Curriculum Information

Summer Term 2019

 

During the first half term we will be reading Grandad’s Island by Benji Davies.
The story focuses on Syd who has a very close relationship with his Grandad, whose house and garden back onto his own. On one of his regular visits, he finds Grandad in the attic. Grandad appears to be ready to make a journey and the pair set out on a voyage, entering onto the deck of a ship by passing through a large metal door that Syd has never noticed before. They spend a wonderful time together on a beautiful tropical island before Grandad reveals that he will be staying there and Syd has to make the journey home alone. This is a sensitive story about the loss of a loved one which is moving and uplifting at the same time. The illustrations make it unnecessary for the words to be explicit about what may be reality and what may be imagination. 


Overall learning aims of this teaching sequence:
● To explore a high quality picture book which allows children to put themselves inside the story and empathise with characters and their issues and dilemmas
● To engage with illustrations throughout a picture book to explore and recognise the added layers of meaning these can give to our interpretation of a text
● To explore how to use drawing as an approach to enhance thinking for writing and developing vocabulary
● To explore and follow the authentic process that an author/illustrator goes through when developing a picture book
● To create a picture book based on children’s own creative story ideas

 

We will be basing much of our work across the curriculum around this story.  The children will be looking at tropical islands and ships in many different ways.  We will talk about how it feels to miss someone.  

For those children that are ready we will be encouraging them to begin to write their names.  For children that can already write their names independently we will continue to work on learning letter sounds in small group phonics sessions.

 

R.E over the Summer Term

 

Good News

Children will understand that everyone has Good News to share.  We will discuss the celebration of the Good News of Jesus and introduce the religious vocabulary of:

Pentecost, Good News, alleluia, Easter, Holy Spirit.

 

Friends

Children will understand that we can make friends.  They will learn that Jesus had good friends. what Jesus tells us about friendship


Our World

Children will know and understand what we love and wonder about our world and that God gave us this wonderful world.

 

Catholic Social Teaching

April- No CST- focus on Lent

May- The Dignity and Rights of Workers

June- We are Called to Stewardship

July- Recap

Please see below for more general information about the early years curriculum.

Curriculum Information

 

The EYFS curriculum is divided into seven different areas of learning.

There are three prime areas:

-Communication and Language

-Physical Development

-Personal and Social Development

Plus, the other areas of:

-Literacy (Reading, Writing)

-Mathematics 

-Understanding the World

-Expressive Arts and Design.

In Nursery we particularly focus on the three prime areas, as these lay the foundations for success in the other areas of learning.  

As a Catholic school, we also teach RE.

 

Communication and Language

This area involves developing Listening and Attention, Understanding and Speaking.  

Examples of learning within this area include: listening to stories, talking to others and asking and answering simple questions.

 

Physical Development 

This area involves Moving and Handling and Health and self-care.

Examples of learning within this area include: using simple one handed tools such as a paintbrush or pencil, throwing and catching a ball, using climbing equipment and being able to manage their own toileting needs.

 

Personal and Social Development

This area involves developing Self-confidence and Awareness, Feelings and Behaviour and Making relationships.

Examples of learning in this particular area include: children developing in confidence, beginning to understand how to manage their feelings and forming friendships with their peers.

 

Literacy

This area involves Reading and Writing.

 

Mathematics

This area involves learning Numbers and Shape, Space and Measure.

 

Understanding the World

This area involves learning about People and Communities, The World and Technology

Children will talk about their own families and local area, changes that they have noticed and they will also begin to use simple equipment or computer programs.

 

Expressive arts and design

This area involves learning about Media and Materials and Being Imaginative

Children can express themselves selecting their own resources whether it be through the media of music, dance, art or role-play.

 

R.E.

We use the Come and See scheme of work to teach R.E.

The topics are: Myself, Welcome, Birthday, Celebrating, Gathering, Growing, Good News, Friends and Our World.

 

Throughout the year, OLM focuses on different elements of Catholic Social Teaching (CST). Each month we look at a different value and discuss what each one means:

 

September- We are Called to Live as Family and Community

October- Rights and Responsibilities

November- Promotion of Peace

December- No CST- focus on Advent

January- Solidarity

February- An Option for the Poor and Vulnerable

March- The Dignity of the Human Person

April- No CST- focus on Lent

May- The Dignity and Rights of Workers

June- We are Called to Stewardship

July- Recap

 How to help at home

You can support your child with the early stages of reading, writing and mathematics by:

  • Continuing to encourage an enjoyment of books, stories and poems; reading and sharing the class library text sent home and by visiting the local library.
  • Continuing to encourage your child to join in with rhymes and songs.
  • Continuing to provide your child with a variety of writing equipment to encourage drawing and writing skills, encouraging your child to give meanings to the marks that they make.
  • counting everyday items such as biscuits or solving simple problems like sharing out food.