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Planning and Learning through Play

This term Nursery and Reception are thinking about Ourselves, The Three Pigs and Goldilocks.   Reception are learning Phase 2 phonics ( the sounds the each letter of the alphabet make) and will be counting to ten and beyond, recognising numerals and making simple repeating patterns.  They will explore time and  length, weight and capacity.  Nursery will look at numbers, counting and making sets of objects.  we will learn some songs with actions to perform and think about clapping and using instruments.  We will be listening for sounds and making sounds.  All children will be practicing to improve pen grip and will bring reading books home to share. Parents and carers will have received detailed information on reading and phonics early on in the term.

Information will be shared in both directions using 2BuildaProfile and scrapbooks.

Outside learning will involve child led play learning using water, crates, the mud kitchen and sand pit.  We will explore sounds outside and do some active phonic games.  We try to use the whole outdoor space during the week,including the big yard for ride-ons, the tyre park and assault course. We will be tidying up the nursery garden and planting spring bulbs.

Week

Phonics Reception

Phonics Nursery

 Sally

Phonics Nursery

Friday Ruth-

Songs/stories at appropriate times in wk

Outside/PD

 

UW & PSED

Maths

Literacy

Expressive arts

Natalie

Wed afternoon

Plus homework

1

ur, ow, oi,  er

Seg & Blend

Familiar words & signs – books & tv.

Nursery

Ruth

Recorded voice sounds

Record the children using their voices to make suitable sounds for simple pictures. · Ask them to listen to the recording later and match each sound to a picture

 

 

Sally  Reception

 

Rhyming strings- game= point to knee say this is my tree-they say no knee continue for other body parts

 

Turn game round you say Knee they say rhyming word

Nursery Reception

 

Water capacity

Sand capacity—bring out extra containers

 

Nursery

Doctors – KUW – Books & chat - roles, equipment, how they find out what is wrong, how they can help, why people go to doctors.

Role play – KUW & EAD - being a doctor/patient, provide prompt cards to give ideas.  Chn take photos/video of role play.  Create talk photos of language for display.

 

 

 

 

Reception

Doctors Making a doctors writing prescriptions, name labels

Talking about the visit to the doctors

Wendy

Birthdays

 

 

Nursery

Quantities – compare and language

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reception

Counting to 20

 

 

Making patterns

cubes

Nursery

Apple Tree Farm stories

 

 

 

 

 

Reception

FantasticMr Fox

 

Nursery exploring colour and marks moving towards representation

Shape printing

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reception

Experimenting with colour mixing

Paint a dr or nurse (picture support)

Tricky words

 he

  • she
  • we
  • me
  • be
  • was
  • you
  • they
  • all
  • are
  • my
  • her

Letter formation

 

Caption –writing simple sentence about it.writing

Letter names

 

2

ear, air, ure

1 Day each on 1,2,3,6

Name reading

Nursery

Ruth

Metal mickey game with puppet instead of robot

 

 

 

Sally  Reception

Rhyming strings-Ted’s Red Bed-pause and allow to fill in gaps

 

Match pictures that rhyme

 

Nursery Reception

 

Crates

 

Drawing shapes with chalk

 

Different length ribbons/drawing our heights on wall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nursery Continuing Wk 1. 

 

Reception

Reception

Doctors Making a doctors writing prescriptions, name labels

Talking about the visit to the doctors

Wendy

Birthdays

BOOK WEEK

 

FantasticMr Fox-paint foxes from pictures

 

Friday afternoon Reception and school animation

 

Nursery

Quantities – compare and language

 

 

 

 

 

Reception

3D shape names

3D shape kebabs

Nursery

Apple Tree Farm stories

Foxes and what they can do

Description Mr Fox Act out creeping up on various farm animals

 

 

 

 

Reception

FantasticMr Fox

 

FantasticMr Fox-paint foxes from pictures

Shape pictures

Tricky words

 he

  • she
  • we
  • me
  • be
  • was
  • you
  • they
  • all
  • are
  • my
  • her

Letter formation

 

Caption writing

Letter names

 

3

Activities to consolidate phase 3

2 groups

JP Songs & Rhythm & Rhyme

 

Nursery

Ruth

Recorded voice sounds

Record the children using their voices to make suitable sounds for simple pictures. · Ask them to listen to the recording later and match each sound to a picture

 

 

 

Sally  Reception

From Sound Beginnings tape identify the opicture of the object that rhymes

 

 

Nursery

Chalk numbers natural objects to match

 

 

 

Reception

Simple circle games with rules

Mr Wolf

Egg and spoon

 

Nursery

Reception

Mothers’ Day craft – home-made biscuits wrapped up

 

Make cards—write name in

Take photos of signs of spring – flowers, animals etc—walk down the line Also look for numbers on way photograph

 

 

 

 

Wendy

  Birthdays

 

Nursery

Numerals in environment and matching them with quantity.

 

 

Numbers in the Thornhill environment

 

 

 

Reception

One more one less

Simple addition using equipment

Nursery

 

 

Apple Tree Farm stories

 

Reception

FantasticMr Fox

Osbourne phonic books phase 3 digraphs

 

Nursery

Experimenting with colour mixing

 

 

 

 

Reception

Experimenting with colour mixing

 

Free painting

 

 

 

Tricky words

 he

  • she
  • we
  • me
  • be
  • was
  • you
  • they
  • all
  • are
  • my
  • her

Letter formation

 

Caption writing

Letter names

 

4

Activities to consolidate phase 3

2 groups

1 Day each on 1,2,3,6

Name reading

Nursery

Ruth

Make home mode megaphones, get plastic tubes ‘play’ with voice sounds we can make record and play back

 

Sally Reception Tricky word revision Tricky word flash cards

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/member-only/TrickyWordTrucks.html

 

Nursery

Peg games for strengthening fingers and counting

 

 

Photograph garden-weeding

 

Mud kitchen play or water--observe

 

 

 

Reception

 

Nursery Reception

 

Dogs what do puppies need compared to older dogs?

Visit from police dog handlers-thinking about jobs people and animals do

 

 

 

 

Wendy

Easter

Nursery

Represent numbers with fingers & marks.

Count objects & actions.

 

 

 

 

Reception Numbers to 20

Simple subtraction using equipment

Nursery

Some dogs do

 

 

 

Reception

Some dogs do

 

Floss books

Books with Floppy

 

Nursery Reception

Describing/experiencing textures

Rubbings

Sorting materails

 

Tricky words

 he

  • she
  • we
  • me
  • be
  • was
  • you
  • they
  • all
  • are
  • my
  • her

Letter formation

 

Caption writing

Letter names

 

5

 

Activities to consolidate phase 3

2 groups

JP Songs & Alliteration

Very Hungry Caterpillar

Nursery

Ruth

Make home mode megaphones, get plastic tubes ‘play’ with voice sounds we can make record and play back

 

 

 

Sally Reception

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/member-only/Ph3RocketRescue.html

with whole class

They may need this modelled

Follow by tricky word dictation

Nursery

Pegging

Mud kitchen

 

 

Reception

Water

Nursery/ Reception

 

Pets

What do pets need?

Vets role play

 

Wendy

Easter

 

 

Nursery

Shape – construction, arrangements, language,

 

 

 

Reception

Pictogram different pets

Days of the week practice

Nursery

Hungry caterpillar

 

 

 

 

Reception

Hungry caterpillar

Days of the week practice

Butterfly prints—symmetry

Hungry caterpillar

Tricky words

 he

  • she
  • we
  • me
  • be
  • was
  • you
  • they
  • all
  • are
  • my
  • her

Letter formation

 

Caption writing

Letter names

 

6

Assessment phase 2/3

Blend and Seg

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/member-only/PictureMatch.html

Whole class blending

Follow by tricky word dictation

Reception /Nursery

In the wood trails

Assault courses

 

Crates

 

Egg dumping competition

Easter egg hunt

Reception separate easter egg hunt with simple clues.

Nursery

Shape/pattern – names & in env.

 

Reception/Nursery

PSED Lima’s Red Hot Chili-Temptation

Easter egg competition-decorate an egg

 

 

Spring Term 1Planning Overview

Here in school we base our learning and practice on a document called the Statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage.  We also use Development Matters ( linked to a child's age and development) to help us.

Please see the following link for a good overview of the EYFS curriculum.

https://www.foundationyears.org.uk/files/2014/08/EYFS_Parents_Guide-amended.pdf

 

 

 

The learning in Nursery and Reception is through exploration and play with some discrete adult led teaching, for example: of sounds (phonics) to support reading and  new ideas in maths. We encourage children to reflect and question the world around them and provide lots of quality first hand experiences to help with this.  We experiment with lots of different art media, enjoy listening to and making music and moving to music.  We enjoy lots of activities to develop our fine motor skills and have an excellent outdoor learning environment in which we can practise gross motor skills and where there are many child initiated play opportunities.  These are predominantly, on a larger scale than activities inside.  Adults model and encourage good pen holds, as soon as children are physically ready.

 

Communication,Language and Literacy

 

Literacy teaching can be in small teacher-led groups, independent tasks that children choose or in short, fast paced phonics sessions focused on learning a ‘phoneme’ (the sound a letter, or a group of letters, makes).  Early on our children notice how we see letters and words and print all around us, in the environment, signs, labels, badges, books and on packets and clothes. Through short topics based on the children's interests we listen to stories , act them out’ and the children are encouraged to comment and ask questions, role play (with props), create their own versions and endings and write and create images about it in their own way.

The EYFS team plan stimulating literacy teaching. We aim for a rich language environment and engage all pupils in their learning and cater to individual needs helping SEND pupils with the same vigour as those working at, and beyond, expected levels of attainment.  We ensure that all children access broad and balanced CLL learning by identifying, early on, any need for additional support. This maximises the best outcomes for those that might, for example, be at an early stage of learning English or with a SEND that requires specific teaching or resources. In this way, all children in the EYFS have the opportunity to access CLL, which helps them develop an understanding of how the spoken and written words can and will help them to reach and explore their potential through fascinations and personal interests – a crucial ‘hook’ into literacy for many children.

WHAT DOES CLL LOOK LIKE IN EYFS AT OUR SCHOOL?

  • Speaking: All adults model clear, spoken English for children to consistently hear across the curriculum and throughout their learning. 
  • Listening and attention: Children have many different opportunities to listen and respond to what others say - in small groups, large assemblies and to their peers and different adults. 
  • Reading: Children have access to books carefully chosen to enhance topics. They will read stories, poems and information texts and learn how to find information on websites. They read with teaching staff, volunteers and other pupils in school. They take a reading book home to read with parents every night . We visit the local library so that all our five year olds have their own membership card and become readers who enjoy books and reading.

Writing: Opportunities to write letters, words, sentences, lists, labels, poems are across our topics. Children learn writing skills in small groups, phonics and access independent writing activities inside and on clipboards in the outside area. In the EYFS they can often choose resources they like to write with and books they want to read.

 

Maths

 

All our maths teaching begins with concrete objects, play based exploration, questionning ,trial and error, problem solving and games. As with Literacy we believe in providing support for those who struggle, encouragement for all and and extension for those who are ready for it. Discrete adult led activities allow children to explore and consolidate skills and knowledge through fun, hands on activities,

 

WHAT DOES MATHS LOOK LIKE IN EYFS AT OUR SCHOOL?

  • Number: Counting  irregular arrangements of objects,actions,equipment and counting in games. Children begin to learn to recognize some numbers alone and in their environments. Children match objects to numbers and eventually order.
  • Shape :We learn to manipulate shapes in jigsaws and build with 3-D blocks. We sort shapes, describe them and eventually recognize simple 2-D and 2-D shapes. We make simple patterns and describle to position of an object.
  • Measure: We learn to compare quantities and sizes. We anticipate familar events and begin to use simple methods to measure time. We use simple language related to money.

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