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Curriculum Overview 2016-2017

Summer Term 2

Week beginning 03/07/17

Howe Park Transition Meeting

Parent/Child Transition meeting for children staying at Howe Park School School in September is on Monday 3rd July. Please go to the main school reception with your child any time between 9.45 and 10.15am. You will then be directed from there to register, go to classrooms etc. You can stay in school up until 11am. If your child is returning to nursery after this visit, please inform the staff at the main reception so we can come and collect your child from you.

This week across the whole of school our focus will be Health and Well Being!

 

Clothing for this week

Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately in clothing and footwear (trainers are probably best) for a lot of PE type activities.

As part of our learning and exploring this week we will be:

  • talking and discussing what it means to live healthily and eat healthily ( a parent has very kindly volunteered to come in to the morning session to talk about what she and her family do to live healthily.)

  • running every day for 5 minutes - running skilfully and negotiating space successfully, adjusting speed or direction to avoid obstacles.

  • exercising using the trim trail on the main school playground

  • reading the story of Handa's Surprise and tasting different fruit during snack time

  • making a treat to take home especially for parents (hopefully the children will share?!)

  • having a Yoga session

  • exercising to our favourite dances and songs - the Conga, being one of many

  •  building an assault course and we will be travelling with with confidence and skill around, under, over and through balancing and climbing equipment.

  • putting out the children's favourite learning activities

  • learning some new parachute games

  • playing a new circle game called duck, duck, goose

 

Week beginning 26/06/17

Transition Meetings at new schools

If your child is leaving us at Howe park and going to  a new school in September, please let us know of any induction meetings etc that you may have coming up.

Chicken Pox

We have had 2 confirmed cases of Chicken Pox in the afternoon class towards the end of last week. If you are in the early or late stages of pregnancy, please consult your doctor. Please keep your child at home until the scabs have crusted over and no new ones appear.

 

Our value this week will continue to be: Understanding

 

Our story this week will continue to be: 

 

 

Our song this week will be: Elephants have wrinkles

As part of our learning and exploring this week we will be:

  • focusing on elephants

  • reading the story of a famous elephant called Elmer - we will be talking about our similarities and differences and how we are special and unique

  • looking a pictures of elephants and painting our own

  • learning a song about Elmer to count to 10 forwards and backwards.

  • making our own patchwork elephant using different resources

  • continuing to notice the change in our beans as they are growing (these will go home this week for you to plant and to look after)

Week beginning 19/06/17

 

It has been extremely warm over the weekend and the temperature is expected to soar over the week. Please ensure your child is prepared for this hot and sticky weather (with possible rain showers):

  • apply suncream before coming to nursery - the 'Once a day' cream is best!

  • sun hat

  • water bottle light clothes (t-shirt with jumper in their back)

  • closed shoes with socks - no sandals or flip flops - these cause blisters and objects may fall on toes during play and explore time

  • back pack with spare clothing

 

Please make sure all items above are fully named

Our value this week will be: Understanding

 

Our story this week will be: 

 

 

Our song this week will be: Down in the Jungle

As part of our learning and exploring this week we will be:

  • reading the story Rumble in the Jungle and particularly focusing on rhyming words

  • looking at pictures of animals and talking about different patterns.

  • matching animals with their babies (learning new vocabulary).

  • acting out the animals in the story by using our bodies

  • using our voices to make different animal sounds (Phonics - Letters and Sounds)

 

Week beginning 12/06/17

Summer Fair

It was fantastic to see so  many nursery children and their families at the Rugby club on Saturday and afternoon. I really enjoyed myself and hope you all did too!

Sun Cream/Sun hats

The weather is so interchangeable at the moment. Please keep an eye on the weather forecast and apply sun cream before coming to nursery. Please pack  a sun hat at well.

Our value this week will continue to be: Tolerance

Our story this week will continue to be:  

  • joining  in with repeated refrains and anticipates key events and phrases in our story - using our voices to make different sounds to act out the story
  • moving freely and with pleasure and confidence in a range of ways, such as slithering, shuffling, rolling, crawling, walking, running, jumping, skipping, sliding and hopping - playing a game called the bean game.
  • planting beans in a plastic cup and hoping our own beanstalk will grow. We will observe the changes over the next 2 weeks or so before these will come home.
  • introducing the children to money and we will be counting pennies.
  • looking at the concept of capacity and talking about full and empty.

Week beginning 05/06/17

Playground Equipment on the main school playground

Please supervise your child as you wait for nursery to open in the morning. The climbing apparatus with the slide attached to it is not suitable for children under 5. We thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter.

 

Pupils trays in the main cloakroom area

Each child has a named tray where paintings and other work is put into ready to go to home. Please check and empty regularly as we wouldn't want you to miss out on all the fantastic work your child is creating in nursery.

 

Stars and Values 

Please remember to fill in your 'Stars' from home and the Value of the week sheet. The children really do enjoy sharing their news and feel very proud when these are shared on the carpet at the end of the session.

 

Cool Milk

Cool Milk

 

Established in 1998, Cool Milk at School Ltd work in partnership with Local Authorities to supply free and subsidised milk for children in primary, infant, junior and special schools. For our nursery children, milk is free up to the age of 5. If you haven't registered online with Cool Milk for this service, please do so as some children are asking for milk at snack time and they are not on our milk list. It only takes a few minutes to register.

Click on the following link to take you to the website: Cool Milk

 

At the end of the morning session

We really appreciate that parents are picking up at the end of the session promptly (doors open at 12.05pm-12.15pm). Can you please make sure when Mrs Copeland is ready to hand over your child to you that you come right up to the nursery door so that any information from the morning book can be given to you quickly and discreetly. 

 

Mrs Hankins has had a very special birthday over the weekend.We hope she has had a fantastic family weekend full of wonderful surprises! We will of course sing Happy birthday to her today and we will  have a mini party during snack time. Children will have juice, a cupcake and some pom pom bear crisps as well as fruit.

Our value this week will be: Tolerance

Our story this week will be:  

 

Our song this week will be:  He'll be climbing up the Beanstalk

As part of our learning and exploring this week we will be:

  • joining  in with repeated refrains and anticipates key events and phrases in our story.
  • moving freely and with pleasure and confidence in a range of ways, such as slithering, shuffling, rolling, crawling, walking, running, jumping, skipping, sliding and hopping - playing a game called the bean game.
  • planting beans in a plastic cup and hoping our own beanstalk will grow. We will observe the changes over the next 2 weeks or so before these will come home.
  • playing a listening game called 'The giant says' where we will follow instructions and directions (a little bit like Simon says).
  • looking at our Artist of the term: Guiseppe Arcimboldo. He was an Italian painter best known for creating imaginative portrait heads made entirely of objects such as fruits, vegetables, flowers, fish, and books. We will be making our own faces using a variety of fruit and vegetables.
  • introducing the children to money and we will be counting pennies.
  • starting our preparations for Father's Day.
  • developing our pincer grip by using nuts, bolts and washers.

Week beginning 22/05/17

Our value this week will continue to be: Responsibility.

We will be looking after our nursery environment this week by weeding in the garden beds and generally tidying up our outside area.

Our story this week will be:  Superworm - Cbeebies bedtime stories

 

Our song this week will be:  There's a worm at the bottom of the garden

As part of our learning and exploring this week we will be:

  • learning some key facts about earth worms Cbeebies - Minibeast adventures with Jess - Worms

  • reading the story of Superworm and reciting the key phrase off by heart.

  • thinking about how we we can work as a team in nursery

  • working responsibly as a team to tidy up our outdoor nursery environment

  • using Haribo worm sweets to estimate how many there are in the packet and then counting them carefully to check how many there actually are

  • decorating a biscuit to look like a minibeast 

  • using cheerios and pipe cleaners to make worms on our Funky fingers table 

  • making worms at the play dough table and  ordering  2 or 3 items by length

  • continuing to look at pictures of different minibeasts and then making our own paintings of them 

Week beginning 15/05/17

Our value this week will be: Responsibility.

Our story this week will be: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Click on the link to watch a lovely animated version of the story. Animated Film of the Very Hungry Caterpillar

Our song this week will be:  There's a tiny caterpillar on a leaf

As part of our learning and exploring this week we will be:

 

  •  reading the story of the Very Hungry Caterpillar

  • identifying the main stages of the Life Cycle of a Butterfly

  • observing our caterpillars in nursery as they get ready to move on to the cocoon stage.

  • acting out the Life Cycle of a Butterfly using our bodies and moving to music. 

  • making different shades of green to paint our caterpillar by mixing green paint with white paint.

  • painting butterflies by using symmetry

  • moving like minibeasts in our PE lesson

 

 

 

Week beginning 08/05/17

The whole school theme for the summer term is 'The Great Outdoors.' Following the children's interest we are going to look at Minibeasts. The children  noticed a friendly spider who made an entrance across the nursery floor last week. Don't know who was more frightened - the spider or the children! They are also starting to notice minibeasts outside in the nursery garden. 

 

Our value this week will continue to be: Perseverance.

Thank you for all the values slips that were returned last week. The children have been very proud to share with us all how they are showing perseverance at home.

Our story this week will continue to be: Mad about Minibeasts

Our song this week will be:  Minibeasts, minibeasts, watch those minibeasts move!

As part of our learning and exploring this week we will be:

  • continuing to welcome and settle our new children in Rabbit class

  • introducing what the word mini means and can we think of any other words that means the same as mini

  • looking at pictures of minibeasts and seeing how many we can name

  • reading the story of 'Mad about Minibeasts' and identifying rhyming words

  • moving like minibeasts in our PE lesson

  • having our circle time and discussing the value of perseverance

  • sorting minibeasts by colour and counting them

  • continuing to explore in our Peppa Pig small world area.

  • using every day household 'junk' to build with a purpose

  • will be enclosing lines and spaces to paint a minibeast

  • looking for minibeasts in the nursery garden

  • Our Artist of the term is: Guiseppe Arcimboldo who was an Italian painter best known for creating imaginative portrait heads made entirely of objects such as fruits, vegetables, flowers, fish, and books. Use a search engine to see what sort of pictures he painted.

 

 

 

Week beginning 24/04/17

Our value this week will continue to be: Respect

Our story this week will continue to be: The Little Red Hen

Our song this week will be:  Lay a little egg for me/I know a chicken

As part of our learning and exploring this week we will be:

  • welcoming our new children and parents in Rabbit Class this week
  • observing the baby chicks that will arrive in nursery on Monday
  • making chicks using play dough and other resources
  • painting chicks using a fork
  • creating a paper plate chick
  • singing our songs about chicks
  • using our voices to retell the story of the Little Red Hen
  • continue to select the correct numeral to represent 1 to 5, then 1 to 10 objects.
  • using the musical instruments on our stage area outside to make loud/quiet and fast/slow sounds

Week beginning 17/04/17

Our value this week is: Respect

Our story this week will be:

Our song this week will be: Five Little chicks (Click on the link)

As part of our learning and exploring this week we will be:

  • developing our Circle time skills 
  • Recognising and describing special times or events for family or friends.
  • reading the story of the Little Red Hen.
  • preparing for the chicks to arrive next week in nursery.
  • exploring the changes to our farm small world area (focus is on chicks)
  • sequencing the life cycle of a chick
  • singing songs about chicks

  • Mole class (AM) will be getting ready for their stay and play and fund raising session next Tuesday.Please click on the following link for the letter and sponsorship for that went home before the Easter holidays. Stay and Play/Fundraising Letter Rabbit Class (PM) will have theirs later in the term, once the new children are in and settled. 

  • Noticing simple shapes  in pictures.

  • Selecting the correct numeral to represent 1 to 5, then 1 to 10 objects.
  • making a musical instrument that shakes

  

Week beginning 20/03/17

Our value this week is: Courage

Our story this week will be:

Our song(s) this week will be: our favourite Nursery Rhymes BBC Nursery Rhymes. Please ask your child to share with us their favourite(s)!

As part of our learning and exploring this week we will be:

  • reading the story of 'The Lion Inside' and during circle time we will discuss times we have been scared and had to be brave or show courage.
  • going on a walk around the school grounds to look for new signs of Spring
  • exploring primary colours (red, blue and yellow) and how these colours can be changed to make new colours.
  • looking at pictures made from 2d shapes and making our own pictures using a variety of shapes.
  • discussing the importance of Red Nose Day and we will wear something Red on Friday 24th March to show our support (a donation of £1 is suggested)
  • naming as many people as we can in our lives that help us and saying how
  • using people who help us to explore number sentences. For example 1 fire officer and 3 fire officer makes 4 in total (1 and 3 is 4)
  • practising our improving bike skills on the Rainbow playground
  • building an obstacle course to move in different ways
  • looking at daffodils that are dying and comparing them with a fresh bunch of daffodils (talking about change and decay)

 

Week beginning 13/03/17

This week we are going to have a "Paw Patrol" type week as we continue to look at our topic on Heroes and Heroines. This is following the interests of the children closely as it has been a very popular topic of conversation since Christmas. Obviously there were lots of Paw Patrol toys received.

Our value this week is: Patience 

Our story this week will be:

Our song(s) this week will be: our favourite Nursery Rhymes BBC Nursery Rhymes. Please ask your child to share with us their favourite(s)!

As part of our learning and exploring this week we will be:

 

  • developing our cutting skills to make a paw patrol hat and a mask.

  • counting the paw patrol characters and matching them with a numeral.

  • beginning to represent numbers by looking at number formation.

  • using a dice to count out flowers into 2 pots and saying whether the pots have the same number of flowers or different, beginning to use the language of 'more' and 'less'.

  • discussing different scenarios and saying whether we think they are 'friendly' or 'unfriendly'.

  • beginning to think about special times in our families and we will be starting to prepare for a special occasion coming up in the next few weeks (we are being very organised!).

  • playing a weather Spring weather game using a parachute (thinking about our value of patience).

  • learning about St. Patrick and why some people regarded him as being a hero.

  • preparing our number display on '5 little ducks went swimming one day'.

 

Week beginning 06/03/17

Our value this week is: Patience 

Our story this week will be:

Our song this week will be:Superman Dance routine steps from Emporium entertainers in Kent & Sussex

 

As part of our learning and exploring this week we will be:

  • learning the actions of the Superman dance

  • reading the story of Supertato: Veggies Assemble

  • discussing what would Supertato do in different situations - friendly or unfriendly behaviour

  • drawing/painting the Evil Pea and Supertato

  • matching numerals and quantities using the Evil peas and potatoes

  • beginning to understand the concepts of: full, empty and half full/empty

  • learning a song 'What do we have in our sound box today?' - talking about things/objects that begin with the same letter (alliteration)

 

Week beginning 27/02/17

Our value this week is: Caring 

 

Our story this week will be:

We're going on a bear hunt

 

As part of our learning and exploring this week we will be:

  • listening to and joining in with the key phrase in the story of We're going on a Bear Hunt
  • looking at the illustrations in the story of We're going on a Bear Hunt and then will create a story map by putting the pictures in the correct order 
  • watching Michael Rosen, the author, telling the story and then joining in with the actions and voice sounds of the different parts of the story 

Click on the following link to watch Michael Rosen tell the story - Michael Rosen performs We're going on a Bear Hunt

  • talking about Pancake Day and the traditions behind why pancakes are eaten on Shrove Tuesday.
  • dressing up for World book Day as a character from a book and saying why we have chosen to dress up as that character.
  • singing familiar songs and using movement in response to the music
  • making collage daffodils to put on a class display.
  • creating our own bears based on the style of Romero Britto, our artist of the term.

 

Week beginning 20/02/17

Our value this week is: 

 

We will continue to look at the story of:

Goldilocks book

 

Our song of the week is: 10 in the bed song

As part of our learning and exploring this week we will be:

  • starting to think about the season of Spring. How is this different from Winter?
  • thinking about how the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears is structured. What come first, then, next and finally.
  • representing numbers by keeping a score when we play a game of put the bean bags into  a bucket. We will create a tally.
  • observing the effects of exercise on our bodies - Why is it important to exercise? What happens our heart rate when we exercise?
  • making banana and porridge muffins.
  • exploring the work of our artist of the term -  Romero Britto. We will be reading the story of Where is Friendship Bear 

 

britto

If you would like to work on a bear at home with your child, please ask for a template. Please return when you have finished  and we can put it up on our class display.

 

Week beginning 06/02/17

Our value this week is: Quality

Our story of the week is:

Goldilocks book

Our song this week is:Goldilocks Song: When Goldilocks went to the house of the bears (British Council)

As part of our learning and exploring this week we will be:

  • learning our song of the week and putting actions to it
  • reading the story of Goldilocks and the three bears and in particular we will be using our voices to make the story more exciting.
  • learning about prepositions such as ‘under’, ‘on top’, ‘behind’ by carrying out an action or selecting the correct picture.
  • exploring that print carries meaning and in English, is read from left to right and top to bottom.
  • discussing internet safety as part of Safer Internet day on Tuesday 7th February. Click on the link below to find some suggestions you could discuss with your child at home (there is very little information available for 3-4 year olds but have a look at the information for 5-7 year olds as a guide/starting point.)  Safer Internet Day

 

Week beginning 30/01/17

We will continue to explore the value of cooperation this week.

This week our focus will be on Chinese New Year. The celebrations started  on Saturday 28th January. 2017 is the Year of the Rooster.

Rooster

Our story of the week is: The Great Race

The Great Race

 

 

Our song this week is: Gung Hay Fat Choy by Nancy Stewart

As part of our learning and exploring this week we will be:

  • learning to say some basic every day phrases in Mandarin Chinese
  • talking about the preparations that happen to welcome the New Year
  • reading the story of the Great Race 
  • finding out about Nian and what he didn't like - linking this with the traditions of Chinese New Year today
  • developing our scissor skills to make a lantern, lucky envelope and dragon
  • watching a dragon dance and then creating our own version of it
  • matching numbers and quantities
  • creating a step by step picture of a rooster
  • making New Year cards
  • tasting Chinese foods and discussing the texture of the foods
  • discussing how we could better look after our nursery toys and resources during our circle time

 

Week beginning 23/01/17

 

Cooperation

Our song of the week is: Sesame Street - Big Bird sings 'That's cooperation'

 

We will continue to read the story of the Gingerbread Man. The children were very excited this morning (Monday) when they came in and noticed the Gingerbread man had jumped out of the oven and run away. Lots of children spent their time looking for the Gingerbread Man today.

Gingerbread man outline

 

As part of our learning and exploring this week we will be:

  •  discussing the idea of cooperation and will build a tower of cups together in our groups
  • using ingredients and making gingerbread biscuits
  • starting to look at actions that we can use when retelling the story of the Gingerbread Man
  • painting a gingerbread man using puffy style
  • decorating a gingerbread man using ground ginger
  • developing our Circle time skills and having an introduction to the pattern of what happens and what is expected during circle time.
  • problem solving in our group and working out how we can share gingerbread men biscuits equally and fairly amongst the group

 

Week beginning: 16/01/17

Our Value this week is: Gratitude

Our story this week is: The Gingerbread Man

Our song of the week is: Five little Gingerbread men

As part of our learning and exploring this week we will be:

  • retelling the story of the Gingerbread man using visual prompts
  • making a Gingerbread man mask and reciting the words 'Run, run as fast as you can. You can't catch me I'm the gingerbread man.'
  • talking about why the Gingerbread Man didn't just swim across the river.
  • taking part in a science experiment to observe what happens when a gingerbread man biscuit is put in water - sink/float/dissolve?
  • showing concern for living things in the environment - make a bird feeder
  • exploring 'how' questions.
  • learning Circle time skills and having an introduction to the pattern of what happens and what is expected during circle time.