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.
Our topic this half term is ‘Under the Sea’. We will be using the books ‘Commotion in the Ocean’, ‘Hooray for Fish’ and a range of non-fiction books to explore a wide range of weird and wonderful sea creatures. We will then use ‘The Rainbow Fish’ to explore the themes of friendship and sharing and then ‘At the Beach’ to start planning our whole school trip to the seaside! This theme will involve lots of creative work, such as making a rainbow fish out of clay, and plenty of writing including labelling different sea creatures and writing a list of things we need to pack for the beach. We will also be following recipes to make healthy ice lollies and exploring number using ice cream and toppings! We have our whole school carnival coming up which will see us preparing some singing and dancing with an ‘Under the Sea’ theme!
In RE we will be learning all about weddings. If anybody would be happy sharing any of their wedding photographs, we would love to see them to help children connect with this topic. We promise to look after them! In PSHCE we will be sharing a book called ‘Be Who You Are’ which is about everybody being unique and being proud of who they are and where they come from. We will also be talking about change and doing lots of work on preparing the children for their transition to reception class. We will continue with daily phonics sessions and offer regular opportunities to engage with ICT in the classroom.
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'?