**Our learning theme this week will be - Easter**
Welcome to the Owls class (EYFS Unit)
Welcome to the Spring Term in Owls class.
Welcome to the Spring Term in Owls class. This half term our weekly learning themes have been chosen by the children. Each week we will have a focus theme and our group time learning will be based around that theme.
Shared Reading dates for this half term:
Friday 1st March
Thursday 7th March
Wednesday 13th March
Thursday 21st March
Tuesday 26th March
Monday 1st April
Week beginning 1.4.19
It was great to catch up with you all last week at the parent consultations. Please keep letting us know about your child’s achievements out of school by sending in a Wow moment form or emailing the office. The children love sharing these with the class and being rewarded with pasta points.
This week shared reading will be on Monday morning (1st April)
The children have been enjoying show and tell and more are taking part each week. It’s a really good opportunity for them to talk in a whole class situation and to ask and answer questions. This week our theme is Something New. This may be a new toy, a new activity, new place, new friend, new member of the family or anything else that fits the description!
Show and tell days:
Tawny Owls - Tuesday
Snowy Owls - Wednesday
Barn Owls - Thursday.
On Monday we will have our Mother’s Day afternoon tea at 2.20pm. Thank you to everyone who has sent back their reply slip, if you haven’t already done so please let us know if you are able to attend so we can make sure that there are enough cakes to go round!
On Thursday we will be taking part in an Easter egg hunt in the morning and going on our trip to Butts Meadow in the afternoon. We will need volunteers to walk with us to and from the park, if you are able to help please let us know.
The children have worked really hard this half term and our pasta point pot is very nearly full. The children haven’t yet decided what their reward will be, but we will celebrate their achievement later in the week.
School will finish at 1.30pm on Friday and the children will return to school on Wednesday 24th April. In the first week back, we would like the children to talk about things that they have done during the holidays and will be writing about it in our literacy sessions. We won’t have the normal show and tell session as it is a short week, but there will be plenty of opportunities to share their news.
In Literacy this week we will be looking at digraphs within words, sorting words containing digraphs including ch, sh, th and er. The children will be reading and writing words containing these digraphs.
In Maths we will bring together our work on doubling and halving, using the concepts in practical activities as well as with pictures and then writing them as number sentences.
In our Understanding of the World learning, we will be cooking for the afternoon tea on Monday. We will also be learning the Christian Easter story and looking at how Easter is celebrated. There will be many Easter themed activities during the week.
In PE we will incorporate the Easter Bunny into our session, collecting eggs and hopping round the room.
What the children say...
At the start of each term and of a new learning theme, we spend time talking to the children about what they already know, what they would like to find out and any activities they would like to take part in. We then use these ideas to help us with the planning and preparation of activities.
The children were asked what they would like to learn about this half term and what they would like our role play area to be.
Literacy and Mathematics this Spring Term.
Our themes for Literacy and Maths follow a medium term plan, which details the skills in which we will be focussing on for each half term.
This term we will be focusing on putting our phonics skills into practice, reading words and matching them to the correct picture, writing simple words, reading captions and matching them to the correct picture. We will be learning what the difference terms; word, letter, grapheme, phoneme, and digraph mean. As we begin to write our own captions and short sentences we will be learning to use finger spaces to separate the words. In reading, as well as decoding the words using our phonic knowledge, we will also be learning to check that what we have read makes sense, using clues from the pictures or the text.
In phonics we will be learning the following letters & sounds:
J, v, w, x, y, z, zz, qu, ch, sh, th, ng, ai ,ee, igh and oa
And the tricky words
no, go, I , the, to , he, she, we, me, be and was
We are also learning the names of the letters of the alphabet.
After half term we move on to these letters and sounds:
oo, ar, or, ur, ur, ow, oi, ear, air, ure, er
and the tricky words:
my, you, they, her, all, are
This term we are continuing to put our maths skills to use, learning to add and subtract in practical activities. We will be looking at numbers over 10 and exploring the patterns of higher numbers. We will follow and create repeating patterns. We will learn about money and use it in role play and creative activities. The children will also be looking at 3 shapes and learning their properties. We will be learning about time, by thinking about the months of the year, the seasons and the times in our day. We will also look at other aspects of measurement such as length, weight and capacity.
In PE for the first half of term we will be focusing on a gymnastics unit. We will be learning to move around a large area safely, avoiding obstacles and changing speed and direction. We will then move on to moving with more control, exploring different ways to move, using different parts of our feet, making large and small, fast and slow movements and learning to bounce and land appropriately. We will focus on safety, learning safe ways to take out equipment such as mats. The children will be learning different ways of travelling; moving in different directions, on hands and feet, high and low and with as much of their body on the floor as possible. We will also have some special workshops such as speed stacking and working with Mr Miller.
PE Spring 2
This half term we will continue to focus on gymnastics and will be exploring stretching and curling. The children will learn curled up and stretched balances and how to travel in curved up and stretched positions. They will then move on to putting together a combination of stretched and curled movements