EARLY YEARS: SPRING TERM
OUR EARLY YEARS DURING SPRING TERM
OUR CORE INTENTION IN ACTION
SPRING TERM THEMES: I WONDER...HOW OTHER PEOPLE CELEBRATE. I WONDER...WHAT CHANGES IN WINTER. I WONDER...WHAT CHANGES IN SPRING. I WONDER...IF MY PLANT WILL GROW. I WONDER...IF JESUS ATE EASTER EGGS.
An 'I Wonder' Spring Summary
I Wonder... gives us the chance to explore more themes this term. Much of our work is planned on a much shorter term basis with ideas and prompts from the children and being guided by their starting points and interests and, importantly, creating provision that builds upon the baseline for our young learners and their gaps in learning, however we still have some I wonder statements to explore within this. Equally, although we have our separate areas of learning in the Early Years Framework, we have a curriculum that ensures that this first year creates opportunities for all subjects to begin their journey of progress (all of which appear within the Early Years curriculum just under different headings in many ways). It is important for us to be the first in a seven year journey rather than a one-off year.
In addition to our ongoing opportunities within our stripped back provision, our children have been busy printing using vegtables and drawing plants based upon our I Wonder statement during their Artwork. We have been looking at food and diet this term and we planned and created individual fruit salads for our Design & Technology work.
We have been thinking about the changing seasons during Music and been listening to, singing and performing songs linked to the seasons throughout the term. The children have been jumping, running, hopping, skipping, throwing, catching and kicking as we continue our Fundamental Skills programme in Physical Education. We have been working upon balances during gymnastics work, by jumping on and off objects and learning to land correctly. We then moved onto under and over balances.
Our knowledge and understanding of the world Science studies focused upon taking a look at the immediate natural world around us and finding evidence of changes during our Autumnal walks and observations. We talked about changes that happen to materials at this time of year and we have begun to discuss light and where it comes from. Our History work came through discussions about the children's own life-story and their family history. We looked at the ways in which they have changed and the changes that have taken place in their lifetime. We looked at the children's immediate locality and community during our Geography based time. We have aimed to make this work as practical as possible. Let's get out there and explore! We have also been talking about why people give each other gifts at Christmas and what this means. We have talked about other times of the year when people might give gifts and how this can mean different things to them. This has been our Religious Education focus this term.
We have developing our fine motor skills in many different ways and areas this term and we have been finger drawing and using early painting tools on the IPads as our introduction to Computing work. During our first PSHE & Relationships work, we have obviously taking a major focus upon how meet new people and make new friends by participating, talking and sharing. We have also looked at how we can become more confident at working on our own and what makes each of us, and our families, special.
Our work in Mathematics this term has been all about developing and consolidating our numbers to ten alongside our continuing shape work. Matching, sorting, comparing and exploring patterns and sequences have been important ways we have been doing this. Obviously, we have continued working very hard with our phonics this term. This happens each and every morning and in every opportunity throughout the day. Mark making and name writing have continued to be regular parts of our English work as well. We have also enjoyed listening and responding to a wide range of books which have provided ideas and stimulus for the children to use and develop throughout the day. These books have included Mr Wolf's Pancakes, Jack and the Beanstalk and The Chinese Animal Race.