Spring Term Parent Information
Welcome to the beginning of the Spring Term, where we have lots of new and exciting learning opportunities planned for the weeks ahead.
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 environment around them 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 the Polar Lands, making comparisons between the landscape and life there and where we live.
PERSONAL, SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Our main priority will be the mental wellbeing of all of the children. With the ongoing changes to home and school life, not being able to socialise with all of our family members and friends out of school, our mental well-being can be affected and we need to be able to support this within the classroom by providing children with opportunities to talk about their 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.
They will continue to be encouraged to be independent and make choices.
COMMUNICATION AND LANGUAGE
As we explore the environment around us, 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.