Our Vehicle for this half term is 'Food Glorious Food'
Through this curriculum driver we will be learning about God's creation, harvest and healthy eating. Please continue down the page for more information.
Initially we will be focussing on helping the children to settle in and get to know the class routines and rules, name emotions and build good relationships with their peers and the adults in the class. We will share the stories (below) to help them to settle into school and to support them in recognising and naming their feelings. We will also have Circle Times, to help them develop their listening and speaking skills, as well as giving them the opportunity to talk about feelings.
Our Class Saint
The children will learn to recognise and name Saint Mary, and that she is the mother of Jesus. They will create pictures of Saint Mary for a classroom display.
Our prayer area will be green, the liturgical colour for Ordinary Time.
The children will be learning how to make the Sign of the Cross, and will begin to learn the Morning Prayer. Please see the tab above for a copy of our daily prayers.
We will be sharing the story of Creation from the children's Bible. The children will be exploring the school grounds, looking for God's creations. They will talk about and create Creation pictures. We will also be thinking about the gifts and talents that God has given us, and thanking God for our gifts. We will be listening to Pope Francis's Laudato Si message, in which he asks us all to take care of God's Creation and will be making pledges of how we can do this.
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 to support the children in developing good listening skills and learning new vocabulary through: learning good listening skills, looking at the person who is speaking, responding to questions, and discussing high quality stories. We develop spoken skills by using ‘My Turn Your Turn’, where the children repeat the word/phrase/sentence modelled by the adult, 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.
This is an area where you can really support your child by modelling speaking in full sentences and encouraging them to do so if they don't already, and engaging them in back and forth conversations.
Personal Social and Emotional Development
Children’s personal social and emotional development is crucial for children to lead healthy and happy lives. We help the children 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.
This is an area where you can really support your child at home by helping them to be independent, particularly in their self-care and getting dressed and putting on their coat.
PE will take place on Wednesday afternoons with a Sports Coach from ASM.
This half term the children will be focussing 'Fundamental Movement Skills'.
The children will not get changed for PE straightaway. Please could you encourage them to dress and undress independently, including practising undoing and doing up their buttons, in readiness for getting changed for PE lesssons.
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, and learn to form each letter correctly in writing. As they move through the Read Write Inc programme, they will 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.
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, z, x,
Talk Through Stories are fun age-appropriate stories, which are designed to support children to learn and use higher level (Tier 2) vocabulary.
Stories for this half term:
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 will begin by identify and talking about what is the same and what is different about images. During Autumn Term, the emphasis is on acquiring a solid grasp of numbers 1-5, including: reciting numbers in order, counting with 1:1 correspondence, subitising (recognising how many, without counting), and the composition of numbers 1-5 – looking at the parts that make the whole number.
During maths sessions, the children use a variety of concrete resources, such as cubes, counters, numicon, and a variety of pictorial representations, as well as the abstract numerals that represent each number.
Understanding the World
Through our 'Marvellous Me' activities, the children will be talking about themselves, recognising that they are different from other people and that everyone is special. They will be talking about and creating images of some of their favourite thing. They will also be naming and talking about who is in their family, and thinking about how they have changed since they were a baby.
We will also be exploring school, inside and out, to see where the Hall is, and where the different classes, offices and playgrounds are.
We will be looking at the seasonal changes from Summer to Autumn and exploring the natural world around school on an Autumn walk (inside school grounds).
We will be finding out about Harvest festivals.
As part of our 'Food Glorious Food' Vehicle, the children will be learning about the five senses and using these to explore fruit and vegetables.
We will be collecting food and supplies for those in need, which will be donated to the local foodbank.
Expressive Arts and Design
In our Expressive Arts and Design sessions, the children will be learning to recognise and name colours and use colours appropriately for specific tasks. They will explore repeating patterns in colour.
They will create paper plate self-portraits for our cloakroom display and pictures of our Class Saint - Saint Mary for a classroom display.
We will be looking at some of the art work by Giuseppe Archimboldo and creating fruit and veg portraits inspired by his work.
They will also design and create their own fruit kebab.
Music sessions will be taught by Miss Phillips on Tuesday afternoons, following the 'Charanga' music scheme, starting with 'Me!'
We will also be singing and dancing to Nursery Rhymes and Action songs.
Water Bottles: Following healthy schools’ guidance, water bottles should only contain water, and will preferably be transparent.
Snack Time: The children are provided with a piece of fruit for snack time each morning.
If you wish to send in a small snack from home - please ensure this is a healthy snack, such as a piece of fruit or a small packet of raisins. We would not expect to see crisps, biscuits or chocolate bars.
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, Mrs Leese and Mrs Bradley.