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Nursery

Autumn

 In the autumn term we began to encourage the children's independence by entering Nursery independently and beginning to remove their coats. We explored a range of key texts about families as well as 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears', alongside 'The Three Little Pigs'. We used a range of 'Talk for Writing' techniques and created our own versions of 'The Three Little Pigs'. We also prepared for and performed a Christmas concert to all of our parents, which the children thoroughly enjoyed doing. In order to invite the parents to the Christmas concert, the children had the opportunity to write an invitation, put it in an envelope with a stamp and post it in a real post box. This was a fantastic experience for all of the children who now have a good understanding of the postal service and what a post officer does.

Spring

In the spring term we encouraged the children to enjoy listening to stories. Our key texts this term were, ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’, ‘Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs’, ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ and a range or non-fiction books about insects which we also explored using ‘Talk for Writing’ techniques. We engaged in imaginative role-play based around dinosaurs and went on scavenger hunts, which allowed the children to engage with each other and join in with their own ideas. We also had 'dinosaur eggs' in the Nursery, which we watched grow and escape. When learning about ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’, we used the woodlands to recreate the hunt and found a bear of our own. We began to use a variety of technological equipment this term allowing the children the opportunity to learn and use new skills, whilst sharing and taking turns with others.

Summer

This term our key texts were ‘Shark in the Park’, ‘Shark in the Dark’, a range of pirate stories, 'Dear Zoo' and a range of farm animal stories, which we have continued to explore using ‘Talk for Writing’ techniques. To help our children engage with the story ‘Shark in the Park’, we took a trip to the woodlands, taking our telescopes we had made in Nursery, to see if we could find a shark in our 'park'. During our pirate topic we were left to look after 'Pirate Jack's treasure', but before he could return someone had taken it. We then had to complete a treasure hunt following a variety of clues in order to get the treasure back. The children had the fantastic opportunity to observe and learn how baby ducks are born and how to care for them in their early stages of life. This term we have also focused on preparing for the transition into Reception, continuing to gain independence and setting up the opportunity for children to spend time in the Reception area.

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