The children have all settled into the new term and have already shown us that they are ready for learning!
This half-term we will focus our learning around the topic 'Growing and Changing’.
We are continuing to encourage each of our children to have a growth mindset for learning. We don’t say ‘I can’t’, but rather, ‘I can’t yet’.
Mrs Stephenson will continue to teach the children for four days, with Mrs White teaching on a Thursday. Mr Kitney will continue to be in Hatton class every day.
Forest School will take place on a Wednesday with children participating in either the morning or afternoon session.
We will continue to have our P.E. session on a Friday morning each week.
Home Learning books will be sent home each Friday and we ask that you return them to school by the following Wednesday.
Personal, social and emotional development
Children will have the opportunity to discuss what they like doing and learning and what they are good at or find difficult.
They will talk about themselves as learners and evaluate their learning characteristics (engagement, motivation and thinking skills).
This topic is a super opportunity to at look a variety of texts to engage our children in meaningful writing opportunities.
‘Jasper’s Beanstalk’ has already proved a popular picture book with the children. We’re hoping that as our beanstalks grow they don’t attract too many giants!
Sort fiction/nonfiction books and begin to describe the distinguishing features.
As always, there will be frequent opportunities for the children to write, inspired by our topic.
Regular letter formation practice will form part of the daily phonics session.
We will consolidate the sounds covered so far, focusing particularly on those sounds covered most recently. We will then move on to include more ‘special friends’.
We will continue to reinforce number recognition. Practising reading, writing, ordering and comparing numbers to twenty, with a focus on the teen numbers. This half term we will progress to thinking more about addition and subtraction and the related vocabulary.
Understand addition through combining two groups of objects and counting all objects
Become familiar with, understand and use vocabulary such as: add, plus, sum, total, take away, increase, decrease, on, back, subtract, equals, less than, more than
Use a range of practical equipment, fingers, cards, grids, number tracks and number lines to support addition and subtraction.
Shape, space and measures:
Compare 3 sets of objects/quantities by size/length making a direct comparison, using appropriate mathematical vocabulary
Compare the length of ladders and hoses and the capacity of buckets.
EXPRESSIVE ARTS AND DESIGN
Media and materials:
We will explore hot/warm colours and cold/cool colours by mixing paints and pastels. We will then create a graduated colour scale from light to dark by mixing with white or black paint.
We will create designs of emergency vehicles to support our drawing and model making.
Through the ‘Garden Centre’ role-play area children will have the opportunity to visit our Ferncumbe Garden Centre. Any additions from home (seed packets, seed catalogues, artificial plants and flowers) would be most welcome!
We will explore co-ordination, static balance and dynamic balance through our P.E. lessons, with a focus on smooth and fluent movements.
Moving and handling:
Daily ‘funky fingers’ activities will support children in developing their fine motor control and through PE and outdoor play children will be encouraged to develop the necessary skills for catching, throwing, aiming and kicking and also for climbing, balancing, jumping and landing.
Health and self-care:
Children will consider healthy choices in relation to our topic and we will consider the importance of a healthy diet, sleep, good hygiene and exercise.
Understanding the world
Ask and raise questions about why things happen and how things work
Discussions around the different materials used for different purposes in relation to recycling and refuse collectors’ role in our community.
When considering our local community also discuss our local environment and share our likes and dislikes.
Take note of the technology used by people in our community. Think about the communication devices needed for our role-play areas.
Imagine and recreate experiences using technology in their play such as creating an “incident” where someone needs to be contacted urgently such as sending for the Fire Brigade.
People and communities:
Extend experiences and understanding of the world through visits from People who help us in our local community.
Through stories and artefacts we will deepen children’s knowledge of a range of cultures and beliefs and strengthen the positive impressions of their own cultures and faiths by exploring different languages, dress and customs.
Recommended reading list
It’s important for children to read as much as possible; to enjoy reading; to want to share what they have read with someone else and to challenge themselves to read different authors from different periods of time. In this way the children will build a rich vocabulary and greater understanding of the techniques authors use in their work to be able to apply this in their own writing. Have a look at the document linked below for a list of recommended books for your child’s age group!