Infant School

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Year R

School Year 2019 - 2020



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Merton Infant School

Year R Curriculum Newsletter

Spring 2

Under the Sea


We hope you have had a great break and are ready for a busy half-term! We will be launching our new topic ‘Under the Sea’ by introducing our “class pets”. We will be listening to lots of stories about sea animals and learning facts about the oceans. At the end of the topic the children will have a beach day!

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.


Physical Development

  • Football with a specialist teacher
  • Fine Motor skills activities
  • Estimating
  • Counting and ordering numbers to 20
  • 2D and 3D shapes
  • Patterns
  • Addition and subtraction
  • Measuring length, weight, capacity
  • Counting in 2s, 5s & 10s
  • Recognising and using 1p, 2p, 5p & 10p coins
  • To label a fish
  • To write words using phase 3 sounds
  • To create a persuasive poster
  • To make an old map
  • To follow a recipe
  • To learn Phase 3 sounds
  • To practise writing their name using the correct formation.
    Please continue to help your child by sharing their reading book and by practising their key words and sounds at home daily
    Expressive Arts and Design
  • Music theme is ‘Going Places” which focuses on pitch and timbre
  • Making clay starfish
  • Rainbow fish painting
  • Step by step drawings
  • Newspaper sharks
    Understanding the World
  • Examining a real fish
  • Animal habitats
  • The Great Barrier Reef and water pollution
  • Map skills
  • Famous explorer James Cook and travelling by boat
  • Water safety
  • Cooking fish cakes


Learning Values


M – Motivation: learn about caring for the environment

E – Excellence: to apply new phonic sounds to their reading

R – Respect: to make a persuasive poster to stop water pollution

T – Teamwork: to work as a team during football lessons
O – Opportunities: to cook and make fishcakes

N – Never Give Up: to keep trying when learning something new


Merton Mission

  • Do it: Visit an aquarium or the seaside 
  • Make it: Make a sparkly rainbow fish mask to bring in to school
  • Read it: Go to the library and read a book about the sea
         Mrs Estlea   YR Leader                                              Miss Fellhauer

        Music Curriculum Manager                            History/Geography Curriculum Manager