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Autumn Term 2018

Here are details of our planned learning experiences in the Early Years Classroom.  

This half term our topic in Reception is `Do you want to be friends?’   Friends are the family you choose!  Do you want to be friends? Would you like to play with me? It’s time to find out more about friendship, being kind and working together.

This half term, we’ll take a walk around our school to find out about the adults who work there and their workspaces, taking photos as we go. Back in the classroom, we’ll upload and print our photos to compile a ‘Who’s who?’ display of school staff. Working together, we’ll create friendship scenarios using Jelly Babies at the ‘Jelly Babies playground’, and we’ll create a ‘Class jobs board’, allocating responsibilities amongst ourselves. We’ll talk about friendship, being kind and helpful, loneliness, enemies, and the things we like. What is our most cherished possession? During our afternoon lessons we’ll discover new words to describe ourselves, and write sentences to compare and contrast each other. In our mathematics lessons, we’ll share objects out fairly, and compare hand and foot sizes with our friends. Getting creative, we’ll use a gathering drum to tap out rhythms together, and paint our palms to make beautiful patterns to cut out and hang on a class friendship tree.


At the end of the project, we’ll write a thank you letter to someone who helps us at home. We’ll also make and bake salt dough hearts to present to a loved one.

These are the Early Learning Goals we will focus on:

 Areas of learning

Early Learning Goals

Communication and language

Listening and attention; Understanding; Speaking

Physical development

Moving and handling; Health and self-care

Personal, social and emotional development

Self-confidence and self-awareness; Managing feelings and behaviour; Making relationships

Literacy

Reading; Writing

Mathematics

Numbers; Shape, space and measures

Understanding the world

People and communities; The world; Technology

Expressive arts and design

Exploring and using media and materials; Being imaginative

 

Suggestions of things to do at home…

Friends are fabulous! Why not create a ‘friends and family tree’ together out of photos? Use different coloured lines to draw links that represent family, friends or acquaintances. You could also create a ‘treasure chest’ out of the things that make you ‘you’. Which possessions couldn’t you cope without? Alternatively, invite friends round for a get-together and discuss memories of happy experiences you have shared.

 

 

 
   

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