'Children in the early years are getting a good start to their education.’
Miss Broughton is our full time Class Teacher.
Mrs Mckinnell is our Teaching Assistant who works full time Monday to Friday,
Our new topic is called, are we nearly there? We will be learning about;
a variety of transport;
and holiday destinations.
We will be learning the ‘green cross’ code and finding out what a variety of signs mean in our local area. We will mark out our own road for the children to practise being safe and will have a walk around our local area. The children will be invited to bring their scooters to school, date to follow. This will create a fun opportunity for them to have a go at putting the green cross code into practise on our pretend road. Bike/road safety will also form a part of the children’s learning when they take part in the balance bike activity on the 9th and 16th of June.
Mrs. McKinnell and I are busy planning our own journey with the children, which will hopefully involve a more unusual method of transport. I wonder if the children can guess what it is? More details about this outing will follow shortly.
The children will learn about different modes of transport and think about what type of people use them and for what purpose.
We will enjoy stories such as, ‘Meerkat Mail’, by Emily Gravett and ‘The Great Balloon Hullabaloo’, by Peter Bentley. The children will also learn a new story complete with actions and will then change it to be a topic related story.
The children produced some wonderful pieces of art during our whole school ‘creative week’ using pastels. We intend to continue their development in this area by using pastels to draw hot-air balloons.
In RE we will be focusing on Noah’s ark. We will think about the messages in this story whilst also looking at floating and sinking. If time permits we will have a go at making our own boats!
We have begun a new topic all about mini-beasts. Your children will have access to a mini-beast
investigation lab where they will be able to observe live caterpillars. The children will not only care for our visitors, but will be encouraged to closely observe their activities and changes. To supplement this we will be enjoying ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’, by Eric Carle. Focusing on this story will support us in learning about life cycles and will allow us to start to think about the benefits of healthy living.
We will follow the children’s lead in terms of which mini-beasts they would like to learn about in more detail. Be prepared to be inundated with interesting facts about spiders, snails and slugs!
We intend to take the children to the Butterfly House this half term, where they will encounter a variety of mini-beasts. The children will learn many different facts about native and exotic mini-beasts. Among other things, they will find out where they live, how they survive in the wild and what they eat. If they are brave enough they will also get chance to hold some of the creatures! It promises to be a fun day.
Happy New Year! We hope you have had an enjoyable Christmas holiday with your children and that they are looking forward to the term ahead as much as we are.
Will you tell me a story?
This half term we will begin a new topic which focuses on traditional tales. We are focusing on traditional tales because;
We will begin with ‘The Three Little Pigs’, learning the story and enjoying a variety of activities surrounding the text. The following is just a flavour of what your children will enjoy.
In literacy we will learn to perform the story as a class before using our phonics and tricky word knowledge to write parts of the story including the repeated refrains (i.e. “I’ll huff and puff and blow your house down”). An investigation of different materials will help us understand the best material for the pigs to build their house out of! We will build the houses and use a hair drier to attempt to blow them down. Before half term your children thoroughly enjoyed learning about hedgehogs and foxes. We will continue to develop their knowledge and understanding of animals by using our newly acquired research skills to find out about wolves! Where the class go next with our exploration of traditional tales will be up to them.