In Saplings we focus on the three prime areas of early learning; Personal and Social development, Physical development and Communication and Language through lots of different play activities, exploration and sensory experiences. We also help children to explore and develop their confidence in the specific areas of learning; Number, Literacy, Knowledge and Understanding of the World and Expressive Arts and Design. The children explore numbers and counting, share books and stories and we encourage the children to explore all areas of the setting to develop their confidence and an enjoyment of learning.
Why do you love me so much?
What do we do in Saplings?
What are we doing this term?
At the beginning of our term, we will be supporting the children in settling into their new working environment. We will be helping the children to explore the areas, use resources safely and work alongside other children. A lost teddy will arrive and the children will be able to care for him in school and take him home. Our “Baby Clinic” role play will allow the children to explore ourselves as babies, learn to care for them and the transition into starting to care for ourselves. Our topic will explore our families and allow children to explore why they are so special.
As the children start to explore number, we will be encouraging the children to recognise their own age and other numbers to 5. We will be singing a variety of counting songs including 1,2,3,4,5 and 5 currant buns. We will look at similarities and differences by comparing and order our heights, hand and shoe sizes.
During the Autumn term, we will be reading a range of traditional stories including “Goldilocks and the Three Bears”, “Little Red Riding Hood” and “Cinderella” so we can start to re-enact these in our play. Our focus texts “Guess how much I love you?” and “Mummy do you love me?” will be the starting point for us to discuss people we love, things we love to do and about ourselves.
We will be helping the children to begin to recognise the letters that make up their name so they can find it and know the first sound in their name. We will immerse the children in stories so they can re-tell their own using puppets and teddies.