Adult-Directed and Child-Initiated Interest Based Learning
Within Early Years we follow the children's interests rather than always planning specific topics in advance. As a result, we do not yet know exactly what topics we will explore within future terms. Below is a loose overview of how our year may look, however, we are flexible and will continue to adapt our teaching and topics to ensure we are following their current interests so that the children are engaged in their learning.
Pete the Cat - Rocking in my School Shoes. A story to support the children's transition to school.
Many of the children were into vehicles and transport. They were choosing to make paper aeroplanes, trains and role-playing journeys so we explored this within our adult-directed learning.
Within Maths we learnt to recognise numbers to 10/20. We also practised counting with 1:1 correspondence. We learnt about simple 2d shapes, length and some of us began to look more and less.
The children were very excited about Halloween so we began with a week exploring all things Halloween! We also enjoyed Science week where we explored a variety of experiments and Herbie and Henry even went to the moon! The children love our class bears, so next we introduced them to the story of Fin the bear who went for a walk. We learnt the oral story 'Take a Walk Little Bear'. After that, we stepped into 'Christmas' and explored Christmas provision, practised for our show and enjoyed many Christmas crafts and activities. We had our very own Elf on the Shelf who gave us lots of challenges.
Within Maths some of us learnt about simple addition and were introduced to a part part whole frame. We explored weight, time, money and have been learning about 1 more and 1 less.
This term we will be using the story Supertato within our learning. We will incorporate a healthy living day and will even be growing our own potatoes.
We will be developing our skills in addition and counting on and will begin to explore subtraction. Some of us will explore 1 more and 1 less. We will look at 3d shapes, height and estimation.
We have recently got a new tent in the class room which the children have been describing as a castle so we may choose to explore castles, knights and princesses next.
We will have our welly day this term on 20th February.
We will continue to develop our skills and confidence in addition and subtraction and will practise counting on and back within this. We will ensure we are confident with numbers to 10 or 20 and will practise representing these numbers using dienes, learning about basic place value. We will explore capacity and review shape.
Many children within the class are interested in dinosaurs. We would like to take this interest further so may explore dinosaurs and animals within Summer A. We may also explore a topic relating to ourselves and this around us to support 'Understanding the World' objectives.
Within Maths we will discuss doubling sharing and halving. We will continue to devleop our number and calculation skills. Some of us may begin to explore counting in 2's, 5's and 10's.
Whole school 'Food and Farming' topic
We will consolidate our Maths learning and address any gaps in understanding.
Following the children's interests, we started this term with a week on Halloween! We used the story 'Room on the Broom' to learn about rhyme. We were excellent at spotting rhyming words such as hat/cat, broom/room, dog/bog. We even found a magic hat that turned us into a witch.
Following our vehicles topic before half term, some children were desperate to learn more about space and rockets so we planned a science week learning all about space.
We had different science experiments to explore including static electricity, making parachutes, balloon rockets, floating and sinking, moon buggies down a ramp and designing space suits for Henry or Herbie bear. We also learnt about the surface of the moon and what space shuttles need to do to get to the moon.
We are also learning the oral story 'Take a walk little bear'. The story map is above if you want to retell at home. We can link lots of talking, reading, writing and even maths to the story.
We continue to have weekly Outdoor Learning lessons so please bring wellies in if you do not want dirty shoes coming home! We are also offering weekly music and woodwork lessons which are very popular.
Thank you to those of you who are supporting your children to choose their own reading books in the morning, we still encourage you to read at least 3 times per week at home.
We are also working really hard on recognising numerals 0-10 and then 10-20! We are also beginning to use language of more/less and add. We use part part whole to help us with our addition, this is a Singapore Maths strategy!
Soon we will be getting ready for Christmas so eyes peeled for letters about costumes!
Outdoor Play and Learning
Our shared Nursery and EY outdoor area is now an OPAL area.
We are collecting junk materials for the children to use within their play!
If you have any donations please bring them in for the children to enjoy.
Examples:- Old dressing up, old suitcases, guttering, tyres, pallets, logs, insulation tubing or anything else that could be used by children to play and explore with