The children have made a great start to their school life. It has been wonderful to watch them children quickly adapt to the routines and to make new friends. It is really important to see how happy they are and growing in confidence so that they can make decisions about what they would like to learn. They have made good relationships with both the adults and the children in class. We are looking forward to the learning ahead this half term.
Communication and Language
Through play, the children listen to each other and take turns in conversation. In our circle times, we always look at how important it is to look and listen when our friends are talking. When speaking and through phonics, the children are working on speaking clearly and expanding their vocabulary. The children did a great job with retelling the story of The Little Red Hen. We will again use Talk for Writing to learn two new stories: Owl Babies and The Tiger Who Came to Tea. Our role play area will become a café where the children will be able to make menus, learn how to write and read food and drink words and also write down customer orders.
Vocabulary: digraph, phoneme, blend, segment,
We will continue to use Read Write Inc for our phonics learning. The children have already learned 20 sounds and have been practising blending words with 3 sounds. We will be building on this to read and write longer words, red words (high frequency) and to also build up to read and write simple captions. Such as: ‘The big bus’ or ‘A red hat’.
With our focus books ‘The Owl Babies’ and ‘The Tiger Who came to Tea’ there will be lots of opportunities to write a variety of text types such as lists, letters, labels, descriptions and menus. With the owl visit, the children will prepare questions to ask when the owl expert comes in. Later, in December, the children will be writing letters to Santa and making Christmas cards for their friends. They will make toy lists to put up in our Santa’s Grotto.
Vocabulary: caption, label, sentence, owl, mouse, pellet, owlet, underground, treetop, scared, excited, nervous, worried, visitor, happy, proud, cunning.
At playtimes, we will continue to use the trikes and for the children to carry passengers. On windy days we use the ribbons and materials for kites and Jabadao equipment such as the big elastic band where the children can all fit into and move around as a team. For our PE sessions, the children have worked hard on being able to get changed independently. We have practised lots of listening games and skills such as balancing and moving in different ways. We will now begin to use the apparatus in the hall. We will focus on jumping and landing safely as well as encouraging the children to think about travelling in different ways. In these sessions, we always talk about our body and which muscles we can feel working hard.
Vocabulary: move, direction, travel, climb, jump, land, strength, muscles, veins, blood, heart, exercise, healthy, unhealthy.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Through everything we do, the children are learning to manage their feelings and behaviour, to have a good attitude to learning and to build resilience. We have established our class rules that all of the children contributed to. The children are already beginning to know that their views count and we often vote on choices such as which book they would like to read or whether to have a snack before or after play. In our regular circle times we will discuss our likes, dislikes, for the children to know that their opinions are important. We will talk about how to be a good friend, or to recognise and deal with a range of feelings. The children love our peer massage sessions, we will build on this with mindfulness sessions on how to stay calm, ways to improve self-belief and a can-do attitude, how to deal with negative feelings or how to improve focus and listening skills. In November, we will use ‘Anti- bullying week’ to focus on the importance of making everyone feel accepted and welcome and that certain behaviours are not acceptable.
Vocabulary: similar, different, tolerant, belief, faith, vote, attitude, resilience, independent, bully, accept, negative, positive.
It’s me 1,2,3.
The children will be working with numbers 1,2 and 3 to count, order and show different ways of representing the numbers with dots, actions or objects. Looking at composition, the children will be challenged to think of different ways to make 4. 3+1, 4+0 2+2 inside and outside the classroom and in lots of different ways. There will be lots of number hunts outside. The children will be encouraged to devise their own games involving timers and counting or matching amounts to numbers on a dice. They will use clipboards to record their scores. The children will focus on positional language by playing hide the owl, they need to hide it for a friend and then give directions of how to find it. With shapes they will focus on circles and triangles and go on shape hunts to find them around the school. In the art area, they will look at art work by Kandinsky and then use 3d shapes to print.
Light and Dark:
The children will match number names to numerals. With the small world toys such as the farm animals, they can sort them into animals with 2 legs or 4 legs. More number hunts and number games outside. They will look at addition and subtraction with one more or 1 less than amounts up to 5. For shapes, we will move on to shapes that have 4 sides. Going on a square and rectangle hunt around school. We will look at combining shapes to make other shapes. We will introduce the children to vocabulary linked to time. Through stories but also by setting up obstacle courses allowing the children to describe how it works. Such as: first, then, after that, next.
Vocabulary: number, shape, subitise, compare, different, same, more, less, up, down, on, under, behind, next, after that, circle, triangle, square, sides, straight, curved.
Understanding the World
Our autumn walks create lots of learning and discussions, we will continue to go observe the changing season and with a focus on decomposing fruits, plants and leaves. We will look at ‘hibernation’ and how people and animals deal with the change in weather as it gets colder. For Bonfire night, the children will delve into the past and learn about King James and Guy Fawkes. We will link it to modern day by finding out about King Charles, London and the Houses of Parliament. We will also look at how Diwali, the festival of lights is celebrated and the children will make and decorate clay diva lamps. On Remembrance day we will look at the importance of remembering and talk about our own lives and the lives of our family. The children will make a class poppy wreath. As we get closer to Christmas, the children will learn about the Nativity. We will talk about the Christian Faith and introduce the children to becoming aware of different faiths particularly within our school.
Vocabulary: decompose, rot, nutrient, hibernate, nocturnal, gather, royal, treason, parliament, democracy, remembrance, Nativity, king, Jesus, Mary, Joseph, stable, manger, Bethlehem.
Expressive Arts and Design
The most exciting event to look forward to this half term is our Nativity. We will start practising the songs and learning words for our performance straight away. There will be lots of drama and singing with our Santa’s Grotto too. In our art area, we will start with leaf printing and using the clay and objects outside to make woodland creatures, mini fairy houses or trees. The children will be able to choose what they would like to create. By doing dough disco each day, the children are comfortable with moulding the dough into different shapes. They will develop these skills to create their own creatures. First with dough, then with the clay.
Vocabulary: print, draw, create, repeat, mould, perform, artist, audience, rehearsal, costume.