Nursery - Brown BEar Class
This year, we are called Brown Bears! Throughout the year we will be doing lots of learning about bears, and reading lots of bear stories. Do you have a favourite story about a bear?
While the black bear is found only throughout North and Central America, the brown bear family is spread all over the world. They live in dense forests in mountains, valleys and meadows and can be found in Canada, in central regions of the U.S. And throughout Europe and Asia.
Brown bears can be recognised by their most distinctive feature, their shoulder hump. Super strong shoulder muscles help this bear to dig up roots and tear apart logs to find food. These muscles are located in the ‘hump’ of the brown bear. Brown bears can move rocks and logs and dig through hard soil and rocky ground using their long sharp claws when making their dens.
The brown bear’s diet is quite similar to all other bears. They eat grass, fruit, insects, roots and bulbs of plants and, when hungry enough, they will hunt small animals. Brown bears that live near the coast feed on fish, particularly salmon. These bears will grow much larger than others because of their protein rich diet.
Welcome back - we hope you had a wonderful Easter.
We are continuing with our ‘Growing and Changing’ topic this half term, starting with the traditional tales ‘The Enormous Turnip’ and ‘The Ugly Duckling’. We will then continue our work on lifecycles and planting as the weather wasn’t on our side last half term! We will then go on to explore minibeasts which will involve lots of learning in our outside area and non-fiction books and poems about minibeasts.
In PSHCE we will be sharing ‘The Earth Book’ by Todd Parr which links in nicely with our topic as it is all about caring for the environment and taking care of living things. We will make bird feeders and bug hotels in our outside area.
In RE we will be sharing the Bible story ‘The Good Samaritan’ and thinking about who helps us and how we can help others.
In maths, we will be continuing our work on matching quantities and numerals, number formation and practical addition and subtraction. We will also be using balancing scales to compare weights and working on size ordering by height, width and length.
We will continue with daily phonics sessions, introducing new letter sounds each week alongside activities that include rhythm, rhyme, initial sounds, alliteration, syllables and oral blending! We will also put a greater emphasis on letter formation this term with some children working on writing their names and new sounds, and other children working on writing simple words and labels.
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
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!
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'?