Curriculum Newsletter Autumn 1
The Early Years Curriculum is broken down into seven areas of learning; three of which are prime areas and the other four specific areas. This half term our topic is ‘I’ve got A Body’.
Prime Area: Personal, Social and Emotional Development
This half term will be all about the children settling in to a new environment and forming relationships with staff and peers. The children will be introduced to rules and routines including behavioural expectations in the classroom and at lunchtime. Through circle time we will provide the children with opportunities to talk about themselves, their families and things that are of importance to them.
Prime Area: Communication and Language Development
Communication and Language is all about speaking, listening and understanding. We will be spending lots of time encouraging the children to speak in both small and larger groups, including turn taking in conversation. Through story and song times we will encourage children to listen carefully as well as develop their attention and concentration.
Prime Area: Physical Development
Physical development covers both fine and gross motor skills as well as children’s health and self-care. This half term we will be developing children’s fine motor skills through activities including using tweezers, threading, cutting, writing and finger gym. The children will have opportunities to use a variety of equipment in the outside classroom to develop their gross motor skills. The children will be supported in developing their independence in relation to dressing and toileting; such as zipping up their own coats.
Specific Area: Literacy
Literacy is broken down into reading and writing. A lot of our early reading and writing development happens through carefully planned play activities such as; mark making using paint brushes and water, letter hunts and writing in shaving foam and other media as well as much more. Reading is a central part of the Early Years curriculum and we will be exploring a range of fiction and non-fiction books. The children who are ready will begin their daily phonics session where they will be introduced to individual sounds and receive letter sheets and sound books to consolidate their learning at home.
Specific Area: Mathematics
Mathematical activities will include counting, number rhymes, number hunts and recognising numbers. The children will be introduced to 2D shapes as well as mathematical vocabulary to describe size, position and patterns. We teach Mathematics through a range of practical and fun activities both inside and outside. The children will receive a weekly practical activity to do at home which will support what they have been learning at school.
Specific Area: Understanding the World
This half term the children will be finding out about their bodies and exploring their senses. We will look for signs of Autumn, including going on an Autumn walk. We will find out about Harvest Festival. Children will have the opportunity to use a range of ICT as they use our IPads and digital cameras.
Specific Area: Creative Development
Children will have daily opportunities to play with play-dough, paint and make their own models. They will have access to two role play areas to help develop their imagination and build on their speaking and confidence. The children will take part in regular singing sessions.
If you would like any advice or ideas about how you can support your child at home please speak to a member of the Reception team.