At Elaine Primary School we ensure that learning is planned for all in a cross-curricular way. This ensures that children are able to make links within their learning. Lessons challenge all pupils through a variety of activities, providing opportunities for feedback from adults and peers. Through the high expectations of everyone at Elaine we aspire to achieve the highest quality outcomes.
During the Spring term, the learning in Nursery will be based around the global theme of ‘Sustainable Development’. The focus of the term is to explore how we can grow vegetables and improve the school environment. Over the course of the term the children will begin to explore what it means to grow fruit and vegetables and learn about how to take care of a garden. They will also look at the life cycle of a seed and explore what plants need to grow. They will be using the texts ‘The Tiny Seed’ and ‘Fran’s Flower’ to support their learning. The project outcome for the learning journey will be showcasing our growing projects with the children singing songs and sharing their learning.
In maths, this half term Nursery will be continuing to focus on counting, matching objects to numerals and representing numbers in different ways. We will begin to look at finding one more and apply this learning to number problems. We will also be looking at shape, space and measure in the context of comparing lengths of beanstalks. We will end the term by describing 3D shapes and identifying shapes in the environment.
In Understanding of the World, we will be learning all about the changing seasons and how this relates to growing and planting. We will set up an observation station outside and begin to plant different seeds to see what happens as they grow and discuss our findings.
For our art outcome, Nursery will be developing their creative skills to draw the different stages of a growing seed, use blowing and splatter techniques to link with the art in the core text and create a collage using different seeds.
Our role play area will be a garden centre which will enable the children to use their imaginations by using first hand experiences and practise language and communication skills as they take on the roles of gardener/ shop assistant.
Parents can support their child's learning through reading with them every day and discussing the stories that they have read. Practicing counting and number skills when out and about will support children’s development and understanding in maths. If you would like to discuss more about how you can help your child at home please see your child's class teacher.
We welcome parental involvement in the life of our school. If you are able to visit the school or help in any way, please contact your child’s class teacher.