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Walton On Trent C of E Primary and Nursery School

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Rabbits - Nursery

 Summer 2

This half term our Talk4Writing book is The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Talk4Writing

Talk for Writing is an engaging teaching framework developed by Pie Corbett, and supported by Julia Strong. It is powerful because it is based on the principles of how children learn. It enables children to imitate the language they need for a particular topic orally, before reading and analysing it and then writing their own version.

 

Curriculum Overview

  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar story sack/map - recall key vocabulary
  • Healthy/unhealthy meal for a caterpillar
  • Butterfly symmetry
  • The life cycle of a caterpillar
  • More or less - fruit/treats the caterpillar ate
  • Caterpillar fingerprints
  • Observe real-life caterpillars and the changes - metamorphosis

Move like a caterpillar/ butterfly

 

Other Areas of Focus

  • Fathers Day
  • Transition/ leaving party
  • Sports Day

 

 

 Curriculum Focus Books

 

Content coverage from curriculum books

 

Poo in the Zoo

  • Zoo animal scavenger hunt
  • Poo toss game
  • Boogie in the zoo!
  • What animals would you look after in the zoo? why? how?
  • Animal songs and rhymes
  • clay animals
  • Slippery snake's messy play
  • Design a home for a zoo animal
  • Animal estimation
  • Zoo animal habitats

Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain

  • Daily calender- compare weather conditions in the UK and Africa
  • Explore maps/ world globe - where is Africa? UK?
  • Weather bingo game
  • Missing number raindrops
  • Rain cloud in a jar
  • Identifying suitable clothes for different weather conditions/temperature
  • Make rainmakers/rainsticks
  • Tourist information leaflet
  • African Music/dance
  • Capacity

Archie's Holiday

  • Travel agents/ice-cream parlour role-play
  • Pack a suitcase for a holiday - name clothing/purpose
  • Seaside bingo
  • Sun/water safety
  • Order clothes according to size on washing line/ count and compare to book
  • Write a holiday list of items Archie needs to pack
  • Reply to a postcard sent from Archie
  • Beach party with picnic and cocktails
  • Make fruit ice lollies/smoothies
  • Design a sun-hat/sunglasses
  • Sorting objects that float and sink
  • What is special about  summer season

Summer 1

This half term our Talk4Writing book is Handa's Surprise.

Talk4Writing

Talk for Writing is an engaging teaching framework developed by Pie Corbett, supported by Julia Strong. It is powerful because it is based on the principles of how children learn. It enables children to imitate the language they need for a particular topic orally, before reading and analysing it, and then writing their own version.

 

Curriculum overview

- Favourite food pictogram

- Food kebab/ created repeated patterns

- Fruit tasting

- Share non-fiction stories about Africa

- Research African animals on the Ipad

- Bee-bot - directional language.

- Create fruit, and animals using a variety of different materials.

- Fruit printing

- Re-tell the story using finger puppets.

- Explore African music, instruments and dancing. 

- Compare Africa and the UK

- Use Ipads to create African homes

 

Other areas of focus

- Queens Platinum Jubilee

- Eid

- May Day

 

Curriculum focus books.

The books that Rabbits will be accessing this half term are pictured below.

 

 

 

 

Content coverage from curriculum books

 

The Girl, the bear and the magic shoes.

  • Recall, create a list of the different shoes within the story.
  • Talk about their favourite shoes from the story.
  • Go on a shoe hunt around the school.
  • Design a pair of magic shoes.

 

Why should I brush my teeth?

  • Discuss people who help us and healthy practices.
  • Look at practices that promote strong and healthy teeth and diet.
  • Practised cleaning teeth.
  • Discuss different job roles
  • Discuss who helps us in school.

 

Tidy

  • Poster to promote Pete's Forest Cleaning Services
  • Jumble recycling game
  • Create a menu for the animals picnic
  • Discuss and research ways we can play our part in helping the earth - environment issues
  • Looked at what plants need to grow.
  • Where does our food come from?

 

Funny Bones

  • Draw around our bodies and label them.
  • Observe effects of activity on the body - changes in heartbeat
  • Create a character profile for a skeleton in the story
  • Explore how shadows are made
  • Draw a map showing all the different places in the dark dark town.
  • Compose a melody that reminds you of a walk through the wood. 
  • Count bones and create skeleton numberlines.
  • Music and rhymes

 

 

Forest School

Rabbits will now do forest school on a Thursday afternoon with Miss Botrill. They need their forest school clothes in school on the day. Ideally puddle suits, wellies and weather appropriate clothing. 

 

Reading

Rabbits books are changed every Tuesday and Friday. Children should share a book with an adult at least 5 times a week. 

 

What a busy term Rabbits have had!

Spring 2

 

This half term out Talk for Writing text is Jack and the Beanstalk. 

 

 

Our fiction book list for this half term is below

Curriculum coverage

All activities are cross curricular and linked into our EYFS curriculum. Below is a taster of all the wonderful things rabbits will be getting up to this half term.

 

Jack and the Beanstalk

  • Creating story maps
  • Planting a bean seed
  • Wanted posters for the baddie in the story
  • Counting beans using 1:1 correspondence and subitising
  • Investigating where seeds come from
  • Singing fruit and vegetable songs

 

Our non fiction text focusses on 'How plants grow' and we will be celebrating St George's Day

World Book Day, Comic Relief and Mother's Day. 

Spring 1

Rabbits are going on a bear hunt!

 

 

Curriculum coverage

All activities are cross curricular and linked into our EYFS curriculum. Below is a taster of all the wonderful things rabbits will be getting up to this half term.

 

We're going on a bear hunt

  • Make bear masks using a range of materials.
  • Sing songs and rhymes about bears.
  • Outdoor bear hunt.
  • Research to find out about different kinds of bears to create a fact book.
  • Use different food types to make a bear face.
  • Explore positional and descriptive vocabulary.
  • Recall the story using stick puppets and role play.
  • Talk for writing.
  • Link numerals, amounts, subitising using concrete materials .
  • Looking at bears and their habitats
  • Celebrate the end of our topic with a teddy bears picnic.
  • Celebrating Shrove Tuesday and Chinese New Year.

 

Next book - 

 

Forest School - Update

Rabbits will now do forest school on a Thursday afternoon with Miss Botrill. They need their forest school clothes in school on the day. Ideally puddle suits, wellies and weather appropriate clothing. 

 

Welcome to our nursery class. We are called the Rabbit Class and we are based in the Rabbit Warren.  We are a little cosy and friendly team. Our nursery lead is Mrs Bollington.

Welcome to Autumn 2!

 

In our topics this term, we will continue to read lots of lovely books, including: The Festival of Diwali, The Nativity Story and Stickman.

 

We will also be focusing on how to stay safe on Bonfire Night; why do animals hibernate?; Remembrance and Children in Need.

 

Our Talk 4 Writing focus is 'Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star'.

 

PSHE - Celebrating Difference (similarity and difference and Anti-bullying Week).

PD (including health) - Real Foundations (as part of Real PE); food tasting and team games.

Literacy - Firework Safety posters; writing letters to Santa; Nursery Rhyme Week; soup recipes.

Maths - Ordering according to size; all about numbers.

Understanding the World - Autumn scavenger hunt; Harvest festival; Arctic animals; exploring pumpkins; rain clouds and Diwali.

EAD - Firework art; Diwali role play; Diwali lamps; Mehndi patterns; Nativity performance; pumpkin soup; poppy biscuits (Remembrance Day).

 

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Our Talk for Writing focus for this half term is 'The Little Red Hen'. Within this topic, we will be:

 

  • Making bread
  • Using role play to re-create the story
  • Counting farm animals
  • Matching numerals to quantities using cereals
  • Creating a story map using the Talk for Writing focus
  • Talking about kindness and helping others as part of our PSHCE
  • Visit from Adventure Farm

Our fiction booklist for this half term:

  • The Rainbow Fish
  • When Jelly had a Wobble
  • Lost and Found

 

Our non-fiction texts for this half term:

  • Families, Feelings and Me
  • Harvest Festival

Water Bottles

Water bottles should be in school each day, and should contain only plain/still water. Flavoured water and squash is not allowed in school. Some children can be reluctant at first to drink plain water, but we often find that when their class mates are doing it, they'll do it too! We also have lots of ways to encourage children to drink 'school water', so we ask for your support with this. Any worries or concerns, don't hesitate to speak to me. 

 

Snacks

Children are provided with a  fruit snack each morning, along with their 'free' milk drink.

Toast is available to purchase, for an additional morning snack. This costs £1 per week, payable on Parent Pay. 

 

Reading Books.

Children are issued with school reading books and a reading record book. Books will be changed on Tuesdays and Fridays, but please send them in each day to school as we try and read as often as we can.

At Walton, we use Rainbow Readers as a reading reward scheme, to support with reading at home. Reading is such a vital skill for life, and one that is essential for accessing the curriculum further up the school. We are a book loving school, and really hope are children will become passionate and avid readers too! Each time your child reads 25 times at home, they get a different coloured badge. 200 reads gives the children a highly coveted gold badge. We count a maximum of 7 home reads each week - so, even though you may read more often, you only need to do a daily summary in the record book. 

We ask that children are read with at least 5 times a week at home, but ideally each day. This can take many forms and doesn't need to always be 'school books' - books from home, magazines, e-readers, audiobooks, even cookery books all make interesting ways to access a wide range of vocabulary. If your child is a reluctant reader at home, do let us know - we have lots of strategies to support with this. 

 

Forest School

On a Friday afternoon, Mrs Toft does Forest School with the Rabbit class. On a Friday, the children should come to school in their forest clothes. These should be warm clothes with long sleeves and trousers. Footwear should be suitable e.g. wellies and they should bring a waterproof in case the weather turns.

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