At Foxfield Primary School, we ensure that learning is planned for all in a cross-curricular way. This ensures that children are able to make links within their learning. Lessons challenge all pupils through a variety of activities, providing opportunities for feedback from adults and peers. Through the high expectations of everyone at Foxfield, we aspire to achieve the highest quality outcomes.
CURRICULUM AND LITERACY
During the Spring term, the learning in Nursery will be based around the global theme of ‘Sustainable Development’. The focus of the term is to explore how we can grow vegetables and improve the school environment. Over the course of the term, the children will begin to explore what it means to grow fruit and vegetables and learn about how to take care of a garden. They will also look at the life cycle of a seed and explore what plants need to grow. They will be using the texts ‘Grandpa’s Garden’ and ‘Oliver’s Vegetables’ to support their learning. The project outcome for the learning journey will be show casing our growing projects with the children singing songs and sharing their learning.
Our role-play area is Grandpa’s Garden which will enable the children to use their imaginations by using first hand experiences of planting and growing vegetables. Investigating Minibeasts and other visitors to the garden will help us to understand their importance in the environment. Children will build their vocabulary and communication skills as they explore and take on the role of the gardener.
In Maths, this half term Nursery will be beginning to recognise numerals and learning the value of number by representing numbers in different ways and matching to numicon. We will extend their knowledge to find ways to find ‘one more than’ and ‘one less than’ a number. We will be exploring positional language and will walk around the school using the language to describe our journey and to help understand the vocabulary.
UNDERSTANDING THE WORLD
In Understanding of the World we will continue to plant seeds and seedlings in order to investigate how they grow. We will be observing and tasting different fruit and vegetables to help us decide what to grow in the Nursery garden. We are excited that stem week is during this half term and we will be focusing on buildings and structures in London. In Nursery, our focus will be the Tower of London and we will be using different construction equipment and materials to build our own models.
The children will be developing their creative skills linked to their Art outcome. They will explore the art of using natural materials. As part of the art-learning journey we will be making representations of vegetables using different techniques including printing, dying and papier mache. This links to the core text, ‘Oliver’s Vegetables. In addition, we will use different materials to do observational drawings of vegetables and hope to make our very own scarecrow.
This year the Nursery will be aiming to go on at least one trip per term. This half term we will be visiting ‘Under One Roof’ in Woolwich theatre. During this trip, children will attend a Jack and the Beanstalk production and a workshop where they will plant their own beanstalk. To enable a safe and successful trip it would great to have as many parents as possibleto join us. Unfortunately, we will have to cancel the trip if we are unable to get enough helpers. A separate letter will be sent with further information. Apologies, the school does not allow siblings to come along to these trips for school insurance purposes.
Stay and read Thursdays and our new lending library has been a great success. Please continue to stay for five minutes to select a book with your child and read with them.
It is now the time of year when the weather can often be cold and wet; please ensure that your child wears a warm coat and has a pair of wellington boots in Nursery, as we play outside whatever the weather!
We welcome parental involvement in the life of our school. If you are able to visit the school or help in any way, please contact your child’s class teacher.
We will be beginning Forest School this half term; look out for a text or notice with further information.