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.
This term the children will be learning about animals. They will be learning all about different types of animals from those that live on the farm and in the zoo to those in the jungle and wild. Children will also be looking at animals that people keep as pets. We will also consider all of the animals that went into Noah's Ar! We will be sharing lots of information books about animals and also reading stories such as Dear Zoo, Rumble in the Jungle, Owl Babies and Noisy Farm!
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.
Please click on the Red Ted for more information
We do not give formal homework in Nursery class. However, we will write a question or two on the whiteboard in the cloakroom that you can discuss with your child at home. We call this ‘Talk Homework’ and it is a good way to explore the theme of the week at home with your child.
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'?