Literacy: Reading and Writing
Every day we learn phonics through games and activities. We practise our letters and sounds so that we can use them in our reading and writing. The children read to each other and to the teachers. They read together and individually and they read big books, little books and e-books. We love reading! The whole class learn about a book together and then our writing comes from that text. We write stories, instructions, letters, recipes, reports, recounts and labels. We see ourselves as readers and writers as soon as we enter Swallows and we celebrate our achievements every day.
We learn maths through games and activities and by doing and explaining. We investigate and explore numbers, shapes, time and measures and make sure we use the correct mathematical words. The children think about how to add and subtract, double and halve and begin to appply their knowledge to problem-solving. We use our resources well to set up shops or make models using 3D shape and we look at patterns and relationships.
Understanding the World
We are explorers adn scientists! and we are always curious about the world around us. We love to use our senses to find out what is going on. This term we are learning about the how plants grow and the different plants and trees that we see around us. We ask questions and try to find the answer together.
We care about our planet - last year Swallows raised the money to adopt a polar bear from the World Wildlife Fund because we wanted to help endangered animals.
Our world is amazing! Swallows find other countries fascinating so we learn about different places, the weather that they have, what they grow and the animals that live there. We also find out about the people and think about what life might be like for them.
Expressive Arts and Design
The children in Swallows are always busy! - busy painting, making, constructing, collaging, designing and creating. We love to see individual ideas and imagination so the children have plenty of independent child- initiated learning opportunities where they can experiment with a variety of materials and resources to foster those ideas.
This term we will look at Turners paintings and attempted to use his techniques and style. The children will be encouraged to offer their opinions about his work.