Overview of Teaching and Learning (NURSERY)
Week beginning 23rd March 2020
Personal, social and emotional development (PSED)
Key focus: Stranger Danger – to know what a stranger is and how to stay safe if a stranger approaches me.
- Read or watch: Red Riding Hood. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivg_Yc-YDYo Did RRH know the wolf? He was a stranger. Should she have talked to him?
- Read: ‘Never Talk to Strangers’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qegD8yn6uiE
- Talk through scenarios linked to the book; if possible, act it out with another grown up member of the family and talk to your child about ways that they could keep safe and what they need to do.
- Questions: What do strangers look like? What should you do if you get lost? How can you get help, who could you go to?
- Plan things you can do and say if you are ever approached by a stranger.
- Things to remember:
- grown-ups who need help would ALWAYS ask another grown-up for help, so if they are asking you for help, say ‘NO’ and don’t go.
- You should not tell someone you don’t know your name or where you live, unless your adult says it’s ok.
- Do not leave with someone you do not know; your adult will never ask a stranger to get you.
- Do not take anything from a stranger, especially sweets, an animal, money or a ride in their car.
- If you feel scared, find someone who will help you.
- Do: Google search ‘Stranger Danger’ for quizzes and colouring pages to promote conversation
Communication & Language (C&L)
Key focus: narrative – Rosie’s Walk
- Read or watch and listen to the story, Rosie’s Walk by following this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3kNUTwJhf8
- Talk about the following 3 components of narrative: Who? Where? When?
- Who is the story about?
- Where does the story take place? Where does Rosie walk?
- When did Rosie get ‘home’?
- Focusing further on the ‘when’ component of narrative,discuss the activities of the day and what happens/happened ‘when’. To do this:
- Provide a bag of objects e.g. toothpaste, cereal, book, pyjamas, soap, toy, pencil, lunch box
- Encourage your child to take an object and tell you when the object was used e.g. breakfast time, lunch time, story time, etc.
- Extend: Construct a simple timeline, by stretching a long piece of string along the floor. Encourage your child to place the objects in the order they were used.
- Other weblinks for story time:
- Another useful website aimed at supporting early communication and language development:
https://hungrylittleminds.campaign.gov.uk/ This website has a lots of activity ideas and links to other websites. Highly recommended!
Physical Development (PD): fine motor
Key focus: developing fine motor control
- Provide opportunities to use one-handed tools and equipment e.g. scissors, playdough tools, cooking utensils, pen/pencils, etc
Key focus: moving freely and with confidence in a range of ways
- Encourage your child participate in everyday physical activities. Here are some yoga disco activities:
- Space picnic : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d85dw-AcAaU
- Rabbits : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gV85rd3yTc
- The body coach, Joe Wicks, has announced that from Monday 23rd he will broadcast live PE lessons at 9am from Monday to Friday: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6r99N3kXME
Key focus: Phase 1 phonics
- Singing nursery rhymes and songs: https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/nursery-rhymes-songs-index/zhwdgwx
- Phonics Play supports our literacy work: https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/ Log in as follows:
- Username: march20
- Password: home
- Click on:
- parent button à pre-school children à phase one (games for all children)
- parent button à pre-school children à phase two (extension for children beginning Reception in Sept 2020)
- Alphablocks (extension for children beginning Reception in Sept 2020):
Key focus: numbers 1-10
- Encourage your child to count and use numbers in everyday activities e.g. counting the right number of spoons for the breakfast table; counting the number of steps to the top of the staircase; recognising numbers in the environment; etc
- Useful websites:
Understanding the World (UW)
Key focus: to observe and talk about the signs of spring.
- If possible, go for a walk or out into the garden and look for any signs of spring.
- During spring, lots of animals have their babies. Explore the names of different baby animals. Do any animals share the same baby name?
- Technology: create spring pictures using a paint app/program AND/OR take photographs of signs of spring
- Make a weather chart to show our spring weather across the period of a week.
Expressive Arts and Design (EA&D)
Key focus: to explore texture in art and craft activities
- To create a simple collage (using reclaimed, natural, or other materials), which is inspired by spring time.