Classes and Pupils
Teacher -Mrs Gill
TA’s- Miss Gregory and Mrs Campbell
Communication and language and literacy
This half term we have enjoyed exploring our focused texts Christopher’s Caterpillars by Charlotte Middleton, The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle and Walter’s Wonderful Web by Tim Hopgood. We made a Yes/No graph to show who liked spiders and who didn’t and we discussed our reasons. We have listened to lots of stories about minibeasts and had a keen interest in our ‘Summer in the Garden’ topic. One of our favourite texts has been The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. We have continued practicing what we want to say out loud before writing it using our new symbol to remind us. In Phonics, Nursery have continued to orally blend and segment, count the syllables in words as well as some children beginning Phase 2 Phonics sessions.
In maths we have been matching numeral to quantity, taking care when counting to make sure we only count one at a time. We have been weighing objects to find out which is heaviest and which is lightest and we have been learning about capacity and using the terminology, ‘full’, ‘half full’ and ‘empty’. We have also been comparing groups of objects and looking at the composition of number.
Understanding the World
We have learned all about the season of Summer. We know it comes after Spring, what clothing we might wear in the sun and how to protect ourselves on a hot day. We have explored our environment, learning all about the features and habitats of minibeasts and how to care for them. We also learned about the lifecycles of ladybirds and butterflies. During our experience day, we made minibeast collages and took a trip to the park for fun and games!
Expressive Art and Design
This half term we have been focusing on ‘Textiles’. We have used a variety of collage materials both natural and man-made to create collages. Our minibeast collages were made using natural materials we found outside. We have been learning and remembering entire songs and practicing how to ‘pitch match’ – singing the pitch of a tone sung by another.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
We have continued to be Heartsmart, with this half term’s theme being ‘No way through isn’t true’, and have been practicing how to be resilient when faced with new challenges. This half term we have been practicing resolving our own conflicts and rivalries. We have talked about the importance of stranger danger and who it is safe to talk to when in a new environment or context. We had a visit from a dental nurse and talked about the importance of looking after our teeth. We have also continued our daily practices of mindfulness and meditation.
We have been collaborating with others to manage large equipment and move along equipment in different ways, e.g. crawling, balancing. We have been developing our fine motor skills by practicing holding and using scissors correctly as well as continuing to practice holding our pencil correctly.
|TOPIC NAMES||Understanding the World||Technology||EAD (Expressive Arts and Design||PSED||RE||Physical Development||Literacy (Reading and Writing)||Maths|
Journeys and Transport
Summer in the Garden (ART 29)
ICT ARTICLE 17
Where we live and maps
Summer and seasonal change
In the Garden (insects and minibeasts/lifecycles)Fathers day
(IWB activities and skills continued.
Using technology for a
|Sculpture- Sum 1
Collage – Sum 2
Music and Movement
Identifying songs and music
End of year performance
Role play- Transport role play- bus, station, travel agents, Minibeast garden.
|Heartsmart – Fake is a mistake (I tell the truth)
Heartsmart – No way through, isn’t True (I can do it!)
Talk about feelings using a range of words, find ways to be assertive,
Be increasingly independent in meeting own care needs, make healthy choices about food, drink, activity and toothbrushing
Special Places (Places of Worship e.g. Mosque, Church, Gurdwara)
Special Times- Links with Non-Christian Faith celebrations
Values- Faith, Hope and Love
|Gross Motor- develop riding skills, ball skills, use large muscle movements
Remember some sequences and patterns of movement related to music and rhythm
Take part in some group team activities
Match developing physical skills to tasks and activities in setting
Choose the right resource to carry out chosen plan
Collaborate with others to manage large item
Begin to refine movement of walking and running,climbing skills, balancing skills
Learn to skip
Fine Motor- Use one-handed tools and equipment.
Eat independently using a knife and fork
Be increasingly independent getting dressed and undressed
Use a comfortable grip with good control when holding pens and pencils.
|Reading- Talk about rhyming words and begin to create rhyming strings
Hear and say initial sounds in words
Explore and talk about different voice sounds, enunciating some phoneme correctly
Participate in oral blending/segmenting activities
Clap syllables in words
Engage in extended conversations about stories and nonfiction texts, learning & using new vocabulary
Use the five key concepts about print: Identify a word in a sentence and understand it carries meaning, identify a letter in a word, Name parts of book and show awareness of page number … page number, develop understanding of word / letter, Follow print, know it is read from top to bottom & use 1:1 correspondence
Read own name in a variety of fonts/context
Writing- Use knowledge of print / letter knowledge in writing
Begin to match some letters to phonemes e.g. m for mummy
Engage in purposeful early writing
Write name, from memory, with correct letter formation
|Shape & Space Positional Language Focus on properties of shapes
Time- My Day Ordering events of the day
Length and height Long, short, tall and comparing lengths.
Weight- Light and heavy and comparison
Capacity Full, half full, empty and comparison
Positional language-Using language related to position and direction.
CONSOLIDATION OF NUMBERS 1-6
|Begin Phase 2 Letters and Sounds
Consolidate Phase 1
Story structure, events, character and settings, inference and prediction, Non- fiction texts
Understand directionality of print
Ascribe meaning to print they see in different places, gives meaning to marks they make as they write
Begins to break flow of speech into words
Begins to write own name
Begins to be aware of spaces between words
Begins to leave spaces between marks representing words
Uses some clearly identifiable letters to communicate meaning representing some sounds correctly
Enjoys writing for a purpose
|Numbers 6-10/Counting 10 & back
Finding one more, Subitising 6 and 8
The structure of square numbers (4
Partitioning and combining
10 ones are equivalent to one 10.
Addition and subtraction of 1
Begin to estimate and check
Begin to record using marks they can interpret and explain.
Pattern- continue and create
Use shapes appropriately for tasks
Begin to select a named shape.
Size and time- ordering
Begin to use money
Use positional language
Homework Leaflet- Homework leaflet
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