Week beginning 7.3.22

Date: 6th Mar 2022 @ 1:46pm


                                                                        Focus Book: Farmer Duck by Martin Waddell


Communication and Language

Begin to show an understanding of some prepositions putting a toy in front, behind on top etc. in small group session. Talking and listening to each other carefully.

Focus and concentrate, retain information- recap at the end of each focus group activity- what have we learnt today and previously. 

Personal and Social Education

Self-Regulation- Concentrate at group times, not playing with shoes, encourage the children and explain what patience is and why we need to have it. (teachers to do little role play activity illustrating what being patient means.)

Executive function -encouraging the children to really focus their attention, think flexibly and beginning to retain information in their mind- about farm animals or maths activities that we are doing over the week.

Express our feelings and interests

Know how to care for others and living things- talking about how the farmer should have looked after the farm animals.

Did he care for the farm animals? Who did all the work? How did the duck feel? What did the other animals do to help? Asking the children questions, will help the children to process and articulate their feelings.


Physical Development

Gross motor development- negotiating space both inside and outside. Using the steps and climbing wall using alternate feet. Playing games in PE, where we hop, walk on our tip-toes, star stretches, jump, climb. We will also play ball games and hoop games, taking turns and supporting our friends.

Fine Motor- encouraging the children to mark make and start to write letters from the name. Draw and paint pictures using a variety of mark making media.

Encouraging the children to take off and put on their own coats on.

Literacy- Focus Book “Farmer Duck”

Start to develop the 5 key concepts of print

Print has meaning

We read English from left to right, from top to bottom.

Name the different parts of the book. –Focus on title, book cover front & back

revisit/recap every day.

Use the pointer when reading to the class, so that the children are seeing the one-one correspondence.

Monday what could the book be about- look at the front cover, what animals can we see- start to read until the duck put the hens in the bed.



We are focusing on pattern and prepositional language-

Encourage the children to notices and talks about pattern around them, begins to copy patterns. Encourage the children to develop a fast recognition of up to 3 objects

Begins to recite numbers to 5 in the correct order. Using one-one principle, stable –order principle, and the cardinal principle

Understand position through words alone- the teddy is on the chair, under the table with no pointing


Understanding of the world

Talk about differences between materials and changes that they notice- floating and sinking- plastic ducks and boats float, pebbles sink why? Questioning and encouraging the children reason why some items float and others will sink.

Natural World

 Talk about what they see, continuing to use a wider vocabulary – buds on trees

Begin to understand the need to respect and care for the natural environment- flowers in Nursery


Expressive Arts and Design

Colour mixing- using primary colours- what happens when we mix the powder paints together? The teacher will model how to put the correct amount of powder paint into the palate and how much water on the brush to mix the paint and then add a different colour (red and yellow) makes orange, (blue and yellow) makes green.

Begin to remember and sing entire songs. Charanga, nursery rhymes

Begin to sing the pitch of a tone sung by another person (‘pitch match’).

Take part in simple pretend play and begin to use farmer duck story in role play- towards the end of the week ▪

▪ Begin to make imaginative and complex ‘small worlds’