Topic Overview Spring 1 Newsletter Term: Spring 1
Topic: Rhyme Time

As we begin our 'Rhyme Time' topic we will focus on the consolidation of rhyme and alliteration. We will explore and learn about a wide variety of nursery rhymes and their characters and extend this into all areas of the curriculum as we engage in lots of creative activities. The role play area has magically transformed into a bus and will provide opportunities to extend our reading, writing, maths and phonics. The children will be able to access rhyming games and make their own rhymes using a variety of instruments (let's hope this is not too noisy!!). Our literacy focus will be to continue to write our names, to hear and say the initial sound and to rep-resent sounds correctly in our writing as we write get well cards for Humpty Dumpty, a list of ingredients for the Queen of Hearts tarts and a 'wanted' poster to help find Little Bo Peeps sheep. We will also place a reading emphasis on sequencing events from our favourite rhymes and retelling events from stories and rhymes. Our maths focus will be counting up to 10 objects, finding one more and one less, recognising differences in quantity and recognising and using shapes as we construct various models.

Topic Overview Autumn 2 Newsletter Term: Autumn 2
Topic: Winter Woollies

As we begin our 'Winter Woollies' topic we will discuss the seasons and investigate which items of clothing we wear during different seasons. The main focus will be based around Winter and our role play area has been magically transformed into a winter cottage. As part of our maths activities we will be looking at counting, number recognition naming simple shapes and beginning to represent numbers. Our Literacy focus will explore a variety of Winter and Christmas stories such as Elmer in the snow, The Emperor's Egg, Santa comes to Stoke on Trent and many more.

We will extend our learning and mark making through writing letters to Santa, making a list of presents, writing our names and beginning to use some clearly identifiable letters. Our phase 1 phonics will introduce rhyme and alliteration and we will continue to learn our Phase 2 letter sounds.

Topic Overview Autumn 1 Newsletter Term: Autumn 1
Topic: All About Me

Our topic during this half term will initially focus on ensuring that all children become settled, confident and aware of the routines and expectations within the nursery setting. As we focus more on our topic we will be talking about ourselves and our families and getting to know our peers. We will be learning about the different parts of the body and discussing our features and what makes us different and unique. Our main story focus will be 'Elmer the Elephant' and we will explore how Elmer was different to his friends. We will be getting messy as we paint self portraits and pictures of Elmer. We will also learn lots of new songs as we begin our phase 1 phonics sessions.

Our role play area has been transformed into a lovely home corner where we can role play all the jobs that our mummy's and daddy's do around the home and there are also opportunities for us to mark make as we draw pictures and write shopping lists.

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