Welcome back to another exciting term for our Nursery children and families. 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.
During the Spring term, the learning in Nursery will be based around the global theme of ‘Sustainable Development’. The focus of this half term is to explore caterpillars and butterflies. We will be looking at the lifecycle of a butterfly and using correct terminology to describe the stages. This will enable us to extend our vocabulary. We will compare other animal life cycles and look for similarities and differences between them. We hope to hatch our own caterpillars and release the butterflies. During this process we will investigate the habitats that they live in and what they eat. We will be using the core text ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ to support this learning. The project outcome for the learning journey will be the children sharing facts about caterpillars and butterflies through a variety of songs and rhymes that they have learnt.
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. In addition to this we will be investigating minibeasts, including butterflies and caterpillars. This 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 and minibeast hunter.
In Maths this half term, Nursery will be learning about measuring length, weight and capacity using non-standard measurements through focused activities and independent play. The children will also explore the vocabulary for measurement and make some predictions. Nursery children will measure caterpillars, worms, butterfly wings, themselves. They will weigh their toys or presents. Nursery children will also recap numbers in a different way and use 3D shapes to make habitats for their minibeasts.
In Expressive Arts, children will be encouraged to create their own artwork of the life cycle of a butterfly using different media, linking with the global theme and their concern for the environment in choosing their materials. Children will use different art techniques for different stages of the life cycle: papier mache, button collages, watercolour and oil pastels.
Our lending library has been a great success. When we return to school, we will continue to collect books in on Monday (so that we can quarantine them for 72 hours) and take a new book on Thursday. This gives you the opportunity to share a book with your child and this can really make a difference to a child’s early reading skills. Book bags are £5: they help to keep our books in good condition and can be used as your child moves into Reception next year. If you have not already purchased a bag please speak to a member of Nursery staff.
Tapestry is a great way for you to share the learning that the children are doing at home and this will enable us to add comments and suggestions to extend their learning. Please contact us if you need any extra support with this. You can contact us on class emails-
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