Spring 1 2022

We will  settle new children into Tadpoles and settle existing Tadpoles after the Christmas break. Children’s main focus will be sharing resources and turn taking.

Our topic this half term is ‘Fairy Tales and Make-believe’. We will focus on a different fairy tale each week including ‘Goldilocks and the three bears’, ‘Hansel and Gretel’, ‘The three little pigs’ and ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’. We will be encouraging children to orally sequence stories, take on roles from texts and begin to learn empathy for characters. The ‘Talk for writing’ text will be ‘The three Billy goats gruff’ and children will learn actions to help them re-tell the story as well as new vocabulary and following a story map.

Children will also learn about ‘Chinese New Year’ and hope the festival is celebrated.

This half term we will continue tuning in children’s listening skills but will continue Read Write Inc, dough gym and funky fingers daily. The children will learn a new letter a week and link objects to initial sounds. We will cover i,n,p,g,o. Dough gym develops children’s gross motor skills and funky fingers develop children’s fine motor skills and all help towards early writing skills. Children will also start daily name writing.

In Mathematics, children will be looking at matching quantity to digit and will be promoting counting up to the cardinal principal and focusing on subitising.

Children will continue daily tooth brushing each afternoon after lunch and we will discuss how and why we keep our teeth healthy.

We are confident that your children will have a fun, safe, varied and enjoyable experience at Tadpoles. Please follow us on Twitter for weekly updates @MuganRBL. We will also share their experiences through our observation tool called ‘Evidence Me’. You are also able to share experiences that your child has had via this tool and we can share experiences at school and will send them to you.

Thanks for your continued support,

J Mugan

Autumn 2 2021

We will continue to work on building friendships with peers and adults, focusing on sharing resources. Children will gain more confidence as they develop their independence throughout the setting.

Our topic this half term is ‘Celebrations and Festivals’. We will focus on Bonfire Night, Thanksgiving and Christmas. We will be learning the history behind each festival and will touch on different beliefs. Our continuous provision and focused activities will be linked to these. The ‘Talk for writing’ text will be ‘The Enormous Turnip’ and children will learn actions to help them re-tell the story as well as new vocabulary and following a story map.

We will hopefully be able to end our topic with our annual ‘Tadpoles Christmas Concert’, our trip to Delamere Forest and a Christmas party in school.

This half term we will continue ‘Phase one phonics’ – tuning in children’s listening skills but will start Read Write Inc , dough gym and funky fingers daily. The children will learn a new letter a week and link objects to sounds such as sock, sausage, sun for ‘s’. Dough gym develops children’s gross motor skills and funky fingers develop children’s fine motor skills and all help towards early writing skills. Children will also start daily name writing to develop formation and we will send a name card home at a later point so they can do this at home.

We will also be promoting independence especially with putting on coats, pulling up trousers, fastening shoes etc and if you can encourage this at home it would be appreciated.

We are confident that your children will have a fun, safe, varied and enjoyable experience at Tadpoles. Please follow us on Twitter for weekly updates @MuganRBL. We will also share their experiences through our observation tool called ‘Evidence Me’. You are also able to share experiences that your child has had via this tool and we can share experiences at school and will send them to you.

Thanks for your continued support,

J Mugan