Current term activities

Term 1 – Tuesday 4  September 2018 to Friday 19 October 2018

The topic this term is ‘Seaside Spectacular’

Welcome to Term 1, we hope you have all had an enjoyable summer – we have got lots of activities planned to support our curriculum topic “Seaside Spectacular”.  We look forward to observing the children learning and see what direction their play will take us!

We will be participating in various activities such as:


Maths – Number recognition with
Magnetic Numbered Fish and Shell number cutters

Creative Arts
Ocean Cookies                                                                  Sandy Castles
Mixing Oil and Water                           Fine motor skills – making Jellyfish

Clay Rainbow Fish

The children will also be comparing large scale boats outside in the garden alongside smaller boats made in the craft room, they will be able to test which will sink or float, and have a Jacdor Boat Race where they will make estimations – which boat will be fastest/slowest.

• Children’s Choice
Throughout the session 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 2 – Tuesday 30 October 2018 to Thursday 20 December 2018

The topic this term is…”coming soon”.