New Topic Letter and Topic Map

Topic Map Term 5 2017

This term our topic is: Are all Minibeasts scary?

During the next few weeks we are going to have a Minibeast investigation lab as our role play area. The children will be using magnifying glasses and recording their observations on sheets. We will make different Minibeast using various materials, as well as doing some observational drawings and paintings. We will go on Minibeast hunts to find out about their habitats. At the end of the topic we will have an Ugly Bug Ball celebration where we are hoping the children can come dressed as their favourite Minibeast. This will be on Tuesday 23rd May. We will do some cooking inspired by our theme for the children to share together. The children will be making invitations nearer the time but we would like to invite everyone to join us at 2p.m. so the children can share some of what they have been doing with you.

Please look on the website to see more details about the work planned.

If you have any books, items or expertise that you could share with the class please let one of us know.

Forest School will continue to be on a Wednesday morning from 10.30 – 12.00

PE will be on a Monday afternoon and a Thursday morning. However, we do sometimes go outside at other times so it is best if the children can keep their PE kits in school all week.

Please continue to listen to your children read and reinforce their phonics. Do make the most of our story sacks by ensuring that they are returned regularly on a Tuesday (with all the bits in – as otherwise the next child to have the sack misses out. There are a few things which have gone missing during last term so please return any bits that might have been mistakenly left at home. Thanks!)

Encourage your child to write lists, letters, captions for pictures and any other kind of writing.

Play maths / board games encouraging them to work out which number they are going to land on before moving their counters.

We will be continuing to work on each of the Early Learning Goals:

ELG 01 Listening and attention: children listen attentively in a range of situations. They listen to stories, accurately anticipating key events and respond to what they hear with relevant comments, questions or actions. They give their attention to what others say and respond appropriately, while engaged in another activity.

ELG 02 Understanding: children follow instructions involving several ideas or actions. They answer ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions about their experiences and in response to stories or events.

ELG 03 Speaking: children express themselves effectively, showing awareness of listeners’ needs. They use past, present and future forms accurately when talking about events that have happened or are to happen in the future. They develop their own narratives and explanations by connecting ideas or events.

ELG 04 Moving and handling: children show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements. They move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space. They handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing.

ELG 05 Health and self-care: children know the importance for good health of physical exercise, and a healthy diet, and talk about ways to keep healthy and safe. They manage their own basic hygiene and personal needs successfully, including dressing and going to the toilet independently.

ELG 06 Self-confidence and self-awareness: children are confident about trying new activities, and say why they like some activities more than others. They are confident speaking in a familiar group, will talk about their ideas, and will choose the resources they need for their chosen activities. They say when they do or don’t need help.

ELG 07 Managing feelings and behaviour: children talk about how they and others show feelings, talk about their own and others’ behaviour, and its consequences, and know that some behaviour is unacceptable. They work as part of a group or class, and understand and follow the rules. They adjust their behaviour to different situations, and take changes of routine in their stride.

ELG 08 Making relationships: children play co-operatively, taking turns with others. They take account of one another’s ideas about how to organise their activity. They show sensitivity to others’ needs and feelings, and form positive relationships with adults and other children.

ELG 09 Reading: children read and understand simple sentences. They use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately. They also read some common irregular words. They demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read.

ELG 10 Writing: children use their phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds. They also write some irregular common words. They write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others. Some words are spelt correctly and others are phonetically plausible.

ELG 11 Numbers: children count reliably with numbers from 1 to 20, place them in order and say which number is one more or one less than a given number. Using quantities and objects, they add and subtract 2 single-digit numbers and count on or back to find the answer. They solve problems, including doubling, halving and sharing.

ELG 12 Shape, space and measures: children use everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems. They recognise, create and describe patterns. They explore characteristics of everyday objects and shapes and use mathematical language to describe them.

ELG 13 People and communities: children talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members. They know that other children don’t always enjoy the same things, and are sensitive to this. They know about similarities and differences between themselves and others, and among families, communities and traditions.

ELG 14 The world: children know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things. They talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another. They make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes.

ELG 15 Technology: children recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools. They select and use technology for particular purposes.

ELG 16 Exploring and using media and materials: children sing songs, make music and dance, and experiment with ways of changing them. They safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.

ELG 17 Being imaginative: children use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes. They represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role-play and stories.

Once children have already met these goals they will be challenged by moving them onto aspects of the Key Stage 1 curriculum.

I will be available to discuss any of this with you after school next Wednesday 3rd May at 3p.m. for anybody who wants to know anymore.

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