Welcome back after the Easter holidays, we hope you had a fantastic time. This half term we will be starting a new topic about dinosaurs! We are going to have a ‘stomping’ good time. We will become palaeontologists and have our very own dinosaur dig. I wonder if we find any fossils or bones!
A Wonderful World
Understanding The World is one of the seven area of the Early Years Foundation Stage. During our dinosaur topic we will provide your child with lots of hands on and exciting opportunities to develop their understanding of this subject. It covers three areas; People and Communities, The World and Technology.
People and Communities
Children talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members. They know that other children don’t always enjoy the same things and are sensitive to this. They know about similarities and differences between themselves and others.
Children know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things. They talk about the features of their environment. They make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur and talk about changes.
Children are able to use simple technology, such as toys, torches, or a CD player. They recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools. They select and use technology for particular purposes. Children learn that information can be found on the internet and how to stay safe online.
How can you help at home?
There are lots of things you can do to help your child develop their understanding of the World around them;
- Talk to them about things that happen at home, special events such as birthdays, religious festivals or holidays.
- Children love talking about what they see. Why not go on a walk in the park or take a trip to the beach. Talk to your child about what they can see and hear. Also about how it is different to where they live.
- Spending time with them looking closely at objects that they find such as a shell or a shiny rock will help them to develop a sense of awe and wonder for the world around them.
- Why not look at some photos of your child and talk about how they have grown and changed.
- Spring is here, maybe you could do some gardening together. Talk to your child about what plants need to grow, how we can look after them and watch how they change.
- Children love technology! You could let them turn on the T.V and use the remote control, or switch on the CD player and play their favourite song.
- Please also talk to your child about being safe on the internet. In nursery we have talked about always asking a grown up before using a phone, tablet or computer. We have learnt a song, why not ask your child to sing it to you;
“Before you tap and click,
You’ve got to stop and think,
And tell someone
And tell someone.”
For more information on using technology with your child please read the online article Digital Technology and the Early Years. You might also want to look at the Words for Life website. Before your child uses the internet, please make sure you look at the websites before they use them.
To help your child stay safe online please visit;
We would greatly appreciate if you could encourage your child to be independent. This could be helping them to put on their own coat, get dressed by themselves, they could even help with the washing! This will help them to become much more independent at school and gives them a great sense of achievement.
Please don’t forget to send a water bottle in for your child (water only please). Can you also make sure that your child has a bag of spare clothes on their peg? Please remember to put your child’s name in everything.
If you have any questions please just pop in and see us. We are always happy to help.
Thank you for your support.
Miss Healy, Miss Kovelle and Miss Kelly