At Hampton Lakes we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, of which there are four guiding principles,
Every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured
Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships
Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers
Children develop and learn in different ways (and at different rates)
We believe that all areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. These three areas, the prime areas, are:
- Communication and language
- Physical development
- Personal, social and emotional development
We also support children in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. The specific areas are:
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design
- Communication and language development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.
- Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
- Personal, social and emotional development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.
- Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest. We use “Letters and Sounds” to deliver a daily 20 minute phonics session.
Spring 2 2020
Welcome to the Caterpillar Class!
Every term you will receive a curriculum statement outlining what your child will be learning about at school.
Our topics this half term is “Will you read me a story?”
This has been written to highlight the activities we are carrying out in school this half term across the seven areas of learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage.
Personal Social and Emotional Development
This half term we will continue to encourage the children to be independent learners; to try new and different activities and discuss why they like some activities more than others. We will be rewarding their brilliant sharing, independent learning and team work through the marbles in the jar, stickers and certificates. The children have thoroughly enjoyed nominating one of their friends to receive a certificate each week, and we look forward to celebrating more successes and achievements each week in school. Some children have been sharing their weekend adventures with our class mascot Travelling Ted and so this half term we will be looking for children who show sensitivity to other’ needs and feelings and for those who demonstrate a kind and caring nature within their friendship circle.
Communication and Language
With World Book Week this Half Term we will be listening to lots of stories, anticipating key events using our enhanced story language and developing our understanding of the stories through talking about the characters, the setting and answering why and how questions. We will also be encouraging the children to talk about their own experiences of reading stories and their favourite book characters. Our focus texts this half term will be:
- Harry and the bucketful of dinosaurs stories
- The Tiger who came to Tea
- Jack and the Beanstalk
- What the Ladybird heard
- The Easter Story
We will continue to develop the children’s language through activities such as role play both indoors and out, construction play and sand and water play. At Hampton Lakes Primary School, we think the use of stories is such a fantastic way to promote vocabulary.
We will continue to embed our Phase 2 and 3 Letters and Sounds. We will be teaching the children to blend for reading and to segment sounds for their writing; encouraging them to do this independently within their play. We will be focusing on reading and spelling our Phase 2 and Phase 3 tricky words so that the children can apply this to their writing themselves. We will continue to develop their understanding of stories through targeted questioning during whole class reading sessions and guided reading activities. During our daily Literacy session, the children engage with a handwriting activity, phonics activity, role play, listening game or reading activity each day in order to develop these essential skills.
The children will be writing for a variety of purposes, e.g. making wanted posters to find the dinosaur we saw visiting our school, writing book reviews and stories, making our own book covers and labels for our fantastic creations.
Within this area of learning we will be adding and subtracting two single-digit numbers and using a variety of resources to help us do this. We will be practising doubling through our ladybird doubles and focus on halving and sharing through activities such as having tea parties with the “Tiger who came to Tea”. We will continue to enhance the children’s mathematical language through activities such as measuring and ordering the Giants footprints from “Jack and The Beanstalk”, weighing our ingredients for cooking, setting a time for our Tea parties and exploring the characteristics of shapes that can be observed in and around the environment.
Understanding the world
This half term we will be discussing the children’s half term news; the exciting and different adventures they have been on with their families and friends. We will be thinking about different celebrations and traditions; sharing the Easter Story, discussing how and why Easter is celebrated. We will also be using technology for a purpose. We are now encouraging the children to use the Ipads to take pictures of models they have made and label them clearly. We will also be thinking about different types of technology around the home and will begin this half term replying to emails we have received with videos of a mysterious dinosaur visitor at our school. We are really looking forward to introducing the children to the app augmentifyit, and watching dinosaurs come to life!
Linked within our story learning we will be looking at the similarities and differences between different living things such as dinosaurs and different types of tigers. The children will continue to cook, and will be looking at changes such as melting and dissolving.
Expressive Arts and Design
This half term the children will be dino dancing in PE thinking about different ways of moving to music and making up their own movements. We plan to use the instruments and body percussion to make the sounds of a giant in ‘Fe, Fi, Fo, Fum’. The children will be creating book character designs, Easter crafts and their own imaginative creations through a range of art materials such as paints, pastels and collage. We will build upon their own ideas within their play as they engage with a range of different activities such as construction music, dance, role play and stories.
We will be developing our fine motor control through practising our letter formation in our handwriting sessions and through a variety of activities such as cutting and sticking, painting, playdoh and threading. The children will have the choice to participate in the daily mile each afternoon and will be using the bikes and bats and balls outside. In PE we will be continuing to think about different ways of moving safely and creatively linking this with dino dancing, giants and more!