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Summer 2 Big Question

 'Who are the famous animals in our stories?'

 

In literacy we will be reading lots of stories about animals, focusing on naming and describing the different animals. We will be retelling these stories as they become more familiar and we will have a go at making our own story books too.

  • Walking Through the Jungle 

 

  • Brown Bear Brown Bear 
  • Dear Zoo

In maths, we will be continuing to notice different shapes and patterns by matching the different animal prints, finding ones that are the same and working out which animal print belongs to which animal. 

 

We will be spending lots of time junk modeling and making our own animals using PVA glue and sellotape to connect the boxes together. We will also be focussing on developing our drawing skills by creating enclosed shapes using lines and circles to begin representing our favourite animals. 

Summer 1 Big Question

 'What Happened to Jack's Beans?'

Image result for jack and the beanstalk

Our weekly Questions are:

Wk1 – Pre-Teach and wow start

Wk2 – What did Jack need to do to make the beanstalk grow? –

Wk3 – Where do all the flowers come from? Can we grow really big flowers?

Wk4 – What could we grow in our vegetable garden? 

Wk5 – Who likes vegetable soup?

Wk6 – Fantastic Finish/Post Teach

 

During this topic we will learn how to grow our own vegetables, flowers and herbs. We will learn how to look after them and most importantly, what they need to grow! We be pretending to be shop keepers in our brand new vegetable shop role play area and we are going to be practicing our scissor skills to make snips in paper plates to make flowers.

Our key texts for this topic are

  • Jack and the Beanstalk
  • Jaspers Beanstalk
  • Non Fiction texts about growing

We will be acting our these stories, pretending to be the different characters and even making up some stories of our own.

 

Spring 2 Big Question

 'How many nursery rhymes do I know?'

Our weekly questions:

26/2/18 Humpty Dumpty, why did you fall?

5/3/18 What made the little dog laugh?

12/3/18 Where are you going, Jack and Jill?

19/3/18 What frightened Little Miss Muffet?

 

During this topic we will be learning lots of new nursery rhymes as well as singing lots that we already know. We will be acting out the nursery rhymes and doing lots of activities linked with the characters in the rhymes too. 

 

You can help your children  with the topic by completing the weekly chatter bag challenges linked with the topic and singing lots of familiar rhymes at home.

Our key text for this half term is Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet and Allan Ahlberg

Spring 1 Big Question

 'What makes a sound?'

 

We will be starting our new topic this week ‘What makes a sound?’ and we will begin by exploring all the different sounds we can make with our body, voice, instruments and objects we find i.e. banging sticks on the floor. We will also focus on sounds we can hear in the environment and go on lots of listening walks both indoors and outside.

Things you can do to support your child at home:

· Weekly chatter bag and home stars challenges linked to the topic

· Talk about the noises you can hear when walking to school, in the park or at the shops, encouraging your child to  understanding the different between what you can hear and see.

· Reading stories with opportunities to make noises i.e. animal noises

 

Afternoon Group - Fantastic Finish

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We had a wonderful time with our dance teacher Becky learning a dance routine!

Morning Group- Fantastic Finish

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We had a wonderful time with our dance teacher Becky learning a dance routine!

Morning Group - Fantastic Finish

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We had a wonderful time with our dance teacher Becky learning a dance routine!

Morning Group - Fantastic Finish

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We had a wonderful time with our dance teacher Becky learning a dance routine!

Our key texts for this half term are:

  • Peace at Last
  • Polar Bear Polar Bean what do you hear?
  • We're going on a bear hunt

Take a look at the you tube videos below with your children as see what noises you can hear

Peace at Last by Jill Murphy

Polar Bear Polar Bear, What Do You Hear

Autumn Term Big Question

 How Do I Get About?

 

This term out topic will be all about Transport. We will look at different ways we can travel, sing lots of our favourite songs linked with transport and explore how we travel to different places.

We will be reading lots of stories that are about vehicles and transport including 'Bumper to Bumper' - Jakki Woods and 'We all go travelling by' - Sheena Roberts (see below for you tube link).

 

Story Time: We All Go Traveling By

The Wheels On The Bus + More | Nursery Rhymes | Super Simple Songs

The Wheels On The Bus

Row Row Row Your Boat | Super Simple Songs

Autumn 1

We are really enjoying our topic all about transport. Here are a few of the things we have enjoyed doing this half term.

  • We have read 'We all go travelling by' so many times we can now join in with some of the words in the story! 
  • Using construction resources to build cars, roads, towers, buses and boats.
  • Mark making wheels on the bus, finger painting pictures from the story, using chalk to draw cars, boats and trains outside.
  • We have been learning how to do inset puzzles, 2 piece jigsaws and EVEN some 4 piece jigsaws!
  • We have been exploring how things move by using the tubes and large blocks outside to roll the cars down - working out how to make them go faster!

Take a look at some photos from this half term...

Autumn 2

We have started this half term exploring pumpkins, fireworks and Remembrance Day.

Picture 1 Playdough Firework
Picture 2 Firework pictures with chalk
Picture 3 Watching firework displays on the IWB
Picture 4 Firework pictures with chalk
Picture 1 Using the ipad to create firework pictures
Picture 2 Using the ipad to create firework pictures
Picture 3 Using the ipad to create firework pictures
Picture 4 Using the ipad to create firework pictures
Picture 5 Using the ipad to create firework pictures
Picture 6 Using the ipad to create firework pictures
Picture 7 Using the ipad to create firework pictures
Picture 8 Using the ipad to create firework pictures
Picture 9 Using the ipad to create firework pictures
Picture 10 Using the ipad to create firework pictures

Then we will continue our transport topic and some of our weekly questions will be;

  • 'How can we get across the sea?' - all about boats
  • 'How do I go on holiday?' - all about airplanes 
  • 'How does Santa get to my house?' - CHRISTMAS!!!!

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