Me & My World

This term the children will be continuing to explore their environment and responding to the different kinds of weather that I’m sure we will encounter over the next few months! As always, we will be following the children’s ideas and interests so the activities listed below may very well change and develop throughout the term.

Expressive arts and Design

  • Working together to develop role-play areas inside and out. Our first will be a baby clinic.
  • Exploring the artwork of Andy Goldsworthy and making our own outside in the school environment with natural materials.
  • Using natural materials to create our own music and listening to a wide of different kinds of music.
  • Creating portraits using different materials.
  • Using our knowledge of materials to create feely books for toddlers and hopefully trying them out with some younger children.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

  • Continuing to learn to work as part of a group and class taking turns and sharing fairly.
  • Discussing the characters in stories and exploring areas such as feelings, choices and right and wrong
  • Discussing ways to keep safe.
  • Talking about what makes us special and unique.
  • Exploring the whole school theme of “Good to be Me”

Communication Language and Literacy

  • Continuing with our daily phonics sessions, recapping phase 2 introducing Phase 3.
  • Working together to plan our role play areas and using these areas to develop speaking and listening, reading and writing skills.
  • Using a range of stories including Stanley’s Stick by John Hegley to make predictions, explore the meaning of new words, sequence events, explore characters and settings.
  • Retelling stories and learning a range of poems and rhymes to perform together.
  • Writing lists, stories, captions and poems.

Maths

  • Continuing to develop our understanding of more and less and using the vocabulary involved in adding and subtracting to solve practical problems.
  • Counting on and back from numbers to 20 and beyond
  • Learning to count aloud in two’s, fives and tens.
  • Continuing to develop our number recording skills.
  • Ordering, recognising and writing numbers
  • Estimating groups of objects that can be seen and counting them to find out how many there are altogether.
  • Exploring 2D and 3D shapes inside and out.

Understanding of the World

  • Exploring our environment and investigating outside in different kinds of weather.
  • Finding out about families and sharing our own experiences.
  • Finding out about our local community, this will include visiting the library and the church and finding out about people who help us in our community including the emergency services.
  • Finding out how we have changed as we have grown, what can we do now that we couldn’t do when we were a baby?
  • Using our senses to explore materials.
  • Creating maps and programming instructions into the Bee Bots.

Physical Development

  • Continuing to join in with exercise every morning
  • Continuing to develop our throwing and catching skills.
  • Continuing to develop our skills with scissors.
  • Tackling a weekly construction challenge-learning how to join things together and create moving parts.
  • Exploring ways of travelling through, over, under a range of equipment.
  • Finding out what our bodies can do and ways to keep healthy and fit.
  • Continuing to develop our pencil skills writing names from memory and beginning to form the letters of the alphabet accurately.
  • Creating a range of healthy snacks.

How you can help your child:

Sharing books together and helping your child to learn the phase 2 and 3 tricky words in context. Encouraging your child to segment and blend words orally so that they can confidently distinguish the sounds in words. Talking with your child about the things they see whilst out and about and encouraging them to look for numbers and shapes around them. Helping them to count on and back from different numbers within twenty.

Please continue to let us know of anything significant that your child does at home. Please use the stars to write down their achievements, dating and signing them. Your child can then stick these stars into their learning journeys.

Your child will need pumps, shorts and a t- shirt for PE this term. They may need them on different days so PE kits will need to stay in school.

If you have any worries or concerns or just want to know how your child is getting on at school please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Mrs Hillier