Welcome to FS1
Working Together To Be The Best We Can Be
The FS1 team would like to welcome you to our FS1 page.
Here you will find lots of information about all the fun things FS1 are learning about as well as homework and some useful information to support our learning.
Meet the teaching team.
Mrs. Baines, Mrs.Groves and Mrs.Edge are the members of staff working in Nursery this term.
We are really looking forward to an exciting term working with the FS1 children and parents/carers.
We held a welcome meeting at the beginning of the year, where we shared lots of useful information about the learning and end of year expectations for FS1. You can see a copy of the information below. Please ask in Nursery if you would like a paper copy.
Our learning this Term
This half-term we are learning about 'Winter Weather' followed by 'Penguins.'
We will begin our study of Winter by talking about wintry weather. Why is it cold outside? What effect does the drop in temperature have on humans, birds and animals, plants and trees? We will talk about how we keep warm in winter by wearing warm clothing, look at animals that hibernate, and observe that the trees outside have lost all their leaves.
In Week Two we will be exploring 'Ice'. What is ice? How is ice formed? What does the temperature need to be for ice to form? How can we turn water into ice in Nursery? What happens if we leave the ice out in Nursery?
In Week Three, a mysterious package will be delivered to Nursery from Antarctica. What might it contain? We will discover that it is a large egg and talk about what kind of creature might be inside it. Following from this, we will learn that the egg needs to be incubated in order to hatch...perhaps the 'Daddy' might arrive to take care of the egg...and hopefully a penguin chick might emerge from our egg!!
We will then learn much more about an Emperor Penguin's appearance, it's diet, the environment it lives in, and how it is adapted to survive in the cold.
Throughout this topic we hope to promote lots of talking and discussion, and encourage the children to become investigators and explorers. We hope to give them an understanding of environments different to their own, and to explore how important it is to look after our world and the creatures that live in it.
Our Learning Journey
Please take time to look at our amazing learning journey so far this term, on display in Nursery. We add to this week by week, to share what we have been finding out about, and to celebrate all our different achievements.
This half-term, we are concentrating on self-help skills. Children will receive stickers for completing the following tasks.
'I can put on my coat.' 'I can fasten up my coat.' 'I can put on my shoes.'
Please help your child to practise these key skills at home, thankyou.
As parent/carers you can support your child in developing a love of reading.
Learning to read is about listening and understanding as well as working out what’s printed on the page. Through hearing stories, children are exposed to a wide range of words. This helps them build their own vocabulary and improve their understanding when they listen, which is vital as they start to read. It’s important for them to understand how stories work too. Even if your child doesn’t understand every word, they’ll hear new sounds, words and phrases which they can then try out, copying what they have heard.
You can play an important role in helping to keep them interested in books. Find out what interests them, help them to find books that will be engaging and fun, and spend time reading the books they bring home from school together.
The library is free to join and gives your child access to 100's of books to borrow.
Each half-term we choose five 'Core Stories' that are linked to our current learning; these are read every week so that the children become very familiar with them and can talk about the characters, different events and recall key phrases from the story.
Our current 'Core Stories' are:
Various stories about penguins and their adventures;
'The Three Billy Goats Gruff'- a traditional story;
'Be Brave Little Penguin'- a rhyming text written by Giles Andrea;
'Winter' - an information text
'How big is a million?'- a story that explores different numbers
We do have a list of books/authors that we would recommend to you to share with your child available in Nursery-please ask for a copy if this would be helpful.
As they start Nursery each child is given a blue 'Diary' which is kept in their reading folder. We really like to hear about experiences and celebrations your children have enjoyed outside Nursery. Please use this diary to record these events- you can stick in photographs, leaflets, tickets, pictures your child has drawn etc. If your child can say anything about what they have enjoyed, please record this in their own words in the diary too! If your child does have any 'news' to share, please place their diary in the basket in Nursery so they can tell their friends all about what they have been doing!
Every Friday we complete lots of different activities that help to strengthen all the muscles in our bodies. We come across to the main school hall for a Movement session which the children always find lots of fun! To help your child move freely and fully enjoy this session, we ask please that they come to Nursery on Fridays in joggers/leggings and trainers/plimsolls - top half of uniform can stay the same, or they are welcome to wear a T-shirt or tracksuit top. Thankyou.