Our Vehicle for this half term is 'Princesses, Palaces and Platinum Party'
Through this curriculum driver we will be learning about the season of Spring. We will be planting and taking care of seeds and finding out what plants need to grow.
We will continue our learning about toys old and new, and complete our D&T project to make a simple wheeled toy vehicle. In Art, we will be looking at patterns in nature and then using Wassily Kandinsky artwork to inspire our own.
Our focus stories this half term will start with ‘Zog’ and include stories and non-fiction books about palaces/castles and Queen Elizabeth II. We will go on to planning and preparing for our celebration of the Platinum Jubilee.
Our prayer focus will change to the new liturgical colour – white and gold, in celebration of Jesus rising from the dead. The Easter unit of work focuses on the events of Easter Sunday, thinking about how Jesus is with us today, the word “Alleluia” as a special word of joy used at church and at school, and the Easter candle as a special sign to remind us of Jesus.
We will then move onto 'Pentecost', which focuses on the arrival of the Holy Spirit – the special helper that Jesus promised to send to his friends, and the events of Pentecost.
PRIME AREAS OF LEARNING
Communication and Language
The development of children’s spoken language underpins all seven areas of learning and development. Children need to be able to listen attentively and respond with relevant comments and questions. We continue to support the children in developing good listening skills and learning new vocabulary through listening to and discussing high quality stories, using ‘My Turn Your Turn’ and stem sentences modelled by the adults, and through high quality back and forth interactions with adults. The children also develop their spoken language through role-play activities, lots of discussion and opportunities to ask questions in large and small groups.
Personal Social and Emotional Development
Children’s personal social and emotional development is crucial for children to lead healthy and happy lives. We continue to support them to learn and develop their personal social and emotional skills through developing strong and supportive relationships with the adults in the class and their peers. Through stories and activities including ‘Circle Time’, they will identify and name emotions, and are supported to reflect on and self-regulate their feelings and behaviour. We encourage them to be confident to try new activities, to be independent and to develop resilience.
PE takes place on Monday afternoons with Mr Morgan.
This half term the children will be focussing on Target Games.
We encourage the children to get changed for PE themselves and they are doing brilliantly!
Please could you ensure that every item of PE kit and school uniform is clearly marked with your child’s name. As you can imagine – when 30 children are getting changed, it can be very difficult for them, and us, to match items of clothing with the correct child if it is not named. Thank you for your support with this.
Physical Development is also about the development of fine motor skills, including holding a pencil correctly in order to write, holding and manipulating scissors to cut, paintbrushes to paint and beginning to show accuracy in drawing. The children participate in lots of activities which develop their fine motor, including threading, lacing, picking up small objects with child tweezers, dough disco, scissor skills, painting, drawing and colouring.
SPECIFIC AREAS OF LEARNING
Children are taught to read and spell through daily phonics – Read Write Inc. sessions. They will learn and practise recognising and sounding letters, use ‘Fred talk’ to read and ‘Fred Fingers’ to spell. There is more information Read Write Inc under the ‘RWI Phonics’ tab below/on our class page on the website.
If your child is not yet able to recognise and sound out the following letters securely, please help them to practise at home using the letter sounds on their key ring.
Set 1 single letter sounds: m, a, s, d, t, i, n, p, g, o, c, k, u, b, f, e, l, h, r, j, v, y, w, th, z, x,
Set 1 ‘special friends’: sh, th, ch, qu, ng, nk.
Our first focus text this half term will be ‘Zog’, which we will use to inspire our writing and begin our focus on Princesses, Queens, Castles and Palaces.
We will also be sharing the story ‘Paddington at the Palace’ and the non-fiction book ‘Little Elizabeth: The Young Princess Who Became Queen’.
We follow the ‘Power Maths’ Scheme which focuses on mastering key skills which will allow children to gain a secure understanding before moving on, thus building the foundations for future learning.
We continue the emphasis on ‘number sense’, ensuring a solid grasp of numbers 1-10, including their composition – looking at the parts that make the whole number. Throughout the first half of summer term, we will be learning number bonds to 10, subtraction within 10, counting on and back to/from 10.
During maths sessions, the children use a variety of concrete resources and a variety of pictorial representations, as well as the abstract numerals that represent each number.
Understanding the World
We will continue to support the children to make sense of their physical world through looking at the season of Spring. We will be planting and taking care of seeds, and finding out what plants need to grow well. We will be comparing our favourite teddy bears with Dogger, looking at similarities and differences. We will create a timeline showing how our use of wheeled vehicles has changed from baby – toddler – child.
We will be finding out about the celebration of Eid.
We will then go on to learning about Queen Elizabeth II and planning and preparing our Platinum Jubilee celebration.
Expressive Arts and Design
This half term, we will be completing our D&T project to create our own simple wheeled toy vehicle.
Our Art focus will be pattern in natural objects – fruit and vegetables, particularly those with circle shapes, and looking at and creating art inspired by circle patterns in Wassily Kandinsky’s colour study ‘Squares with Concentric Circles’:
In Music, we will continue to use the Charanga Music Platform. Our Unit this half term is 'Big Bear Funk', listening and responding to different styles of music, playing classroom instruments, and to demonstrate the learning that has taken place through sharing and performing.
Reading Diaries: Please ensure that you sign and make a comment when your child has read to you. Reading diaries are checked regularly in school. Please ensure the diary and book are in school every day.
Reading books are changed every Thursday.
Water Bottles: Following healthy schools’ guidance, water bottles should only contain water, and will preferably be transparent.
Name labelling: We cannot stress enough the importance of every piece of uniform, PE kit, coats, water bottles, bags and anything else brought into school, being clearly marked with your child’s name.
Uniform & PE kits: Please see below for a reminder of the correct uniform and PE kit.
If you have any questions, queries or little niggles, please come and chat to us, so that we can resolve these quickly.
Many thanks for your continued support.
Miss Knobbs, Miss Bunce and Miss Bradley