Term 4 - Spring Into New Life!
As the topic title suggests, this term we will be learning all about spring the changes it brings, new life, growth and change. Parts of our discussions will be around how things can grow from a seed, an egg or be born alive.
We will read a mix of nonfiction and fiction books on growing and change. This will include: The growing story, A Tiny Seed, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and one of my personal favourites Tadpoles Promise.
We will be discovering different changes in plants and animals and learn about life cycles of frogs and caterpillars. Furthermore, we will be ordering caterpillars that we will feed and observe grow and then once they have transformed into butterflies we will set them free. We will also plant and grow some of our own seeds.
As the days grow longer and we are measuring growth and time it is only right that our maths priorities are: I can order and sequence events and I can measure short periods of time in simple ways. Of course we will continue our fluency skills of recognising numbers and making numbers up to 10 in different ways.
Our English priorities are: I can read some common irregular words, I can re-read books to help with my fluency and accuracy, I can form letters properly - starting and finishing in the right place and I can use a full stop to finish a sentence.
Our Music will link with our ICT this term as we use the computer to help us make our own tunes and investigate pulse, rhythm and pitch. In addition to this we will learn a song all about New Beginnings.
Finally, we will discuss Easter and how it is celebrated by lots of people, but is particularly important to Christians.
This term our topic will be… Into the Woods.
This term we will be looking at real life aspects of forests and woodlands. We will find out information about woodland creatures and their habitats by looking at nonfiction books. However, there will be lots of fictional stories along the way too as we read traditional tales that involve going into the woods such as ‘Little Red Riding Hood’, ‘Goldilocks and the three Bears’ and ‘The Gruffalo’.
We will be investigating food that different woodland animals eat and learning about food chains. We will find out lots of information about who lives in the woods and what sorts of foods can be found.
Our writing priority will be ‘To hold a pencil correctly and write letters, most of which are correctly formed’ and our spelling priority is ‘To attempt to spell words by identifying sounds in them and representing the sounds with a letter or letters. We will do this through lots of purposeful writing, including writing instructions on how to make Gruffalo Crumble!
Our maths priority will be to ‘Recognise numbers to 10’ and to ‘Find one more and one less than a given number to 10’. Please do this lots at home.
Our reading priority will be ‘I can have a guess about what will happen next or how a story might end’ and to, ‘read some common irregular tricky words’. We will also continue to learn and revise the set 1 sounds and blend them together to read words fluently.
We will be doing lots of outside learning, going on bug hunts, camouflaging ourselves in the garden, creating outside art. Covid permitting, we will go on a trip to a Forest School and create a Forest School exhibition, which you will be invited in to attend during our final week before February half term.
Our topic for term 2 is … ‘Celebrations.’
This term we will be looking at a variety of different celebrations that are marked by different people such as: Halloween, Bonfire Night, Diwali, Remembrance, Birthdays and Christmas. Furthermore, we will investigate different ways to celebrate i.e. through attending parties, making food, cleaning the house, wearing special clothes and giving presents.
We will read lots of different books about celebrations some fiction and others non-fiction and use words like title, blurb, author, page, character when we are discussing books. We will start by reading stories like Room on the Broom to inspire us to write spells. Then we will make pretend potions using the language full, empty, half full to link with our maths.
Our Understanding the world, linked to the past and present, will involve finding out what a law is and how Guy Fawkes broke the law when he tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament. We will also find out about why we have Armistice Day and buy poppies today. In addition to this, we are hoping to have a visit from a veteran who served in the Royal Navy and is currently working with the ‘Help the Heroes’ charity. We will finish by discovering how celebrating birthdays have changed over time and will even be interviewing our grannies, grandads and older family members to help us with that.
As we celebrate Bonfire Night we will talk about how to keep safe. In our dance, we will be looking at different fireworks, copying the way these move and learning lots of wow words like fizzle, crackle and explode.
Following on from this, we will be learning how Diwali, the festival of light, is celebrated and will explore light and dark and make shadow puppets.
Our maths priority is linked to shapes this term - To begin to use mathematical names for solid 3D and flat 2D shapes, and mathematical terms to describe them. We will start by looking at 2D shapes used on pumpkins and after that make Rangoli patterns with different shapes when we celebrate Diwali. Then, later in the term, when we celebrate Christmas, we will be wrapping up and posting 3D shapes for Christmas presents. We will start to use the language sides, edges, vertices, round, curved and straight.
Our writing priority is - To use some clearly identifiable letters to communicate meaning. There will be lots of opportunities to include real and purposeful writing this term as we invite the nurseries to watch our Christmas performance, write letters to Santa and make lists of food we want to bring to the Christmas party.
As we become more confident in using our phonics we will blend sounds together to read simple words as part of our reading priority.
Our values of the month are ‘Consideration’ in November and ‘Humility’ in December and these both dovetail nicely in with our PSHE, and topic this term.
This term our topic will be… ‘Getting to Know…’
As an introduction to school life we will be looking at things the children like about their new school, discussing things they are looking forward to and addressing any concerns they might have. We will be examining how we become a class family and comparing this to our families at home.
Our value of the month is ‘Friendship’ in September and ‘Equality’ in October. We will begin by discussing how we can use the value ‘Friendship’ as we start school and get to know each other. As we move into October and we start looking at how all our families and friends are different, but how important it is that we all have the same opportunities and equal rights.
As we explore we will be discussing the five senses touch, sight, taste, smell and hearing. Please help your child by reinforcing this at home. In school we will be participating in activities such as noticing changes in our environment and going on a listening walk. These are things you can also do when walking or visiting different places; stop and discover what noises you can hear and what could be making them.
We will be talking lots about how we look, what makes us special, how we change and our feelings. We will be reading ‘Titch’ by Pat Hutchins and ‘Ruby’s Worry’ by Tom Percival. We will also read lots of books with rhyming words to see if the children can hear and understand rhyme. On national poetry day we will be reading the poem, ‘When I grow up,’ and discuss how we have changed since we were babies in the past and what we might become in the future.
Our English priorities include writing our name, giving meaning to marks as we write, hearing rhymes and continuing rhyming strings. Singing lots of nursery rhymes at home and pointing out rhymes you hear will be very advantageous.
As part of our maths, we will be learning many number songs. Our priorities include counting out loud to five and counting objects with one to one correspondence. We will start to recognise numbers of personal significance and also begin to understand how numbers up to 5 can look and be made. You can help your child by singling lots of counting songs and continuously counting e.g. the number of cars that drive past, houses in the street etc.
We look forward to an exciting first term at school. As always, if you would like to talk to us about any aspect of your child’s learning then feel free to ask.