Our Current Topics

Our Topics – Healthy Me & Celebrations

This term we are focusing our learning around two mini topics. For the first half term we will be finding out about how to lead a healthy lifestyle including food, our bodies and exercise. During the second half of the term we will be learning about celebrations including birthdays, Hannukah, Diwali  and Christmas. Trips to give our children first hand experiences of this will include to Arlington Court, Futures Farm, Tesco and to Exeter Cathedral and Mosque

 

Maths

Reception– We will be working on understanding numbers to 20, addition, subtraction, weight and capacity, sorting shapes and simple problem solving activities.  We will learn through many practical, fun activities and songs.

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 which 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 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 i.e. estimating how much  three items at the shop would cost, asking your child to identify right angles in the house, and helping your child to tell you the time.

English

Reception:   We will be reading traditional tales The Little Red Hen, Rosie’s Walk and The Enormous Turnip. 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 we know and practising forming our letters correctly. Next half term we will be writing birthday cards, instructions and reading/performing poetry.

Y1/2: As above. In addition, children will identify with different characters, writing from their point of view; describe characters in detail; write creatively about different scenes and create their own adventures. We will be focusing on the technical skills of sentence formation.

Children will continue with the phonics program of ‘letters and sounds’.  Reception will also use Jolly Phonics as a fun way to reinforce the new letter sounds they are learning.  Please read with your child each night if possible.  They will also have key rings in their book bags with the focus/key words that they are learning attached.

 

PE

PE will be on Wednesday 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.

Y1/ Y2 children will be developing their gymnastics skills, building on their knowledge of different travelling techniques we will be creating sequences with rolls and shapes to create an affect. Next half term we will be focusing on dance and will be creating a class dance to celebrate bonfire night.

 

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 Amazing me!  We will start by finding out how much we have changed since we were babies and find out about different parts of our bodies and what they do. We will explore our 5 senses and learn about foods and the different food groups. Next term we will be learning about the weather and the affect the Seasons have on us.

 

 

Other Areas

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

Geography: We will consolidate learning about food and where different foods have come from around the world, how and where it has grown. We will find out how it gets from the farms to our forks.

Art & Design Technology: Children will explore a range of cooking activities including baking bread and making vegetable soup. They will take part in a variety of ICT linked tasks where they will make fruit and vegetable portraits based on the work by Giuseppe Arcimboldo.

ICT: Children will be learning  to use camera’s and ipads to take photo’s to use in their artwork. They will learn to use Microsoft word to publish some of their best pieces of writing and save their work.

Music & Dance: We will be learning some new songs linked to our topics and of course the school Christmas Play! Our dance will be themed around Bonfire night as well as choreographing their own dances to perform during the Christmas play.

PSHE (Personal, Social, Health Education) : 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.