Curriculum Newsletter Spring 1
This half term our topic is ‘Fantastic Creatures’. The children will continue to learn in a variety of ways and we will provide a range of different activities both indoors and out to meet the needs of the children. Please make sure that your child always has at school appropriate clothing for the time of year, including wellington boots.
Prime Area: Personal, Social and Emotional Development
This half term the children will begin weekly ‘R time’ sessions to develop their relationships with each other as well as giving them the opportunity to develop speaking, listening and turn-taking skills. The children will be encouraged to consider their actions and recognise how their behaviour affects others. Adults in the setting will continue to provide and support turn taking activities and games. ‘Star Moment’ certificates are used to celebrate the children’s achievements at home and these are displayed in the cloakroom.
Prime Area: Communication and Language Development
The children will continue to develop language skills through class and group discussion, role play and everyday talk. Our Talk for Writing story is ‘Whatever Next!’ by Jill Murphy. We will also look at an ‘instruction’ as a non-fiction focus. During story time the children will be encouraged to join in with repeated refrains and anticipate events in stories. They will be given the opportunity to answer ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions. Adults will support speech through play with the children and introduce and model specific vocabulary linked to the topic.
Prime Area: Physical Development
We will continue to develop the children’s fine motor skills and our fine motor area will change weekly to include, pegboards, hammering, rubber stamps, cutting and using tongs and tweezers. This will develop the hand and finger muscles needed for writing. The children will use the outside classroom to develop their gross motor skills and they will have the opportunity to move in various ways and play games that involve running, chasing and negotiating space. All children are encouraged to put on and zip up their coats independently. At home please help your child to learn how to do this.
Specific Area: Literacy
We will be exploring a range of fiction and fact books related to the topic, in both small and larger groups. Our class author is Sue Hendra. Bug Club books are updated regularly online for your child and are an excellent way of supporting their reading and comprehension development. Daily Phonic sessions will enable children to develop their phonic skills. Please continue to support their learning in this area by practising with your child often and remember to return their phonic folders daily. Children who are reading books need to return their reading folder every day. Please read with your child every day at home. In writing the children are encouraged to have a go and use their phonic knowledge to write words and short sentences. They will be encouraged to write their name at every opportunity.
Specific Area: Mathematics
Mathematical activities will include counting forwards and back from a given number, number hunts and recognising and ordering numbers. The children will begin practical addition and subtraction. We will continue to use the resource Numicon to develop understanding of number concepts. The children will practise writing numerals using a variety of materials both inside and outdoors. They will explore shape, pattern, time, capacity, weight and money and develop their mathematical language. The children will receive Maths homework on Fridays to be returned by Wednesday. Additionally, children are encouraged to practice Mathletics at home regularly.
Specific Area: Understanding the World
The children will explore special books and how to treat them, including the Bible and Qur’an. The children will learn about the lives of others and find out about Chinese New Year. They will make seasonal observations and explore how people and animals keep warm and safe during Winter. The children will be taught the importance of E-safety through a series of child friendly lessons and they will have the opportunity to use an Ipad to video.
Specific Area: Creative Development
Children will explore pattern using different materials. They will create patterns using shapes and colour and learn about repeating and symmetrical patterns. The children will have regular music sessions, learn new songs and play percussion instruments. Role play and small world scenarios will develop the children’s imaginations and build on their speaking and confidence. They will include pet shop, vets, cats/dogs home and bird hide.
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.