Curriculum Newsletter Autumn 2
This half term our topic is ‘Sparkles, Spell and Spangles’. 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. The outside classroom is used regularly so 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 focus continues to be about the children developing relationships with staff and peers. The children will be encouraged to play and work cooperatively and begin to develop strategies to resolve simple arguments through negotiation. Adults in the setting will provide and support turn taking activities and games. Star Moments will be used to celebrate achievements at home and 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 ‘Owl Babies’ by Martin Waddell. We will also look at a ‘recount’ as a non-fiction focus. During story time the children will be encouraged to join in with repeated refrains and anticipate events. Adults will model and support speech through play with the children.
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, nuts and bolts, threading, cutting and using tongs and tweezers. This will develop the hand and finger muscles needed for writing. The children will continue to have opportunities to use the outside classroom to develop their gross motor skills and they will focus on moving and balancing. 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 Julia Donaldson. 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 at their own rate. 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 and you are encouraged to read with your child at home daily if possible. In writing the children are encouraged to have a go and use their phonic knowledge. They will be encouraged to write their name at every opportunity.
Specific Area: Mathematics
Mathematical activities will include counting, number rhymes, number hunts and recognising and ordering numbers. We will 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 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 describe special times in the lives of their families and friends. They will explore how Christians celebrate Christmas and take part in activities to celebrate this festival. This will include a visit the local church to listen to the Christmas story. The children will explore light and dark. They will learn how to programme toy Beebot and develop basic keyboard skills.
Specific Area: Creative Development
Children will explore colour mixing using a variety of media. They will use a selection of tools correctly and safely. The children will have regular music sessions and begin to build up a repertoire of familiar songs and learn new songs. Role play and small world scenarios will include Potions Lab, Post Office, Santa grotto and Winter Wonderland.
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.