Curriculum Information

Spring Term

 

The EYFS curriculum is divided into seven different learning areas - Communication and Language, Physical Development, Personal and Social Development, Literacy ( Reading, Writing), Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design. As a Catholic school, we also teach RE.
We use high quality core texts, recommended by the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE), to support our learning across all areas of the curriculum. We work with each text for approximately three weeks, before moving on to the next one. This replaces the old 'topic work' we used to do. 
Literacy
This area involves reading and writing
Our first CLPE text for this term is called 'Hickory Dickory Dog' by Alison Murray. During this topic we will engage children in reading a rhyming text with predictable patterns. We will continue to develop phonological awareness through story, rhyme and song and broaden children's experience of vocabulary through reading and grasp of language through word play.  
We will be recap phase 1 and 2 phonics and continue to teach phase 3. To help support your child, please continue to revise the sounds we have taught and discuss them when reading daily with your child. 
We will continue to change the children's reading books and read with them twice a week so please make sure your child has their book bag and reading books in every day.
To continue to develop a love of reading we will be sharing lots of stories in class and discussing what has happened in the story in the beginning, middle and end, how the characters are feeling, where the story takes place etc.
To help support at home, please read a range of genres and if possible visit your local library. 
Communication and language
This area involves developing Listening and Attention, Understanding and Speaking.
We will be placing a big emphasis on using language in  the classroom. We will be encouraging the children to develop their speaking skills through a wide range of activities across the curriculum and modelling language and vocabulary as they play. Sharing stories and songs at home will also help them to develop their language skills. As your child plays and you play with them, model the use of language and introduce new words. A great deal of our language work will be linked to the texts we will be using. 
Our role play areas inside and outside play an important part in developing children's communication and language skills. We will change these areas depending on children's interests and needs. For example having a home corner, hairdressers, cafe, police station etc.
Physical Development 
This area involves developing Moving and handling and Health and self-care.
We have PE on a Friday morning, with a specialist PE teacher. Alongside this, we will be developing fine and gross motor skills through a range of activities. Activities such as play dough, using tweezers, hammers etc will develop your child's fine motor skills, which is essential for developing a good writing grip. 
To help develop children's fine motor skills we will introduce handwriting sessions for children to practice the correct letter formation. 
We use our wonderful outside area to develop gross motor skills using a wide range of apparatus. We use the climbing equipment, bicycles, hoops, sandpit etc.
Personal and Social Development
This area involves developing Self-confidence and awareness, Feelings and behaviour and Making relationships
We will focus on developing good relationships with the other children and staff, through various games and whilst facilitating play. We will also be encouraging your child to talk about how they feel and giving them strategies to use to deal with various feelings.
Buddy time will play an important part in developing your child's personal and social development as well as speaking in larger groups. 
Mathematics
This area involves learning Numbers and Shape, Space and Measure.
We will continue to count, order and recognise numbers to 10. It is really important that children understand the value of each number so counting socks, helping set the table for dinner whilst counting the number of plates, forks etc are good ways of making maths fun!
Understanding the World
This area involves learning about People and communities, The world and technology.
Due to our very successful fundraising event we are in the process of ordering light boxes, cameras, recordable devices etc. These will provide the children with the opportunity to experience a range of technologies.  
We will continue to carry out a scientific investigation in class and talking about how and why things happen. We will also be using our local area to visit the wooded areas around Muswell Hill and see first hand how our natural environment changes. 
Expressive arts and design
This area involves learning about media and materials, and being imaginative
Children will have the opportunity to use a range of media both inside and outside to be creative and imaginative. This will be through drawing, painting, junk modelling, using building blocks, tools and role play.
We will be responding to music through dance, sing and using various musical instruments.
We will continue to attend fortnightly hymn practice sessions with our music teacher. 
R.E.

We follow the 'Come and See' scheme of work to teach teach R.E. Each topic usually lasts for four weeks. We begin each topic by exploring what each topic means to us before moving on to how it relates to religion. During the year we also learn about other faiths. At OLM we focus on Judaism and Islam. This is a brilliant way to teach respect for our community as a whole, regardless of cultures and beliefs.

 

The topics we will be covering in the Spring term are as follows;


Topic 4: Celebrating 

In this topic we will begin by recognising celebrations in our own family and how we felt during these celebrations. We will then learn about the story of Mary and Joseph taking Jesus to the temple and how the Church celebrates this day. 

 

Topic 5: Gathering

In this topic we will begin by thinking about times when we have gathered together with others and how we felt. We will then learn about the story of Jesus with the children and how the phrase 'The Lord be with you and with your Spirit' is used at Mass. 

 

Topic 6: Growing

In this topic the children will talk their own experience of growing and how they feel about growing in themselves and in nature. We will then learn about the stories of Good Friday and Easter Sunday. We will also talk about how Christians try to 'grow more like Jesus'.

 

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

 

 

Other information

All children need to have a book bag in school every day, which are to be kept in their trays. We ask that no children bring back packs to school as we do not have the space available for them.

All uniform, including book bags, P.E. bags, coats and water bottles need to be clearly named. It would really help your child if you could show them where their name is and encourage them to look at it when they dress themselves, so that when we are changing for PE, they are able to put the correct uniform on!

Please encourage your child to dress, undress, feed and use the toilet independently as this will also help them hugely in school.

 

 

How to help at home

You can help your child's social and emotional development by:

  • Talking with your child and encouraging your child to talk with other children and other adults.
  • Encouraging and supporting your child to play cooperatively with other children.
  • Regularly discussing with your child feelings and the consequences of different actions. 

 

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

  • Continuing to encourage an enjoyment of books, stories and poems; visiting the local library and sharing stories with your child.
  • Continuing to encourage your child to join in with rhymes and songs.
  • Practise the letters and sounds learnt in school. You can also help by sounding out a three letter word (segmenting) using the sounds that they have learnt so far and asking your child to put them back together (blending) to make the word.
  • 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.