Nursery - Brown BEar Class
This year, we are called Brown Bears! Throughout the year we will be doing lots of learning about bears, and reading lots of bear stories. Do you have a favourite story about a bear?
While the black bear is found only throughout North and Central America, the brown bear family is spread all over the world. They live in dense forests in mountains, valleys and meadows and can be found in Canada, in central regions of the U.S. And throughout Europe and Asia.
Brown bears can be recognised by their most distinctive feature, their shoulder hump. Super strong shoulder muscles help this bear to dig up roots and tear apart logs to find food. These muscles are located in the ‘hump’ of the brown bear. Brown bears can move rocks and logs and dig through hard soil and rocky ground using their long sharp claws when making their dens.
The brown bear’s diet is quite similar to all other bears. They eat grass, fruit, insects, roots and bulbs of plants and, when hungry enough, they will hunt small animals. Brown bears that live near the coast feed on fish, particularly salmon. These bears will grow much larger than others because of their protein rich diet.
Our topic this half term is ‘Growing and changing’. We will start by looking for signs of Spring in our local area and planting sunflowers and cress in our school greenhouse. We will be learning about how a plant grows and labelling the different parts of a plant. We will be sharing the book ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ and using this to learn about the lifecycle of a butterfly, which will also include some caterpillar visitors to our classroom! We will also share ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ which will include planting our own beanstalks and building the giant’s castle! It promises to be a fun topic with lots of opportunities for outside learning so fingers crossed for some sunshine!
In RE we will be sharing the Easter story and learning about how we celebrate Easter, including sharing hot cross buns and taking part in an Easter egg hunt! In PSHCE we will be sharing a book called ‘The Thankful Book’ and thinking about all the things we have to be thankful for and how we say thank you. In maths, we will be focusing on sorting and counting, comparing group sizes and matching quantities and numerals. We will continue with daily phonics sessions and offer regular opportunities to engage with ICT in the classroom.
Read Every Day, Talk Every Day
To encourage a greater focus on reading at home, the Early Years at Holy Trinity is introducing what we hope will prove to be a highly motivational scheme called RED TED.
RED TED is an acronym for children Reading Every Day with their parent or carer and then Talking Every Day about what they have read.
We will continue to change RED TED books on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday so please ensure your child has their book bag in school on this day.
Please click on the Red Ted for more information
This topic provides lots of opportunities for hands on learning about our environment and the natural world. You can support your child by visiting your local library and sharing a range of books on this theme together at home. You could go for a walk around your local area to look for signs of Spring and things that grow. Perhaps you could plant something together at home or collect natural things such as leaves and flowers and use these to create a natural collage together. You could draw or paint Spring pictures or create a symmetrical butterfly picture together! Look out for our ‘Talk Homework’ in the children’s cloakroom for further ideas. If you do anything at home linked to our topic please bring it in as we would love to share it!
Please find below the resources that were used and handed out in our recent Phonic Workshop for parents. We hope that you find them useful.
Here are some helpful websites to help your child with Phonics at home.
- Youtube – Jolly phonics. Songs and actions for each sound.
- http://www.mrthorne.com/ - Mr Thorne does phonics – some nice videos/apps
Here is a useful website to help your child continue their learning at home. Have you tried 'Count with Lecky', 'Dressing Lecky' and 'Lecky's Friends'?