Class Teacher: Mrs Ruth Jaume
Teaching Assistants: Mrs Rosie Redford
Welcome to Willow class! Our topic this term is ‘The Seaside!’
NEW! We have been developing our outdoor area and now have a climbing wall, an outdoor ‘building’ area, with mixer, barrow and bricks and a lovely new outdoor, messy play/ mud kitchen! Added to this, we have recently purchased some balance bikes and have started a ‘Balanceability’ course, to help us become proficient riders. All very exciting stuff!
We are lucky to have such an amazing space to learn in; a large classroom with dedicated maths, writing, reading and computer areas, as well as our own art room, role play area and kitchen. Outside we have an ‘all-weather’ surfaced playground, as well as an undercover play area. Adjoined to this, we have a grass area with a playhouse and flower bed, in which to grow things and a digging patch. It is also a great place to make assault courses! From here, we have access to the field, where we can do PE, read stories, use the climbing frame or go exploring.
Continuous provision, both indoors and outside, aims to encourage children to learn through their play. This changes weekly and is planned in response to children’s interests, needs that have been identified or to inspire extended, independent learning, in response to topic work. Activities might involve malleable materials, large toys, such as bikes and climbing apparatus, water play, sandpit, role play (including a permanent dedicated role play area indoors) music, construction, art materials inside and out (children have free access to materials in our art room)books, small world toys, natural materials, such as leaves, pebbles and shells, technology, writing, mathematics and much more!
Children are encouraged to be independent and to ask questions about the world around them. Talking about their experiences at home and out and about, will support this and develop their vocabulary.
This term our topic is ‘The Seaside.’ We will be learning about all different aspects of the seaside and also be taking a trip to Hastings, as part of our topic. We hope to visit the RNLI too, to hear all about the work they do and to see the lifeboat. Whilst on the beach, weather permitting, we will watch seabirds and fishing boats and do some drawing. We might even get a peek into some rock pools!
Below is a table to give you an overview of our learning this term. This is accessed via a combination of teacher directed and child initiated activities.
If you have anything you would like to send in or share with us, to support our topic, we would be most grateful. If you have any queries, please come and see me.
Daily phonics session.
The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch: parts of a story, characters, descriptive language, story endings, hot seating, drama
Counting to 100. Sequencing and writing numbers to 20(and beyond) Halving & Doubling, Sorting 2D/3D shapes,
Counting on and back to add & subtract. Measuring-height/length
Personal, Social &
Personal Safety: Railways, Electricity, Water, Stranger Danger
|Understanding the World||
The Seaside: Features of a seaside town, lighthouses, fishing boats & fish, rock pools, RNLI
Problem solving tasks
|Expressive Art & Design||
Role play. Boats/the sea/lighthouses/ small world play(varied)/house
Music-Carnival of the Animals (Aquarium) & sea music
Creating a seascape, Making lighthouses & rock pool creatures
Observational drawing of boats
Weekly session with specialist sports teachers.
Balanceability Bike Course