Welcome to Pelican
The adults who support our learning are Mrs Hayter, Mrs Morris and Abby
Welcome to Pelican
This term there will be a focus on progressing learning in the following areas:
Literacy (Reading and Writing)
Expressive Arts and Design
Knowledge of the World (The World)
We will continue to use “Objective Led Planning” as a key learning strategy. This method takes learning directly to the children during their play, rather than taking them away from play to complete adult directed tasks. For example, a focus may be on literacy and the development of writing or mark making skills. Firstly, we will observe the child while engrossed in play, before joining in and becoming part of that play. Through this interaction, we can then encourage and enhance play (at an individual level), and incorporate writing into the theme. The ‘objective’ for learning will be the same for a number of children, however, the outcomes will be very different. We may, for instance, see children labelling drawings of a Lego house that they have created, writing instructions for a game they have invented, writing recipes for playdough cupcakes or even writing stories using chalk on the playground floor!
The majority of our curriculum is based around children’s specific interests, however, during the Spring term our overarching theme will be: "What Grows?"
Please see the curriculum section for further details.
Books for Bedtime
Children will participate in fun filled, daily phonics sessions. Initially, we will be working on Phase 3 sounds and learning to read and write simple sentences.
It is important that children learn the correct sound for each letter (or group of letters such as sh, ch, igh), rather than saying the letter names (A, B, C...). This will help children to hear and identify sounds in words when blending for reading and segmenting for spelling.
We will be sending home weekly phonics sounds for you to practise at home together.
Authors for this term include:
Eileen Browne (Handa's Suprise, Handa's Hen)
Sue Hendra (Supertato)
Jez Alborough (Eddie and the Bear, Duck in the Truck)
We will also be looking at the traditional tale of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk'’ and will use this to support mathematical learning as well as develop our ‘Talk for Writing’ strategies.
Throughout the year children will be learning to use and recognise specific Mathematical vocabulary:
Numeral: a symbol denoting a number (1, 2, 3…)
Number: a value or an amount
Subitising: without counting- the ability to look at a small group of objects and know how many are there without having to count them.
A website that can be used to practice a range of mathematical skills is www.topmarks.co.uk . Search for “ topmarks early years” to find a fantastic selection of interactive resources.
PE kits are needed on a Thursday and Friday
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One of our subtraction methods