Adventurers Activities – Summer 2015

Adventurers themes and activities this summer term:

Letters: j,k,l,m,n,o Number and shapes are also integrated into each session

Independence skills:

  • Asking for help
  • Finding our own coat and shoes
  • Putting our own things away at lunch and snack
  • Saying “stop, I don’t like it” when we are not happy with another person’s actions and respecting when someone else is asking us to stopThemes: 
  • People who help us (RNLI, Fireman, Dentist, Vets etc.)
  • Growing and nature
  • Preparing for big school (See the guide for starting school)

Books we are reading:

  • Topsy and Tim go to Dentist, Doctors and start school
  • There’s a shark in the park
  • Harry and the Dinosaurs united and go to school
  • Peppa Pig – the biggest muddy puddle
  • Aliens love underpants
  • Charlie and Lola: I am too absolutely small for school

Not only are we reading these books regularly, but we have developed story sacks with props, and other interesting items to help the children really explore the stories.

Nursery Rhymes
Research by Bradley and Bryant has demonstrated that the better children are at detecting rhymes, the quicker and more successful they will be at learning to read (Bradley, 1988c, Bradley & Bryant, 1983, Ellis & Large, 1987). We sing lots of different songs and nursery rhymes at Panda to help children develop these pre-reading skills. This half term we are focusing on Jack and Jill and Miss Polly had a Dolly nursery rhymes. See words attached if you fancy singing along at home.

Write Dance
Write Dance is a fun movement and dance activity that supports the development of the physical skills needed for handwriting. It is driven by music and is all about having fun and building confidence. It initially involves dancing and movement to a story and then drawing the dance moves in shaving foam, with chalks or paint etc. I’m so excited that Mrs Francis is introducing this into our nursery. We are trialling it on Monday afternoons and will roll it out to other sessions if the trial is successful. Watch out for pictures on the children’s online journals!

Events we are covering this term:

Father’s Day

Sports Day

Leaver’s Show

Cameras, cd players and saucepans
If you are having a clear out and have any old digital cameras or cd players (which still work) and are sitting in your cupboards collecting dust, we could give them a good home! We take many pictures for our online journals and play lots of music on our cd players so we often wear them out, we’d really appreciate your donations.  We can also use old saucepans and utensils in our home corner and outside mud kitchen.

Show and Tell
All children are welcome to bring in show and tell items. We would prefer these to be ‘wow’ moments or interesting things they want to share with the group. It would be great if they were around our letters or themes and not just toys.