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Please click below for our summer term newsletter.

During the Summer Term in Nursery, we will be reading a variety of fantastic books! Our initial focus will be on fiction and non-fiction books related to animals and their life-cycles. Our focus text for this term is ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ and we are very excited as we will be able to observe real caterpillars as they change into butterflies!  This will lead to looking at the life-cycles of other animals including frogs.


We will then be moving onto ‘Handa’s Surprise’ and will look at some of the animals that live in Africa. This is a lovely book which will enable the children to notice and talk about similarities and differences between their own experiences and Handa’s life in Africa.


We will also be sharing books which contain poetry, rhymes, rhyming and rhythmic text, including ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ and ’Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?’ and will continue to revisit familiar nursery rhymes, such as ‘Humpty Dumpty’ and ‘Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star’. It would be wonderful if you could share with us any traditional songs and rhymes in home language that you have been singing with your children.


In Nursery we learn through play, so the children will be immersing themselves in the rhymes and stories through a variety of activities. We will be pretending to be the characters and acting out the stories, as well as learning the texts and inventing our own. Maybe you could try making up stories at home with your child?


It would be wonderful if you could take your children to one of the local libraries in Britwell or even Slough. There is no charge to join the library and your child will then have access to a huge selection of lovely books. We hope to be able to reopen the Nursery library trolley very soon, which will allow you to bring books home to share.


Please take every opportunity to share books and stories with your children, as talking about the pictures and predicting ‘what might happen next?’ is a fantastic way to get your child excited about reading, as well as increasing their vocabulary.


This term in Maths we will be continuing to develop a deeper understanding of the numbers 0-5, the relationships between them and the patterns within these numbers. For example, we will use a 5 frame to support our counting and to explore different ways to make numbers up to 5 by showing a group of 3 and a group of 2 equalling 5.


 We will continue to copy and make our own repeating patterns, using a variety of materials.  Once the children are confident in recognising and making these they will begin to spot and correct mistakes in patterns that are shown to them.


We will be chanting the numbers in order, and touch counting objects to find the total. We will be using mathematical vocabulary such as number names, ‘bigger’, ‘smaller’, ‘more than’ and ‘less than’, and learning the days of the week. You could support your child’s learning by looking for numbers around the home, on clocks, phones, doors, car licence plates, etc, and by talking about ‘today’, ‘yesterday’ and ‘tomorrow’.


We will also be learning about 2D shapes such as circles, squares, triangles, etc and looking for them in our environment, and encouraging the children to use their developing vocabulary to describe them.

By playing with 3D shapes, building blocks and puzzles we will support the children’s developing spatial awareness by exploring how things fit together, for example by flipping and rotating them. By talking about the shapes they need for their models, e.g. ‘We need a pointy piece for the roof’ the children will develop their problem-solving skills.


We will be recording your child’s learning by uploading photos, videos and observations to Tapestry, a secure online learning journal. You will be able to access this on a computer or laptop, and also on any Apple or Android device such as a tablet or smartphone. You will be able to log on and view what your child has been up to in Nursery, and also instantly add your own photos of learning that occurs at home. Another advantage is that you can show your child’s online learning journal to members of the family.


Parents who are new to Nursery will receive an email with further details about accessing Tapestry, but please feel free to ask a member of staff for more information.


We recognise that your child learns best when school and parents work together in partnership, so we would like to thank you for your ongoing support.


Miss Stevenson and Mrs Hothi

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