Here is an overview of the things your child will be learning this half term across the different areas of learning. The topics we choose are heavily led by the children’s interests and usually encompass several areas of learning. For this reason, the topics will change to reflect the direction the children wish to take their learning. This half term we are going to be looking at what makes the seasons of Autumn and Winter special as well as dipping into celebrations such as Bonfire night, Divali and Christmas. We also intend to follow the children’s interest in superheroes.
If you have any questions about the learning this half term, please contact us as we are more than happy to discuss any queries with you.
Mrs Bennett, Miss Charles and Miss Smith
Understanding of the world
This half term we have three main questions the children will be learning about.
These questions will form the basis of all of our learning this half term and have strong links with the understanding of the world aspect of our curriculum where we compare festivals, beliefs, cultures and seasons as well as observe the effects the changing times of year have on the weather, nature and wildlife. Our over-arching questions this term also link well to the personal, social and emotional areas on the curriculum as we look at the behaviours of goodies and baddies.
This half term we will be completing our initial teaching of the phase 2 phonic sounds and tricky words which we sent to you in phonics pack 1. We will spend some time revising these sounds as it is important to ensure that all children can recognise and write all phase 2 sounds and tricky words before they move onto phase 3. Practicing these sounds at home is also a great way to help build your child’s familiarity with their sound, especially if this is a skill they are finding a bit tricky. When moving onto phase 3 we will begin to learn digraphs and tri-graphs (where one sound is made up of more than one letter) such as ‘sh’ ‘th’ ‘igh’. The children will continue to increase their bank of tricky words and begin to write in full sentences using capital letters and full stops to show the beginning and end. At this stage we will be looking for children to leave gaps (finger spaces) between each word so that their writing can be read back easily by both themselves and others. This is essential for them to make a good level of development in this area. We will also be beginning our first ‘Talk for writing’ project based on Dear Zoo with the children this term. Talk for writing’ links pictures and actions to a well-known story as a strategy to help children retell the story using full sentences, interesting vocabulary and a consistent story structure.
This term we will be continuing our Mastery Approach in maths looking in depth at each number. Last half term we covered 1 and 2 so this half term we will be looking at 3, 4 and 5. For each number we learn to; identify groups of objects (I can see 3 chairs, I notice that there are 4 apples in the tree), learn about the numbers inside a number (a 3 is made of 1 and 2 or 3 and 0), cover one more and one less, sharing (both equal and unequal), shapes that link to each number (triangles have 3 sides) and finally learn to represent the number on a ten frame and using numicon. We use all of these skills in relation to problem solving so the children may be given a problem in the style of a story and need to use their resources to calculate the answer. We also do daily reasoning where we ask the children to tell us what is the same or different or find the odd one out. The children are always asked to explain their answer, which then deepens their understanding.
Finally, a large proportion of our time will still be spent developing our fine and gross motor skills. We will be developing these skills using a range of strategies including messy play, flipper flappers, dough disco and movement play. A fine and gross motor ideas for parent’s leaflet will also be distributed to parents later in the term so that these skills can continue to be worked on at home with the ultimate aim of every child confidently holding a pencil with a tripod grip and feeling confident whilst forming all of their letters.
Finally we would like to say a huge thank you to all parents who have accessed Tapestry and also contributed to their child’s profile. This gives us vital information to allow us to give more accurate judgements about their progress both in and out of school. If you are having any difficulties with accessing the program or would like further guidance on what to share please feel free to contact a member of the reception team and we will try to help.