SPRING TERM 1 - Our Learning
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
This term, children will carry on demonstrating friendly behaviour, initiating conversations and forming good relationships with peers and familiar adults in the setting. We will build on their self-confidence by supporting them to talk freely to each other. Children are aware of the boundaries set and of behavioural expectations and will recall rules and their rights.
We are going to play with zips, buttons and poppers to support their independence in putting/taking their clothes on/off. Children will enjoy mark making in different winter themed materials and will attempt to form recognisable initial letter of their name using their dominant hand. We will focus on drawing lines and circles to create recognisable figures by holding the pencil between thumb and two fingers. Children will be developing the use of one-handed tools and equipment. PE lessons will provide a great opportunity for them to show some understanding that good practices with regard to exercise, eating, sleeping and hygiene can contribute to good health.
Communication and Language
The class will spend time at discussing more ‘why’ and ‘how’ questions. Children will use talk to connect ideas, explain what is happening and anticipate what might happen next, recall and relive past experiences through focus stories such as ‘Here Come the Aliens’ and ‘How to Catch a Star’. This half term children will extend their play on what they say; introducing and reinforcing the use of more complex sentences in our new space area.
On a daily basis, we will share rhymes, books and stories from many cultures. From these stories we will begin to recognise familiar words and signs. In Phonics, we will continue with Phase 1 activities, such as learning about alliteration and voice sounds. During blending and segmenting activities, children will understand that words are made up of sequences of individual sounds, or phonemes and this is a building block for learning to decode, or sound out, individual words. These two important abilities they must develop before they start writing. Later on this term, we will begin to start learning sounds. When reading books, we will emphasise that we read from left to right. There will be a Literacy Play day which will give you the opportunity to spend a morning with your child and see how we support the class and help them to learn through play. Closer to the time we will let you know about the date.
During the next term, we will take part in lots of counting, matching and ordering activities.
We are looking forward to our story ‘Aliens Love Underpants’ which will give us an opportunity to talk about patterns in more depth. By making different shaped planets, children will begin to use mathematical names for ‘solid’ 3D shapes and ‘flat’ 2D shapes, and mathematical terms to describe shapes.
Understanding the World
As another focus text, Changing Seasons stories will reflect the seasonal changes. Use natural items for sensory play and extend their creative thinking. Our work will include many opportunities for the children to operate simple ICT equipment, such as Ipads.
Expressive Arts and Design
‘We’re going on a Bear Hunt’ story will lead us to our bear hunt around the school. We will recall and act out the story using props made by the children. We believe in child led education in early years, therefore we’ll set up a space role play area. During construction activities, they can use lines to enclose a space, and then begin to use these shapes to represent objects.
Trips and Special Events
Literacy Play day
Please do not forget to sign up for your 'Mystery Readers' slot. Please remind your child toys are not allowed to school.