Rainbows and Stars - Year R

Summer 2

This half term we will continue to improve our writing skills.

In mathematics we will be working through the mathematics units Find my Pattern and On the Move from White Rose Maths Scheme. Children will continue to practise and consolidate their skills. Children will ‘subitise’ and instantly recognise small quantities in a variety of different representations. Children will be provided with regular opportunities to practise and consolidate counting on and back within 10 and to use the counting principles in order to find how many in a set or to count out a required number of objects from a larger group. We will continue to explore the composition of numbers and deepen the children’s understanding that all quantities are composed of smaller quantities.  When sorting and matching they will notice similarities and differences as they match and sort objects in new contexts.  We will be comparing and ordering quantities and measures, noticing which set has more, which has fewer and when 2 sets have the same amount.

In RE we looking at the Cornwall Syllabus ‘Which stories are special and why?’ We will be talking about our favourite stories and exploring stories from the Bible and how they show Christians the way to treat others.

In music we ware continuing think abstractly about music and expressing this verbally and physically. We will be learning to describe changes in music and compare pieces.

This half term we be working through the Arena scheme of Athletics. We will be engaging in track and field events and learning to compare our performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvements to achieve our personal best.

 Summer 1

We love reading in Rainbows and Stars and share stories from our reading spine 4 times per day!

We have been practising our reading skills every morning and this term are going to further develop our writing skills by writing blurbs for the books we have read.

Adults will be modelling capital letters and full stops during daily shared writing experiences and children will be encouraged to include this in their own writing.  Children will be inspired to hold and write a sentence of their own and re read it to check it makes sense. In addition to this this we will continue story scribing and introduce instructional and factual texts.

During this half term in mathematics children will continue to practise and consolidate key skills. We will be working through the White Rose Maths Units of ‘To 20 and Beyond,’ and ‘First, Then Now.’

Using Dice, domino and bingo games as well as matching and comparison games will continue to support children’s subitising skills. Children will practise and consolidate counting on and back within 10 and be supported to use the counting principles. We will continue to explore the composition of numbers, and compare and order quantities and measures. Children will notice similarities and differences as they match and sort objects in new context by the challenges: Can you find or build one the same as this? Can you find or build one which is different to this? Why is it different? Can you see how I have sorted these items? How else could we sort them?

In RE we will be working through the Cornwall Syllabus unit, ’Which places our special and why?’ We will be discussing special places for Christians and learning about special places for other religions.

In music we shall be exploring moving, singing and playing to instruments. We will be studying the structure of music and choreographing our own dances to familiar music.

This half term in PE we will be continuing our gymnastics unit. We will be experimenting making shapes with our bodies in different ways and travelling in diverse ways.

Spring  Please check our Class DoJo page for videos!
In Spring, we will be continuing to work around all areas of the EYFS through responding to children's natural curiosities, ideas, interests and through play! To support children's development in the Prime Areas, Communication and Language and Personal, Social and Emotional development, adults will be introducing our 'problem-solving footprints' and embedding the use of talk partners during carpet sessions this half term! We will also be introducing Story Scribing as part of Literacy, Communication and Language and Expressive Arts and Design.  
In maths, we will be focusing on the units of 'Alive in 5' and 'Growing 6,7,8' from White Rose. In these sessions, we will be introducing children to the concept of 'zero', comparing numbers to 5, the composition of numbers 4 and 5, introducing the numbers 6, 7 and 8, making pairs and combining two groups! As well as all of this work on number, we will be comparing mass and capacity and learning a little about length, height and time.
Autumn 2
This half term, we are going to be thinking about all of the different celebrations which happen at this time of year! We are going to learn about Bonfire Night, Diwali, Remembrance Day, National Poetry Week, Anti-Bullying Week and Christmas! We are also excited to learn our first school Nativity, which we will hopefully be able to perform to an audience.
We are continuing with our daily RWI phonics sessions, and we will be starting new phonics groups based on teacher's assessments. We will also be continuing with our White Rose Small Steps maths sessions, where we will be mastering numbers 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10, as well as learning about height, length, 3D shapes and comparing mass and capacity. This half term, we will also be introducing some of our favourite, research-based strategies: Drawing Club, Play Projects and Dough Disco! 
As usual, adults will always be working on children's individual next steps through their child-initiated play, and following the children's interests to create our bespoke and personal curriculum as the half term unfolds! 
Autumn 1
This half term, we are settling into our new school and new classrooms! We are getting to know each other and our new adults by playing together lots and making conversations, as well as through sharing our 'All About Me' bags and family photos! We have also been learning new school routines and expectations (like how to line up, how to stop when we hear the shaker, how to collect our knives and forks at lunchtime and sit in the hall, how to listen to each other on the carpet), and we have been focusing on learning our school rules: Care for everyone and everything. Show good manners at all time. Follow instructions with thought and care. 
We have started our daily phonics teaching following our school's chosen scheme Read, Write, Inc. Keep an eye on Class Dojo for regular updates about which sounds your child has learnt each week! We have also started our discrete mathematics teaching following White Rose's small steps. This half term, we are focusing on sorting, matching, pairing and comparing, as well as mastering the numbers 1, 2 and 3! 
Following children's interests, we have been learning about Autumn, hedgehogs (after one of our children had a little visitor in their garden!) and plants (after a very good question of, 'Why do plants come from seeds?')
Check out the video snapshot below of what we've been getting up to in Autumn 1! Parents, please check Class Dojo for the full video recap. 
Miss Burr

Class Teacher

"Words are, in my not so humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic…” – Albus Dumbledore.
It will not be a surprise for any child or adult who knows me to hear that there is one series of books that has shaped my life. Yes, the magical world of Harry Potter is not just a set of fictional books for me, but an entire universe, which I have escaped into, lived in and regularly revisit! As JK once said, “Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.” The characters in the stories do not feel like characters but old friends; when they laugh, I laugh, when they cry, I cry… and that is the true magic of books! I love the series for the fantasy and adventure, but also because of all it teaches about the importance of friendship, facing your fears, and most importantly that love conquers everything!

More recently, I have discovered the author Onjali Q Raúf and have read (and loved!) three of her books this year: The Star Outside my Window, The Night Bus Hero and The Boy at the Back of the Class. They are beautiful stories and I am not ashamed to say that I cried my eyes out when reading two of them! Some other authors I love and will always recommend are Frank Cottrell Boyce (Framed is my favourite!), Jacqueline Wilson (I used to visit St Austell library every week to collect more of her books to devour when I was a child!) and Philippa Pearce (Tom’s Midnight Garden is a must-read!).

“I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.” – Yep, that’s JK Rowling again!

Mrs Hawk-Vango

Rainbows Teacher

My most memorable read as a child was a book called Mr Meddle's Mischief by Enid Blyton. Perhaps I was taken in by the thought of mischief! Mr Meddle is a pixie who can't get anything right. He's always meddling in other people's business and making dreadful muddles. From then on I went to read many of her books but my favourite was the series of The Magic Faraway Tree and The Wishing Chair. I loved these stories so much I would read them over and over again. They whisked me off to wonderful places of elves, gnomes, talking trees and so many other wonderful things.

Mrs Jackson

Support staff

I absolutely loved reading the Dirty Bertie books by Alan MacDonald and David Roberts with my daughter when she was younger. They're so funny and definitely well worth a read and all about a grubby boy who is a trouble magnet, causing mayhem wherever he goes with his disgusting habits , crazy plans and wild ideas. Every night we used to snuggle down and read the these books .. oh how we giggled and proper belly laughed reading these books. We'd chat for ages about our favourite funniest parts in the story and couldn’t wait until the next one.

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