Auckland (FS2)


Mrs Dale

Class Teacher

Mrs Blair

Class Teacher

Mrs Phelps

Teaching Partner

Miss Last

Teaching Partner

OUR TOPIC FOR TERM 4: SPACE

Self-initiated Learning

Resources are prepared in the classroom and outdoor area that are designed to stimulate creativity, curiosity, problem solving and imaginative play.

The children will have access to areas such as role play, sand and water exploration, construction, art and technology. We encourage the children to select their own activities, ensuring that their experiences are wide-ranging and educational. The adults use questioning to assess and further the children’s understanding and teach the children how to record their learning.

Reading

The children read individually to a member of staff each week. We are also lucky enough to have a group of parent helpers that will hear your child read as much as possible.  Your child will have their own reading book and a Link Book to record their progress, and these go home with them each evening in a book bag. Every morning the children will be able to choose a new book. The children move at their own pace through the reading levels.
Click on the PDF below, Reading at Home, to find out about the structure of our reading levels and how you can support your child with reading.

We also offer ‘Read Together’ books for your child to take home, story and non-fiction books that you can both enjoy as a bedtime story or at a time to suit you.

Reading At Home.pdf

Literacy

This term our guided literacy work will focus on our topic, Space, through stories and factual information. The children will continue to develop their writing skills by orally segmenting words into single and blended sounds and recording those that they can hear, referring to the sounds mats when necessary. The children will build on their segmenting and recording skills throughout the year, independently selecting and writing the sounds they can identify. This term we will

  • use speech bubbles in our writing
  • use the laptops to research the topic of space
  • write new and interesting facts about space
  • write a set of instructions
  • explore story writing
  • learn about and use adjectives for descriptive writing.

The children will also be writing evaluations of their model making and using the laptops to write phrases and sentences.

Our 'Talk to Write' story book this term is 'Whatever Next' by Jill Murphy.

Understanding the World

This area of learning broadly covers science, geography, history and culture. 

During our science sessions the children will be exploring the concept of space and many of the intriguing phenomena it holds.

They will be:

  • investigating simple electrical circuits
  • using an app on the iPads to look at the positions of the stars
  • discovering how we experience night and day
  • finding out about other planets in our solar system

The children will be also be looking at other countries and continents around the world in order to appreciate a variety of locations and cultures. They will be:

  • finding out about different countries around the world.
  • looking at similarities and differences of children's lives in other countries and their own.
  • discussing past events that have happened in our own lives and others.

Art and Design

The children take part in one art session a week and have a range of activities available to them during self-initiated learning.

This term the children will be creating space mobiles, designing and painting their own aliens and making star constellations. They will be using a variety of art materials and medium to create different patterns on their planets.

The children will be developing their artistic skills by

  • exploring different art medium
  • understanding that different media can be combined to create new effects
  • using their imagination to create their own artwork
  • describing their work to others.

PSED and RE

Our RE will be centred on 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 the person 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. They will be

  • listening to what others say
  • asking appropriate questions of others
  • speaking confidently to others about their own accomplishments
  • being aware of, and respecting, the accomplishments of others

Phonics

Phonics is taught four times a week. The sessions last around 20 minutes. This term we will complete and consolidate Phase 3 of the phonics programme.

We will be focusing on sound blends. As with the individual sounds, these have a Read, Write, Inc. jingle in order to help your child remember the phoneme and the letters involved. You can find these in the first section of your child’s Link Book. In all, there are four consonant blends and fourteen vowel blends to learn. We will also learn the letter names and consolidate the sounds already learnt. The children will continue to bring home weekly mini-books until all of these blends have been covered.

Each phonics 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 and phrases. This structure provides a comprehensive routine that the children quickly get used to and enjoy.

Maths

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 be learning to:

  • understand addition and subtraction as a part, part, whole concept
  • recognise number bonds to 10
  • use counting on and counting back
  • appreciate the vocabulary and properties of 3D shapes
  • order and measure time.

Computing

There are a variety of digital devices available in school and the children use these during their self-initiated learning and through maths and literacy activities.  The laptops are accessible at all times and we will also be exploring the iPads and the BeeBot floor robots. This term the children will be developing their technology skills by:

  • logging onto the laptops and selecting folders, files and programs.
  • creating digital music in the form of repeating patterns
  • inputting commands into a floor robot
  • producing simple pictograms
  • taking photographs and presenting information on an iPad 
  • operating a cd player

Physical Education

Each week the children take part in two PE sessions. Both of our PE sessions this term will be outside, so please make sure your child has a warm PE outfit to wear.

This term we will be exploring a range of ball games using different equipment. We will be building on the children's own gross motor skills by

  • developing awareness of others around us and space
  • controlling direction and speed and using them for a purpose
  • practising catching, throwing and using bats
  • developing football skills
  • throwing underarm and aiming at a target

Music

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. 

This term we will be incorporating digital music as a way to record our compositions. The children will be learning to

  • explore body percussion combinations
  • compose a simple rhythm pattern
  • recognise the different sounds that instruments can produce
  • combine percussion sounds to create layers of sounds