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Year R Curriculum Newsletter

Summer 2

Commotion on the Ocean

 

Welcome back! We can’t believe this is our last newsletter of the year! We have a busy and exciting half term ahead with lots of activities planned for our topic ‘Commotion on the Ocean.’ We will be going on our school trip to Birdworld on Thursday 20th June. We will be learning about life under the sea by exploring real rainbow fish as well as reading the story. We will then investigate what life was like for a pirate and start planning our end of year Pirate Party. Children will be asked to wear a pirate costume or accessory on this day to really get into character!

P.E for both classes will be Wednesday and Thursdays.  We will be practising for Sports Day on 16th July in one of these sessions. Please make sure your child has a labelled P.E. kit, including a white T-shirt, blue or black shorts and plimsolls or trainers, in school every day.  Library day will remain on a Wednesday each week.

 

Maths

  • Ordering numbers
  • Addition and Subtraction practice
  • Measuring capacity, length and weight
  • Creating and continuing patterns
  • Making o’clock times on a clock
     

Literacy

  • Recapping and using phonics in our reading and writing
  • Exploring and labelling a rainbow fish
  • Recounting our trip to Birdworld
  • Retelling ‘The Rainbow Fish’ story
  • Completing a pirate character profile
  • Creating a poster to save our oceans and seas
  • Writing a shopping list for our Pirate Party
     

Understanding the World

  • Comparing animals that live in water and on land
  • Exploring a real fish
  • Investigating floating and sinking
  • Name the 5 oceans
  • Reading a map and looking for clues
  • Learning about pirates in the past
  • Using beebots to navigate a treasure map
  • Seeing how boats and ships have changed over time
     

Physical Development

  • Dance
  • Athletics
  • Running
  • Team games
     

Expressive Arts and Design

  • Creating treasure maps, making flags and telescopes
  • Create a pirate boat
  • Learn pirate and sea songs
  • Role-play being a pirate
  • Fish collages

 

Learning Values

M – Motivation: To plan a pirate party

E – Excellence: To make an informative lost poster that leads to the recovery of the missing pirate
R – Respect: To respect our environment and find out about the effects of plastic on the oceans

T – Teamwork: To take part in team games

O – Opportunities: To visit an aquarium to see real sea creatures

N – Never Give Up: To learn new songs to sing as a year group

 

Homework Challenge

  • Do it: Follow a nature trail at a local park
  • Make it: Create a treasure map
  • Read it: Commotion in the Ocean, non-fiction books about the oceans and seas

 

 

 Mrs Estlea                                                    Mrs Silk

          EYFS Leader                                      Snowy Owls Class Teacher        

  Music Curriculum Manager                                                         

 

 

 

 

 

Merton Infant School

Year R Curriculum Newsletter

Summer 1

Time to Rhyme

 

Welcome back! We hope you all enjoyed the Easter Break.  Our topic this term is ‘Time to Rhyme.’ We will be looking at books written by Julia Donaldson including; The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom and The Smartest Giant in Town.  We will be launching our topic with a letter from the author asking us to create a brand new character for her books. Our landing will be making a tasty Gruffalo Crumble to eat at our class rhyming party. 

As the weather is improving, we will be going outside for some of our PE lessons. Please ensure your child has named sensible shoes in their PE kit.

 

Physical Development

  • Dance
  • Games
  • Balancing                 
  • Climbing
  • Fine Motor skills for letter and number formation

 

Maths

  • Ordering and measuring by size, weight and length
  • Using language such as greater, smaller, heavier or lighter to compare quantities
  • Counting in 2s, 5s, and 10s forwards and backwards
  • Ordering and sequencing familiar events
  • Exploring and describing 3D shapes.
  • Adding and subtracting using a number line.
  • To talk about, recognise, and recreate simple patterns

 

Literacy

  • Recapping digraphs in our phonics
  • Reading and writing CVC ,CVCC and CCVC  words
  • Identifying rhyme
  • Writing an invitation
  • Writing simple instructions
  • Using adjectives
  • Creating a list of ingredients

 

Expressive Arts and Design

  • Silhouette pictures using charcoal
  • Designing and creating an imaginary creature
  • Singing the Gruffalo Song

 

Understanding the World

  • Looking at and creating shadows
  • Observing the changes in the seasons throughout the year
  • Finding out about authors and what they do
  • Making Gruffalo Crumble and seeing how the ingredients change
  • Sharing experiences of special people and recognising that Jesus is special to Christians
  • To understand and know what makes a good relationship
  • Learning how to log on to a computer

 

Homework Challenge

  • Do it: Visit Alice Holt and go on the Gruffalo Trail
  • Make it: Make a paper plate monster for a new book
  • Read it: Any Julia Donaldson books

 

Learning Values

M – Motivation: To read lots of Julia Donaldson stories to develop ideas to create a new character

E – Excellence: To create a character to inspire Julia Donaldson to write a new book
R – Respect: To look after story books and to always handle them with care

T – Teamwork: To organise a class party

O – Opportunities: To be given the opportunity to read and listen to lots of stories with rhymes
N – Never Give Up: To practise reading and writing rhyming strings

 

Mrs Estlea

EYFS leader

Music Curriculum Manager

 

Mrs Silk