Minnows and Shrimps class Curriculum Newsletter Summer 1
This Summer term we are delighted to welcome Mrs Speight (Shrimps Class teacher) and Mrs Patterson (part time Teaching assistant) to the Reception team.
Our topic this half term is ‘Marvellous Minibeasts.’ We will as usual follow the interests of the children as they arise and provide a range of different activities both indoors and out to meet the needs of the children. In warmer weather it is essential to provide your child with a sun hat to protect them from the sun and it is advisable to apply long lasting sunscreen before they come into school on a morning. Please ensure your child still has a coat everyday and check that their wellington boots, which are left in school, still fit them and are in good condition. Will we continue to prepare children for year one by structuring activities and the timetable to increase teacher directed time. Children will also join the whole school for celebration assembly.
In the area of Communication and language the children will continue to develop their repertoire of known stories through ‘Talk for Writing.’ Our story is ‘The Hungry Caterpillar’ and our non-fiction focus is a report. Our class Author is Eric Carle.
In Literacy the children are continuing to learn the phonic sounds and tricky chant and dance words. Please continue to support their learning in this area by practising with your child often and remembering to return their phonic folders daily. Children who are reading books need to return their reading folder everyday and you are encouraged to read with your child at home every evening if possible.
Within Mathematics children will develop their ability to count forwards and backwards in ones, twos tens and fives. They will continue to learn addition and subtraction and explore problems involving doubling, halving and sharing. Children will also consolidate their knowledge of shapes and measures.
Through Physical development children will move in various ways, balance and negotiate space. They will also begin to develop an understanding of safe and healthy lifestyle choices and practises. Children will be encouraged and taught to use and control various tools appropriately eg, scissors, tweezers, glue sticks and paint brushes.
In Understanding the World we will explore the natural world in relation to minibeasts, habitats and the environment around us. We will notice changes in the environment, eg bulbs beginning to grow and the weather. The children will use technology to support their learning in the form of the interactive white board, camera, I pads, laptops and programmable robots.
In Expressive Arts and Design children will create art work which explores shape, form and space. They will learn new ways of joining materials to support their ability to create 3D art. They will make and decorate 3D models in clay and modroc.
As parents if you have any skills you feel could support the learning of the children this half term please speak to a member of staff.