We would like to share our plans for this terms learning journey in Reception.
During the first part of the Summer term we will be investigating the overall question of “How does nature grow?” During this understanding of the world topic, we will be learning about the life cycle of frogs as well as butterflies. We will observe how these grow as we plan to keep frogs and butterflies in the classroom during this term. After the first two weeks we will move onto looking at how vegetables, fruit and other plants grow. We will consider healthy eating and what that means.
Within our overall question of “How nature grows?” we will be answering 5 learning questions one each week.
LC1: Do frog babies look like little frogs?
LC2: How does a caterpillar become a butterfly?
LC3: How do we grow plants?
LC4: How are the vegetables good for us?
LC5: Where do seeds go when they leave a plant?
Below is a breakdown of what we will be learning each week through the different areas of our curricular “Development Matters” relating to the question of the week.
LC1: During our first week back we have been looking at the life cycle of frogs through books. So far we have been looking at non-fiction books when studying the life-cycle of the frog so we could learn about how they grow and answered LC1. We then wrote our own non-fiction books about frogs stating all the facts that we have learnt. For Mathematics we concentrated on estimating different amounts of pretend frog spawn and counted these to check how many there actually were.
LC2: In our second week we have been looking at the story book “The hungry caterpillar” we have learnt about the caterpillars life cycle and will continue to observe real life butterflies going through their metamorphosis process over the next few week. We have been retelling the story of the hungry caterpillar verbally and have acted this out using props. During mathematics we have been working on “Sharing” quantities into groups of 2,3, 4 and 5’s.
LC3: Over the next week we will be looking at the story book “The enormous Turnip”. We will be using some creative writing ideas to rewrite this story in literacy but changing what type of vegetable will be enormous. There will be a focus on using some connective words in our sentences such as “and” and “but”. Children will verbally retell this story, using puppets. Linking to this story we will be discussing size of different plants (using mathematical language such as highest, taller, tallest, shorter, short, shortest) and vegetables during maths lessons and will measure these in different ways such as by using unifix cubes and rulers. We will also be planting real plants this week and will continue to monitor their size throughout the rest of this term, learning how to look after them and help them to grow.
LC4: Our story focus for this week is “Making vegetable soup” and “Oliver’s fruit salad”. We will be writing instructions of how to make our own vegetable soup during literacy and will be discussing healthy foods. Children will be learning the benefits that fruit and vegetables give to our bodies to keep us healthy. Not only will we consider food that makes us healthy we shall be looking at how physical activity and rest/sleep helps us stay healthy. During mathematics we will be creating and answering different subtraction number sentences both practically and through mental and written work.
LC5: The last week of the term we will study the story “The tiny seed” this is a lovely story about a seed coming off a flower and travelling over mountains and rivers using the wind. Throughout each literacy session the children will be creating their own story about where their seed will travel with the wind and what happens to it when it finally finds a resting place. Our Maths focus will be “time”, using everyday language relating to time and measuring time in different ways.