This term we will be looking at different celebrations from Halloween, Bonfire night, Diwali, Birthdays and Christmas.
We will begin our learning about Bonfire night, focusing on exploring the colours and patterns associated with this celebration. Children will be learning how to stay safe at this time of year. We will be looking at the work of artists who use colour to express themselves, for example Jackson Pollock. We will be linking texts to our topic such as Winnie the witch for Halloween and non-fiction books related to Bonfire night.
We will be learning about Diwali, the celebration of light. The children will be exploring a variety of artefacts and making their own Divas. The children will be learning about the story of Rama and Sita.
We will complete the term by celebrating Christmas. The children will listen to the Christmas story and participate in a variety of exciting Christmas activities.
Personal, Social & Emotional Development
This term we are encouraging our children to take responsibility and become more independent. This term there will be some changes to daily routines as we prepare for Christmas festivities. Children will adapt to these and learn to respond positively to new social situations.Children express themselves through play they will build upon relationships.
Communication & Language
This term the children will be introduced to new vocabulary when learning about celebrations such as Diwali. They will be developing their speaking skills as they talk about the celebrations they enjoy with their families, such as Bonfire Night and Christmas.
We will be participating in dance and movement as we celebrate Bonfire night. When enjoying our bonfire celebrations, the children will gain an understanding of the need for safety when tackling new challenges and consider risks associated with fire and fireworks.
Understanding the world
We will be looking at how we have similarities and differences related to celebrations around the world. We will be discussing special celebrations that we have shared with our families such as Christmas.
The children will continue to develop their listening skills as they enjoy stories. They will be looking at books such as Kippers Birthday and encouraged to talk about the pictures and contents. Children will use how and why questions to extend their knowledge about celebrations. They will recall their past experiences of celebrating within their families.The children will continue to participate in daily phonic sessions, which will introduce them to a new sound each day. The children will be developing their letter formation when writing.
Expressive Arts & Design
The children will be making 3D models, designing rockets and a variety of Christmas decorations. We will be exploring colour, for example creating splatter paintings to celebrate bonfire night, inspired by Jackson Pollock. The children will continue to access the role-play areas where they will extend their imaginations and introduce new resources. We will be learning new songs in preparation for our Christmas Nativity.
We will continue to focus on number recognition and number formation. We will also be focusing on shape, space and measure. We will use objects and common shapes to create rockets. The children will be encouraged to name the 2D and 3D shapes and describe their properties. They will be making potions and measuring broomsticks when focusing on the story of Winnie the Witch.
Main Activity: To become familiar with traditional stories
Share some traditional stories with your brother/sister/grown up. Talk about what happens in the story. To consider how the characters may feel.
Alternatively read half the story and predict what could happen next.
Extension: Retell some traditional stories to another person
Main Activity: To count forwards to at least 20 starting from 0 or 1
When reading a book, can you count how many presents are under the tree? Can you count how many people are in the book?
Main Activity: To identify rhyming words
Play a rhyming game. Start with a word and see how many words you can think of that rhyme. Who can think of the most words? For example – cat, sat, fat, mat.
Main Activity: To recognise and read numbers in the environment
To recognise and read numbers in the environment. Ask questions to promote reasoning skills. Is the number 6 bigger or smaller than the number 10? What is the difference between 6 and 10?
Main Activity: To write their own name independently
Can you write your name at the end of your card or letter?
Main Activity: To count, recognise and write numbers
Winnie the Witch has lots of stairs in her large black house. Can you count how many stairs you have in your house? If you don’t have stairs, try and count the number of rooms or doors.
Main Activity: To write for a purpose
Write a letter or a card to someone, like in the Jolly Postman’s Christmas. Maybe they will write one back.
Can you create and write Christmas cards to your friends in your class?
Can you write a list of your friend’s names?
Can you write a thank you letter?
Main Activity: To create a repeated pattern
Winnie the Witches stripy tights are a repeated colour pattern of yellow, orange, yellow, orange. Can you think of your own repeated colour pattern? Can you draw the pattern using 2 or 3 different colours? You can draw it using squares, circles or lines to create the pattern.
Main Activity: To describe special times or events for family
To talk with family and friends about different celebrations and special times shared together. What traditions do you have in your family?
Main Activity: To name and describe shapes
To draw a rocket at home using objects around the home to draw around, for example a tin or a food box. What shapes have you used? What can you tell an adult about the shapes? How many sides does the shape have? How many corners? What is the difference between a triangle and a square?
Christmas – Can you draw a picture of a snowman using 2D shapes? Can you talk about the shapes you have used?