Welcome to Pelican: Spring 2020

Additional Learning Experiences planned for Spring 2020 include

Children will enjoy a walk around the local environment to identify features

Teddy Bears 'Stay and Read' with parents - children will recieve a free book

Chinese New Year Immersive learning day with F1

A visit from author: Faye Evens

'Magic Porridge Pot' themed cooking


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Welcome to Pelican

Spring Term 2020

The adults who support our learning are Mrs Hayter, Miss Drury and Faye


Spring Term

 A key importance of Early Years education is children learning through play. The learning environments of the Foundation Stage will be adapted each term to meet the needs and interests of children and to encourage the development of a range of skills. As a team, we will support each child’s learning through adult interaction and the enhancement of play.

 In F2, we use a strategy called “Objective Led Planning” which takes learning directly to the children during their play, rather than taking them away from play to complete adult directed activities. 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, recording recipes for playdough cupcakes or even writing stories using chalk on the playground floor!



The foundation stage will also base learing around a high quality text. Our first theme for the spring term is based around the Elieen Browne story of "Handa's Surprise"  




During this theme, we will be looking closely at character and setting and comparing Handa's experiences in Africa, to our own experiences in Hull. To enable us to make these comparisons, we will be enjoying a walk around our local environment and recording what we observe!


'Talk For Writing' continues to be the key strategy for teaching literacy in F2 so we will be creating story maps and innovating to create own own versions of Handa's Surprise. 

An online version of Handa's Surprise can be found following this link, or by typing the title into a serach engine. 




Books for Bedtime


http://www.hoopoebooks.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/parentChild-4.jpgOur ‘Books for Bedtime’ initiative continues to be popular with children and families.  Remember, children can choose their own ‘bedtime books’ as often as you like. These books for you to enjoy together and we do not expect children to be able to read all of the words!

Our aim is to devlop a 'Life Long Love of Reading'.





Home Reading

A very exciting start to the year saw the introduction of 'Bug Club' online reading books. Children now have unlimited access to 'decodable' books that  have been specifically allocated to each child. 

Children love being able to apply the skills and knowledge learnt during phonics lessons, and love sharing these new skills with parents and carers. 

Please pop in to see teachers if you wish to discuss any aspects of Bug Club online reading.





 Children will continue to participate in  daily phonics sessions.

Collingwood is lucky enough to be working with the DfE English Hub, and are working with a specialist team to develop  phonics experiences across KS1 and EYFS.

Children will be bring home words containing the letters (graphemes) that they have learn this day. To support your child's development further, please ask them about these grpahme and read them together. 




Children will https://d1uvxqwmcz8fl1.cloudfront.net/tes/resources/6256310/aacbc70b-1d53-4b1d-905b-68d9000c0112/image?width=435&height=300&version=1359388008000continue to develop and consolodate blending and segmenting skills and this aspect is practised and taught  daily within phonics lessons. Please come in to see any member of staff for more information about blending and segmenting , and please  keep an eye out for our Phonics 'Stay and Blend' sessions.




Children now are coming to the end of Phase 3 of our 'Letters and Sounds' phonics teaching program, and will spend time consolodating these skills. We will be moving on to Phase 4 towards half term.


It is important that the children learn the correct sound for each letter, rather than just the letter name. This will help children to hear and identify sounds in words. 

There is a brilliant website that you can use to help practise all of these skills at home. It can be found here at www.phonicsplay.co.uk. Remember to click on Phase 3.


We also use Jolly Phonics songs to help children learn sounds. These songs can be found on YouTube. Remeber to look for the Phase 3 sounds.

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Daily 'Mastery Maths' sessions will be taught each morning with children practising and learning a range of mathematical skills. This term we will be focussing on skills such as addition and subtraction, sharing and partitioning, as well as continuing to develop and consolodate  subitising, and solving practical problems using manipulatives. We will also be looking at pattern, shape, size and positions through a range of stories and themes.

We contiue to use a mastery approach and will introduce a number each week, focussing on the conservation and deeper understanding of that number. During the spring term, we will be looking at numbers 10-20 and will be using functions such as adding, subtracting, doubling, halving, sharing and partitioning (part-part-whole).



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 

Digit: the numeral 23 is made up of the digits 2 and 3

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.

We will be using the 'Numberblocks' to support learning throughout the year. Numberblocks episodes  and games can be found on the bbc iplayer by seraching cbeebies numberblocks.