Welcome to Panda class! We have two groups of children in Panda class, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, and some children who stay all day.
In Panda class we learn through play, both indoors in our lovely 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:
In Panda class we focus on 10 special books throughout the year. They are called our Key Texts. The children will listen to these stories being read to them at story time this term.
We also listen to stories linked to our Topic. This half term our special stories are The Gingerbread Man, Stickman and The First Christmas.
When we begin our nursery session, we like to get our bodies moving with ‘Squiggle while you wiggle’, which helps children to develop skills for writing.
We enjoy singing Nursery Rhymes, with lots of fun signs and actions. These form part of our phonics teaching, and are brilliant at helping children to look and listen, developing their speech and language, and preparing them for reading.
In our phonics groups the children learn to listen and identify different sounds they hear in the environment and musical instrument sounds. We also have lots of fun making sounds (with our voices, clapping hands, stamping feet etc.)
There are 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. 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. We watch Numberblocks and have lots of interactive counting songs to join in with too! There are lots of different maths resources for the children to explore in our maths area, and begin to use their developing mathematical knowledge.
Understanding the World
The children will learn about how people celebrate Bonfire Night, Divali and Christmas, and talk about times that are special to them e.g. birthdays.
As the season changes, the children will begin to learn about winter.
Expressive Arts & Design
In our creative area the children will be exploring paint, using different techniques to make firework pictures and Rangoli patterns.
They will also learn about fixing and joining materials as they have a go building a bridge for the Gingerbread man and making their own Stickman.
In our malleable area, the children have the opportunity to handle and explore playdough, using their hands and different tools to mould and shape the dough.
There are also musical instruments in the Investgation area, which the children play as they sing familiar songs.
In the home corner and small world and construction area the children use their imagination and make up stories as they play together.
The 'Jigsaw' theme (our focus for Personal, Social and Emotional development) is ‘Celebrating difference’, and we will talk about what we are good at, our families, our houses and homes, and our friends.