Our theme title for this half term is ‘Jelly that won’t wobble’. Books we will be looking at will include – The jelly that wouldn’t wobble, Monster Feast, Don’t put your finger in the jelly Nelly, Feelings books, Nursery Rhyme books and information books about vans and lorries, David Hockney and polar bears.
In Week 2 the children will be making jelly, following and reading simple instructions for the jelly and ice cream party. We will then talk about where milk comes from and in week 3 parents are invited to a ‘Down at the dairy activity morning’ in class. We shall make ice cream vans, using the B-bots; creating algorithms. We shall then be observing the country side and paintings of David Hockney and making our own representations. We will be setting off to Harlow Carr in Harrogate, observing nature and our surroundings. We will learn about the colours of the rainbow and mixing paints
Was Humpty Pushed?
This half term our theme will be Nursery rhymes. Guided by the children’s own planning meeting, the children decided they would like a Vets. Many of the characters in our Nursery Rhymes have a bump or a knock which is why we decided to have a garage and car wash, fixing cars and lorries for outside role play.
The first week, the theme will be spiders (Incy Wincy Spider and Little Miss Muffet). The children will be learning and writing about real spiders, counting their legs and making a web. Then the children will be learning more Nursery rhymes, linking with rhyming words and rhythm. We will then be investigating whether Humpty was pushed, looking at which 3D objects will roll down a hill and why. We will be looking at different materials and decide how we will wrap up our hard boiled eggs so they don’t crack when they are accidentally pushed off the wall. We will also have a Humpty team building morning, developing our listening and problem solving skills,
We will be learning about the Nativity story and making our own props, and sharing a Christmas craft activity morning with parents.
We have lift off!
Following on from the children’s planning meeting, we have decided to build our learning around a space theme. We will begin the week finding out what the children know already and we are now beginning to encourage the children to ask questions and for them to think about what they would like to know and how they could find out. For example one child is convinced that there is cheese on the moon! So we need now to think about where cheese comes from and would cows be able to live on the moon.... if they did what would they look like... it goes on.
We will begin to learn about adjectives as we take a journey just as Davy did in the book ‘Davy’s Journey’. We will then travel on a magic carpet and go where ever we decide, but we will need to pack a suitcase and so will be learning to make lists and think about things we will need through out the day.
We will be learning a little bit about space, planets and scientists. We will be having a space party and exploring different space foods. We will be thinking about vehicles in the 30th Century and then we will head off to look at famous buildings around the world, including the Great Pyramids and the Great Wall of China ((3D shapes...which can be seen from space) and then join in with celebrations around the Chinese New Year.
How may I help……..
This half term our learning will be based around people who help and care for us and other animals. The children had a planning meeting towards the end of Spring 1 to discuss their ideas and interests which will be used as a vehicle for their learning.
The first week back, we have a baby clinic morning on Friday (24th February) and the children have been invited to bring in a doll, teddy from home for its check up (weight, height and head circumference). On Monday 6th March, we will be having a Peter Pan and Tinkerbell day, linking fairies to the tooth fairy and keeping our teeth healthy. In the weeks to follow we are hoping to have visitors to talk to the children on how they help and care for people and animals. We will learn how to use the Pelican crossing (reminding the children never to cross any road without an adult) and reinforce about not talking to people we don’t know.
Our role play areas inside and outside will be a baby clinic, doctors surgery, Emergency call centre, incident room, traffic control role play, vets and farm…...and more.
Summer 1 – The chicken or the egg?
At the end of Spring 2, the children had a Planning Meeting in their Key Worker groups, sharing interests and fascinations.
The first week back we will have a science and explorer week visiting the school pond and woodland area. We will also be learning about the scientist Jane Goodall who investigated the habits of chimpanzees. In week 2, we will be designing, then making our own egg sandwich and deciding whether we will cook a boiled, scrambled or fried egg. In week 4, we will be receiving some live chick eggs. We will learn about the stages of development of a chick and how to care for them and also speak to the children about the possibility that some chicks may not survive. We will be using information books and the internet to find out more about hens and cockerels. Fictional books will include Dora’s egg (where we will be making up adjectives to describe her egg), Chicken Licken, Little Red Hen, Sly Fox and Red Hen and Handa’s Hen.
Our role play area inside the classroom is an egg and chip cafe, serving egg and chips and pizza. We will be leaning to distinguish between a scrambled, fried and hardboiled egg. Our outside role play area will initially be a garden centre, then a farmers’ market.
Our art work will be based on the work of Andy Goldsworthy. We will be learning about and recreating some of his work.
In the final week we will be learning about the 3 Little Pigs and den building and asking whether we can forgive the wolf for blowing down the house of sticks and straws!
In Physical Development, we will continue with ball skills and control over objects and balancing, control and coordination.
After half term our Topic Title is ‘Once upon a time....’
Following our Key Worker Planning Meeting, many of the ideas have come directly from the children. We will start to explore settings in stories; decide for example whether a story is set in a wood (eg Hansel and Gretel) or a sea (eg Rainbow Fish), or a castle (eg The Emperor’s new clothes) etc.
Our learning will then be based around castles, monsters, pirates and fish. The first day back, we will be sorting our story books into the various settings and then making either a castle setting, sea or forest setting. In week 3 we will be hosting a mud kitchen banquet. A popular request was a remote control toy day. We will be learning how to stay safe in the sun and have a shop selling sun glasses and sun hats. Depending on the school raspberry crop, we will be making raspberry jam for our teddy bear and dolly picnic