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Rio de Janeiro Class

Summer Term 2019

What adventure shall we have today?

Welcome back to Rio. I hope you had a wonderful holiday and are ready to begin the last half term in Rio Class. How quickly has this year gone? As we begin to delve into another busy half term, possibly the busiest yet, we will start with preparations for Northwold’s annual Carnival which is happening the first weekend back. Rio have already begun decorating our pirate float, our theme is Pop Up Pirate, but there is still much more to do. The children have already shared with me their hopes and learning enquiries for this half term.

They have told me they would like to travel the world, so we will be looking at carnivals and Rio de Janeiro the first week back before saying ‘Ship Ahoy’ as we discover pirates and treasure chests. After that we will look at jungles, dinosaurs and America as they have told me they would like to explore Disney Land – no pressure then! Towards the end of the term we will explore farm yards and farming in more detail as preparations are already underway for an EYFS trip. More details to follow shortly. That will then bring us almost to the end of the term when we will all experience transition days and moving on to our next adventures. Somewhere in between will be sports day.

Our Talk for Writing unit this half term will focus on June Crebbin’s ‘The Train Ride’, look for a copy of the story map coming home soon. We will learn the story using the story map and look to create our own versions as we take a ‘train ride’ around school to discover what we can see and hear. We will hope to create our own senses poem and explore the rhythm and repetition from the story. We will look to do some extended pieces of writing based on recounts of the dinosaur visit (Shhh! The children do not know this yet) and our trip to the farm. Please continue reading with your child at home and we will continue to hear your child once a week on an individual basis as well as once in a group scenario in guided reading sessions. Daily reading also takes place in our phonics sessions. Extra emphasis this term will be placed on children’s understanding of what they are reading within their books and how they interpret this.

In Maths, we will look at money (recognising coins, combining amounts and giving change) then move onto doubling and halving and multiplication and division (grouping amounts in 2’s. 5’s and 10’s). There will be another focussed recap on addition and subtraction before we explore volume and capacity and time – o clock and half past.

During RE, we will look at places that are special to ourselves and places that are special to others before looking at the Christians place of worship, the church, Muslims place of worship, the Mosque and the Jewish place of worship, The Synagogue.

Library visits will still happen on a Tuesday afternoon and PE days are still Tuesday and Friday’s, we will be practising our techniques for Sports Day and developing team spirit and problem solving skills in team games and activities. We are really looking forward to the next half term with you.

Miss Smith and the EYFS Team. 


Spring Term 2019

What’s in the Garden?

Welcome back to the Summer term, we can say now that summer is on its way. This half term looks to be a very busy one, both in the classroom and within the school community. We have carnival preparation and May Day celebrations so look out for Dojo messages and letters coming home about these, I look forward to experiencing these for the first time ever!

Our learning enquiry question this half term is ‘What’s in the Garden?’. Although I have a plan as to where I think this may go, I am looking forward to sharing this with the children and they might have other ideas as to what they want to explore/find out about. We will however cover plants, fruits and vegetables and Minibeasts/insects. I also intend to talk to the children about caring for our gardens and nature as well as the bigger garden/living organism – the planet. We may cover life cycles, especially those that are most common such as chickens, frogs and butterflies, there are also birds nesting in the school premises so hopefully we will see chicks or fledglings at some point.

In English, our new Talk for Writing story will be ‘Oliver’s Vegetables’. We will learn the text and look at its key features, punctuation, beginning, middle and end of the story as well as any words we are unsure of. We will then learn to retell the story to our friends before we start to innovate and change a character or the setting of the story. We will then have a go at writing our own story or story map based on what we have learnt about ‘Oliver’s Vegetables’. We will also grow cress and make our own cress sandwiches before writing instructions to our friends in pre-school to explain to them how we made them. We might even make our own vegetable artworks.

In Maths, we will begin to strengthen our understanding of number in deeper contexts. We will learn to count up to 50, saying one more or one less than any given number and represent these numbers using Numicon and tens frames. We will also continue to explore addition and subtraction using tens frames and number lines. I will also be slowly dipping into recalling number bonds to ten for quick mathematics as well as doubles and halves. Towards the end of the half term we will explore money, recognising coins and the values of these, knowing you need money to pay for things and beginning to add different amounts together to find a total.

We have really enjoyed exploring Christianity and we will continue to foster our understanding through our day to day conversations and ethos of the school however, in RE lessons, we will explore Judaism and Hinduism and compare the similarities and differences to the way we live our lives and have a basic understanding of why this is.

PE will continue to be on Tuesdays and Fridays and may well be outside weather permitting.

We look forward to another exciting and jam-packed half term in Rio Class. We hope you are too!

Miss Smith and the EYFS Team 


Spring Term 2019

Once Upon a Time ….

Welcome back after a very sunny and warm half term holiday. I hope you enjoyed our class assembly. Our superhero topic is now behind us and as we move into the second half of the new year we move onto ‘Once Upon a Time’, where we will look at traditional tales, more story language and storytelling activities.

In English we will be exploring traditional tales and texts and incorporating our Talk for Writing actions and story mapping into these. We will make posters to hunt for characters that have gone missing and maybe even go on a hunt to find them as Rio class have been really interested in these previously. We will make our own fact book about wolves or pigs, researching what we would like to know about them ourselves using the computer and the class tablet so that we are learning to use technology for a purpose. There will be a big emphasis this half term on writing both adult guided writing and writing for a purpose – introducing clipboards in all areas of the classroom and outside and promoting the use of writing in construction and role play scenarios.

In Maths there will be an increased focus on shape, space and measure. We will look at sorting into collections, this may include one step sorting into colours, shapes, sizes, patterns or increase to two step sorting for example, big blue, small red, yellow 3d shapes, blue 2d shapes. We will then progress onto fractions around the time of Pancake Day where we will find half of a pancake or half of the amount of toppings to go on top of our pancakes. If we are lucky, we may also make pizzas and look at halving these.

There is going to be a big emphasis on baking and cooking this half term as traditional tales, pancake day and Easter lend themselves nicely to this. Whilst cooking, we will look in depth at hygiene, self-care and weighing as well as the consistency and change in textures.

Addition and subtraction will be explored in everyday contexts, during registration, while collecting snack and when voting for our favourite books for example, however we will also continue using objects and Numicon to count with to find amounts as well as developing the use of number lines and simple mental maths.

Through our enquiry time we will be exploring pitch and pulse through our music lessons, we have managed to find some rhymes and musical accompaniments that are based on traditional tales. We will look at building bridges for animals and characters to cross the river and houses made of different materials. Going on journeys feature in many traditional tales so we will look at maps, travelling and position and direction.

This next half term in RE we will explore one of the big questions the children have already been asking, ‘How did Jesus die?’ and ‘Where is he now?’. The lead up to Easter has lots of stories and activities to help understand why we celebrate the occasion, what happens next in the Christian story and the symbolism of some of the well-known traditions and objects seen around this time. We will also celebrate Mother’s Day and the start of Spring.

We will continue with two PE lessons a week. One of these will still be on a Tuesday with the sports coaches and on Friday afternoons Miss Smith will teach multi-skills which includes; balancing, catching, throwing and co-ordination. This will be themed, where possible, around our learning enquiry. Please make sure the children have clothing and footwear suitable for inside and outside PE.

We are all looking forward to the start of a new, exciting and hopefully warmer half term! We hope you are too.

The EYFS team.