Our Current Topics

Our Topic – Building Together

This term we are focusing our learning around building  relationships within our class and school. This will then lead to the second phase of our topic when we will be learning about planning, building  and solving problems using construction toys like Lego.


Maths

Reception– We will be working on understanding numbers to 10, addition, subtraction, weight and capacity, sorting shapes and simple problem solving activities.  We will learn through many practical, fun activities and rhymes. We will be learning about the composition of each number to 10 so that your child can find all of the possible ways of making each number using addition and subtraction number bonds and can represent them using play toys and a variety of maths equipment. Please provide opportunities to practise your child’s early counting skills: counting up to 20 and back, using the language of ‘one more’, ‘one less’. This can be done through activities such as laying the table or counting how many grapes they have in their lunch box.   Another area where you can help out is by playing games with your child such as cards, snakes and ladders, bingo or dominoes.  In addition, you could help your child to notice shapes in the environment or find hidden numerals to order from smallest to biggest.

Y1/2– All of the above still apply to Y1 and 2 children but can be extended to numbers 50/100 and counting in 2’s, 3’s, 5’s and 10’s.  In class we will be describing position and recognising right angles, estimating, measuring and comparing weights and beginning to read time on an analogue clock. Please help your child at home by providing practical situations where they can apply their learning to real life contexts such as estimating how much three items at the shop would cost, asking your child to identify right angles in the house, or helping your child to tell you the time.

English

Reception:   We will be reading fiction and non-fiction with a variety of themes to encourage a love of books and reading. We will be learning about the structure of stories and practising retelling them orally and saying sentences clearly, counting the words within them and noticing the finger spaces between them. We will  move onto hearing and writing sounds within words and practising forming our letters correctly. It is vitally important that our children learn to hold their pencil effectively and form their letters correctly, starting and finishing in the correct places.

Y1/2: This term we are going back to basics to ensure all children have the basic skills they need for reading and writing as well as lots of opportunities for speaking and listening and enjoying a wide variety of books. We will be ensuring that all children are forming their letters correctly before moving proficient writers onto simple handwriting joins. Children will be encouraged to increase their stamina for writing over the coming weeks as we get back into the swing of school, making sure our sentences make sense and contain capital letters and full stops.

Phonics/Spelling: Reception and Year One children will continue with the phonics program of ‘Letters and Sounds’.  Year 2 will be revising and catching up on missed phonics teaching last term before they embark on a spelling programme next term. Please read with your child each night if possible and practise reading and writing their weekly spellings for our quiz each Friday.

PE

PE will be on Wednesday and Friday afternoons, please make sure your child has their PE kit in school.  In addition, reception children will have 20 minutes of PE each morning, focusing on fundamental movements (no PE kit required).

Reception: children will be focusing on developing good control, coordination and confidence in a range of small and large movements. We will be practising basic throwing, catching and kicking techniques.

Y1/ Y2: children will be developing their running, jumping and co-ordination skills though a variety of games. We will be refining our ball skills, throwing, catching and kicking and playing a variety of games using these skills.

Science

In Reception, we will be setting up lots of fun activities where children can explore early concepts of science.  We will be encouraging children to verbalise their thoughts and ask questions to further their understanding of a concept.  You can help at home by talking through activities yourself and asking/encouraging questions.

Y1/Y2 children will be participating in simple experiments, discussion and research. Our first topic will be famous scientists and how they’ve helped us today. We will investigate germs and how they were first discovered by Louis Pasteur before moving onto learning about the first female doctor Elizabeth Garrett and the work of Marie Curie. Next term we will be exploring Marvellous Materials.  We will start by exploring different materials and their properties and link them to our building topic.

 

Other Areas

We will be linking a lot of subjects into our topic including;

History:  We will be learning about different houses built through time as well as the materials used to build these.

Art & Design Technology:  Children will develop skills to create portraits in different styles. We will be practising skills of looking carefully before drawing what we see. We will be studying famous artists and their paintings including Van Gogh and Monet. We will be teaching the reception children how to handle and use scissors correctly and reinforcing this learning with the rest of the class.

ICT: Children will be learning  to create a stop-motion animation to coincide with their literacy story telling this half term. We will be practising basic computing skills using computers, cameras, ipads and programmable toys like Beebot.

Music & Dance:  Our learning is focused around one song: Hands, Feet, Heart where we will explore the dimensions of music (pulse, rhythm, pitch etc). As well as learning to sing, play, improvise and compose with this song, children will listen and appraise different styles of South African music.

PSHE (Personal, Social, Health Education) : This area of the curriculum is central to all our planning and will underpin our values for the class and school. We will be focusing on friends and friendships, growing and growing up, keeping safe and self-esteem. In particular, we will focus on problem solving skills and helping others.  We will be focusing on celebrating who we are as individuals and as a  class. Building our new class team!

RE:  To link to our PHSE learning we will be learning about belonging and what it means to belong to a family, community, school or group. We will discover what Christians do to welcome new babies into a church and how some people choose to show how they belong to one another. After half term we will discuss what Christians believe God is like in the run up to Advent.