Nursery home learning
This term our topic would be ‘Once upon a time’ which is a fabulous topic where we share lots of lovely traditional tales and retell them using story sacks, puppets, dressing up and smal world toys.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
We can only reiterate how important it is to ensure that your child continues to feel safe, valued and loved more than anything else. Spending time and having fun with your child is more important than any ‘school work.’.
A child thrives on consistency and structure in order to feel safe so maintaining a routine is important, however this does not mean that you need to follow a strict timetable. Be flexible and respond to their needs. Don’t feel that because it’s written down it has to done. Let your child learn some new skills by helping you, they will thrive on being treated as a big girl or boy and it will make them feel important. We can support them at school after the lockdown to catch up with their learning.
As your child continues on their nursery journey we place a significant focus on developing their gross and fine motor skills. You can easily support their gross motor skills indoors or outdoors by encouraging them to run, climb, skip, jump and hop. Riding on bikes and scooters also are great ways to develop gross motor skills. For developing fine motor development you probably have everything you need in their bedroom! Playing with small world figures, play dough, Lego are all great for this.
Please continue to encourage them to be independent in their self help skills by getting dressed and undressed by themselves, putting their coat on and doing up the fastenings, putting their shoes on and of course going to the toilet by themselves.
You can also develop their understanding of healthy practices by encouraging them to be healthy by washing their hands, brushing their teeth, eating healthy foods.
Understanding the World
This is geography, science and history for the early years. This can be addressed in many ways that include:
Talking to and looking at the changes in the season. Try to encourage your child to use of all their senses: What can you hear? What can you smell? What can you see? How does it feel? Include how the changes in the season impacts on them e.g in the clothes they wear.Explore natural objects like stones, pine cones etc in the same way.
This is also a great time for sharing your family history, get out the old photos and share some memories with them.
Communication and Language/Literacy
Key learning this term would be to help your child to understand some key skills to support their reading, when they are ready to do so. The ones we would be focussing on are:
This will also involve lots of discussion and new vocabulary for your child, which is great for their communication and language development.
We would encourage you to read stories to your child regularly and encourage them to join in with the parts they are familiar with. Retelling stories and re-enacting them are a great way to engage children in stories
Your child should be beginning to ‘mark-make’ and give a meaning to their marks. So to encourage this make it exciting: attach a felt pen to a toy car, provide old paintbrushes and water to ‘write’ on the fence or path, look for sticks to write in mud or even use a small toolbox filled with little notepads, pens, pencils etc. that your child can carry inside or outside to do their writing. For the reluctant writer, if they have a particular interest e.g. Toy Story, then decorate their writing items with pictures/ stickers relating to this, you’d be surprised how quickly they begin the show an interest!
Include writing items in their play with toys or do some role play.
At this stage what we want is for the children to associate the marks they make with meaning, even if it looks a squiggle to you if they tell you it says something then that is perfect! Mark-making can be made through many ways too, there doesn’t need to be an ‘end product’ so encourage them to do movements or marks in any substance that can be moved e.g. water, sand, glitter, playdough, shaving foam, even angel delight, cream or melted chocolate. They can use their fingers or an object to mark make with.
This will help them to develop the necessary skills, dexterity and strength to become able writers in the future.
Phonics just means developing your child’s understanding of the relationship between the written letters and the sounds they make. In the early years the main learning in phonics at this point is to develop the children’s speaking and listening skills. A booklet explaining this in greater detail was handed out to you in the Autumn term and is also available on the nursery page on the website.
Please continue to encourage your child to count as they play and try to involve numbers in their play. Also please don’t stop at 10 when you are counting, go as far as you think your child can go. Remember to use the written representation or number cards to help your child understand what the number looks like, what numbers come before and after it. Also involve objects to show what the number looks like e.g matching a quantity of objects to the written number so they can physically see that 4 is bigger than 3, four has one more object than three.
Shape, space and measures:
In the Autumn term we introduced the names and properties of 2 dimensional shapes: circle, semi- circle, triangle, rectangle, square and pentagon. You can continue to embed this learning by exploring blocks and shapes in your home- everything is a shape! Whatever you do, keep it practical and most of all fun!
Expressive Arts and Design
You can support your child in this area by encouraging the children to express themselves in many ways, drawing, painting, music making, dancing, singing, role playing…There are no boundaries!
Over the next few weeks we will continue to support you with ideas and activities that you can do to support the next phase in your child’s development. Please also check the website, Facebook and Flipgrid regularly as we will also be posting some videos and activities on them. We would love for you to share your child’s home learning either via my email (email@example.com) or through Flipgrid or Evidence Me.
May you continue to be safe and healthy and hopefully we will see you all soon.