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Summer 2

We're All Going on a Summer Holiday

Welcome back! We hope you all had a fun-filled half term break and are ready for lots of learning. The theme of our learning adventure this half term is ‘We’re All Going on a Summer Holiday’. We will open the topic by creating a mind map and asking the children what they already know about holidays and the beach and what they would like to find out. The children are going to learn about all different types of holidays and what you might need to pack for each! The children will also be thinking about what you might be able to see and do at each destination before deciding where they want to go for their holiday! The children will also be learning some summer holiday songs which they will perform to parents at the end of the learning adventure (more details to follow nearer the time).

This half term we are learning about…

· The changes that occur when it is the season of Summer

· The dangers of being outside in the sun and how we can keep safe

· How to sort shells according to their shape, size, pattern and colour

· Getting ready for a trip to the beach and organising what we would need to take with us on holiday

· What you might see, hear, feel, smell and taste when you go to the beach, camping, skiing or visiting a city

· What you might do when you go on different holidays

· How you might travel to different places and where they are on a map

· Comparing similarities and differences of hot and cold holidays

· The capacity of buckets and finding out if they are full, half full, half empty or empty.


The children will be:

  • Talking about the patterns on shells, sorting them into different groups and making patterns with them
  • Printing with shells
  • Drawing how to keep safe on the beach
  • Filling buckets with sand so that they are full, half full, half empty and empty
  • Drawing what Barnaby Bear would need to take in his suitcase to go to the beach
  • Listening to the sounds of the beach and identifying what they can hear
  • Using their Imagineering skills to board an aeroplane with their passport and boarding pass and flying to the beach to go on holiday
  • Mark making in the sand with twigs, fingers, shells, pebbles etc.


The books we will be using are:

  • The Snail and the Whale
  • Mr Bear’s Holiday
  • Barnaby Bear


You can help your child at home by:

  • 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.
  • Singing a variety of number rhymes and nursery rhymes
  • Talking about family holidays you have been on

Weeks 1 & 2

This week the children started to think about holidays! They thought about all of the different types of holidays people go on and what sorts of clothes and objects you might need to pack in a suitcase for each.

The children then went on a hunt around the outdoor area to find all of the different holidays and marked them off on their clipboards.

The children then got a postcard from Barnaby Bear telling them that he was on a hot sunny holiday at the beach! The children thought about how to keep safe at the beach and drew posters to help others keep safe. They thought about all of the fun you can have collecting shells in a bucket too. The children arranged the shells to make patterns and to order them in size order.

Week 3

This week the children decided to go camping just like Barnaby Bear! They used their imaginations to put up a tent, collect sticks and rub them together to make a camp fire, toast marshmallows, sing some songs around the campfire before snuggling up in their sleeping bags!

The children then worked in groups to design and build their own tents outside using the large milk crates, bricks and blocks. The children tested out their work by sitting underneath the material roof!

We thought about what the weather is like in our country and  the children had lots of fun making their own wind wands!

The children then practised their number skills, recognising numbered buckets and counting the matching number of pebbles into each one. Great work Nursery!



Week 4

This week the children have been building on all of the work they have been doing with numbers by finding one more than a given number. The children thought about what happened to the number if one more was added.

The children also helped our Barnaby Bear Beebot to collect all of his holiday items to take with him in his suitcase. They practised clearing the robots memory and then pressing the direction button to make it move the way that they wanted it to before pressing go!

The children also had lots of fun in the water area learning all about floating and sinking. The children were challenged to explain which objects floated and which sank and say how they knew that that had happened. Some children then predicted which other items might float or sink too!

Week 5

This week the children practised their cutting skills by using scissors to cut out a bucket for Barnaby Bear to take to the beach with him.

The children also made suncatchers by attaching strips of tissue paper from one side of a paper plate to the other and joining it with glue. The children thought about what happened to the colours when they overlapped.

Week 6

This week the children have been learning all about full, half full, half empty and empty. They have been pouring and filling to make the containers the correct amount too.

The children have also been listening to and following positional language instructions. Some children were also able to use the language to describe where holiday items were too!