Year R Curriculum Newsletter
Spring Term 2016
Personal, Social and Emotional Development 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.
The children will be exploring and developing ideas and opinions, social interaction and gaining in confidence. This is developed through imaginative and role play, outdoor play using wheeled and construction toys and investigative work in sand and water, with magnets, materials etc. The children will be encouraged through stories and discussions to consider others, respecting their feelings and beliefs.
The children will be learning more about why it is important to maintain good hygiene, washing hands etc. We will also be discussing being healthy and making healthy choices. The children will also learn about being safe.
We will discuss which activities the children enjoy and how to improve when they are unsure of what to do.
Physical Development 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.
This includes outdoor play and PE. In gymnastics we will be concentrating on rolling, stretching and curling, and in dance we will be linking simple movements in response to music. This area of development also includes construction toys, modelling materials such as clay and using tools such as scissors and modelling tools.
Communication and Language Children are given 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.
We will focus this term on stories and sequencing events. The children will use discussion as a tool to clarify thoughts, ideas and feelings.
Children will be encouraged to talk for a range of purposes, i.e. news, retelling stories.
Literacy 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.
The children will be practising correct letter formation and will be attempting to write some simple words independently. The children will also practise saying individual sounds and then blending the sounds together to begin to read words independently, for example: s-u-n sun.
We will practise initial letter sounds and tricky words daily and apply our knowledge when reading and writing.
Mathematics Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.
This term we will be counting beyond 10 and will begin simple addition and subtraction. Counting, addition and subtraction can be practised together, throughout the day at home and when shopping etc. Board and dice games are a very good way of reinforcing counting skills and number recognition. We will be naming solid and flat shapes and looking for shapes in everyday objects. We will be using appropriate mathematical language to describe and compare length, weight and volume. We will also be looking at 1p, 2p and 5p coins.
Understanding the World Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
During this term, we will be making porridge, investigating materials such as hard and soft, natural and man-made and building materials.
We will also be investigating sound by going on a sound walk, making and playing our own instruments and thinking about loud and quiet sounds in the environment.
We will be learning about birds, using digital microscopes to investigate feathers. We will learn more about seasonal changes and look in the school grounds for signs of spring. The children will be using a simple graph program in ICT to compare favourite breakfast cereals.
Expressive Arts and Design Expressive arts and design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role play, and design and technology.
We will be doing investigative work on different art mediums including printing and collage. Our work on pattern will include designing a pattern for a bowl. Observational drawing will encourage the children to look closely at detail. Children’s creative ideas will develop through imaginative play and role play, music and dance.