Welcome back – I can’t believe it is the Summer Term already – time certainly does fly when you are having fun and we have lots more fun planned for this half-term!
Our Curriculum vehicle is called ‘Jubilee Jamboree!’ leading up to our Jubilee Celebrations. Here is a summary of what we will be learning in Class One over the next few weeks.
In R.E. this half term, we will be learning that Jesus rose from the dead at Easter and thinking about how his friends felt before and after that glorious event. We will be looking at some of the symbolism around Easter, focusing especially on the Paschal Candle.
In RHE (Relation and Health Education) we follow the Ten:Ten scheme called ‘Life to the Full’. The children will be thinking about how to stay safe, inside and outside, their bodies and feeling poorly.
The children in Nursery will have daily phonics session where they will focus on listening to and for environmental and body sounds, rhyme and rythym and alliteration. They are crucial skills that build the foundation of being able to read and write. They will also continue to learn to read and write letter sounds.
In Reception, children will have daily Read Write Inc. sessions, where the children will practice ‘Fred talking’ to read and using ‘Fred Fingers’ to write. Children will be focussing more on reading sentences and developing their fluency when reading.
In Literacy, we will be using the story ‘Zog’ by Julia Donaldson as our vocabulary focus. We will also use the story ‘The Princess and The Pea’ and will create missing posters, story maps, write captions, invitations and setences.
The children in Nursery will be focusing on their understanding of number through a variety of games, songs and creative activities, to allow them todevelop their knowledge of numbers and what they mean.
Reception will begin with learning about pattern in maths, exploring different types of pattern, creating our own simple and more complex patterns and investigating patterns in number, using 100 squares to help us.
They will then move onto counting on and back and using these skills to help us to add and subtract. Finally we will focus on counting, recognising, ordering and using numbers to 20.
Understanding the World
We will be learning all about Queen Elizabeth II in the build up to The Jubilee celebrations. We will also find out about castles, why they were built and what they were for.
We will be finding out about growth and changes this half-term. We will be sequencing the life-cycle of frogs.
We will be planting cress, beans and flowers, finding out how to take care of them and watching them grow.
Expressive Arts and Design
The children will be creating decorations and designing and making party food for our Jubilee celebrations
Alongside maths, we will be exploring pattern in Expressive Arts and Design, beginning with looking at and recreating animal patterns. Then we will be looking at patterns in nature, doing wax rubbings of tree bark and leaves and pencil drawings of the patterns that we find inside fruits and vegetables.
We will move onto studying the art of Kandinsky, working towards creating our own collaborative piece of work in his style.
The children will be using the Charanga Music Platform to Listen and respond to different styles of music, embed foundations of the interrelated dimensions of music, learn to sing or sing along with nursery rhymes and action songs, improvise leading to playing classroom instruments and sharing and performing the learning that has taken place.
P.E. takes place on Monday and Tuesday afternoons. The children will be focusing on moving in a variety of ways e.g. running, skipping, jumping and balancing and dodging this half term.
We encourage the children to get changed for P.E. themselves and they are doing brilliantly! Please could you ensure that all P.E. kit and school uniform is clearly marked with their names – as you can imagine – when 6 children with identical shirts are getting changed around one table, it is very difficult for them, and us, to match the shirt with the child if it is not named. Thank you.
We are really looking forward to the upcoming half term. If you have any concerns or questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.
Miss Goodstadt and Mrs Rushton