Our Current Topic

I find that following a topic based on the interests and development of the children, helps to embed what they are learning, challenges them to explore and find out what else is possible and encourages them to acquire new skills. 

I'Personal, Social and Emotional development

  • Every day, have a quiet time where children can talk about their feelings - use our emotions mirror to empower little ones to name their feelings.

  • Talk about being kind to the creatures we find.

  • Display images of the activities we have been doing. Use these as prompts to talk about our likes and dislikes.

  • Continue to offer choices and facilitate children's growing independence

  • As we look after the birds, talk about the importance of kindness and how being kind makes us feel. 

Prime areas

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

We have been exploring Spring, this term I am going to continue this idea and take a deep dive into the book "The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle 

I going to encourage our little ones to continue to engage in sensory activities. We will continue to explore the weather and be outside of at least part of every day. As everything warms up we will get opportunities to observe mini beasts including caterpillars and we can link this to story time. This book also provides invitations to explore food, and days of the week.  

Communication and Language

  • Spring vocabulary- Spring, rain, sunshine, rainbows, buds, growing.

  • Provide stories with repetitive phrases and structures- The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

  • Provide small world invitations to play both inside and out and engage with little ones as they play, extending the vocabulary they all ready have.

  • Take spring themed photos while out and about and display them to encourage discussion.

Physical Development

  • Play out, providing adequate clothing for the weather.

  • Go for Spring walks.

  • Provide lots of opportunities for mine motor practice- bird seed sensory play

  • Provide lots of opportunities for gross motor practice- climbing opportunities.

  • Provide a caterpillar post box and pictures of fruit to encourage fine motor development

This is just a snap shot of what we are doing, my planned activities simply provide a spring board for children to come come up with their own ideas. The children will also follow their own interests and investigations.

Understanding the world

The World-

  • Make bird feeders

  • Explore outside, looking for signs of Spring.

  • Play with and plant seeds.

  • Let the little ones help to care for new seedlings.

  • Go on bug hunts and observe the creatures that we find.

  • Look at the life cycle of a butterfly- provide small world props to support this.

Specific areas

Expressive Arts and design

  • Being imaginative- Provide  a story boxes filled with interesting items related to the Very Hungry Caterpillar to encourage the children's interest and imagination.

  • Provide topic based role play props such as fruit and leaves.

  • Exploring Media- Provide paint indoors and out - on the slide, in a puddle, on perspex.

  • Make caterpillars using circles.

  • Provide Caterpillar themed platdough mats

Literacy

  • Reading- Provide topic based stories- The very Hungry Caterpillar, Just Like You, Guess how Much I Love You in Spring 

  • Make our own topic based stories.

  • Provide caterpillar themed line tracing activities.   

  • Use topic based sensory play- salt and glitter etc- as an opportunity for mark making.

  • Writing- Write down things children say to support their developing understanding that what they say can be written down and then read and understood by someone else. (Helicopter Stories)

Mathematical Development

Numbers-

  • Make topic based number line

  • Provide sorting activities using the food in the story.

  • Shape Space and Measure-look at  circles as we use these to make caterpillars.

  • Make a spring themed number line.

  • look at the passage of time using the days of the week in the story

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