Early Years Medium Term Planning Class: Nursery Term: Spring 1 Topic: People who Help Us Communication and Language/Literacy I can join in with repeated refrains and anticipate key events and phrases in rhymes and stories. I am able to follow directions (if not intently focused on own choice of activity) I am beginning to understand ‘why’ and ‘how’ questions. I am beginning to use talk to connect ideas, explain what is happening and anticipate what might happen next, recall and relive past experiences. I can question why things happen and give explanations. Asks who, what, when, how. I am beginning to recognise familiar words and signs such as own name and advertising logos. I give meanings to marks I make as I draw, write and paint. We will be focussing on a book each week. The children will have lots of chances to meet ‘people who help us’ and have opportunities to ask questions and have related discussions about their jobs. We will also be completing a focussed mark making 1-1 every week. Those that are ready will begin pattern making as well. Physical Development I can mount stairs, steps or climbing equipment using alternate feet I can hold a pencil point between my first two fingers and thumb and use it with good control I will observe the effects of activity on my body I can dress with help e.g. puts arms into openfronted coat or shirt when held up, pulls up own trousers and pulls up zipper once it is fastened at the button. We will continue with our weekly PE session, now we have finished our nativity, which will help children to follow instructions, alongside the gross motor development. We will be encouraging children to get waterproofs and wellies on more independently. We will discuss the benefits of exercise with the children and encourage them to notice the effects of exercise on their bodies e.g. How does your heart feel after this exercise? We will continue with mark-making and pattern drawing. Mathematics I can compare two groups of objects, saying when I have the same number I am beginning to show an interest in number problems. I am showing an interest in shapes in the environment. I am beginning to identify own mathematical problems based on own interests and fascinations Personal, Social and Emotional Development I demonstrate friendly behaviour, initiating conversations and forming good relationships with peers. I am more outgoing towards unfamiliar people and more confident in new social situations I can usually tolerate delay when needs are not immediately met, and understand wishes may not always be met We will be linking our maths as much as possible to our topics, to make We will be encouraging all the children to become independent it relevant to the children. We will be counting people, making pictures learners using different shapes to make police cars and playing lots of number conversations and discussions from visitors. games. We will be trying to work with larger numbers this term, where listening skills and remembering facts. possible. children to think of their own questions prior to each visit. Understanding the World Expressive Arts and Design I know some of the things that make me unique, and can talk about some of the similarities and differences in relation to friends or family I can show care for living things and my environment I show an interest in technological toys with knobs or pulleys or real life objects such as cameras or mobile phones We will be using the Beebots to explore how they can be programmed and moved. We will be using different programs on the Ipads and exploring the interactive whiteboard. We will hopefully begin to see some minibeasts in the spring and investigate them with the magnifying glasses. We can discuss caring for living things with our visiting doctor and maybe if we have a visit from the vet too. wherever possible. We will be listening to lots of This will require good We will be encouraging I can initiate movement in response to music I can join construction pieces together to build and balance I can capture experiences and responses with a range of media, such as music, dance and paint and other materials or words. We will be moving to music during our weekly PE sessions. We always have building materials weekly- lego, duplo, bricks, crates etc… Children will have many opportunities to paint, do junk modelling, make puppets and masks and lots of activities related to our topics.