As the weather improves we will be using more large equipment in the garden to allow the children to develop control and co-ordination. We will be practising throwing and catching as well as hopping and skipping.
There will be opportunities to use tools such as scissors one handed as well as resources available that encourage a pincer grip.
We continue to promote independence by encouraging the children to put their coats on by themselves and to support the children as they learn to wash and dry their hands thoroughly.
At snack time we will be talking about healthy eating
As we look at books, we will be encouraging the children to predict what might happen next in the story as well as seeing if they can retell a familiar tale using character pieces.
There will be a focus on 'The Hungry Caterpillar' in line with our theme in week 3.
We will continue to promote an awareness of phonics using Barney Bear during story time.
We continue to encourage the children to mark make as a prelude to writing their names.
We continue to offer different role play scenarios e.g. a garden centre role play and to 'mix and match' small world toys to vary play opportunities during the term.
We will be looking at texture and pattern when making butterfly pictures, creating blossom trees with paint and making collages from flower pieces.
The children will have the opportunity to dance to music from different cultures and experiment with instruments. There will be sensory toys available too
We continue to provide a language rich environment where we encourage good listening skills and turn taking in conversation.
We will be encouraging the children to introduce a narrative into their imaginative play and to join in with repeated phrases when listening to stories.
We will be introducing new vocabulary as we look at life cycles, baby animals and how plants grow.
During this term we will be looking at animal families and at the life cycles of plants, butterflies and other insects.
We will be watching caterpillars as they grow into butterflies.
The children will be planting in the garden and looking at what makes a plant grow.
During week 5 we will be looking at the changing seasons and the weather in Springtime.
The children will have the opportunity to use programmable and interactive toys throughout the term.
During the term we will be looking for shapes in the environment using our shape finders. The children will be able to make pictures with tessellating shapes (shapes that fit together in close proximity) and use 3D construction to build models.
We will continue to promote number recognition and opportunities to count with 1:1 correspondence.
Weighing scales, stop watches and clocks will be available to extend learning.
- Encourage your child to mark make in shaving foam or on an outside wall with a wet paintbrush
- Look for numbers, shapes and letters in the environment when you are out walking
- Grow some seeds on a window sill so the children can be responsible for watering and caring for them
- Explore a garden/park looking for insects such as caterpillars