** This week our learning theme is 'Jungle Animals'**
Welcome to the Owls class (Reception)
Welcome to the Summer Term in Owls class. Our learning theme this half term is 'Animals'.
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 and adult initiated learning will be based around that theme. Our themes include farm animals, jungle animals, sea animals, birds, zoo animals and mini-beasts. The children will be posing their questions about our themes and this will be published on the website soon.
Week 2 - 23.04.18 - Jungle Animals
Literacy – In Literacy this week we shall be reading about St George and the Dragon. We will be retelling the story by sequencing pictures of the story and using story language and detail to tell the story to our friends. We will learn about why he is the patron saint of England. We will also be reading and enjoying the book Rumble in the jungle. Later in the week we will find out about different jungle animals and write a fact sheet or a book about them using drawings, labels, captions and sentences.
In phonics we will be focussing on Phase 3 tricky words and the ‘er’ grapheme.
Maths – In Maths this week we will continue working on addition, counting on and using a number line to count on the solve addition problems. We will also be learning to count in groups of 2 and 5.
EAD: This week we will be exploring texture and colour to create our own jungle animal masks.
UW: We will read the story the Great Green Forest. We will compare the jungle environment to our own environment and discuss similarities and differences. We will also talk about how to look after the environment and why this is so important. We will also be exploring how to make shaving foam rain clouds.
Maths Mastery Question to think and talk about at home....
What do you know about the number 5? Can you find the number around your home? How many different ways can you show 5? How many different ways can you make 5 using addition and subtraction?
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.
Literacy and Maths learning 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.
In Literacy this half term we will focus on using our phonic knowledge to write sentences. We will learn about finger spaces and where to use them when writing. We will begin to think about the use of a full stop too. In Phonics we begin Phase 3 digraph sounds and we will use these in our writing. We also continue to place a big emphasis on reading, having one weekly Literacy session based on reading skills as well as Guided Reading and other reading activities.
Each week in Literacy we will have a book which will support our learning for that week, each weekly book links to our overall weekly theme.
In Mathematics this half term we continue our focus on Number and working on numeral recognition and reasoning with numbers. The skills we shall cover are; subtraction using our fingers and counting backwards, finding one more and one less than a given number and addition using a counting on method.
We will also be continuing our daily 'Magical Maths' whole class session where we will spend 10 mins on some quick counting or reasoning activities.
We will also be looking at some elements of Shape, Space and Measures during this half term. We will look at weight, capacity, position and money and time.
This half term in PE we will be focusing on one Games unit and one Dance unit.
We will learn how to use different types of games resources in school such as hoops, quoits and balancing equipment. Our main focus is using these types of equipment with increasing control and skill. In dance we will explore different body movements, first thinking of ideas individually and then building up to making up small dance sequences in groups and as a class.