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!
In our Nursery we are exploring the Curiosity Approach to learning, which aims to bring curiosity, awe and wonder into the early years curriculum. In a world of technological equipment and plastic toys, we are introducing the children to 'real' and natural objects, which engages the children's interest and creativity.
This term our theme is:
People who help us
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 My Best Teacher, The Hospital Dog, and Flashing Fire Engines.
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.
This term as the children will continue their journey with Supersonic Phonic Friends, and they will learn about rhythm and rhyme.
The children will continue to Squiggle while you Wiggle, now mark-making on large pieces of paper as they listen to the music.
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 and we have lots of interactive counting songs to join in with. 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. 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
As a part of the Curiosity Approach, the children will have the opportunity to explore 'real' objects and natural materials. These may be in the form of Treasure Baskets or Loose Parts. The children may choose to build or create pictures with the materials; they may make small worlds for dolls and play people. The opportunities are endless.
This term the children will learn about how people help us through their different occupations e.g. teachers, firefighters, police, nurses, dentists. The children will join in role play, pretending to be some of these people.
The children will also learn how people celebrate Chinese New Year.
Expressive Arts & Design
In our creative area there are lots of resources available to the children to explore painting, drawing, collaging, fixing and joining materials.
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 investigation 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.
This term the children will learn about collage techniques (gluing materials on to a flat surface). They will explore a variety of different materials and different colours.
They will make a fire fighter’s helmet from a paper plate and create Chinese Dragons using a variety of methods.
The 'Jigsaw' theme (our focus for Personal, Social and Emotional development) is ‘Dreams and goals’, and we will talk about setting a goal, keeping on trying, and never giving up.