LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES FOR THIS HALF TERM:
Our main focus during the Spring term will be Understanding of the World which defines science and geography. The theme for our learning will be winter. The children will be given many opportunities to discover more about the surrounding environment, through first-hand experiences. Young children learn best from activities that are open-ended and allow for exploration. Being dressed appropriately will allow us to explore a frosty, icy or snowy day.
We will be taking part in the RSPB Big Schools Birdwatch, which will link nicely with how birds and animals survive the winter.
We will be finding out about cold places in the world, making comparisons between the landscape and life there and where we live. This will also lend itself to finding out about the impact of climate change on the environment and wildlife.
PERSONAL, SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Our main priority will be the mental wellbeing of all the children. With the ongoing changes to socialising freely and seeing grandparents and other family members, our mental well-being can be affected. Our youngest children are those that have for the majority of their lives, been living through a pandemic, and we need to be able to support them within the classroom by providing opportunities to talk about feelings, sharing stories related to feelings, being active and keeping routine.
Children will continue to develop sharing and turn taking over the coming weeks. They will also be encouraged to negotiate with each other when playing, being supported by an adult when necessary.
Developing self-regulation to deal with emotions, behaving appropriately within boundaries and understanding that our actions and words can sometimes affect others, are skills which are supported through modelled behaviour, stories and most importantly through discussions and explanations. This will then support individuals with learning how to manage and resolve their own difficulties.
Children will continue to be empowered to be independent to make informed choices and decisions.
COMMUNICATION AND LANGUAGE
As we explore the surrounding environment, children will be encouraged to talk about what they can see, what is happening and make links in their learning.
We will continue to develop attention and listening skills in small and whole class group situations.
We will continue to take part in daily phonics sessions, where we will learn, revisit and review letters and their phonetic sound. Children will continue to develop skills for reading by learning how to segment and blend words. I will inform you of our phonics focus each week.
This term we will be focusing on strengthening upper body strength and stability. These muscles are important for enabling us to move our arms and legs freely with precision and control. In turn, this develops fine motor skills for good pencil grip and control.
We will explore shapes in greater depth, looking at basic flat 2d shapes and introducing 3D shapes. We will learn 2D shape names and the properties of these shapes. Children will develop their ability to talk about shapes using terms such as sides, corners etc.