Curriculum Information

Second Half Autumn Term 2018

 

Our next Literacy text will be Biscuit Bear by Mini Grey (Red Fox)
During a baking session with his mum, Horace makes Biscuit Bear, but despite all his best efforts to the contrary he is made to wait until the next day to eat him. In the middle of the night, however, the bear comes to life and finding himself alone decides to make some friends of his own, using flour, butter and sugar to make a whole circus of delectable friends. And so the fun begins until it attracts the attention of a hungry visitor…
Overall learning aims of this teaching sequence:

-To listen with enjoyment and respond to stories, and make up their own stories, songs, rhymes and poems.

-To enjoy listening to and using spoken and written language in play and learning.

-To use language to imagine and recreate roles and experiences.

-To talk confidently about picture books using prediction, asking questions, making connections with their own experience.

-To think about the story meanings conveyed in the illustrations. To explore the story through role-play, storytelling.

We will be basing much of our work across the curriculum around this story.  The children will try different types of biscuits, and then choose their favourite for a pictogram. We will make our own biscuits as well.

The children in Nursery will work on counting objects.  For those children that are ready we will be working on recognising and ordering numbers.  We will introduce simple 2D shapes, linking it with our work on biscuits.

For those children that are ready we will be encouraging them to begin to write their names.

 

R.E over the Autumn Term

All new children will learn the class prayer.

 

Welcome

In this second topic of the term we will think about what it is to welcome and be welcomed by others.  The children will understand that a baptism is a way of being welcomed into God's family.

Birthdays

Pupils will know and understand what a birthday is.

Pupils will know and understand  Advent: looking forward to Christmas, the birthday of Jesus.

 

Catholic Social Teaching

October- Rights and Responsibilities

November- Promotion of Peace

December- No CST- focus on Advent

 

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.