Themes

Spring Term Themes 2021

We ask you as parents and carers to pop in and become involved in our themes. If you have any artefacts or books please feel free to bring them in or come in and read a story to the class, please see your class teacher for dates.

/01/2021 Introduction to the Montessori

Welcome back Everyone and Happy New Year, and especially a big welcome to our newcomers. We will begin our first week back at school with a quick reminder of our ground rules within the Montessori classroom. The children will have a chance to settle back into their routine & look around the classroom – by observing our display boards they will hopefully guess our new themes for this Spring term.

11/01/2021 My Everyday Life
Routines help children feel safe, develop life skills and build healthy habits.
So how is your day going? Getting ready in the morning, eating meals, spending time playing and talking together, reading books, telling stories, having quiet time, going to bed at night, and what about us in WPMS? This week we will talk and practice about what routines help us to learn. They make us feel safe, confident, helpful and happy during our time at nursery.

18/01/2021 Snow and Ice
When it gets very cold in winter it might snow. In the Arctic there is snow all the time. What is snow and where does it come from? How do snowflakes form? There are special houses made from ice and snow called igloos. What do you think it would be like living in an igloo? Let’s find out if there are any special animals that like living in the cold…. watch out, polar bears are about!

25/01/2021 Architecture / Construction
What an exciting theme to start off with, one full of imagination! For the next two weeks we are going to learn about architecture. This topic offers a world of possibilities for learning all sorts of things, in or out of the classroom. When children design and create structures, they draw upon many different skills and fields of knowledge without even realising. We are going to find out about some of the most famous buildings in the world, for example The Pyramids or The Eiffel Tower. What are they made of or how tall are they? We will learn some new words like Skyscrapers. How do they stand up? How tall can they be built? We will also use our own imagination to construct using new materials and using old materials in new ways.

01/02/2021 Carnivals around the World
This week we will be exploring the exciting celebration of Carnivals. Chinese New Year, Madri Gras etc., are all carnivals held around the world with colour, dance and music!

08/02/2021 Science
This week will be exploring the fun and exciting topic of Science Experiments! We will all be getting hands on and will have the opportunity to participate and hopefully predict the correct outcome of lots of different science experiments, which may appear to be magic!

HALF TERM

22/02/2021 Lego
Lego is one oí those toys that is ubiquitous in schools, early years settings and the homes of young children. It was first manufactured in a workshop in Denmark in the late 1940s, but it has since developed in to one of the biggest brands in the world. The name itself derives from the Danish phrase leg godt which translates as ‘play-well’. The importance of play in the early years cannot be understated. As Dr.Nicola Pitchford, Lecturer of Developmental Psychology at Nottingham University explains:
Play facilitates the development of the basic building blocks of cognitive processing that are crucial for later acquired scholastic skills. Through play children learn to represent things symbolically and start to understand the relations between objects and events. Symbolic representations are the basis of many scholastic skills, such as literacy, writing, spelling and mathematics. Pretend play also helps children develop story-telling skills, supporting their development of imagination and grammar, both of which are necessary for understanding and creating literature.
For the next week we will be exploring and using Lego and Duplo in all we do.

Q1/Q3/2Q21 World Book Day and Stories
World Book Day is a celebration! It’s a celebration of authors, illustrators, books, and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. Treasure boxes will be given out to all the children at WPMS.

08/03/2021 Kind hands
This week the children will be encouraged to express themselves and become confident in all they do, to use their words to express their feelings and opinions. Recognising this helps everyone to understand other people’s feelings and become more caring towards others. During this week, the children are encouraged to use kind and gentle hands as well as kind words with each other. We will use role-play to emphasise how to play and be friendly towards other children. By the end of the week, we will link all the kind things our super mums are doing for us and we will give them a little treat to celebrate “Mother’s Day” and show our gratitude and appreciation.

15/03/2021 Ducklings
In preparation of our special visitors, we look at what stages the Duck goes through when growing up, what it eats and where it sleeps. We will make our own lifecycle using different textures and materials. We will learn all about the ducks, to be as helpful as possible. Most importantly we will start to learn about how we must behave around the ducklings. We will create our own Duck and investigate how to create the colours needed for a duck or a duckling.

22/03/2021 Springtime
When we think of springtime, we think of pretty flowers blooming, lots of rain showers, rainbows, and all of the other things associated with spring. We will talk about how plants grow, what they need to grow – sun, water, seeds and soil. Why the sun is so important for us and for the nature.
Let’s hope Spring has arrived! Please join us for our Easter Egg hunt on Friday!

Please join us for our Easter Egg hunt on Friday 26 March 2021!

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