Auckland (FS2)

Class teachers: Mrs Dale and Mrs Blair

Teaching Partners: Mrs Phillips (am) and Mrs Sheppard (pm)



Auckland Timetable

9:10-9:40Early Morning WorkEarly Morning WorkEarly Morning WorkEarly Morning WorkOutdoor Games
10:50-11:35LiteracyLetters and SoundsLetters and SoundsLetters and SoundsLetters and Sounds
Self Initiated Learning
1:20-2.30Design Technology - FoodUnderstanding the World - Science Enrichment: Outdoor GamesArt and DesignPSED/RE
2.30-3.00Whole School
Whole School
Singing WorshipWhole School
Celebration Assembly

Our Topic for Term 5: Growing


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, and story. The children share their own relevant experiences as well as applying phonic knowledge to read the words. This is also the time where individual children read to Mrs Dale, Mrs Blair and parent helpers.


This term our literacy work will focus on the topic of Growing. We will be exploring the stories of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Jack and the Beanstalk and The Tiny Seed . The children will continue to apply what they are learning in letters and sounds in order to segment words for writing whole sentences, as well as using finger spaces, capital letters and full stops. Through independent writing opportunities and guided writing the children will be:

  • Retelling stories
  • Writing character descriptions
  • Exploring non-fiction writing
  • Writing instructions
  • Creating lists
  • Developing poetry skills


Letters and Sounds

Letters and sounds (or phonics) is taught four times a week each session lasting around 20 minutes. This term we will begin Phase 4 of the Letters and Sounds programme. We will be learning to read new tricky words and spell Phase 3 tricky words. Phase 4 is a consolidation phase which aims to enhance the children’s recognition and recall of all previously learned graphemes and support their application to read and write polysyllabic words. It also supports their reading and spelling of words with adjacent consonants or blends (e.g. st, cr, dr, nt, scr etc).

This term we will also be revisiting the spelling and reading of high frequency words and practising full stops, capital letters and finger spaces for sentence writing.  Each session consists of a quick revision of all of the previously taught sounds and some of the jingles, practising a newly learned skill and applying some Phase 3 and 4 sounds and words in reading and writing sentences.



Maths is taught four days a week. Each week our maths focus builds on problem solving, reasoning and numeracy 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 be:


  • Understanding and recognising number bonds to 10
  • Learning to recognise the value of different coins
  • Exchanging coins for the equivalent amount of pennies
  • Ordering numbers and finding missing numbers
  • Doubling numbers
  • Halving numbers and sharing


Understanding the World

This term our topic is Growing. Various science activities are available for the children to explore during their self-initiated learning times, as well as weekly science sessions when the children will work in groups to carry out their activities. There will also be sessions relating to geography. The children will be:

  • Developing skills in scientific predictions
  • Growing a variety of plants from seed
  • Observing the changes involved as a caterpillar turns into a butterfly
  • Discovering how frogspawn develops into frog
  • Exploring the environment for signs of seasonal growth and wildlife
  • Finding out which countries different food and animals come from
  • Discovering how climate affects what we wear.



Each day the children will have the opportunity to use a variety of digital devices either through maths, literacy and science or as part of their self-initiated learning. The children will be developing their computing skills using BeeBots, laptops and iPads. They will focus on a range of skills, for example:


  • Logging onto the laptops and selecting folders, files and programs.
  • Drawing with a mouse and writing with a keyboard
  • Giving instructions to BeeBots
  • Using and completing software activities.


Design and Technology

This term we will be designing, making and evaluating our own healthy sandwiches. The children will chose from a selection of bread types and plan the healthy filling they wish to create. Once they have constructed their sandwich, they will take their sandwich home to taste and evaluate.


Physical Education

This term we will be exploring a range of games using different equipment on the playground or field on Friday mornings. We will be developing basic motor skills, for example:

  • Awareness of others around us and space
  • Awareness of direction and speed and using them for a purpose
  • Ball control; catching, throwing and rolling
  • Balancing body and objects
  • Throwing underarm and aiming at a target



Art and Design

This term the children will study the work of Wassily Kandinsky. They will begin to analyse and discuss forms of art and attempt to recreate some exciting pieces! Like Kandinsky, the children will be representing their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through art.



Our RE will be centred around the theme of Easter for term 4. We will explore the four seasons and look at the features of Spring, learn about the Easter story and what it means to Christians and explore how it is celebrated today.

We will also continue to have circle times which will explore how to reflect on who we are and our achievements. We will discuss what feeling proud means which will give the children an opportunity to recognise their own achievements. This will encourage and support their skills of personal reflection and talking about themselves in a positive way.


This term the children will be using percussion instruments to:

  • Play and compose their own rhythms
  • Experiment with loud and soft
  • Explore the various timbres of instruments
  • Play along with familiar tunes.


Enrichment for term 5 will be Outdoor Games with Go Active.