Spring Term 2 2020
This half term in Cygnets we are going to be exploring the question “‘What makes a good story?’
We will start this topic by exploring the story ‘Once upon a Time’ by John Prater. We will be exploring the characters we meet in this story and finding out who they are and what they are doing. We will also be spending time exploring some familiar stories such as ‘Goldilocks and the three bears’ and ‘Little Red Riding Hood’.
During our maths activities 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 also be learning how to record scores during games by using marks to make a tally chart.
The children will also use the interactive screen to play a variety of maths games, including their favourite ‘number run’.
During our creative activities, we will have lots of opportunities to explore a variety of media. We will be painting pictures of our favourite nursery rhyme /story characters. We will be exploring textures when using a variety of materials i.e straw, cotton, wood, to make furniture for the three bears and houses for the three little pigs. We will also be learning how to join different materials together in a range of ways. (glue, tape and even plasters for Humpty Dumpty!)
We will be continuing with our daily letters and sound Phase 1 activities. The emphasis during Phase 1 is to get children attuned to the sounds around them and ready to begin developing oral blending and segmenting skills.
As the weather improves, we will be able to start using the pre-school outdoor area daily, where the children 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.
Autumn 2 2019
Our topic this half term will be based upon the question “What changes do we see at this time of year?” We will be using the story of ‘The Leaf Man’ as a stimulus, following him on a journey as he blows to different places. “Where will the Leaf Man go?” the children’s suggestions will lead this journey.
In our maths activities, during this journey, the children will be sorting leaves and other autumn objects in a variety of ways such as colour, shape and size. Children will be encouraged on a daily basis to join in with maths games, number rhyme time and problem-solving activities.
Our role-play area will be set up as a shop and we will be encouraging the children to use their imagination to act out scenarios which are familiar to them when buying and selling items.
The children will have plenty of opportunity to develop their physical skills using the large equipment such as scooters, bikes and some apparatus, as well as improving their fine motor skills with drawing, tracing, threading and cutting.
As part of our day to day planned activities children will be taking part in ‘letters and sounds’ activities. These activities help the children to develop their understanding of Phase 1 phonics using a variety of skills, such as voice sounds, describing and listening to sounds.
During this half term we will be looking at some of the festivals that are celebrated at this time of year i.e. bonfire night, Diwali and Christmas. We will use stories and video clips to find out why, and how, they are celebrated.
Further daily activities and opportunities will be driven by children’s interests.
Our structured PE session will continue to take place in the hall on a Thursday morning.