Spring Term 2021
Although we are unable to do this in person at the moment, we would like to welcome the 14 children who should have started with us this term and share with everyone our weekly themes for the term. You will see from the planning that we are putting on the website and on Tapestry that we are still following these themes but have adapted them for home learning. The home learning plans include fun activities with lots of interactive stories, games and ideas for you to try.
Week 1 – Settling in and Nursery visits
Our first week of term is a short week where we concentrate on welcoming our older children back and getting to know our new starters when they come to visit.
Week 2 - Happy and Sad
This is the week in which our new children start so we think about our feelings; being kind to each other and sharing and taking turns. We paint feelings faces, make paper plate faces, complete face and people puzzles, colour in paper people and look at our reflections in coloured water.
Week 3 - The Gruffalo
We share the Gruffalo story with the children and then we put the book, a CD and figures in the listening area so they can re tell the story. There are Gruffalo playdough mats, a lotto game to play and Gruffalo pictures to colour in. The children can use their creative skills to paint the Gruffalo characters or stick different materials onto cut out Gruffalo figures.
Week 4 - Day and Night
In this week, we think about ‘Day & Night’ and space. We have the rockets and spacemen out to play with and the children can have a go at trying to light up a bulb using a circuit. We cover a table with black material, and we put stars underneath it and have torches out for the children to explore. There are also lots of moons and stars to decorate, cut out or colour in. Our story is Owl Babies so we will also be giving the children the opportunity to create owl pictures and play with owl puppets.
Week 5 - Hot and Cold
This week we look at hot and cold weather and the different seasons. We look at how water freezes; taste exotic fruit; drink hot chocolate and use fruit to print patterns with. We talk about different clothes we wear for different weathers and we listen to and watch the story ‘Handa’s surprise and compare the weather in different countries.
Week 6 - Chinese New Year
This is normally an exciting week in Nursery when we focus on Chinese New Year (year of the Ox) and how it is celebrated. We change our ‘Let’s Pretend’ area into a Chinese restaurant and there are prawn crackers to taste; the children are encouraged to have a go at taking orders and serving the food. We also taste noodles, spring rolls and prawn toast at snack time. The grown-ups help the children to make Chinese lanterns, lucky money bags and gold pictures on red paper. This week is also near Valentine’s day, so we make Valentines biscuits, cards and decorate hearts.
Unfortunately, Shrove Tuesday is in half term this year. We would usually have shown the children how to make pancakes that they can eat at snack time!
After half term we look at different kinds of weather and then look at how things grow including plants, animals and then ourselves. These themes bring us nicely into thinking about Easter and the season of spring.
Week 7 - Wet and Windy weather
We always hope that the weather will be windy this week then the children can make streamers and kites and have a go at using them! If it rains, we have lots of umbrellas we can use. The children will be able to paint patterns on umbrellas and kites; dress up in waterproof clothes; play with boats in the water; have a go at weather jigsaws and watch and join in with weather stories and songs.
Week 8 - How plants change and grow
Following on from thinking about the weather, we start looking at how things change, this week is all about plants. We will paint observational pictures of flowers; read stories about plants, flowers and look at our environment; our school grounds are a wonderful place in which to do this.
It is also world book day on Thursday 4th – a day for everyone to dress up as a book character and time to share, watch, listen to and read lots of stories.
Week 9 - How animals change and grow
This week has us thinking about animals and how they change and grow. We look at spring babies such as lambs and chicks either through a story or on the Interactive whiteboard. The children can make egg box caterpillars, use animal moulds in the sand and animal cutters in the play dough; match animal mothers and babies in the puzzle and games area and play with fish, turtles and ducks in the water. It is also Mother’s Day on Sunday 14th so we are always busy baking and making cards.
Week 10 - How we change and grow
Our focus this week is on ourselves and how we change and grow. The children can paint pictures of themselves or of people they want to be when they are grown up. There are faces to colour in, sequencing jigsaws of children, the opportunity to bath babies in the water tray and play with baby toys, as well as looking at books that are all about babies or growing up. On Friday 19th it is Comic relief day; it’s a non-uniform day to raise money for this good cause.
Week 11 & week 12 – Easter
Easter falls at the beginning of our next holiday but, we will think and prepare for this celebration in these last two weeks of term. The children make hats and cards, taste hot cross buns, go on an egg hunt and make Easter nests that they hope the Easter bunny will fill with eggs! They also have a go at creating/drawing an animal on the computer which we print out and display