Valence Primary School Curriculum Forecast Year Group: Nursery Term: Spring 1 2016 Theme: Yum! Communication, Language & Literacy ~ Children give meaning to their marks as they draw and write, including writing their name. ~ Joins in with repeated phrases in stories eg: “Run, run as fast as you can, you can’t catch me I’m the gingerbread man”. ~ Speaks in sentences and uses words such as ‘and’ or ‘because’ to make their explanations more detailed. ~ Children use books independently, turn the pages and begin to understand that print has meaning. Mathematics ~ Begins to use the language of size, including big, small, bigger and smaller. Eg: puts 3 bears in size order and says “daddy bear is big!” ~ Recites numbers in order up to 10 when playing e.g. “I think I have 6, oh no, I have 7” ~ Counts 5 or more objects accurately, saying each number in order. ~ Shows an interest in numerals and begins to make marks to represent number. ~ Begins to match numerals and quantities correctly. Physical Development ~ Children start to observe how activity effects their body eg: “I was running around outside, now I’m sweating!” ~ Beginning to dress independently, eg: puts on own coat, scarf and hat then asks for help with the zip or buttons. ~ Develops a range of basic ball skills including catching, rolling, kicking and dribbling a large ball. ~Can overwrite letters from their name card and may begin to copy these letters. Expressive Arts and Design ~ Uses a range of construction toys, joins pieces together to build and begins to create enclosures and towers. ~ Begins to build stories around toys and props eg: role-plays the story of Goldilocks with three bowls and spoons. ~ Explores and learns how sounds can be changed using instruments, and begins to tap out a repeated rhythm. Understanding the World ~ Recognises and talks about significant events in their own experience Eg: Birthdays, holidays, trips to new places and family additions. ~ Children talk about things they notice and observe including plants, animals, and natural occurrences. Eg: “It is really windy outside, it is really freezing”. ~ Developing technological skills and is able to use the computer and other toys appropriately. Eg: turns on beebot and presses arrows to move in different directions. Personal, Social & Emotional Development ~ Demonstrates friendly behaviour and begins to form relationships with peers. ~ Children develop the confidence to talk to other children confidently when playing. Eg: “I want to fill it up, can you help me?” ~ Begins to accept the needs of others, can take turns & share resources. Eg: A child is playing with the toy car, when another child wants to play they say “you can have a turn”. Important Dates and Reminders Children are now tracing their name when they arrive at Nursery every day, please ensure you support this at home – we will be sending home copies of their name cards soon to help you with our cursive formation. Please ensure your child is wearing correct school uniform every day, this includes shoes, trainers or boots that are all black. If you have any queries please speak to a staff member. We will soon be starting to send home a weekly school library book and Mr Ted, please ensure all children have their book bag with them every day, if a child does not have a book bag they will not be given a new book. Spring term parent meetings will take place in Spring 2 – information regarding these meetings will follow this half term in a separate letter. Friday 12th February – Inset Day, School closed Monday 15th February to Friday 19th February – Half term, School closed Thank you for your on-going support!