During the first half of the Spring Term we have based our activities around a collection of core books. These have included ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ and ‘Rosie’s Walk’. Our future core books will be ‘Pants’ and ‘Shark in the Park’ by Nick Sharratt. The children loved watching Michael Rosen tell the story of ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ and as a consequence became very interested in authors. We have continued this interest by learning about other authors as we’ve listened to stories.

We like to plan our activities around the children’s interests. This term they have been eager to engage in role play around journeys so we have introduced a train station into our role play area. This has been very popular.

During our Phase One phonics activities our focus has been on rhyming as well as listening and attention skills. We will be moving onto alliteration and initial sounds during the second half of the term.

We have also started to work on colour and shape recognition, as we would like the children to be able to name the basic colours and shapes by the time they leave us.

Gross motor and fine motor skills are a constant focus for us. Some of our favourite activities have been developing our ball skills, picking up noodles with tweezers during Chinese New Year activities and using the hammers.


9-13th March 2020
Last week in Nursery
 we were learning about
The Three Billy Goats Gruff:

  • Making play-dough trolls
  • Role-playing The Three Billy Goats Gruff using puppets, story sack characters and different materials for grass/water/bridges.
  • Practising our fine motor skills using tongs.
  • Listening to and helping to tell the story.
  • Choosing how we would like to use different materials and equipment and finding what we need.
  • Building bridges.
  • Making trolls from toilet roll tubes.
  • Using instruments to represent the goats during the story.
  • Comparing our nursery to a nursery in Uganda (Sports Relief website).
  • We’ve been learning the song, ‘The Goats Came Marching’ and have really enjoyed it! https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/nursery-rhymes-the-goats-come-marching/zjqgscw
  • We’ve been learning a song to help us wash our hands, we know it’s really important to wash our hands well using lots of soap and to dry them with a paper towel afterwards:

  • (To the tune of ‘Frère Jacques)
    Top and bottom,
    Top and bottom,
    In between,
    In between,
    Don’t forget the wrists,
    And the germs you might have missed
    [here we show the children to wash around their thumbs and scrub the tips of their fingers into the palms of their hands in order to clean under their nails],
    Now they’re clean, 
    Now they’re clean.

    This week we will be learning about Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

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