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Spring 1

Spring Term 1

Welcome to Spring Term 1

Throughout this half term children continue to take part in child intiated activities and small adult led group times.

Nursery children are supported in following the 'Golden Rules' and our 'Take Care' ethos which are displayed and promoted across school. 

 'Golden Rules'

I am kind.

I look after the environment.

I follow our Listening Rules.

I try my best. 


Spring 1 Topic - 'Traditional Tales'

Within the topic children hear a range of tales.

Children become familiar with parts of a book. Initially, children are encouraged to discuss the front cover. We wonder aloud and children share their thoughts. eg I wonder who the characters might be?  I wonder what the setting is? Could it be a town, a wood, a village ...?  I wonder what season it could be?  I wonder what the characters could be doing?

The children locate the title and become familiar with the terms author and illustrator. The book is then shared, during which children understand that fiction texts are read from front to back and the text from left to right. 

As children hear the story they are encouraged to look out for our 'key words' linked to the story and join in with repetitive phrases. 

Children are supported in sequencing the events; knowing, discussing and contrasting events and feelings of the characters at the beginning, middle and the end of each tale.

Each tale is enriched with opportunities for acting out, retelling through puppet shows and sequencing pictures.

Cross curricular links are made to add depth to learning for example:

  • Making & tasting porridge.
  • Discussing staying safe and whether you should enter a stranger's house. 
  • Finding natural materials to build houses. 
  • Learning songs to accompany tales.
  • Craft activities including: painting, drawing, collage, cutting out masks and making puppets. 

Focus Texts to support our topic include: 

  • 'Goldilocks & The Three Bears'
  • 'The Magic Porridge Pot'
  • 'Jack & The Beanstalk'
  • 'The Three Little Pigs'
  • 'The Three Billy Goats Gruff'



Chinese New Year ( week beginning 31.01.22)

Children learn about Chinese New Year and experience a range of activities including:

  • Listening to and acting out 'The Great Race'.
  • Tasting Chinese food.
  • Craft activities - making dragons, fans, lanterns ...
  • Dancing

On Thursday 3rd Feb Nursery are joining Foundation 2 for a joint celebration.

Children are invited to dress in red/ gold or party clothes.

We look forward to the fun! - Details to follow