Summer 1 2021
Welcome back! We hope you have enjoyed a lovely Easter break and been able to enjoy the sunshine and a bit more freedom. Please take a look at our class newsletter for this half term to find out more about our new topic of Traditional Tales.
This half term our RE topic is New Life. We begun our topic on Friday by recapping our learning around Easter from last half term. The children shared their learning on Palm Sunday, The Last Super and Holy Week. I explained that this half term we would be focusing on events after Jesus died on the cross. We started this learning by hearing about Peter and Mary hearing the good news that Jesus had risen from the dead. We then spent the afternoon outside looking for signs of new life in our environment. The children drew what they could see and labelled it using their phonics skills.
Jack and the Beanstalk
This week we have started our Traditional Tales topic with Jack and the Beanstalk. On Monday we came into class to find footprints and beans scattered around. After some investigation the children concluded that Jack must have visited and left us some beans! We then read the story of Jack and the Beanstalk and considered what the beans needed in order to grow into a beanstalk. We then planted two beans and await the beanstalks that we hope will come soon!
Following this learning the children have began writing instructions on how to plant a bean and look after it so that it grows into a beanstalk.
Literacy in Provision
The children have been very busy during their choosing time, completing their literacy rainbow challenges. The challenges give the children the opportunity to apply their prior learning and embed their phonics skills in a range of practical and meaningful activities.
This week we have begun our learning on Doubling. The children loved watching the Numberblocks in “Double Trouble” and quickly learnt that doubling is where you add the same number together.
This week the children LOVED the Burn2Learn activity outside where they had to find all the number blocks and double them, applying their learning from last week. It was fantastic to see the children work as a team with their partner to succeed.
Maths in Provision
The children have been very busy during their choosing time, completing their maths rainbow challenges. The challenges give the children the opportunity to apply their prior learning and embed key skills in a range of practical and meaningful activities. The children have also followed their own interests in maths, testing out their ideas and challenging them self in play.
Personal, Social, Emotional Development
Jack and the Beanstalk
Linked to our learning on Jack and the Beanstalk the children considered some of the issues that arise in the story. As part of a circle time we discussed Jack talking to the man who he sold the cow to and considered if he should have talked to a stranger. We reiterated that we only talk to people that we know. We also discussed Jack stealing from the Giant and discussed if this was a good choice. It was fantastic to hear the children so engaged in discussions, listening to each other, responding and explaining their ideas.
Following on from our work last week the children engaged in some role play based on different scenarios that they may encounter both at home and in school. The children acted each scenario out well and reflected on what their choices might be and which would be the best choice to make.
This week you continued to practice your throwing and catching skills. It was lovely to hear many of you exclaim proudly “We are getting better at this”! I couldn’t agree more, each week your throwing is becoming more accurate and catching more consistent.
Understanding the World
This week we have done lots of work on “Our World” in both our Literacy and RE learning. We have also enjoyed playing phonics games on the iPad’s. All the children used the iPad’s confidently to play phonics games, clicking, dragging and reading the words in order to match them to the pictures.
Expressive Arts and Design
Creative Rainbow Challenges
This week the children have enjoyed taking on the creative Rainbow Challenges, making number beanstalks, painting their own beanstalks and using their fine motor skills to make a harp!