Our Spring Term Topic:
Communication & Language:
We will be encouraged to speak in longer sentences throughout the day, making sure that we use the right tense (past, present or future) and sensible vocabulary. Through lots of class and small group talk, we will be supported in becoming more confident speakers, and also will work to improve our listening skills. We will be asked to explain why we are choosing to do particular things and will be supported in using connecting words such as and, because and so to extend our sentences, link ideas and explain our thinking.
Our class book for the next half-term will be Farmer Duck. We will begin by learning the text by heart, supported by actions - so make sure you ask us to tell it to you at home! We will be drawing story maps based on the text, then adapting these to create our own stories, which we will them write and share. We will continue to work on our phonics and letter formation every day, so that we can write simple sentences accurately.
In mathematics we will continue to focus on the teen numbers, ensuring that we can all count confidently and accurately to 20, and can all recognise these numbers when they are written down, too. We will also be learning to add different amounts together, using practical objects to support our work. We will then move on to begin to look at the idea of subtraction, beginning with taking one away and then using objects and practical situations to subtract other numbers, You can help us at home by counting with us every day and looking for the numbers and shapes all around us.
Personal, Social & Emotional Learning
We are going to be focussing on our emotions over the term. We will be thinking about how different characters from our book feel and how we might feel if we took their place. We will play lots of circle time games to help us name our emotions and think about what it means to be a good friend, too.
Understanding the World
We will be looking at ways in which we can group animals, recognising the difference between land, air and sea creatures, thinking about the places where different animals live and beginning to discuss ways in which living things are classified (into fish, birds, mammals etc). We will link in with our topic by thinking about which animals would live on a farm and why they live there. To improve our understanding of technology, we will also be using ipads to find information and share facts. Our class bears will also continue to be sent home every week as we love sharing the special events in our lives with the rest of the class!