Topic Overview Summer 2 Newsletter Term: Summer 2
Topic: We're Going on a Bug Hunt

Our 'We're going on a bug hunt' topic will focus around a variety of stories; such as the 'Very Hungry Caterpillar', 'The Bad Tempered Ladybird', 'Super worm' and 'The Very Quiet Cricket'. We will introduce a variety of mini-beasts and their habitats and encourage the children to go on a 'bug hunt' to find their own creepy crawlies. To consolidate the learning of this topic we will have a variety of mini-beasts in the classroom for the children to observe and look after, and also our very own mini-beast cave to explore and develop talk about what we have been learning. We will strengthen and improve our writing skills as we write about our favourite mini-beast, the foods that the 'hungry caterpillar' ate and the features of a ladybird. Our math's focus will be to count up to 10 items, compare sets of objects and introduce addition and subtraction using various mini-beasts.

Topic Overview Summer 1 Newsletter Term: Summer 1
Topic: People Who Help Us

Our 'People Who Help Us' topic will focus around a variety of professions. We will introduce and discuss different occupations and ways that people help us. To consolidate the learning of this topic we will investigate and compare the children's unique finger prints, make our own x-ray version of our hands and role-play rescuing people from a burning block of flats. In literacy the children will be using their phonic skills to write a list of people who help us, a simple sentence about the role of a doctor, a firefighter and a vet. In maths we will use the small world people to compare quantities, match numeral to quantity and begin to estimate the number of objects.

Topic Overview Spring 2 Newsletter Term: Spring 2
Topic: Dear Zoo

Our 'Dear Zoo' topic during this half term will focus around the 'Dear Zoo' story by Rod Campbell. We will introduce a variety of animals and their habitats, this will range from animals that live on the farm, in the zoo and in the sea. Following on from this we will be talking about pets and asking children to bring in pictures of their own pets. Our role play area will be set up as a Zoo where children will be able to role-play being a vet or a zoo keeper and help to look after the animals. The children are very lucky to be going on an educational visit to Chester Zoo on 7th March to consolidate their learning of this topic. We will continue to focus on name writing, letter sounds and writing CVC words during literacy and phonics. Our numeracy focus will be number recognition, recognising and recreating patterns, more or less and beginning to add two sets of numbers. Useful websites to support your child's education: (you will need to subscribe to this)

Topic Overview Spring 1 Newsletter Term: Spring 1
Topic: Rhyme Time

As we begin our 'Rhyme Time' topic we will focus on the consolidation of rhyme and alliteration. We will explore and learn about a wide variety of nursery rhymes and their characters and extend this into all areas of the curriculum as we engage in lots of creative activities. The role play area has magically transformed into a bus and will provide opportunities to extend our reading, writing, maths and phonics. The children will be able to access rhyming games and make their own rhymes using a variety of instruments (let's hope this is not too noisy!!). Our literacy focus will be to continue to write our names, to hear and say the initial sound and to represent sounds correctly in our writing as we write get well cards for Humpty Dumpty, a list of ingredients for the Queen of Hearts tarts and a 'wanted' poster to help find Little Bo Peeps sheep. We will also place a reading emphasis on sequencing events from our favourite rhymes and retelling events from stories and rhymes. Our maths focus will be counting up to 10 objects, finding one more and one less, recognising differences in quantity and recognising and using shapes as we construct various models.

Topic Overview Autumn 2 Newsletter Term: Autumn 2
Topic: Winter Woollies

As we begin our 'Winter Woollies' topic we will discuss the seasons and investigate which items of clothing we wear during different seasons. The main focus will be based around winter and our role play area has been magically transformed into a winter cottage. As part of our maths activities we will be looking at counting, number recognition naming simple shapes and beginning to represent numbers. Our Literacy focus will explore a variety of winter and Christmas stories such as Elmer in the snow, The Emperor's Egg, Santa comes to Stoke on Trent and many more. We will extend our learning and mark making through writing letters to Santa, making a list of presents, writing our names and beginning to use some clearly identifiable letters. Our phase 1 phonics will introduce rhyme and alliteration and we will continue to learn our Phase 2 letter sounds.

Topic Overview Autumn 1 Newsletter Term: Autumn 1
Topic: All about me and the world we live in

Our topic during this half term will initially focus on ensuring that all children become settled, confident and aware of the routines and expectations within the nursery setting. As we focus more on our topic we will be talking about ourselves and our families and getting to know our peers. We will be learning about the different parts of the body and discussing our features and what makes us different and unique. Our main story focus will be 'Elmer the Elephant' and we will explore how Elmer was different to his friends. We will be getting messy as we paint self portraits and pictures of Elmer.

We will also learn lots of new songs and dances as we begin our phase 1 phonics sessions. Our role play area has been transformed into a lovely home corner where we can role play all the jobs that our mummy's and daddy's do around the home and there are also opportunities for us to mark make as we draw pictures of our family and write shopping lists.

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