Harworth Church of England Academy

Harworth Church of England Academy

Welcome to Little Owls (FS2)

Summer Term 2021

Welcome back after the Easter break!

We know the Little Owls will continue to Amaze, Achieve and Aspire during this term!

Below you will find out about our topics for the Summer term.

 

Communication and Language

We will be exploring a range of books about under the sea and the seaside. These will include:

 

Somebody Swallowed Stanley by Sarah Roberts

The Fidgety Fish series by Ruth Galloway

These include:

Fidgety Fish, Fidgety Fish and Friends, Clumsy Crab, Tickly Octopus and Smiley Shark

Seaside Poems by Jill Bennett

and many others. 

Listen to 'Somebody Swallowed Stanley' by clicking on the following link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uf4b4no8ric

Do you have any other stories about the sea or seaside that you like to read? 

 

Expressive Arts

Our artist this term is 

William Morris 

He was a British textile designer. 

We will be listening to

Peter and the Wolf

by Sergei Prokofiev

Each character in the story is represented by a different instrument from the orchestra. You can listen to it here:

Peter & The Wolf Disney Story - YouTube

We will also be listening to music by Bach

He was a German composer and musician of the Baroque period

Come and listen to some music in our  Reflection corner. 

You can also reflect on how you feel. You could tell stories like Jesus did.

 

Support at home...

Here are some useful websites if you would like to practise any skills at home.

www.phonicsplay.co.uk

 

www.topmarks.co.uk

 

www.ictgames.com

Literacy

Reading

We will be reading lots of phonics based books to work on our decoding and develop our blending skills

The story books we will be exploring give wonderful opportunities for the children to develop their imagination. We will also be discussing what happens at the beginning, middle and end of the stories. 

Please read books as often as you can at home. The following website gives you access to some great online reading books. 

http://phonicsplaycomics.co.uk/comics.html

 

Writing

We will continue to develop our handwriting through tracing, copying and independent writing. We will be writing labels, lists, captions and sentences linked to the books we are exploring. 

Can you write a list of what you need to take on a trip tot the seaside? 

Through our daily phonics sessions we will continue to identify the sounds in words and learn the skill of segmenting for spelling using both phase 2 and phase 3 sounds.

 

Here are some great links to support your child with their phonics skills at home:

First Phonics (doorwayonline.org.uk) There are options to make it easier/more difficult. 

Sound Sayer (ictgames.com)

 

We use the phonics mats below to help us find the letters to make words. 

Mathematics

We will continue to work on developing our understanding of numbers, counting and recognising numbers up to and beyond 20.  You can help at home by counting out loud, counting when walking up and down stairs and counting objects wherever possible.  Lots of children love making their own number cards, one set with numbers and one set with a number of objects drawn or stuck on. They are great for ordering and matching games. 

Our wider maths topics are

 

Here are some great links to support your child with their number skills at home:

Whack A Mole || Counting in steps of 1, 2, 3....12 (ictgames.com)

The Gingerbread Man Game - Counting, Matching and Ordering game (topmarks.co.uk)

Addition To 10 (topmarks.co.uk)

 

Physical development

We will continue to develop our fine and gross motor skills.

Our amazing outdoor area gives us lots of opportunities to develop our skills.

We will develop our scissor skills and handwriting skills. Please continue to support your child to write their name and other words in the cursive style of handwriting. Tracing, colouring and cutting activities are all great ways to improve fine motor skills.

In our P.E sessions we will be learning to move safely and show awareness of space. 

 

 

Understanding the world

We will be talking about special events and celebrations such as birthdays and Chinese New Year.

We will look closely at similarities, differences, patterns and changes in different materials. Which materials would make a comfy bed for Goldilocks? What type of materials made the best house for the Three Pigs? Why?  How does porridge change when we cook it? 

We will continue to observe seasonal changes.

 The children are doing very well independently using different programs on the interactive board. We will also be learning to use the Code-a-Pillars.