Spring: Term 1
Choosing a Class Pet.
The children will start by learning about what animals do in winter. They will learn about animals that hibernate, and which animals and birds are nocturnal. The children will investigate the different habitats birds and animals have, and how they have adapted to their environment. The children will look at Arctic animals and find out how these animals manage to live in such a cold climate.
The children will share the story about the Little Red Hen. They will have a visit from a real live hen and make bread to share with each other. The children will learn about how different animals are trained to help humans. The children will write a letter to the Guide Dogs Association, asking if it is possible for one of their Guide dogs would visit our class. They will also learn about how rescue dogs are trained to find people who are lost in the countryside.
The children will then look into the different sorts of pets people have now and in the past. The children will have a visit from Rosie the dog, who is Mrs. Duff's pet labrador. The children will learn about the job of a vet. Hopefully, we will have a visit from someone who works in a veterinary clinic.
During the final week of term the children will vote on the type of vet they would like in the classroom. They will then visit Pets at Home to choose and purchase the Early Years Unit Class Pet.
Spring: Term 2
An Ugly Bug Ball.
During this half of the spring term children will learn about some of the smallest creatures on the planet...mini-beasts. Each week we will focus on a specific creature, spiders, ladybirds, bees, snails, butterflies and caterpillars. We will enjoy different activities focused on each creature and will read various stories and non-fiction texts around each mini-beast. The children will investigate the life cycles of the different creatures and look at the habitats and characteristics. We will taste local honey and have a visit from Rent-a-Beast so we can get up close to a variety of the little creatures. We will have the opportunity to observe caterpillars turning into cocoons and then make the amazing transformation into butterflies.
At the end of spring term 2 will will have an Ugly Bug Ball, where we will dress up as our favourite bug and have a party to celebrate all of our learning.
Spring Term Curriculum
In this unit the children will listen to the Christmas story focusing on where the baby Jesus was born and that the shepherds were the first visitors.
The children will learn about the church being an important gathering place for God's family and will look at some of the symbols associated with Baptism.
In this unit of work the children are introduced to some of the Church’s customs for the Season of Lent. Children will hear about Lent being a special time of prayer and a season when Christians try to follow Christ by what they do. They will also learn about Lent being a time of saying sorry and asking God’s forgiveness for things that they have done wrong.
In this unit of work the children will learn about the last few days in the life of Jesus. They will be introduced to the story of Palm Sunday, The Last Supper and Good Friday.
This term the children will be looking at numbers to 10. They will compare the numbers within 10, the addition of numbers up to 10, and also look at the composition of the numbers to 10. Later in the term they will look at the number bonds to 10. The children will learn what subtraction means and will be able to use different representations to work out different subtraction problems.
They will also investigate the measurement of length, height and weight. The children will also look at creating and comparing patterns using different media.
The children will be using the phonics they have learnt to support their reading and writing. They will also be sharing lots of different texts about Amazing Animals and Mini-Beasts! They will look at fiction and non-fiction texts and look at the characteristics of both types of books. They will also be learning some poems and songs about the different creatures and will be performing these in the class.
Communication and Language
Reading frequently to children, and engaging them actively in stories, non-fiction, rhymes and poems, and then providing them with extensive opportunities to use and embed new words in a range of contexts, will give children the opportunity to thrive. Through conversation, storytelling and role play, where children share their ideas with support and modelling from their teacher, and sensitive questioning that invites them to elaborate, children become comfortable using a rich range of vocabulary and language structures.
Personal and Social Development
Children should be supported to manage emotions, develop a positive sense of self, set themselves simple goals, have confidence in their own abilities, to persist and wait for what they want and direct attention as necessary. Through adult modelling and guidance, they will learn how to look after their bodies, including healthy eating, and manage personal needs independently. Through supported interaction with other children they learn how to make good friendships, co-operate and resolve conflicts peaceably. These attributes will provide a secure platform from which children can achieve at school and in later life.
By creating games and providing opportunities for play both indoors and outdoors, adults can support children to develop their core strength, stability, balance, spatial awareness, co-ordination and agility. Gross motor skills provide the foundation for developing healthy bodies and social and emotional well-being. Fine motor control and precision helps with hand-eye co-ordination which is later linked to early literacy. Repeated and varied opportunities to explore and play with small world activities, puzzles, arts and crafts and the practice of using small tools, with feedback and support from adults, allow children to develop proficiency, control and confidence.
Expressive Arts and Design
The development of children’s artistic and cultural awareness supports their imagination and creativity. It is important that children have regular opportunities to engage with the arts, enabling them to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials. The quality and variety of what children see, hear and participate in is crucial for developing their understanding, self-expression, vocabulary and ability to communicate through the arts. The frequency, repetition and depth of their experiences are fundamental to their progress in interpreting and appreciating what they hear, respond to and observe.