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 going to start by learning about winter whilst our new children settle in. Then we will launch our ‘Traditional Tales’ topic. We will be sharing a range of classic stories, including The Gingerbread Man, The Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood and The Ugly Duckling. This topic will promote lots of storytelling and drama activities to encourage story talk and language.
In PSHCE we will be sharing ‘The Earth Book’ by Todd Parr which encourages the children to think about the environment and the simple things we can do every day to help look after our planet. In RE we will be sharing and discussing important Christian symbols and going to visit our local Church on a hunt for some of these symbols.
We will continue with regular maths work, focusing on shape and pattern work in the first few weeks. We will also be doing daily phonics sessions with some of our older children and continuing phase 1 phonics for our younger children and those new to the nursery.
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'?