Our learning this half term
We are already seeing great enthusiasm from the children for our pirate topic this half term. Our core texts this half term are: Captain Beastlies Pirate Party by Lucy Coats, Pirate Gran by Geraldine Durrant. We will be using these stories to develop children’s language skills and extend their vocabulary as they begin to get ready for Reception.
Lots of the children are beginning to write initial sounds and some simple words so we will be having some fun writing maps, messages in bottles and creating pirate arts and crafts. Our role play area has been transformed into a beach shack for the children to practice their pirate skills, such as counting their treasure, writing messages to other pirates and ensuring all the misbehaving pirates walk the plank. To foster the children’s fascination further develop the children’s knowledge of Pirates we are going to the maritime museum to take part in a pirate adventure.
This term we will continue to teach the children a “sound of the week” as part of our phonics program. This term we will cover h, b, f, ff, ll and ss. Please take note of the new sound of the week, displayed on the window of your child’s classroom. Words beginning with the sound of the week will be displayed on the table alongside your children’s names. It would be great if you could encourage your children to write these words or write the initial sound.
We are continuing to reinforce the children’s concept of number by finding one more and one less than a given number and matching the quantity of pirate treasure to the correct number. We will also be learning lots of pirate songs to help with counting. On Monday 23rd April “Maths Monday” will begin! We would be grateful if all parents/carers could spend five minutes when dropping their children into nursery to do a quick Maths activity with them. Equipment and activity ideas will be provided and staff will be available if you have any questions.
Understanding the world and Expressive Arts
Children will continue to develop their knowledge of the world as they help out with gardening and growing vegetables in the outdoor area. Helping out with cleaning and feeding the chickens and watering the trees at forest school will also help children to develop a sense of ownership and responsibility for living things. In expressive arts we will be developing the children’s concept of size as we make 3D pirate art work such as papier mache parrots and large scale pirate ships.
During the summer will be reading a range of fiction and non-fiction books related to animals. This term we will focus on minibeasts and jungle animals. Our core texts are Aaaargghh Spider- by Lydia Monks. Through hands on activities in our forest school children will have opportunities to write about and label parts of spiders, investigate lifecycles and build up their vocabulary linked to the topic. Using story telling techniques, and role play we will be creating story maps about the Enormous crocodile by Rohal Dahl. This will support the children in developing their sentence structure and story writing skills through creating our own stories.
The children will be extending their counting skills and have started exploring patterns by counting in 2s, 5s and 10s, through practical actives such as making ladybird biscuits. Linked with minibeast, children will have opportunities to problem solve by adding insects legs and calculating using ladybird spots. The children will also be looking at symmetry and patterns while learning about butterflies and explore the weight and length of worms.
We are still sending home reading scheme books once a week with your child. The book your child brings home is matched to the Phonic level they are working within in class. Your child should begin to use their phonic knowledge to segment and blend for reading. Once your child has read the book spend time talking about the story and check for understanding by asking some of the questions or carrying out further activities which you can find on the back page of each book. As our topic is animals and minibeasts we would like to encourage you to spend time looking at non-fiction texts with your child.
Understanding the world and Expressive Arts
Children will continue to develop their knowledge of the world as they help out with gardening and growing vegetables in the outdoor area. Helping out with cleaning and feeding the chickens and watering the trees at forest school will also help children to develop a sense of ownership and responsibility for living things. On Friday 25th May, all children are invited to dress up as their favourite animal or minibeasts to end off the half terms animal focus. We will have a fun day at school where children can choose from a variety of activities and films linking to the topic. We will be using a large variety of materials to create different effects such using materials for printing, bubblewrap for beehives and pasta for worm pictures
We will be continuing to teach phonics on a daily basis. The aim is to get all children secure in phase three by the end of their Reception year. This will ensure that children are at an appropriate reading level for year one. Please use the sound mats and tricky words attached to reinforce the sounds and words at home.
You will also find some example phase 2, 3 and 4 sentences attached. You could use these to practice reading and writing using the variety of sounds. Your support at home really makes a difference and we thank you for your continued support. Don’t forget to make use of the phonics games that are available through our school website.
Please find below a few websites that you may find useful to explore at home with your child to support their learning in the EYFS curriculum
Throughout the year the Reception children will be attending education visits. The details of the trips will be sent to you separately nearer the time. Please see your child’s class teacher if you are interested in supporting us.
To see some images from our learning please click here
If you would like some information on how to help your children at home please click here
Please click here to read the statutory framework for the Key Person Approach.
If you need anymore information about the Foundation stage, please do not hesitate to make an appointment to see Miss Williams, our Foundation stage phase leader.