Current term activities

Term 6 – Monday 7th June 2021 to Wednesday 21st July 2021

”Welcome to some familiar faces and to some new!  We are all very excited to start the new and final term of the academic year! This is a particularly special term as our older children start their preparations for their transition to “big school”.

Although things are still a little different at the moment and we are just about used to our new ways of learning. We will continue to practice “in the moment” planning, supporting and developing the children’s interests and learning journeys.  We look forward to seeing what  direction their play will take them!

We will be participating in various activities such as:

Literacy
  

Maths – Number recognition, counting our groovy moves during our weekly gym time sessions and picking, weighing and baking with our homegrown strawberries.
 

Creative Arts:
     
Nature initials                                                    Clay snails

Creating potions

Understanding the world-  Learning about our environment around us and the people in our community. 

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• Children’s Choice
Throughout our sessions the children can access their favourite toys and all of the areas.

• Letters and Sounds
Phase 1 is divided into seven aspects.
Each aspect contains three strands:
* Tuning in to sounds (auditory discrimination),
*  Listening and remembering sounds (auditory memory and sequencing) and
*  Talking about sounds (developing vocabulary and language comprehension).
Aspect 1 – General sound discrimination – environmental
The aim of this aspect is to raise children’s awareness of the sounds around them and to develop their listening skills. Activities suggested in the guidance include going on a listening walk, drumming on different items outside and comparing the sounds, playing a sounds lotto game and making shakers.
Aspect 2 – General sound discrimination instrumental sounds
This aspect aims to develop children’s awareness of sounds made by various instruments and noise makers. Activities include comparing and matching sound makers, playing instruments alongside a story and making loud and quiet sounds.
Aspect 3 General sound discrimination body percussion
The aim of this aspect is to develop children’s awareness of sounds and rhythms. Activities include singing songs and action rhymes, listening to music and developing a sounds vocabulary.
Aspect 4 – Rhythm and rhyme
This aspect aims to develop children’s appreciation and experiences of rhythm and rhyme in speech. Activities include rhyming stories, rhyming bingo, clapping out the syllables in words and odd one out.
Aspect 5 Alliteration
The focus is on initial sounds of words, with activities including I-Spy type games and matching objects which begin with the same sound.
Aspect 6 – Voice sounds
The aim is to distinguish between different vocal sounds and to begin oral blending and segmenting. Activities include Metal Mike, where children feed pictures of objects into a toy robot’s mouth and the teacher sounds out the name of the object in a robot voice – /c/-/u/-/p/ cup, with the children joining in.
Aspect 7 – Oral blending and segmenting
In this aspect, the main aim is to develop oral blending and segmenting skills.
To practise oral blending, the teacher could say some sounds, such as /c/-/u/-/p/ and see whether the children can pick out a cup from a group of objects. For segmenting practise, the teacher could hold up an object such as a sock and ask the children which sounds they can hear in the word sock.
The activities introduced in Phase 1 are intended to continue throughout the following phases, as lots of practice is needed before children will become confident in their phonic knowledge and skills.
These aspects are broken down throughout the year and practised in small groups.


Term 1 – Thursday 3rd September 2020 to Thursday 22nd October 2020

The topic this term is…”coming soon”.