We hope that you have had a fun filled and enjoyable Easter break. We intend to continue to build your child’s learning opportunities and experiences during this final term of the year, while preparing your child for their transition into Year 1. This incorporates working towards their final Early Learning Goals for the year.
To begin the Summer Term we shall be following the children’s interests with the topic of:
During the next few months we are undoubtedly going to continue to experience unpredictable weather, it is most important that you remember to provide a waterproof jacket and warm clothes for your child so that they can make use of our wonderful outdoor areas. In the hopeful event of sunny weather, please ensure your child comes with a sunhat and you have applied a long lasting sun cream before coming to school. Please do not send sun cream into school.
You will need to make sure your child comes into school in their PE kit on a Monday and Friday; as on a Monday we shall be having a ‘Muddy Monday’ session in our school woods and on a Friday it will be our structured PE lesson.
Please don’t hesitate to speak to me if you have any concerns, questions, or celebrations regarding your child.
At Marlfields Foundation Stage we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum which is split into 7 curriculum areas: Personal, Social and Emotional Development; Communication and Language; Physical Development; Literacy; Mathematics; Understanding of the World; Expressive Arts and Design. The information below outlines the key skills we shall be looking at during this term.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
The children will be developing their skills to play co-operatively, taking turns with others, taking account of one another’s ideas about how to organise their activity and how to show sensitivity to others’ needs and feelings, and form positive relationships with adults and other children. To become children who are confident to try new activities, and say why they like some activities more than others and to speak in a familiar group, about their ideas. We are encouraging the children to say when they do or don’t need help and to talk about how they and others show feelings.
Communication and Language
We will help the children listen attentively in a range of situations, to listen to stories, accurately anticipating key events and respond to what they hear with relevant comments, questions or actions. We will help them to give their attention to what others say and respond appropriately, while engaged in another activity. The children will learn to follow instructions involving several ideas or actions and answer ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions about their experiences and in response to stories or events. We are encouraging children to express themselves effectively, showing awareness of listeners’ needs and use past, present and future forms accurately when talking about events that have happened or are to happen in the future.
We will help the children show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements, to move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space and to handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing. We shall be teaching the children to know the importance for good health of physical exercise, and a healthy diet and talk about ways to keep healthy and safe. Children will be required to become much more independent, managing their own basic hygiene and personal needs successfully, including dressing and going to the toilet independently.
In Literacy we are aiming for the children to read and understand simple sentences and use their phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately. The children will be taught to read some common irregular words and to demonstrate an understanding when talking with others about what they have read. When writing we want the children to become much more independent to write simple sentences, to use their phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds and write some irregular common words. We will also be encouraging the children to participate in more structured literacy lessons as part of our work in preparing children for transition to year 1.
We shall be encouraging the children to count reliably with numbers from one to 20, place them in order and say which number is one more or one less than a given number. To either use quantities and objects, to add and subtract two single-digit numbers or count on or back to find the answer. We shall be teaching the children a range of methods to solve problems, including doubling, halving and sharing. Children will be using everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems. They shall be recognising, creating and describing patterns and exploring characteristics of everyday objects and shapes, using mathematical language to describe them.
Understanding the World
We shall be developing the children’s knowledge and understanding about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things. They will talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another, and make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes. Children shall have the opportunity to recognise a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools and be able to select and use technology for particular purposes.
Expressive Arts and Design
Children will sing songs, make music and dance, and experiment with ways of changing them. They will safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function. Children will use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes. We want them to represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role play and stories in this Summer Term.