Koala Class Spring Term 2020

January 2020

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

Welcome back to the new term and hope you all had a festive and relaxing winter holiday.  Here is some information detailing our curriculum for the spring term.

 

The theme for this term is ‘Seeing the Light’. During this term we will be learning about different light sources, how some materials can reflect light and how shadows are made. Children will be finding out how light is important in many festivals and celebrations. In our literacy lessons we will be reading stories, using rhymes, playing games and singing songs linked to this topic. Our focus stories are ‘Dark, Dark Tale’ and ‘Day monkey, Night Monkey’. Children will be listening to and joining in stories and rhymes.

 

We will focus on communication skills and children will have opportunity to develop vocabulary related to light and dark as well as practice gross motor skills through sensory play, mark making, painting and cutting. We will also continue to focus on developing recognition of sounds in words, word building and further development of reading strategies.

 

In maths we will continue learning about numbers and adding and subtraction with numbers to 20. We will explore and talk about size, weight, capacity, position, time and money to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems. We will concentrate on number order, recognising numbers and number bonds. We will continue to use shapes to create and recreate patterns and build models. We will learn about number patterns and begin counting in 2’s and 5’s.

 

We plan to make trips to the local park, shops and the local pond. We will have our P.E. sessions with the Spurs coaches outside as much as the weather permits.  We are going to learn new choreography with the dance teacher for an upcoming talent show.  In music children are going to use various instruments to learn about sounds and find out about songs and music that have light and dark as their theme. There will be lots of opportunities to encourage the children to interact with their peers and express themselves through free choice activities, music, art and ICT based sessions.

 

Please keep using the Home/School books to let us know about things you do with your child at the weekends or about any other news you wish to share – so that we can talk about this to the children at the beginning of the day and for our ‘diary’ lessons.

 

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries.

 

Dorota and Koala Class Team.