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!
Our focus this term is 'All about me'
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 'People Who Help Us!'. Our special stories this half term are are ‘I want to be a Nurse’, ‘Vicky the Vet’, ‘Firefighters’ and a nonfiction text on Chinese New Year. We will continue to ‘Squiggle while you wiggle’, mark-making on large pieces of paper as we listen to music. We will begin to practise letter formation in our names and make purposeful marks in our Floor Book.
Everyday we learn 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 focus on a number each week so that the children gain a good understanding and knowledge of each number. We will be counting, recognising, forming and beginning to order these numbers. The children will then use this knowledge as they work in our maths area.
Understanding the World
This term our theme is 'People Who Help Us' The children will learn about how people help us through their different occupations e.g. firefighters, nurses, vets. We will be looking at seasonal change and going on a winter walk. We will also be tasting yummy Chinese food.
Expressive Arts & Design
The children will make purposeful marks to draw a figure (maybe, one of the people who help us).
The children will join in role play, pretending to be some of the people who help us e.g. vets, nurses and firefighters.
The 'Jigsaw' theme (our focus for Personal, Social and Emotional development) is ‘Dreams & Goals’. We will talk about setting a goal, the challenges we might face on the way, and never giving up.