Class Teachers: Mrs Dale and Mrs Blair
Teaching Partners: Mrs Phillips (am) and Mrs Phelps
|9:10-9:40||Early Morning Work||Early Morning Work||Early Morning Work||Early Morning Work||Gymnastics|
|10:50-11:35||Literacy||Letters and Sounds||Letters and Sounds||Letters and Sounds||Letters and Sounds|
|1:20-2.30||Outdoor Games||Understanding the World: Science||Enrichment: Programming||Art and Design||Reading and Self-Initiated Activities/Welly Walks
|Singing Worship||Whole School|
Our Topic for Term 1: Going on a Journey
Early Morning Work
Our early morning work consists of guided group reading, individual reading and independent activities, for example, use of the role play area, reading corner, outside area and laptops. The guided group reading is led by Mrs Phillips. This involves sharing a book using multiple copies of the same text and discussing the features of the book, punctuation, story and own the children’s own relevant experiences, as well as applying phonic knowledge to read the words. This is also the time where individual children are heard to read by Mrs Dale, Mrs Blair and parent helpers. A group of children each day will practise their number skills.
This term our literacy work will focus on the topic of journeys and transport. We will start to explore ‘have-a-go’ writing by orally segmenting words into initial and final sounds and recording any familiar sounds. The adult will then scribe the sentence or phrase so that the child can trace over the letters. The children will build on their segmenting skills throughout the year working towards writing the sounds they can identify independently. Our literacy work is strongly connected with our Letters and Sounds programme so the children will be building a bank of phonics knowledge that they can apply to their writing.
This term we will explore some classic and modern stories about different journeys. These will inspire our weekly writing and provide much discussion about our topic.
We will explore writing by
- recounting a favourite journey of our own
- creating new characters for stories
- imagining our own new adventures
- developing alternative endings for classic stories
Letters and Sounds
Letters and Sounds (or phonics) is taught four times a week. The sessions last around 20 minutes. This term we will begin phase 2 of the Letters and Sounds programme. We will be learning the sound and shape of individual letters in an order which encourages quick succession to blending. We will be exploring the early stages of segmenting for writing and blending for reading.
In week 2, the first set of sounds we will teach is s, a, t and p. Just with these few sounds the children can begin to make and read words, e.g. sat, pat, tap and as. When we teach a new letter sound we also teach a short jingle to aid the children’s memory of the letter formation and sound. For example, the sound ‘a’ has an accompanying jingle ‘around the apple and down the leaf’.
Each Letters and Sounds lesson is broken down into four sections: revising previously taught sounds, teaching a new sound, practising writing and reading the sound, and applying the sound to read and write words. This structure provides a sound routine that the children quickly get used to and enjoy.
Every week we will have a different maths focus, all of which builds on problem solving, reasoning, shape, space and measure and key number skills. Whilst the children are learning independently there are other opportunities outside of mathematics lessons where they can develop their skills and understanding. This term, during our maths sessions, we will focus on:
- careful counting and number recognition
- sequencing and repeating pattern
- one more and one less
- position and size
- 2D and 3D shape
Understanding the World
This area of learning broadly covers science, geography, history and culture. As part of our topic, we will be exploring how toy vehicles move across different surfaces and creating boats to test on water. We will also be looking at the forms of transport that were available 100 years ago and journeys that different people used to make. The children will be developing their skills by
- carrying out their own practical investigations
- making verbal predictions and explaining what they have noticed
- exploring changes through history
- discussing stories about journeys
There are a variety of digital devices available in school and use these during their self-initiated learning and through maths and literacy activities. The laptops accessible at all times and we will also exploring the iPads and the BeeBot floor robots. On a Wednesday afternoon the children will take part in the school’s Enrichment Programme. For Term 1 this will be Programming. The children will develop their computing knowledge and skills by
- using a mouse to draw, drag and drop
- inputting commands into a floor robot
- creating scenes with 2Simple software by selecting objects and activities
- exploring simple iPad apps
- taking photographs
This term we will be learning how to get changed for PE independently and how to take part in lessons safely especially when using new apparatus. We will be exploring space and shape in gymnastics and experimenting with a range of equipment in outdoor games. We will be developing a variety of skills through different activities and games, for example:
- awareness of space and others around us
- awareness of direction and speed
- using all of our bodies to create different shapes
- moving and manipulating objects
- turn taking and sharing
Art and Design
This term we will be exploring colour. The children will explore what happens when they mix colours together using paints and they will learn the names of primary and secondary colours. We will be using a variety of exciting media and materials to develop our understanding of colour.
The children will be developing their artistic skills by
- exploring primary colours and how these colours can be changed
- exploring what happens when they mix colours
- understanding that different media can be combined to create new effects
- choosing particular colours to use for a purpose
PSED and RE
This term we will be getting to know each other and learning about our class golden rules. We will learn the rules of circle time and why it is useful for the class. In term 1 it is important to develop relationships within the class and create cohesion through whole class team building activities and circle time. We will also be learning about special people to us, in our communities and around the world. The children will develop their personal, social and emotional skills by learning to
- listen to what others say
- ask appropriate questions of others
- speak confidently to others about their own interests
- be aware of the boundaries set, and of behavioural expectations in the school and classroom setting
Music is a fundamental tool in developing language, maths and social skills. Throughout the week we will sing songs and use simple percussion to enhance the children’s confidence and motor skills. They will become familiar with a number of topic related songs and rhymes in the classroom as well as taking part in whole school singing every day.