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Spring 2

We would like to welcome all our children back after our half term break and hope that everyone is feeling ready for lots more fun!

Our learning adventure this half term will be based on ‘Dinosaurs’. The children will receive a letter from Mummy T-Rex explaining that she has no room in her nest for her eggs and she needs the children to find them. They will follow a trail to find an egg and learn how to care for it. The children will observe the changes that occur to the egg and think about what might be inside it! The children will also get the chance to create their own junk model dinosaur at home and bring it in for a dinosaur expedition in nursery.

Dinosaurs!

Dinosaurs! 1

This half term we are learning about:

  • How to take care of an egg

  • The changes that occur to an egg as it cracks and hatches open

  • The different types of dinosaurs, what they eat, how they move and why they have become extinct

  • Creating information sentences about a dinosaur

  • How to count dinosaur eggs and match the corresponding number of eggs to the numbered dinosaurs

  • How to sort patterned and coloured dinosaurs and eggs into groups

  • The differences between dinosaurs

  • How to draw a dinosaur

  • How to create our own dinosaur stories.

  • The names and properties of 2D shapes and how they can be used to create dinosaur pictures

  • How to identify shapes in pictures of dinosaurs

  • How to use everyday objects and our own bodies to measure the length of dinosaurs and different parts of their bodies

You can help at home by:

  • Helping your child to put their own coat on and fasten it

  • Encouraging your child to make up their own stories with their toys as they play

  • Encouraging your child to place your shoes in size order and start to compare the sizes of them

  • Singing a variety of number rhymes and nursery rhymes

  • Helping your child to identify their name and attempt to write it

  • Helping your child to count objects by putting them in a row and touching each one as they count

  • Reading a variety of books to your child and looking at the pictures together

  • Helping your child to count actions such as counting whilst climbing steps, counting claps and jumps etc

Books we will be reading this half term:

  • Dinosaur stomp

  • How to grow a dinosaur

  • Harry and the bucket full of dinosaurs…

  • Dinosaur roar

  • Various non-fiction books

  • T-veg

  • Bumpus Jumpus Dinosaur-rumpus

Week 1

This week in Nursery the children returned from their holidays find a trail of footprints and a letter from Mummy T-Rex asking the children to help her. She told the children that she didn't have enough room in her nest for all of her eggs and she needed to take some out. She asked the children to follow the footprint track. The children did and were excited to find an egg!

 

The children then thought about how to look after an egg and wrote a letter back to her to tell her we had found her egg and would look after it for her!

What happens to eggs?The children have been carefully lookiing at the egg and making observational drawings of it over the last few days. They talked about the changes that occured and how we needed to look after it. The children had lots of fun outside playing egg and spoon races and then enjoyed tasting different cooked eggs! Yum yum!

Week 2

This week in Nursery the children were asked to help the National Dinosaur Museum by becoming archaeologists for the day!

The children found out what an archaeologist does and what equipment they use to do their job.

They then went on a mission with brushes, tweezers and magnifying glasses and found some fossils in the sand tray! The children carefully pieced them together and discovered that the fossil was of a T-Rex. The children talked about what they already know about a Tyrannosaurus Rex and then used the internet to find out some information about it.

The children thought about which dinosaurs they liked and disliked and talked about them. They also sorted the dinosaurs into groups organised by colour, the number of legs, the length of their tail, wings etc.

Making our own eggs and a nest to keep them in! The children had lots of fun using the technique of paper mache to create their own eggs. They painted and decorated the eggs with patterns once the newspaper had dried. The children then thought about the shape of a nest and gathered together the materials that they thought they would need to make their own nests.

World Book Day! The children came to school dressed as their favourite book characters and decorated their own potatoes as a book character too. There were some wonderful creations. Well done everyone!

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