As a school, we are currently in the process of completely overhauling and re-writing our school curriculum. The one we currently have in place has been thoroughly interesting and has served us well, but now is a decisive time to move on to something more dynamic and ultimately better for our school.
We want to design and deliver a curriculum that is right for the children at our school. We do not want to adopt a generic scheme that does not match the needs, interests and abilities of our children.
Over the next half term, we will be working closely together to create new and exciting topics and units to ensure that the children are experiencing a knowledge rich, skills based, vibrant and dynamic curriculum.
2020 begins with a brand new topic all about the author Julia Donaldson. We will begin with the texts ‘Room on the Broom’, ‘Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book’, ‘Zog’ and ‘The Scarecrow’s Wedding’. The children are encouraged to read books by Julia Donaldson at home and explore the following website: www.juliadonaldson.co.uk
The rest of the term, the unit of learning will be Food Glorious Food. The children will focus on a range of texts all with a food theme! Our first text, The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch, will provide the children with opportunities to design and make lighthouses. They will paint seascapes, act out the story, discuss Mr.Grinling’s lunch, design a healthy lunch box and follow instructions to make Mr. Grinling a sandwich.
The children will talk about what makes a healthy diet and use the eat well computer programme to sort foods. The children will also have the opportunity to taste a range of fruits and make their own fruit kebab. In water play, they will explore floating and sinking and make their own boats.
This is just a flavour of this half term’s learning. The children will engage in a range of activities, both indoor and outdoor encompassing all areas of the Early Years curriculum.
Every Friday, the children will continue to have homework in their purple home learning workbooks and daily reading at home is naturally encouraged.
The children will need their PE kits on the first day back and earrings need to be removed or plasters sent in from home.
This half term, Reception classes will begin by focusing on the topic of ‘War’ linking in with the whole school. The children will explore artefacts, share books and poems, create poppies and discuss ‘Peace’ and why people buy and wear poppies.
During our second week back the Gruffalo topic will be begin. The children will explore and learn in the deep dark cave role play area and in groups, they will retell the stories using puppets and props. The creative area in both classes will be an industrious area where they will have opportunities to create puppets; woodland scenes; stick men and of course colourful bonfire pictures. Children will continue to access the outdoor provision and will learn through carefully planned play activities, including physical activities. Leading up to Christmas, the children will prepare for the EYFS Christmas production and will learn a wealth of ‘catchy’ songs and dances to get us into the Christmas spirit. They will be learning about the season Winter through the text Ridiculous! The children will also share and enjoy the traditional Christmas story. We also look forward to the Christmas craft activities and Breakfast with Santa!
Home learning journeys will continue to be sent home every Friday with a specific focus and they are to be returned to the class teacher on the following Monday. Regular reading is also greatly encouraged as this supports the reading and phonics sessions delivered to the children in school.
Mrs Nixon, Miss Dawson, Miss Brown and Miss Goodwin are looking forward to welcoming Reception children back on Tuesday the 3rd September.
A big focus and emphasis during the first half term is to provide a smooth transition into school life for all children. We help familiarize the children with daily routines, expectations and general reception life to ensure that they are settled and happy here at Churchfields Primary School. Each child will be provided with a reading scheme book, a reading diary and a keyring with words on to practice alongside their reading. The children will read twice a week with a member of staff and we encourage the children to read regularly at home too. Children will also have home learning to complete in their purple home learning books. This supports the learning completed in class.
The children will begin the term sharing the texts ‘Flat Stanley’ by Jeff Brown and ‘The Train Ride’ by June Crebbin. These fun texts are part of a three-week unit of learning entitled ‘Journeys’. This is a shared unit across the school.
Later on in the term the children will begin our next unit of learning ‘Knowing Me, Knowing You’. We look forward to finding out all about the children and their families. We encourage children to bring in photographs of their family and pets to support their learning. Each week the children will be introduced to a text and activities are planned to encompass all areas of the EYFS curriculum. The children will access enriched activities both indoors and outdoors.
The children will need to bring their PE kit to school during the first week back. This consist of a white/yellow t-shirt, black shorts, white socks and pumps. Please ensure your child removes earrings before the lesson or provide plasters from home.