Summer Term 2 2017
'What is a superhero'
We will be exploring the question “What is a superhero?” this half term. Through addressing this question we will be reading stories about different superheroes such as “Superworm” , “Supertato” and “Superkid”, books by popular children’s authors. The children will be writing their own superhero descriptions and superhero stories. The role play will be an invaluable source of ideas as they jet off to save the world using their super powers!
In maths, we will be consolidating our work on number, addition and subtraction, counting on and back and halving. We will continue to use mathematical thinking to help solve problems. We will be looking at practical maths activities such as working with money and time. We will also be exploring capacity, addressing how much liquid a container can hold and comparing sizes. Hopefully, some finer weather will mean that this exploration can take place in the outdoor classroom.
We will be consolidating Phase 3 and Phase 4 in Letters and Sounds, with a strong emphasis on spelling of key words. We will be looking at the use of capital letters and full stops in the children’s writing. Now that most of the children are reading more fluently and accurately we will be working on understanding and discussing texts effectively.
Our outdoor classroom has planted areas including many herbs. The children will be able to explore and use these to make superhero potions that can be used to give specific superhero powers. Mission Control will be established in the playhouse, here the children will be able to receive reports of where the help of a superhero is required and record the missions for the superheroes to resolve.
During this half term we start to work on the transition for the children from Reception into Year 1, and they will have their full induction day in their new classes on 11th July.
This half term our P.E. sessions will be on -
Wednesday afternoon and
Summer Term 1 2017
'How do living things grow and change?'
We will be exploring the question “How do living things grow and change?” this half term. Through addressing this question, we will be finding out about life cycles, diets and behaviours of humans, animals and mini-beasts. We will be using non-fiction texts to discover facts, and the children will learn to identify and explain the features of fiction and non-fiction texts. The children will be writing their own information texts and drawing and labelling diagrams associated with the topic. We will be looking at diet and exercise and why this is important. We will be visiting Brandon Marsh on a class trip to explore different types of mini beasts and their habitats, making collage pictures from natural materials and using their senses to explore plants. We look forward to sharing all our work with you at our class assemblies later in the term.
In maths, we will be consolidating our understanding and use of addition and subtraction using counting on and counting back as well as counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s. We will be covering sharing, doubling and halving and using problem solving. We will revisit 2D and 3D shapes and work involving pattern. We will be extending our understanding and use of different measurements involving length, weight and time.
We will be moving on to teach Phase 4 Letters and Sounds for use in reading, spelling and writing. We will be working on comprehension and discussing texts effectively. We will continue to learn and check the use of “Tricky” words in all our writing. We will be placing a greater emphasis on the use of capital letters and full stops and correct letter formation.
We will be developing our Outdoor Classroom environment further so that we can incorporate growing plants and vegetables, hopefully attracting our own mini-beasts to observe and investigate. The mud kitchen will be a firm favourite for making potions, birds’ nests and lots of soup and birthday cakes!
This half term -
Our P.E sessions will be on a Wednesday afternoon and a Friday morning
Learning Together sessions will run on Thursday afternoons at 2.40 p.m. (please book a place)
Spring Term 2 2017
'What makes a good story?'
This half term we will be exploring the question, “What makes a good story?". To start our topic we will be visited by Nikky Smedley, a fabulous Storyteller, who will fire the children’s imaginations telling stories with props and puppets. The children will be finding out all about stories by different authors, including John Prater’s 'Once upon a Time' and Julia Donaldson’s 'The Gruffalo'. They will be drawing story maps, retelling the stories using story language and they will be “hot seating” the different characters. The children will be developing their own story writing skills.
The children will be exploring the role play as it becomes 'Once upon a Time Land' and a 'Gruffalo Café', so they will be acting out different story characters and writing menus and taking orders when it transforms into a café.
We will be continuing to consolidate phoneme (sound)/ grapheme (letter) matching from Phase 2 and 3 of Letters and Sounds, so that the children can use their phonic knowledge when reading and writing. In addition, we will be teaching the children *Tricky Words” and Common Exception Words (CEWs) and building their sight and key vocabulary. These can be found on the curriculum Reception page. We will be holding a speling workshop for parents and carers on monday 13th March at 2.30 p.m. so please come along to find out how you can support your child at home. We will continue to encourage the children to build their independence with reading and writing. Letter and number formation is key to developing this independence. We are working on accuracy of spelling and simple punctuation.
Our number activities will continue to focus on recognising and ordering numbers as well as starting to use and write simple addition and subtraction. We will be building their use and understanding of mathematical vocabulary. The children will be involved in problem solving activities to develop their understanding of number and number operations.
This half-term our P.E. sessions will be on -
Thursday afternoon and
Spring Term 1 2017
'Who could I ask for help?'
Over the next half term we will be answering the question “Who could we ask for help?” The children will be exploring different professions such as the police, firemen, nurses and doctors, looking at where they work, what they do, wear, and the special equipment they might use. We will be hoping to have visitors from some of these professions to talk about their work with the children. Imaginative role play of different professions will be a key aspect of the children’s learning.
We will be continuing with Phase 3 in phonics where the children will be learning “digraphs”, sounds made from two letters, such as “ai”. We will continue with Guided Reading each week to develop reading and comprehension skills. The children will continue to build their independence in both reading and writing. Spelling will be an important focus so that the children correctly spell Tricky and Key words. The children will be learning about the difference between fiction and non-fiction texts.
We will be consolidating counting and ordering numbers to 10 and then to 15 and 20. We will continue to develop problem solving skills and the correct use of mathematical vocabulary and terminology, encouraging children to explain their thinking and rationale. Children will use everyday language to talk about size and shape, exploring everyday objects using mathematical language.
This half-term our P.E. sessions will be on -
Thursday afternoons and
Autumn Term 2 - 2016
‘What changes do we see at this time of year?’
This half term we will be exploring the question, “What changes do we see at this time of year?” The children will be finding out all about animals that hibernate and exploring the reasons why this occurs. We will be focussing on bears using the books “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see?” and “Polar Bear, Polar Bear what do you hear?” The children will be encouraged to use story language both when discussing texts but also to develop their emergent writing.
We will be looking at the changes that occur at this time of year, including the different colours that can be seen in the environment, and the changes that take place with the weather. The children will find out how they might be able to help birds and creatures at this time of year. Art work will focus on the difference between warm and cold colours, as well as choosing media and materials to make their own models and sculptures.
We will be continuing to learn new phonemes as part of Phase 2 and 3 of Letters and Sounds, so that the children can use their phonic knowledge when reading and writing. In addition we will be teaching the children “Tricky Words”. We will be encouraging the children to build their independence with reading and writing. Letter and number formation will be key to developing this independence. We look forward to meeting parents at our ”Reading Meeting” on 7th November, when we will be able to explain how we teach reading and the role parents and carers can play in supporting pupils’ reading at home.
Our number and shape activities will continue to focus on recognising and ordering numbers as well as starting to find one more/less. The children will use shapes to explore patterns, and to develop their knowledge of 2D (flat) and 3D (solid) shapes. The children will be involved in problem solving activities to develop their understanding of number and number operations.
As the half term comes to a close the children will be looking forward to celebrating their first Christmas in school. They will find out what Christmas is all about and how it is celebrated. They will join in the celebrations and Christmas performances in school.
Autumn Term 1 - 2016
'What do I know about me?'
We enjoyed meeting everyone again on our home visits, and it is exciting to think that we are starting another new school year.
This half term we will be exploring the question “What do I know about me?” Many of our activities will be concerned with settling all our children into school so that they get to know the daily routines and begin to make friends. We will be encouraging the children’s independence in taking care of their own belongings and needs.
We will be looking at the ‘Summer Challenge’ boxes that some of the children have chosen to make over the holidays, and talking about them either individually or in small groups. We will be talking about families, what the children enjoy, how they spend their spare time and what makes them special.
In our phonics sessions, we will begin to learn new phonemes as part of Phase 2 of Letters and Sounds, as well as consolidating Phase 1. We will start our “Funky Fingers” and “Dough Gym” activities to develop pencil control and letter formation. We will also work on hearing sounds and recognising the different letter shapes.
Our maths activities will focus on counting, recognising and ordering numbers, as well as starting to find one more/less. The children will use shapes to explore patterns and they will be involved in problem solving activities to practically develop their understanding of number and number operations.
The end of the half term will see the children taking part in their first Harvest Assembly.
This half-term our P.E. sessions will be on -
Tuesday afternoon and Friday morning