February 2018

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This month in the nursery the children will be learning about People Who Help Us. We will be arranging for some people with interesting occupations to come into the nursery; the ambulance service, the dental hygienist, a doctor and a lollipop man. If you have an interesting we would love it if you would like to come into the nursery to tell the children what you do. Our colours for the month are pink and red and our shape is a heart. We would like to remind parents to continue to encourage your child to participate in their cutting programme using the scissors that have been sent home. We are delighted how much progress the children are making using scissors independently. Please do continue to use the big book of ideas to further enhance your child's language and communication skills and we hope you enjoy reading the bedtime stories with your child at home. Children are able to change their story books daily in the nursery. Please remind your child to bring their book bag into the quiet room each morning. The weekly maths games are available for parents to borrow should they wish. These will further develop your child's confidence and love of early mathematics.

Personal, Social and Emotional: Children will;
• be aware of the importance of caring for our bodies, hygiene and dental care and the roles of healthcare workers as they engage in role play in the hospital and dentist set up’s.
• be more road aware as they play outside as the ‘lollipop’ person.
• be in a better position to cope with fears of dentist, hospital as they listen to visitors and engage in role play and visit places of work.
• be aware of their important role as ‘helpers’ at home and in nursery.
• continue to develop self-help skills in snack / dinner and washing / toileting routines and be more independent in play.
• learn to cooperate with a partner as they play outside with balls.
• show empathy and care for others in school, at home, the birds and plants.
• Be exposed to and taught various ways of dealing with different emotions, anger, sadness etc.
• Appreciate the importance of our grandparents within our families,
• Appreciate one another’s similarities and differences when working with our “sharing from the start” partner school.

Language Development: Children will:
• be aware of our key vocabulary associated with the topic and will use them as they play.
• develop an interest for fiction and non-fiction literature related to the topic as they read during play and as they listen at story time.
• act out their own experiences through role play in the home, hospital, fire station, post office and hairdressers.
• have an increasing awareness of what their name looks like written down – some may be able to recognise it and pick it out.
• be more aware that print conveys meaning as they stick writing slips into their valentine cards.
• Be developing pre-writing skills as they make marks during play eg doctors writing prescriptions/medical notes, writing letters and valentines cards at the post office.
• Become aware that print moves left to right as books are read to them.
• Be able to retell stories and answer questions such as Who? Where? What happened? As well as giving their own opinions.
• Be encouraged to ask questions to gain more information.
Maths: Children will;
• will be able to recognise and name the heart shape and the colour pink as they play.
• be able to sort dressing up clothes by occupation.
• be aware of the concept of long / short and will use appropriate vocabulary as they play with fire engines, hoses and ladders and talk about bandages length and hair length in the hairdressers.
• be aware of the concepts of full / empty as they wash pink dishes, as they bathe dolls at the water tray, fill medicine bottles with dry sand and play with pink containers/moneybags/purses at the sand .
• continue their increase their understanding and use of prepositional language such as under, above, beside, in front, behind etc. as they play.
• be encouraged to read/recognise numbers between 1-5 and match appropriate number.
• Be aware of a simple repeating pattern, recognise these in the environment and create and continue their own.
Physical Development: Children will;
• continue to develop fine motor control and hand / eye co-ordination as they play with puzzles and matching games.
• be more confident to button and zip their coats, put on hats / gloves etc. unaided.
• count and sort using real materials – buttons, jewels, beads and pasta types.
• develop throwing and catching skills as they play games.
Creative/Aesthetic: Children will;
• explore a variety of pink and heart shape materials, the children will be aware of different textures and will use their senses to explore and talk about them.
• be aware of what adding white paint does to a colour.
• be aware of the thoughts behind ‘St. Valentines Day’ and will be able to make simple cards for those they care about.
• ‘stick on’ or ‘scribble write’ their own card messages.
• know additional songs and poems related to the themes
The World Around Us: Children will;
• be aware of those people in the community who help them and will have an appreciation of their roles.
• be aware of simple road safety rules
• be aware of the roles of our visitors – the doctor, paramedic, lollipop man etc
• continue to observe the bulbs growing outside and the buds beginning to grow on the trees.
• continue to be aware of why we need to feed the birds in winter.
• be aware of the tools various occupations use and will be able to sort and name them.
• continue to develop mouse skills.
• be able to name parts of the body and use this information as they play in hospital situations.
• be aware that bulbs have grown outside.
• observe the change in water to ice and vice versa
observe changes as they take part in cooking activities.
• become increasing familiar with the planting process
• be aware of the position and role of grandparents in their families
• be aware of differences within our religions and cultures.