Dear Parents and Carers,
A Very Happy New Year! Welcome back to the Nursery. I hope that you enjoyed a very Happy Christmas and that Santa was generous.
We will be using the theme of colours, numbers and shapes to introduce your children to different areas of learning. The planning is displayed in each area on the notice boards. Here are a few ideas for you to try !
- Encourage your toddler to talk about the colours of clothes whilst dressing in the morning
- Talk about favourite colours. It would be fantastic if you could work with your child to fill an A4 page about your favourite colour. To find things to stick, to draw pictures with their favourite colours, scribble, add photos and do whatever they like and bring it into nursery to show to the other children.
- Learning more about the wider variety of shapes and numbers in the environment
- Developing a wide vocabulary, naming numbers
Out and About
- Draw attention to the way colour is used on signs and for warning lights. Talk about the colours cyclists wear so that they can be easily seen. Look for flowers and begin to associate their names with the shapes and colours. In shops get children o point to different coloured items.
- As you walk in the streets, gardens or parks draw your child’s attention to shapes and numbers that you come across
- Encourage them to look at different levels, the pattern of paving slabs, the shapes of windows and doors, the scallops of roof tiles. Count the number of stairs, the numbers on the bus
What are the opportunities for learning?
- Becoming more aware of the range and importance of colours
- Experiencing and handling different materials
- Asking questions, investigating and exploring
Number and time rhymes
- ‘Two little dicky birds’
- ‘Five little ducks’
- ‘Five fat sausages’
- ‘One, two, three, four, five’
- ‘Blast off'
- ‘Ten in a bed’
Visit your local library and choose a special story book connected to your chosen colour. What about 'Little Red Riding Hood' or a book with a big red and black ladybird on the cover?
- Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see? by Bill Martin Jnr (Puffin) ISBN 0 140 50296 3 is particularly good for the early stages, as is The Blue Balloon by Mick Inkpen (Hodder) ISBN 0 340 757388.
- Miss Brick the builders baby by Allan Ahlberg and Colin McNaughton (Puffin)
- Rumble in the Jungle by Giles Andeae and David Wojto wycz (Orchard)
- Noah’s Ark by Lucy Cousins (Walker-The Blue Balloon by Mick Inkpen (Hodder)
- Elmer by David McKee (Red Fox)
- The Gingerbread man (Ladybird)
- The Enormous Turnip (ladybird)
- Peepo by Janet and Allan Ahlberg (Viking)
- The shape of things by Dayle Ann Dodds (Walker)
- Bear in a square by Stella Blackstone (Barefoot Books)
- Fun to learn shapes by Adriane Holden (Lorenz Books)
Poems and rhymes
- This little Puffin by Elizabeth Matterson (Puffin)
19 February- Chinese New Year
15 March- Mother’s day
5,6 April- Easter
21 June- Father’s day
31 October- Halloween
11 November- Diwali
25 December- Christmas
If you would like to make an appointment to discuss your child’s progress please see the key person to book a date in your diary.