La Petite Academy
Ofsted Millies Mark
01332 774 413

10-12 Highfield Road, Littleover, Derby, DE23 1DG
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Tweenies Farm Focus

Dear Parents

The children have engaged well in our latest focus ‘Transport’ and have shown this through the progress they have made in relation to the seven areas of Learning and Development and their enjoyment of the activities we set for them. The group have enjoyed exploring different activities such as; developing friendships and playing cooperatively together by rolling cars to each other, exploring various tactile activities making marks with vehicles, taking part in a car wash and they all loved getting out in to the local community for a walk.

Recently Tweenies have shown an interest towards the farm animals and several times have chosen this activity to play with or even independently pulled the box out to indicate they want it. They have also shown an interest in the books that have farm animals in and will independently add them to the farm activity when set out. Due to this we have decided that our next focus is going to be ‘On the farm’. The children will be taking part in fun and creative activities each week relating to our focus. We will be creating a farm display in the room using the children’s art work and we will also be taking some lovely snap shots of your children and placing them on the display.

We have attached a list of activities which link into the seven areas of Learning and Development of the Early Years Foundation Stage, helping the children achieve specific learning intentions and some ideas for you to support your child at home, to extend their learning. We are always happy to see what you have been doing at home, so please send us your home activities so we can display them in the corridor.

Book of the Month
The children have loved our previous book of the month which was ‘Tough trucks’. They loved getting involved and helping to decorate the truck, head lights, and other creative resources. Relating to our new focus, our new book of the month will be ‘Busy Farm’ which is a book with large clear pictures and flaps for the children to explore.

Family Books
Please can I ask parents to bring in family photos if you have not already done so? The children express a great deal of joy when looking through their family books and each other’s and it supports your child’s Personal, Social and Emotional Development. If you are unsure as to what photos you need or would like further information, please do not hesitate to approach myself or your child’s Key Person, as we are more than happy to help.

Bedtime Library
You may have seen on Facebook that we have put together some story sacks for you to borrow. These contain a book and puppets and some contain a jigsaw and/or felt boards too. These are great for younger children as they are more visual and allow your child to engage more with the story. The Bedtime Story Library is located at the top of the corridor outside the office. We ask that you return the story sacks within 2 weeks so that other families can enjoy them too. A charge of £5 per item will be added to your account for any loss or damage of items; please get a staff member to check the sack when you return it or let us know if you receive a damaged story sack.

Staff Recognition
Don’t forget to put a smile on a staff member’s face by giving them a recognition slip for their great work  This can be any staff member including the Management Team and Glenda our cook! Please find a slip attached.

Feedback at the end of your child’s session
The nursery closes at 6:00pm, if you would like full feedback on what your child has done during their session at nursery, please arrive for 5:50pm (5:40pm if you have children in other age groups).

Learning Journeys
We hope you have all had chance to look through the statements in your child’s Learning Journey and highlight in orange the statements you feel your child has achieved. Don’t forget to send us your photographs!

From the recent short questionnaire we sent out, it has come to our attention that not all parents have a good knowledge of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) or would like more information on this, so please have a read through the attached leaflet and let us know if you have any questions. And don’t forget there is always an up to date guide to the EYFS in your child’s Learning Journey – if you cannot see it in their, please ask your child’s Key Person.

Dates for your Diary

Thursday 2nd March – World Book day – Tweenies room will be themed as a book which we will announce soon. We will theme our activities for the day around this book and your child can come dressed as their favourite character form the story.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to ask.

Kind Regards

Zoë Slaney
Tweenies Room Leader

Physical Development:

We will be using a large box as a barn and allowing the children to crawl through, go around, or over, in front of or behind it to develop their gross motor skills.

Develop your child’s fine motor skills with a farm based mark making session; you could use farm animals, wet and dry soil, tractors, hay, etc to make marks
Communication and Language:
We will be using the letters and sounds ‘Old McDonald had a farm’ magnet board at singing time to allow the children to make choices when choosing an animal, and develop their language through singing, making animal noises and group activities.

Take part in a small world farm animal activity and talk about the names of each animal and the initial sounds as they play such as; “cow goes moo”.
Personal, Social, and Emotional Development:

Declan’s Mummy – Joanne from the Baby Unit, is kindly going to bring in her Guinea pigs from home for the week; Tweenies will be able to see how we care for the animals, where they sleep, etc and have fun stroking them.
If you are not happy for your child to take part in this activity please let a member of Tweenies staff know.

Please find attached a farm animal matching game for you to play with your child to encourage turn taking and cooperative play.

Understanding the World: We will be growing our own cress within the room and watching it grow over the week, the children will be watering their cress and taking care of it. We will be supporting the children to begin to understand that farms grow crops. We will also have a farm shop role play area.

HA: Why not take a trip to your local farm for your child to look at the various animals; Spondon have a small farm called Bluebells. They have a range of animals and some great tasting ice cream too!

Expressive Arts and Design: We will set out a different tactile activity each day e.g. mud, bark, grass, and hay. This is to allow the children to explore the different materials that farm animals will experience.

HA: When at home, in the garden, or out on trips encourage your child to explore materials such as; grass, bark, mud.

Mathematics: We will spend this week sorting, matching and categorising different animals in to size, number of legs, types of animal, etc.

HA: Spend some time with your child at home looking at different farm animals, encourage them to count how many animals they see, identify the different colours they see or even encourage them to recognise if tis a big animal or a little animal.

Literacy: We will be creating a farm animal story sack with a book and textured farm animals. We will be bringing language into this activity such as; key words, and sounds you can hear.
HA: Why not take a trip to your local library and see what farm animal books they have to offer. You could also check out our Bedtime story Library and our new story sacks.

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