Reception

Through our topic ‘Choices and Voices’ the children will learn about things which are fair and unfair and the importance of speaking up for your rights. Children will reflect on the struggle of Malala, a girl fighting to go to school.

To develop their communication and language skills children will have a variety of role-play opportunities across the three classrooms focusing on rights. Maple class is representing the Right to Education and has a school roleplay.  Chestnut class is representing the right to be Healthy and has a hospital roleplay. Walnut class is representing the right to be Safe and has a police station roleplay.

This term in maths the children will be working with numbers to 20 and developing their skills of counting on, adding and subtracting. The children will be learning to scale, we will be using standard and non-standard measurements to learn about length and height. Finally, we will complete the term developing their knowledge of 3D shapes and patterns as they explore the properties by applying their knowledge to our practical maths outcome creating fruit kebabs.

Through our key text ‘Malala’s Magic Pencil’ the children will be using talk for writing techniques and using story mapping to retell Malala’s story. The children will learn about the power of storytelling to communicate and share important messages. Children will be sharing their feelings about fair and unfair treatment of people and use their imagination to envision what they would do to change the world and protect human rights. We will also be forming a debate in order to develop our children’s oracy skills which is linked to the school under the bridge and our right to education where the children will be arguing the question ‘is it better to learn outside or inside?’

In reading children will be looking at how stories are structured, the use of rhyme, questioning and how to retrieve information from books. Our stay and read mornings will continue running every Thursday morning from 8.40-9.00 to provide an extra opportunity for you to share some new stories with your child and give children the chance to simply read for pleasure.

In Understanding of the world, we will continue to use first-hand experience to explore the world around us during our time at Forest school. We will discuss the Holi festival (the festival of colour) with the children to enable children to relate to their own experiences and the experiences of other, children who celebrate the festival can share with the class how they celebrate.

In Expressive Arts, the children will be presenting their learning in an art gallery on Tuesday 31st March. They will be showcasing 3d art installations relating to our STEM trip to the Millennium Bridge and Tate modern art gallery where the children will be observing the structure and architecture of a real life bridge linking to our learning of different schools (the school under the bridge). The children will be selling their carefully crafted photography art with embellishments and their Magic stories to raise money for our link school.

During PE, the children will be learning to develop their ball skills through the use of Target Games. This will develop children’s aiming, throwing, special awareness, force and defending skills.