In Term 3 our theme will be ‘Traditional Tales’.
In Term 4 our themes will be 'Celebrations', to include 'Easter'.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
In Term 3 our learning will be based upon the theme of 'Good to be Me'. We will play games to help promote children's self confidence and to encourage them to develop positive relationships with their peers.
In Term 4 our learning will be based upon the theme of 'Going for Goals'. We will explore taking risks and encourage children to challenge themselves.
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. We will introduce ‘Talk for Writing’ in our exploration of the different traditional tales (this approach helps children to re-tell stories in their own words). 'Show and tell' opportunities and 'circle time' are designed to develop children's confidence when speaking within a large group.
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 large wheeled vehicles. In Term 3 we will begin to use the large apparatus in the hall.
From the beginning of Term 3 we will begin to learn 'tricky words', practising each day to read them on sight. In group and class work, we will begin to apply our developing phonic knowledge to read and write short sentences. As a class, we will share a number of stories related to our topics and we will begin to undertake research using 'information' books.
In Terms 3 and 4 we will begin to investigate ways to calculate and solve number problems (eg addition and subtraction). We will learn the names and properties of some 2D and 3D shapes. We will think about time; ordering and sequencing familiar events, measuring short periods of time in minutes and telling the time on the hour. During child-initiated activities, children will have many opportunities to reinforce and apply their mathematical knowledge.
Understanding the World
In Term 3, we will explore the properties of different materials. In Term 4 we find out about the moon, the sun and the planets. In ICT we will learn to use simple computer programs. In addition, we will respond to and explore the outside environment and the changing weather conditions.
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.