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Summer Term

Summer 1st Half

 

Our topic for summer 1 was 'It's a Bugs Life'.  Our main focus in Maths was looking at patterns. We noticed that a Ladybird has a spotty pattern and a Bee has a stripy pattern. We also looked at patterns within our home, on our clothes and in our environment. This led on to making repeating patterns with the compare bears as well as looking at the concepts of big and small. To help consolidate the meaning of words, vocabulary cat introduces us to a new concept each week. The children love singing the word rap and it is lovely to hear them use new vocabulary not only in context but in their play as well.

 

In literacy our text for Talk for Writing was 'The Bad Tempered Ladybird' . We really challenged the children with this story as it was a longer text than we have previously covered but the children did amazing.  Here is our story map which we gradually built up each day, going through the sequence of events both verbally and with gestures.     

 

                                       

 

                                  

 

The children enjoyed learning the actions to the pictures especially of the different animals that the bad-tempered ladybird encountered along the way. It was amazing to see every child become a story teller in their own way. An EAL child could recite all the actions, a 2yr old joined in with the names of the main character and all the animals, whilst some 3yr olds could retell the whole story just by 'reading' the story map. I am amazed at the difference this scheme is making not only to children's communication, language and literacy skills but also to their self-confidence and self-belief.

 

In phonics we have been trying really hard with rhythm and rhyme. One of our favourite activities is silly soup and we are getting really good at listening and finding words that rhyme. We have started doing this with our name and also clapping the syllables in our name. Nursery rhymes still feature as one of our main phonic activities and the children have enjoyed 'Incy, Wincy Spider', singing along, joining in with the actions and completing the rhyming string filling in the missing word.

 

Oral health is an important part of our curriculum and the children have enjoyed being re-introduced to our tooth brushing scheme following the lifting of all covid restrictions. Each day the children brush their teeth in session and get that important extra bit of fluoride on their tiny teeth that helps protect them from tooth decay. 

 

 

 

To celebrate the end of our topic we hosted our annual 'Ugly Bug Ball'. The children looked fantastic in their outfits,  dressed up as minibeasts. We sang and danced to the ugly bug parade and had a creepy crawly time drinking beetle juice (black-current) and eating 'caterpillars' (wotsit's) yum, yum! 

To celebrate the end of our topic we hosted our annual 'Ugly Bug Ball'. The children looked fantastic in their outfits,  dressed up as minibeasts. We sang and danced to the ugly bug parade and had a creepy crawly time drinking beetle juice (black-current) and eating 'caterpillars' (wotsit's) yum, yum! 

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