Maple Class

Welcome to our Maple Class page! Here we will share the adventures of our Nursery and Reception children.

 

Maple faces

 

Term 5:

Subject

 

Sentence explaining curriculum

English

The topic this term is ‘Africa’ based on the book Handa’s Surprise by Eileen Browne. We will be learning the story off by heart before completing literacy activities using the book. We will be looking at adjectives, identifying the beginning, middle and end of a story and using story language. We will continue to have many mark making opportunities inside and outside the classroom with pencils available in all areas and chalk and paintbrushes outside. The daily writing challenge will continue.

Phonics

Reception will be working on Letters and Sounds Phase 4 consonant blends as well as consolidating their reading and writing skills. They will continue to practice letter formation using Read, Write, Inc letter formation rhymes as well as learning to read and write tricky words. Nursery children will start to learn some phase 2 phonics sounds, but will continue to consolidate listening skills and oral blending and segmenting skills as these are vital.

Maths

Reception about doubling, halving and sharing. They will then recap 2D and 3D shapes and will start to learn about money and different coins. Nursery will learn to recognise and name different shapes, before consolidating their counting and number recognition.  

Physical Development

P.E. will be outside, focussing on multi skills, such as catching, throwing, balancing and finding a space.

There will continue to be activities in the classroom which encourage the children to practise their gross motor and fine motor skills.

Communication and Language

Show and Tell will continue so we can practise listening and speaking in front of the class and asking questions. We will also have circle times and small group work to practise our communication skills.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

We will have lots of opportunities to solve problems and work together so we can develop our self-confidence. We also have weekly PSHE lessons.

Understanding the World

Linked with ‘Handa’s Surprise’, we will be comparing a Kenyan village with Denton, learning about animals that live in Africa as well as learning how to grow plants. The children will taste different fruits and learn about how they grow. Outside, we will have a potting shed, so the children can independently plant seeds and watch them grow.

Expressive Arts and Design

We have an African Drumming and Dancing day organised. In the classroom, there is a fruit market role play. The weekly creative and construction challenge will continue. We also have a week of African Arts and Crafts planned.

Term 4:

Subject

 

Sentence explaining curriculum

English

The focus is on ‘Man on the Moon (a day in the life of Bob)’ by Simon Bartram. We will learn to retell this story and create our own. We will explore it through a variety of hands on activities. We will continue to have many mark making opportunities inside and outside the classroom with pencils available in all areas and chalk and paintbrushes outside. There will still be a daily writing challenge.

Phonics

In Reception, we will be consolidating phase 2 and 3 phonics, before moving on to phase 4. Letter formation will be practised using the rhymes from Read, Write, Ink. We will continue to practise reading and writing words, captions and sentences. We will also be focussing on learning to read and write tricky words.

In nursery, we will continue to practise listening skills, focussing on rhyme and alliteration. We will also work on some phase 2 sounds, practicing blending and segmenting.

Maths

In maths, we are consolidating numbers to 20 before moving on to addition and subtraction. We will then learn about 2D and 3D shape, time and measure.

Physical Development

P.E. will be outside focussing on multi skills, such as catching, throwing and finding a space.

There will continue to be activities in the classroom which encourage the children to practise their gross motor and fine motor skills.

Communication and Language

Show and Tell will continue so we can practise listening and speaking in front of the class and asking questions. We will also have circle times and small group work to practise our communication skills.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

We will have lots of opportunities to solve problems and work together so we can develop our self-confidence.

Understanding the World

Linked with ‘Man on the Moon’, we will be learning about astronauts, planets, the moon and sun, seasons, night and day, light and dark and shadows. We will also learn about how we can look after Earth and how astronauts keep healthy.

Expressive Arts and Design

We will be creating lots of pieces of artwork as part of our topic, using a variety of resources and techniques. We will continue to have music lessons every week. We will also have the opportunity to play in our rocket and space control centre.

Term 3:

Subject

 

Sentence explaining curriculum

English

We will focus on ‘Owl Babies’ by Martin Waddell. We will learn to retell this story and create our own. We will explore it through a variety of activities and we will be using our own wooded area to help.  

We will continue to have many mark making opportunities inside and outside the classroom with pencils available in all areas and chalk and paintbrushes outside. There will still be a daily writing challenge.

Phonics

In Reception, we will be continuing with phase 3 using the ‘Jolly Phonics’ songs and actions. Letter formation will be practised using the rhymes from Read, Write, Ink. We will continue to practise reading and writing words, captions and sentences.

Nursery will continue to practise their listening skills, focussing on rhyme and alliteration as well as working on some phase 2 sounds.

Maths

In maths, we will be learning to identify and describe 2D and 3D shapes. We will then focus on numbers to 20, including counting 1:1, knowing 1 more and 1 less, ordering numbers and forming numbers.

Physical Development

Our focus in P.E. will be gymnastics.

There will continue to be activities in the classroom which encourage the children to practise their gross motor and fine motor skills.

Communication and Language

Show and Tell will continue so we can practise listening and speaking in front of the class and asking questions. We will also have circle times and small group work to practise our communication skills.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

We will have lots of opportunities to solve problems and work together so we can develop our self-confidence.

Understanding the World

Linked with ‘Owl Babies’, we will be learning about owls and animals that live near owls. We will then look at birds who live in other habitats.

Expressive Arts and Design

We will be creating lots of pieces of artwork as part of our topic, using a variety of resources and techniques. We will continue to have music lessons every week. We will also have the opportunity to play in woodland explorer role play area.

Learning that music is organised sound and we can choose how to use it and the effects it has.  

To realise that we have a memory bank of sound.

Learning that as well as our bodies making different sounds, we can use percussion instruments.

Learning how to make varying sounds by utilising differing techniques on percussion instruments.

Learning that sound can be structured.

Learning the joy from singing together – and learning words.

 

Term 2:

Subject

 

Sentence explaining curriculum

English

We will focus on ‘Rosie’s Hat’ by Julia Donaldson and Anna Currey. We will learn to retell this story and create our own. We will explore it through a variety of drama and sensory based activities.

We will continue to have many mark making opportunities inside and outside the classroom with pencils available in all areas and chalk and paintbrushes outside. There will still be a daily writing challenge.

Phonics

In Reception, we will consolidate our knowledge of Phase Two Letters and Sounds. We will use the ‘Jolly Phonics’ songs and actions and form letters using the rhymes from Read, Write, Ink. We will practice reading and writing CVC words and captions. We will then move onto Phase 3 Letters and Sounds.

In Nursery, we will focus on listening skills. We will listen to different sounds and identify new ones before creating our own sounds. We will start to identify initial sounds.

Maths

In maths, we will be learning numbers to 10. We will practice counting with 1:1 correspondence, recognising numbers and will learn one more and one less. We will use Ten Town to help with number recognition and formation. We will also be learning about capacity, height, length and weight.

Physical Development

Our focus in P.E. will be dance.

In Nursery, we will improve our gross motor skills using bikes, parachutes and ribbons. All children will use the tricky table to work on fine motor skills

Communication and Language

Show and Tell will continue so we can practice listening and speaking in front of the class and asking questions. We will also have circle times and small group work to practice our communication skills.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

We will have lots of opportunities to solve problems and work together so we can develop our self-confidence.

Understanding the World

Linked with Rosie’s Hat, we will be learning about people who help us, for example, the fire brigade, doctors, nurses, paramedics, police and vets.

Expressive Arts and Design

We will be creating lots of pieces of artwork as part of our topic. We will use a variety of resources and techniques. We will continue to have music lessons every week. We will also have the opportunity to play in our role play area.

Term1:

Subject

 

Sentence explaining curriculum

English

We will start by learning to sing different nursery rhymes. We will focus on ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ by Michael Rosen. We will also explore the story through a variety of drama and sensory based activities.

There will be many mark making opportunities inside and outside the classroom with pencils available in all areas. We will be use chalk and paintbrushes outside to mark make. There will also be a daily writing challenge!

Phonics

In Reception, we will learn Phase Two Letters and Sounds. We will use the ‘Jolly Phonics’ songs and actions. We will then use these sounds to blend and segment CVC words. We will learn to form letters using the rhymes from Read, Write, Ink.

In Nursery, we will focus on listening skills. We listen to different sounds and identify new ones before creating our own sounds.

Maths

In maths, we will create our own repeating pattern and recognise and describe others. Then, we will learn to order different objects by height, weight and length. Later in the term, we will reinforce our understanding of numbers to 5 by practicing 1:1 correspondence, recognising numbers and will learn one more and one less. We will also use Ten Town to help with number recognition and formation.

Physical Development

Our focus in P.E. will be gymnastics and we will also be learning a ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ dance.

Our tricky table will change weekly so we can practice our fine motor skills.

In Nursery, we will be practicing our gross motor skills using bikes, parachutes and ribbons. We will also use the tricky table and work on our fine motor skills.

Communication and Language

Every week, we will have the opportunity to bring in a ‘Show and Tell’ so we can practice speaking in front of our class and asking questions. We will also have circle times and small group work to practice our communication skills.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

We will have lots of opportunities to solve problems and work together so we can develop our self-confidence.

Understanding the World

Linked with the Bear Hunt, we will be using the ipads and computers to find out information about different types of bears around the world. We will also be learning about our families.

Expressive Arts and Design

As part of our topic, we will be creating many pieces of artwork, including painting our own bears and making collages of the different environments in the story. Mrs Dyson will also be teaching us music every. We will also play in our role play area where we can go on an adventure to find the bear!