Once Upon a Time

Welcome back to school Class Potter, we hope that you all had a wonderful half term break and enjoyed the glorious weather.


This half term we shall be exploring different traditional tales that will enable children to develop a good understanding of how stories are structured.  Children will be learning to retell stories using props within the classroom and those that they make themselves. As they develop their understanding of stories they will learn how different characters behave and the effect their behaviour then has on others.  You can support us at home by reading and sharing books regularly with the children, talking about the pictures and also events in the story.  The cbeebies website has some lovely story ideas that you can do at home with your child.


In phonics we are continuing to tune into sounds.  We are learning to orally blend words, so when I sound out p-i-g the children will tell me it is a pig.  You can support this at home by playing similar games such as I spy or Simon says. These early skills are really important for reading development so please try and play these games at home or on the way to school.


In maths we are continuing to recite numbers to 10 and then 20, learning that numbers are said in a stable order.  We are also learning how to order numerals to 5 and then to 10.  We are continuing to master our concept of numbers to 5 and develop early number sense.  Children learn to recognise numbers as numerals, tallies and amounts. They learn to count out a set number of objects from a larger set.  We also explore the composition of numbers so helping children to recognise what a number is made up of. For example 5 is made up of 1+4, 3+2, 2+3 etc. We will also explore what happens if we take away from a number.  Watching the numberblocks at home or reading their magazine will also help support your child's concept of numbers.


As Spring is arriving the children will be celebrating the change in seasons and the festivals associated with Spring.  We have already looked at Shrove Tuesday where the children loved adding different topics to pancakes and learning how to roll them up!


Through this weeks story of Jack and the Beanstalk we have already noticed changes to our nursery outdoor environment. The children have also planted their own beans and can't wait to watch them grow!


Over this term we are wanting to develop our outdoor area further and would love donations of plant cuttings including herbs.


Thank you to all of you that have sent in indoor shoes. The children have become quickly used to changing their own shoes when they start each session or go outside. This is a fantastic learning opportunity for the children as it is developing their independence and preparing them for when they start school full time.


If you have any queries or questions please don't hesitate to ask us at the beginning or the end of each session.



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Saturday, 19 October 2019