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, our topic is ‘Animals’ which will include a special visit to nursery from a local farm. They will bring a range of animals with them, including owls, rabbits, hedgehogs and tortoises! The children will be encouraged to hold, feed and stroke the different animals and it promises to get them excited about our new topic. We will use the books ‘Dear Zoo’ to explore zoo animals and ‘Owl Babies’ to explore nocturnal animals.
In PSHCE we will be sharing ‘I’m Not Scared’ by Todd Parr which encourages the children to identify and talk about different feelings.
In RE we will start by sharing the Bible story ‘Noah’s Ark’ which links in well with our topic. We will also explore the Hindu celebration of Diwali which will include making rangoli patterns and clay diva lamps. Towards the end of term we will be learning the Christmas story, engaging in a range of festive activities and working on our Nativity performance.
In Maths, we will be focusing on counting activities, number recognition and matching quantities to numerals this half term. You can support your child at home by encouraging lots of counting activities and games.
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 to your child every day and Mrs Lambrou 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 of how to support your child at home with our weekly learning. 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'?