Spring 2 Foundation 2 Curriculum Newsletter Goldfinch & Robin Classes Our theme for learning this half term is ‘Wake up to Spring’. We will carry this theme through the half term with various stories such as ‘Egg Drop’, Chicken Licken, The Odd Egg, The Easter Story and with our exciting visit to Brackenhurst. Mathematics The children will calculate with numbers to 20 by mentally counting on or back to add or subtract. We will introduce sharing, grouping, doubling and halving small amounts and continue to work on knowledge of shapes and patterns. We will begin to introduce non standard measures by comparing the weight and length of objects using cubes or marbles which can be counted. Understanding of the World. Understanding the world is a big part of this term’s topic. We will be learning to look closely, observing patterns and changes in the outdoors as Spring arrives. We are looking forward to our visit to Brackenhurst where we will learn where wool comes from, how cheese is made and how animals grow from babies . We may be lucky enough to see some lambs being born. We will look closely at eggs through or stories this half term and approaching Easter. Communication and Language. We would like all the children to develop the ability to question why and how things happen to develop their knowledge and understanding, and our rhyme challenge is designed to help children become more confident in speaking and to develop their vocabulary. Personal, Social and Emotional Development. PSED will be focussed mainly on developing the children’s ability to work together with others in cooperative groups and with partners. We say ‘two heads are better than one’ to encourage children to talk to others and listen to and tolerate the ideas and views expressed by their friends and partners. We will also build in to our everyday programme a circle time where we reflect on our day, encouraging positive behaviour and good learning. Literacy In reading and writing, we will be working towards building fluency with most of the children, so that they can read and understanding sentences independently and write simple sentences and short narratives. Phonics carries on daily and a focus will be on the children learning to read and spell all their tricky words (copies have been sent home with the children as ‘tricky word bears’) and securing the vowel digraphs learned so far whilst practising blending and segmenting more difficult combinations of letters. Expressive Arts and Design. Our role play this half term is a home corner with a difference. We are learning to recite rhymes and the role play will be enhanced for children to begin to explore the characters and stories of these rhymes as they develop their co-operative play to include a ‘storyline’ or narrative element. We will use musical instruments to accompany our rhymes and will be exploring patterns and textures on the creative table. We are encouraging the children to plan their modelling and making activities before they begin, making choices about joining and fixing and the materials they use. Physical Development. P.E is still mostly on Wednesdays but please ensure the children have a PE kit at all times (shorts and tshirt). We are working on large apparatus at the moment where children MUST wear SHORTS – not long PE trousers. Plenty of outside physical development and learning will be on offer as the weather (hopefully) continues to get warmer. Handwriting and correct letter formation is high on our list of priorities from this point onwards so children will practise daily first thing in the morning. Spring 2 Foundation 2 Curriculum Newsletter Goldfinch & Robin Classes Have a go at home: Learn a rhyme to recite each week – choose a favourite or find one on the internet. Children can perform them at school for their friends. Try to tell the rhyme as a story – eg. the real story of Humpty Dumpty. Have a walk outside and spot the signs of Spring. Look for buds and blossom on trees and in the flower beds, listen for and watch the birds arrive in our gardens and open spaces. Talk about the sequence or order of things to help with sequencing instructions and daily events. Use words such as ‘before’, ‘after’, ‘next’… Also it is time for the children to be able to follow more complex verbal instructions – you could help by giving children two instructions to carry out (eg. put your PJ’s on then clean our teeth), then try more. Here are some websites to provide you with information and help your child learn at home… http://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/home - this is an excellent website with a huge range of information and activities related very closely to school learning and expectations. The e-books are particularly good and ‘tablet’ friendly too. http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Spring/WhatIsSpring.aspx - this section of the topmarks website gives lots of information about spring. You can use the Topmarks website from here to search for any learning games and activities you like. www.teachyourmonstertoread.com - this website is HIGHLY recommended and includes a downloadable app. It has helped lots of children to secure their early reading through phonics and it now has new levels of difficulty. ANNOUNCEMENTS AND DATES FOR YOUR DIARY Don’t forget – when your child turns five years old, school milk is no longer free. You will need to register with ‘cool milk’. Further details at the school office. Ladies afternoon – 2.30 – 3.30 on Friday 4th March – all ladies welcome to join our activities in F2. Brackenhurst visit – 15th March. Please ensure that we have all consent forms and outstanding payments as soon as possible. The children will need wellingtons for that day. World book day – 3rd March – dress as a character from Alice in Wonderland. Parents evenings are this week – Wednesday and Thursday – make sure you have booked an appointment with Mrs Cottee or Mrs K. Other up and coming events will be announced in separate letters nearer the dates. Here is some of the vocabulary we will develop with all the children during the next few weeks: Mathematical vocabulary: Shape names: cube, cuboid, cylinder, sphere, pyramid, triangular prism. Corner, face, edge, curved, flat. Share, double, half, group, add, take away, equals, more than, less/fewer than. Coin, spend, amount, change. And questions: What if…? Why do you think that?... How do you know?...’I think…what do you think?’ ‘Do you think we could try…?’ Young, adult, male, female, grow, change, learn.