Summer Term 2019
This half term in Cygnets we are going to be exploring the question “what will we see at the bottom of the tree?” We will be finding out all about mini-beasts.
To start the topic we will continue to develop our questioning skills to find out what the children already know e.g what is a mini-beast? What do they look like? Are they all the same? Where do they live? Then using our magnify glasses and spotter sheets we will be going on a mini-beast hunt to find out some of the answers to the questions we don’t already know.
During maths activities we be identifying and creating simple repeating patterns. We will continue to explore numbers to ten by counting sets of objects, using fingers to represent numbers as well as finding one more and one less than a given number. We will be taking part in a variety of sorting activities i.e sorting mini-beasts with wings or no wings and we will also carry on with ordering objects by length and height. During the preschool sessions all children will have the opportunity to use the interactive whiteboard and the computer to play games involving number and shape, including their favourites - ‘number run’ and ‘Espresso’.
In Literacy we will be sharing a variety of both fiction and non-fiction books about mini-beasts and we will explore the story of “The very hungry caterpillar” by Eric Carle, so we can learn all about the life-cycle of a butterfly. We will continue with our letter and sounds activities where we will be concentrating on developing our rhyming skills.
During our creative activities we will have lots of opportunities to explore colour mixing and to paint pictures of objects we observe and choose. We will also be creating our own Henri Matisse ‘Snail’ picture using a variety of creative paper shapes, and joining materials together to make 3D mini-beasts using recycled materials.
Children will also be able to take part in daily outdoor activities where they will have plenty of opportunity to develop their physical skills using the large and small equipment. Outdoor experiences will also include sand play, water play and time in the mud kitchen making sticky stews and potions.
A weekly, structured PE lesson is on a Thursday in the hall or playground in which we will use a range of equipment and play group games.