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 Here we will share the adventures of our Nursery and Reception children.

 Autumn term 1:

SubjectActivites

Maths

All the children will start the term by exploring patterns. Nursery children will work on recognising patterns and arranging objects in patterns. Reception will be noticing, describing and continuing patterns, spotting mistakes and creating their own ABAB, ABBABB and ABBCABBC patterns. The children will then start learning about numbers to 5. Nursery will be practicing 1:1 correspondence when counting, reciting numbers in order and showing finger numbers. Reception will be consolidating the same skills but will also learn to subitise to 5, recall one more and one less and create numbers in different ways. Linked to our topic work, the children will use and names shapes to build houses and will describe their route to school. Reception will complete a daily independent maths challenge.

Reading

All children will learn to retell the story of ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’ by reading the story map and using actions. Reception and Nursery children where appropriate will complete literacy based activities linked to this story such as performing the story, recognising the beginning, middle and end and talking about how the characters are feeling. In their phonics sessions, Nursery will learn to recognise their name, listen to and talk about stories and learn about the 5 principles of reading. Reception will start phase 2 phonics and will use the sounds they learn to read words and captions.

Writing

Reception will learn to write the sounds they learn in phonics and they will also learn to write words and captions. They will complete an independent daily writing challenge and will use the tricky table daily to build up their muscles. When appropriate, they will complete literacy writing activities.

Nursery will take part in daily gross motor and fine motor skills. They will be provided with many opportunities to mark make and will be encouraged to give meaning to their marks. They will also start to learn to write their name.

Autumn term 2:

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Reception children will learn about numbers to 10. They will practice counting, recognising, writing and ordering the numbers. They will learn to recall one more and one less facts. They will explore addition by making numbers in different ways using a range of resources. Nursery children will learn about numbers to 5. They will practice reciting the numbers in the correct order, showing finger numbers and counting using 1:1 correspondence. Linked to our topic, all children will explore length and 2D and 3D shapes.

Reading

All children will learn to retell the story of ‘The Queen’s Hat’ by reading the story map and using actions. Reception and Nursery children where appropriate will complete literacy based activities linked to this story such as recognising the beginning, middle and end, using adjectives to describe and interviewing the Queen! In their phonics sessions, Nursery will learn to recognise their name, listen to and talk about stories and learn about the 5 principles of reading. Reception will learn some more sounds including digraphs and practice using these to read words, captions and sentences. Reception children will also take part in guided reading sessions.

Writing

Reception will practice forming letters correctly and will practice writing the sounds they have been learning. They will use these sounds to write words, captions and sentences. They will complete an independent daily writing challenge and will use the tricky table daily to build up their muscles. When appropriate, they will complete literacy writing activities.

Nursery will take part in daily gross motor and fine motor skills. They will be provided with many opportunities to mark make and will be encouraged to give meaning to their marks. They will also practice writing their name.

Spring term 1:

Maths

Reception will start the term by recapping their knowledge and understanding of numbers to 10. They will then learn how to add and subtract by practicing different methods and recognising the symbols. Next, they will learn to recall number bonds to 5 and they will finish the term by exploring odd and even numbers. The children will also practice counting beyond 10. Nursery children will continue to explore numbers to 5 by practicing their counting skills, solving real world problems and comparing quantities. Linked to our topic, all children will explore measurement, capacity and 2D and 3D shape.

Reading

All children will learn to retell the story ‘Harry and His Bucketful of Dinosaurs’. They will help to create the story map so they can read it with actions. Reception and Nursery children where appropriate will complete literacy based activities linked to this story such as making accurate predictions using clues from the pictures and texts, recognising the beginning, middle and end and character’s feelings. In their phonics sessions, Nursery will develop their phonological awareness by exploring rhyme and initial sounds. Reception will continue to learn more sounds, including digraphs, so they can use these to read words, captions and sentences. They will also be introduced to more tricky words.  

Writing

Reception will learn form letters correctly and write digraphs accurately. They will practice using these sounds to write words and then will practice writing captions and sentences using finger spaces. They will practice spelling some of the tricky words. They will complete an independent daily writing challenge and will use the tricky table daily to build up their hand muscles. When appropriate, they will complete writing activities linked to our story.

Nursery will take part in daily fine motor and gross motor skill sessions. They will be provided with many opportunities to mark make and will be encouraged to give meaning to their marks. Some nursery children will learn to write their name, while others will practice writing initial sounds.  

Spring term 2:

Maths

Reception will start by learning about doubling, halving and sharing. They will then explore odd and even numbers.  We will then practice our recall and understanding of number bonds to 10 and one more and one less facts. Nursery will concentrate on numbers to 5 and will go beyond if confident. They will practice number recognition, ordering, counting and problem solving. All children will practice counting beyond 10. Linked to our topic, the children will explore weight and capacity.

Reading

All children will learn to retell the story ‘The Little Red Hen’. They will create a class story map with actions. Reception and Nursery children, where appropriate, will complete literacy based activities linked to this story such as making accurate predictions using clues from the pictures and texts, recognising the beginning, middle and end and character’s feelings and learn about dialogue. In their phonics sessions, Nursery will develop their phonological awareness by exploring rhyme and initial sounds. Reception will continue to learn more sounds and consolidate other sounds so they can use these to read words, captions and sentences. They will also be introduced to more tricky words.  

Writing

Reception will learn new sounds and will practice writing these as well as some of the tricky words. They will have lots of opportunities to practice using finger spaces, full stops and capital letters and the sounds they are learning. They will continue to complete their independent daily writing challenge. They will complete writing activities linked to our story.

Nursery will take part in daily fine motor and gross motor skill sessions. They will be provided with many opportunities to mark make and will be encouraged to give meaning to their marks. Some nursery children will learn to write their name, while others will practice writing initial sounds.  All children will use the tricky table to build up their fine motor skills.

Summer term 1:

Maths

All children are going to explore repeating patterns and shape linked to our minibeast topic. Reception will go on to learn about numbers to 20 including counting accurately using 1:1 correspondence, number formation and number recognition. They will use numbers to 20 to practice previously learnt skills of addition, subtraction, doubling, halving, sharing and odd and even numbers. Nursery will start to learn about numbers beyond 5 including 1:1 counting, number recognition and showing finger numbers.

Reading

All children will learn to retell the story ‘The Sleepy Bumblebee’. We will practice prediction skills and then we will create a class storymap with actions. We will complete literacy based activities such as discussing character feelings and thoughts. We will also read non-fiction books to find out more information about minibeasts. Nursery children will join in with these activities where appropriate.

In their phonics sessions, Nursery will develop their phonological awareness by exploring rhyme and initial sounds. Some Nursery will children will start to learn some sounds and practice oral blending. Reception will continue to follow the Jolly Phonics scheme of learning. They will consolidate their reading skills by reading words, sentence and captions and they will be introduced to split digraphs (magic e) and more tricky words.

Writing

Reception will learn about split digraphs (magic e) and will be introduced to more tricky words. They will practice writing digraphs and tricky words and will continue to work on finger spaces, full stops and capital letters. They will use their writing skills in phonics, some literacy lessons, daily writing challenges and writing opportunities around the classroom.  

Nursery will take part in daily fine motor and gross motor skill sessions. They will be provided with many opportunities to mark make and will be encouraged to give meaning to their marks. Some nursery children will learn to write their name, while others will practice writing initial sounds and some may start to write simple CVC words.

All children will use the tricky table to build up their fine motor skills.

Summer term 2:

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