The Woodland Suite - Termly Overview

 

Spring Term 2019-2020

This half term we have been thinking all about ‘Nursery Rhymes’. Each week we have focused on a new rhyme and had some very exciting enrichment opportunities!

'Humpty Dumpty' was our first rhyme and it began with Humpty Dumpty getting lost, uh oh! The children created posters to help us find him and he was actually hiding in a tree, so of course we had to plan together how to get him down. Among other activities, we have also explored what is inside an egg, we compared raw and cooked eggs and talked about them, the children have used a variety of building materials to build walls and talk about and compare the different heights.

Our second rhyme was '12345 Once I Caught a Fish Alive' and we had a visit from a real fish! The children used magnifying glasses to look closely at its features and did some observational drawing of it. We also did some upside-down-under-the-table mark making to help develop our muscles for early mark making.

Our third nursery rhyme was 'Incy Wincy Spider' and we had some very interesting visitors… grasshoppers! They fascinated us and it led us onto using books and Ipads to find out more information about them and other mini beasts, including spiders of course! Following children’s interests we have also been practising using scissors, and will continue to keep trying to master this skill in the coming weeks.

Our next nursery rhyme was ‘Hickory Dickory Dock’ and we focused a lot on numerals and time. The children made their own marks to represent numbers, played games like ‘What time is it Mr Wolf?’ and used sand timers to measure amounts of time. As it was Chinese New Year, we also tasted noodles and thought of words and sentences to describe them.

Our final rhyme has been ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ and we have thought a lot about different shapes and found out facts about Space. Our special visitors for this week were… Living Eggs! The children had the opportunity to see eggs hatch in the incubator and then care for them while they are chicks before they go back to the farm!

In our last week of the half term we will be revisiting nursery rhyme activities that the children have enjoyed to further embed their learning.

There have been core books to accompany each of our nursery rhymes, including:

  • Little Lumpty
  • Hooray for Fish
  • The Very Busy Spider
  • Peace at Last
  • Whatever Next

Our enrichment and colour groups have continued and children may have been accessing different groups this half term. Our SnackChat enrichment group has evolved into a ‘Baking’ group following the needs of the children and is really engaging the children who access this enrichment!

 After the half term holiday, our first week is going to be a Mathematics week where all of the children in The Woodland Suite will become Maths Wizards. We would like to welcome parents and carers to a Stay and Play session on Tuesday 25th February so that we can share how Maths learning is all around us. We hope to see lots of you there!

Our theme for Spring 2 is ‘All About Animals’. We will be covering the following stories:

  • Driving my Tractor
  • Dear Zoo
  • We’re Going on a Bear Hunt / Brown Bear, Brown Bear
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  • Tip Tap Went the Crab

 

We are planning on having more exciting enrichment opportunities and visitors, including real farm animals at Canterbury! We hope you all enjoy the half term holiday and look forward to seeing you in Spring 2!

What to Expect When

 

Guidance to your child's learning and development 30 - 50 months