Autumn Term ‘Africa’
At the beginning of the Autumn term our overarching theme will be ‘Africa’. We decided to cover this topic after Miss McSkelly told is how much the children loved learning about animals from different countries. We will read the story ‘Handa’s Surprise’ and also ‘Handa’s Hen’ as these are set in Kenya and will help us learn lots about African culture. We will be doing writing in different areas and learning how to form our letters correctly. Our phonics lessons will help us to become good readers and we are going to share lots of stories together to make books enjoyable. In maths we will be learning to count to 20, form our numbers correctly, find shapes in our environment and do lots of practical maths activities in our role play areas. We will learn lots of things outdoors and will be going blackberry picking and camping for a few hours after school one night to prepare us for our residential visits when we are older. We will celebrate Diwali with an Indian banquet, bonfire night through fire safety activities and learn about Guy Fawkes.
Spring Term ‘The Great Outdoors’
In Spring Term we will be ‘Going on a Bear Hunt,’ where we will be exploring the structure of the story and doing lots of investigation into the different elements of the outdoors. We will be learning about real bears as well as fictional bears. As children lead our learning, who knows where we will go next? The aims this term are to learn about our outdoor environments within school grounds and go on a ‘Nature Hunt.’ Hopefully we will explore other outdoor environments by visiting Castle Eden Dene. In maths we will be counting beyond 20, recognising numbers to 20, grouping objects, addition, subtraction and measure. We will be celebrating Chinese New Year with a Chinese food tasting session and look at Chinese traditions.
Summer Term ‘All Creatures Great and Small.’
In Summer Term we will be learning about lifecycles and minibeasts where we will be looking at similarities and differences between them. We will be looking at non-fiction books about minibeasts and also the ‘Very Hungry Caterpillar,’ and ‘The Bad Tempered Ladybird’. In maths we will look at time through days of the week and look at patterns on insects wings. We will be solving mathematical problems through role play, outdoors and construction as well as focussed lessons. This term we will be preparing children for Year 1 and becoming independent learners.
Topics may occasionally may take a different path due to the interests of the children, as they are encouraged to follow their interests and investigate areas that interest them. Developing an interest in stories and using these to be imaginative in Expressive Arts and Design is a key concept of learning for our children, and we strongly encourage children to access books whatever the topic.