A Worm At The Bottom Of My Garden, Incy Wincy Spider etc.
  • Look together on the computer or in books to find out more about farm animals, frog life cycle and mini-beasts.

Expressive Arts and Design

  • Input from resident artists – Tony Milstead and Mrs Whittaker (past teacher at CNS)
  • Tell your children what you like about their pictures and the artwork you may have at home.
  • Ask them what they like or think is happening in pictures. If they are interested you could look at the work of famous artists.
  • Make pictures or models of farm animals
  • Observational drawing of tadpoles and frogs
  • Observational pictures of sunflowers
  • Make your own pictures alongside your child
  • Dancing and movement to a wide range of music and to act out life-cycles.  Dance or relax together to different kinds of music. Talk about how different music makes you feel.
  • Likes and dislikes and why.

 

 

Spring Term 2 2018

SEAL Programme – Good to be me (Things you can do together to help your child are in blue)

Personal, Social & Emotional Development

  • SEAL – We need to help children to explore feelings in the context of the child as an individual, developing self-awareness and helping the child to realise that it really is ‘Good to be me’.
  • This theme is about understanding our feelings and why and how they lead us to behave the way we do – particularly the feelings of being excited, proud, surprised, hopeful, disappointed, worried and anxious.
  • Knowing myself
  • Ask your child to tell you the things they like doing and the things they don’t like doing
  • Give praise and ask how they feel when they are feeling proud
  • Understanding my feelings
  • Use the language of feelings, so your children can tell you when they are feeling excited etc
  • Encourage your child to say and show you when they are feeling good and happy
  • Managing my feelings
  • Give your children opportunities to stay still and quiet for a short time.
  • Relax Kids CD’s at Nursery (ask the staff if you would like to know more about this. The CD’s can help as part of bedtime routine)
  • Standing up for myself Encourage your child to talk about what they need, with you, their friends and the staff.  Children can stand up for their own needs and rights without hurting others.
  • Finding ways to calm down - Counting out loud, breathing deeply, talking about it, walk away, stamp feet or beat a drum.

 

Communication and Language

  • Revisiting stories – Traditional stories about Three (3 Bears, Pigs & Billy Goats)
  • Pie Corbett styleLittle Red Hen
  • Making up and sharing your own stories
  • Initial letter sounds for own name and others in the group (ask a member of staff if you are unsure about this.)

 

Physical Development

  • Pencil control for writing in cards.  Practise using a tripod grip
  • Throwing, catching and kicking balls (a large ball is easiest to start with)
  • Football training for some groups
  • Healthy Living – Exercise, diet, hygiene, rest
  • Model a healthy lifestyle- exercise, sleep patterns. Eat fruit and vegetables with your child. Let them use a child safe knife to help you prepare them.

 

Literacy

  • Writing in cards or plant labels for Mothering Sunday
  • World Book Day - Ask your child about their favourite books and why they like them
  • StorytellingEncourage your child to join in with repetitive phrases when you are storytelling or chanting rhymes. Encourage them to suggest how a story might end
  • Revisiting stories - Perhaps your child will tell you a story of their own
  • Borrow a book from the local Library to share together, change it often

 

Mathematics

  • SEAL – Ages, numerals, counting candles on a Birthday Cake
  • Counting on one more, how old will you be next Birthday
  • Counting how many children are at nursery today
  • Pattern making – Easter egg patterns/ writing patterns
  • Matching and sorting - the same and different. Help with pairing socks
  • Hunting for eggs around the garden - Hide things/play Hide & Seek and use positional language
  • Look for patterns in the environment

 

Understanding the World

  • Growing – planting seeds – What do they need to grow?
  • Visit a Garden Centre to look at the plants / plant cress
  • Observe – Growing bulbs and changing weather
  • Celebrations – Mothering Sunday and Easter
  • Burnham Beeches trips for some groups
  • Observing Spring Growth – Frogs and frog spawn / Hatching chicks
  • Visit from the mobile farm

 

Expressive Arts and Design

  • Spring flower stimulus for drawing, painting and making flowers
  • Card making for Mothering Sunday or birthday celebrations
  • Observational drawing of life cycles
  • Making their own cards for friends & Family.
  • Exploring ways of joining, to attach handles to baskets. Using tools such as hole-punches and scissors independently
  • Decorating cards or baskets
  • Supporting children to work on their own ideas
  • If your child has an idea about making something with junk at home, help them with cutting or joining things. You could take photos to share with the class. Or let them bring things in and explain their ideas to their Key Worker