We are paying attention to four 4 curricular areas this month with the intention of engaging and challenging all of our children. Each key worker will set activities at an appropriate level for every child and you will be able to see this on their learning journals.
In order for the learning to continue outside of the nursery I have included a short description of our focus areas as well as some activities that can be carried out at home.
This month we will be focusing on listening and talking. Every week we will be introducing a new rhyme to encourage the children to participate and join in.
Small circle time activities will also run every day to encourage our children to practice their good listening and talking skills.
The simple act of singing nursery rhymes at home not only increases children’s confidence but allows them to hear rhyming words which is essential for being able to learn to read.
We will be paying a lot of attention to shapes this month. We will go on walks to try and identify shapes in the environment and use shapes within the classroom and garden to construct different objects. To extend this learning, we will look at the different properties of 2D shapes and for the older children we will begin to introduce 3D shapes.
Going on shape hunts in the local environment as well as around the house is a really easy and fun way to encourage children to think about shapes.
Health and Wellbeing
In order to help children understand how to keep themselves safe we will be learning that some things are unsafe to touch and eat. We will do this through our time at the snack table, small group discussions as well as using simple pictures to demonstrate safe and unsafe objects. We will also find out why medicine is important and why it needs to be kept in a safe place.
Having conversations about the ‘medicine cupboard’ and ‘cleaning cupboard’ at home is a perfect opportunity for children to learn first-hand how they can keep themselves safe in their own house.
As part of our topic we will be identifying people in the community who help us and we will be learning about their roles. We will do this through role play, trips, songs, stories, art activities and much more.
By exploring your own local community and looking out for places such as the pharmacy, shops, doctors and dentists is a great starting point for conversations about people who help us.