As well as our daily maths, English and Reading sessions, we also learn through a theme-based curriculum using the ‘Cornerstone’ approach. This centres on the belief that children learn better when their interests and fascinations are allowed to flourish.
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OUR learning PLAN
In the first half term of the academic year, we will be motivating our children through the topic ‘Do you want to be friends?’ This explores friendships, being kind and working together. There are often children new to the class so they learn to mix, share interests and make new friends. Children meet people in school who are there to help them, and they learn new routines for the wider school setting. They will also be looking into particular stories in which characters help each other or problems are posed in which the class can help.
The main topic is ‘What happens when I fall asleep?’ We look at bedtime routines and the importance of sleep and rest. We think about our own dreams and use our imagination to think of fantastic dreams we can write and about and express through creative activities. We ask the question; Does everyone go to bed the same time as me? This leads into exploring nocturnal animals and seeing what they can find out. Finally we turn to the night skies, looking at the moon and stars.
Also within this half term as we move towards Christmas our topic turns to ‘Can I switch it on?’ This enables the children to really engage their imagination and create toys which Santa may want his Elves to produce at the North Pole.
The term would not be complete without our Nativity play.
After we come back in the New Year we will be learning through the topic ‘Will you read me a story?’ this is based upon many traditional tales, such as: ‘The Elves and the Shoemaker’ and ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’. Which allows the children to really build upon their writing skills, looking into making their own books with a variety resources focussing on their fine motor control. Through the use of traditional tales it allows the children to deepen their ability to think creatively and critically to solving any problems which may arise.
Through the second half the Spring Term we will be looking into two topics ‘Why do cows drink milk?’ and ‘Why are carrots orange?’. These two topics interlink very nicely covering where food comes from and the importance of a healthy diet. Also, how different environments may vary which is why some food needs to be transported from another country. This allows the classes curiosity of the world to develop and stimulate their questioning as to ‘how’ and ‘why’ things happen.
Through Summer 1 we will be exploring another two topics: ‘Why do Zebras have Stripes?’ and ‘Why do ladybirds have spots?’.
‘Why do Zebras have Stripes?’ is another brilliant topic which allows the children to develop their knowledge even further towards the world. Which allows the exploration of; African tribal culture, wild animals, African habitats and camouflage.
‘Why do ladybirds have spots?’ is a very popular one all about minibeasts. Children bring a lot of knowledge and interest to this. Our memorable experience is to go on a minibeast safari in the school grounds, looking for, and collecting bugs, exploring their habitats and recording what we find. We also have a mystery parcel arrive specially for our class, with something for us to look after and watch change through its life cycle. What might it be? We enjoy lots of brilliant books which inspire learning too: What the Ladybird Heard? Aaaagh Spider! And Yucky Worms to name a few.
During the last half term of Reception the children will explore another two topics:
‘Are we there yet?’ is the topic which explores transport, travel and places. We start with a journey into space: making rockets, going on a journey to the moon through dance and music. Children learn about different transport through fiction and non-fiction texts. ‘The Naughty Bus’ goes on an adventure. Where does he go? What does he do? Can they send him on new journey? ‘ The Train Ride’ is a classic story. What does the girl see from the train? Can you remember? Over and under the water explores floating and sinking, and making a boat that will float. Finally children explore travel nearer to home. How do they get to school? What do they see on the way to school?
‘Who lives in a rock pool?’ is great lead up to the summer holidays as it enables the children to investigate life at sea. Exploring seashore plants, animals and the importance of water safety and pollution. We also develop our understanding of change over time through examining natural materials and parts if the world, which links to advancing our creativity through the use of these resources.