LEARNING FOCUS

This past two months the children have enjoyed a variety of activities. We were lucky to have a visiting artist work with the children to create animals from clay, with many children making more than one. For world book day we talked about our favourite stories and it was lovely to see children dressed up as a character from their favourite story.
With the change in seasons, we looked at how we see new life appearing at this time of year. After looking at tree blossoms and daffodils the children created their own pictures, choosing the materials they wanted to make them. We have also explored the different ways people celebrate Spring time with eggs, flowers and talked about what they might do with their families. It was lovely finishing the term with our own Nursery celebration at Hillcroft and a big thank you to all the parents who were able to help. The children were very excited and had a great time hunting for Easter eggs hunt, playing parachute games and popping bubbles.
These past months we have been exploring keeping a beat and rhythm through songs and using instruments. We continue to enjoy rhyming songs, nursery rhymes and stories with rhyming words and have been identify the rhyming words in them. The children love seeing if they can work out whose name is being chosen from initial sound clues and we are exploring syllables in their names, clapping them out. Many children are really enjoying creating pictures and are keen to share their work with adults, talking about what they have made. We are starting to introduce some stories without pictures, as well as many favourite and new ones.
In maths we are applying our counting skills to check our estimations for small quantities of objects. The children have enjoyed comparing objects of different lengths and heights, explaining which is longer, taller, shorter or in the middle. We have been talking about shapes we see around, naming them and singing songs with shapes in. The children continue to sing number songs and we have used these to explore reciting numbers to twenty.

Home Learning –
As the weather becomes warmer and the days longer, there are more and more flowers and the leaves are appearing on the trees. This is a great opportunity to make your child aware of this change. What can they hear? Are there any new smells?

Whilst waiting in a cue or for a bus see how high your child can count. Can they recite numbers to 5, 10 or 20? When you see small sets of objects e.g. 2, 3, 4 or 5, challenge them to estimate how many there are and then count them. When you go to the park, see who can find the longest stick or the shortest one.

When your child draws a picture, encourage them to talk about what they’ve drawn. If you’re enjoying some music, pat or clap the beat or enjoy moving to the rhythm. What songs can your child sing to you? Have they got any favourites?