Curriculum Information

Spring Term 2019

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Our next Literacy text will be The Naughty Bus by Jan Oke. 

Photographs and simple text describe the adventures of a toy London bus as a young boy plays with it throughout the day.   This book is perfect for us, as the children recently travelled on the 134 bus together on their trip to the Arts Depot.  


Overall learning aims of this teaching sequence:

Listening and attention:

-Listen attentively in a range of situations;

-Listen to stories, accurately anticipating key events and respond to what they hear with relevant comments, questions or actions; Give their attention to what others say and respond appropriately, while engaged in another activity.

Understanding:

-Follow instructions involving several ideas or actions;

-Answer ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions about their experiences and in response to stories or events;

Speaking:

-Express themselves effectively, showing awareness of listeners’ needs;

-Use past, present and future forms accurately when talking about events that have happened or are to happen in the future;

-Develop their own narratives and explanations by connecting ideas or events.

 

We will be basing much of our work across the curriculum around this story.  The children will role-play being bus drivers and passengers.  The children will make tickets and oyster cards, and use money to pay for a ticket.  We will incorporate number work by thinking about bus numbers and counting passengers. 

We will introduce measuring looking in particular at size, linking it with our work on transport.

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 begin to work on learning letter sounds in small group phonics sessions.

 

R.E over the Spring Term

All new children will learn the class prayer.

 

Community: Celebrating

Discover what a celebration is and how people celebrate.  Learn how the parish family celebrates – the story of the Presentation.  

 

Eucharist: Relating

Discover what activities children and families like to do together.  Learn about how the parish family gathers to listen to God’s word.  Understand the  joy of gathering together to celebrate at Mass.

 

Catholic Social Teaching

January- Solidarity

February- An Option for the Poor and Vulnerable

March- The Dignity of the Human Person

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.