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.
This half term we are exploring the topic ‘All About Me’. This will include talking about our families, learning about our bodies and how to keep them healthy and exploring our likes and dislikes. We will use the book ‘You Choose’ to launch this topic, encouraging children to make choices and give reasons for their choices.
In maths we will be exploring 2D shapes, making a class height chart and learning the days of the week and the months of the year.
In RE we will be learning the school prayers and thinking about sending thanks to God. We will also be sharing a book called ‘The Family Book’ by Todd Parr to encourage us to talk about our families and how they come in all shapes and sizes. We will also start phase 1 phonics – more information on phonics to follow.
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 every day with your child and perhaps visit your local library to find some books related to our topic. 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 for home learning and I have started leaving some worksheets there which seem to be popular. 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'?