In term 5 our theme will be 'The Wonderful World of Trees and Plants'
In term 6 our theme will be 'Animal Stories’
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
In term 5 we will follow the PSED whole school unit 'Relationships', in which we will talk about how we make and keep friends by always considering the feelings of others and by finding ways to negotiate to solve differences. In term 6, as we begin to think about moving up the school, we will follow the PSED unit 'changes' which will help prepare children for the move to Year 1.
Communication and Language
The children will have lots of speaking and listening opportunities and will be encouraged to share their ideas in small and large groups. Each day 2 'special planners' will be chosen to review their play with the rest of the class. 'Show and tell' opportunities and 'circle time' are designed to develop children's confidence when speaking within a large group. In terms 5 and 6 there will be opportunities to act out stories and to explore the motives of characters with 'hot seating' activities.
Through child-initiated and teacher-led activities, the children will have opportunities to develop their fine and gross motor skills. There will be regular use of the forest area, the climbing equipment and the sit-on vehicles. In term 5 and 6 as the weather improves, there will be greater use of the outside areas and lessons will be planned specifically to take advantage of the school grounds. Use of the field and playground will allow children to practise ball skills more regularly.
We will continue to practise reading and writing double letter sounds on a weekly basis. In group and class work, we will share books and read and write short sentences. We will practise letter formation more regularly. As a class we will share a number of stories related to our topics and we will undertake research using 'information' books and the internet. In terms 5 and 6 we will introduce Guided Reading sessions. In Guided Reading, small groups of children share and discuss a story or non-fiction book guided by a teacher or TA.
In terms 5 and 6 we will continue to investigate ways to calculate and solve number problems including addition, subtraction, grouping and sharing. We will record our findings using 'number sentences'. We will investigate ways to measure capacity and time. We will use money in our roleplay area to buy and sell goods. During child-initiated activities, children will have many opportunities to reinforce and apply their mathematical knowledge.
Understanding the World
In term 5 we will grow, sunflowers, beans and other plants from seed. We will think about growing and changing. We will study the natural world around us and consider why some fruit is grown in other countries with warmer climates. In term 6 we will find out about how to care for animals, as well as thinking about the differences and similarities in the animal world. We will explore the school grounds looking for mini-beasts and pond-dipping. We will visit a zoo and talk to pet owners about caring for their pets. In ICT we will learn to programme the Beebots and we will use a range of technologies including iPads.
Expressive Art and Design
Using the resources available in the creative and construction areas, in the outside classroom and in the woodland, the children will be encouraged to express their ideas using a variety of media. In addition we will learn songs related to our themes and find different ways of expressing ourselves through music and movement. In term 5, to link with our topic, the roleplay area will become a 'Garden Centre'. In term 6 it will theme as a 'Pet Shop'.