Welcome to Panda class! We have two groups of children in Panda class - one in the morning and one in the afternoon.
In Panda class we learn through play, both indoors in our lovely new Nursery, and outside in our amazing outdoor environment. As we play we make new friends, learn to take turns and share, listen to instructions, talk about our experiences, explore new things, have a go at new challenges, and most of all, we have fun!
This term our theme is 'Animals'
In Panda class we focus on 10 special books throughout the year. They are called our Key Texts.
We also listen to stories linked to our Topic. This half term our topic is 'Animals'. Our special stories this half term are 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears', 'A Squash and a Squeeze' and 'The Very Lazy Ladybird'
In our phonics work, we focus a new letter sound each week and we are learning the Jolly Songs to help us remember each sound.
When we ‘Squiggle while you wiggle’, we will begin to mark-make these letters on large pieces of paper as we listen to music. We will continue to practise copying the letters in our names and make purposeful marks in our Floor Book.
Everyday we enjoy Nursery Rhymes, with lots of fun actions. These are brilliant at helping children to look and listen, developing their speech and language, and preparing them for reading.
We always have lots of opportunities for children to look at books and to have a go at mark-making throughout the Nursery session.
Maths is part of our daily routine in Panda class. We use every opportunity to count and look for familiar numbers. We always count the number of children and look at the number on the calendar. We also have an interactive counting song to join in with too!
This term we will continue to focus on a number each week so that the children gain a good understanding and knowledge of each number. We love to watch the NumberBlocks, and the characters helps us to understand about each number. We will be counting, recognising, forming and beginning to order these numbers.
This term we will also focus on how to recognise a number of objects without counting them, how to recognise the same or a different number and how to find ‘one more’ than a number. The children will then use this knowledge as they work in our maths area.
Understanding the World
This term our theme is 'Animals'. We will learn about different animals and where they live e.g. on a farm. We will learn about minibeasts that live in our gardens, and how to care for them.
Expressive Arts & Design
This term we are focussing on fixing and joining, and we will be learning how to use different types of glue to successfully join paper together and create collage pictures.
The children will join in play in our role play ‘Three Bears Cottage’.
The 'Jigsaw' theme (our focus for Personal, Social and Emotional development) is ‘Relationships’ and we will talk about making friends, falling out and being the best friend we can be.