St Mary Immaculate Catholic Primary School

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Topics and Learning

Summer Term 2017

This half term our topic is all about minibeasts. This is a perfect topic for the end of Spring and the beginning of Summer, with lots of scope for play and investigation in outside spaces.  Looking at minibeasts provides opportunities to learn about how we care for other creatures and for our environment as well as plenty of counting and sequencing activities.  There is a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books that we will be looking at that relate to minibeasts which will support the topic.

 A few of the activities that we will be doing are:

  • A minibeast bug hunt
  • Circle times – talking about caring for creatures, stories and poems
  • Small world tray with earth, gravel, small pond and plastic minibeasts
  • Following minibeast patterns – spiral, stripes and wiggly lines
  • Over and under instruction games – moving like a worm/caterpillar
  • Minibeast counting games – spots legs and wings
  • Water tray – 5 little speckled frogs
  • Symmetry – butterflies
  • Weaving making a spiders web
  • Drawing and painting minibeasts.

Minibeasts Web for Learning

Spring Term 2 2017

This half term our topic is all about traditional fairy tales.  Fairy tales help to develop a child’s imagination by introducing new ideas into their world – ideas about fantastical worlds, other planets, different points in time and invented characters.  It helps encourage the children to realise that they can, and should, imagine anything they want.  A child's imagination is a powerful and unique thing. It's not only used to make up stories and games, it's a key factor in their creative thoughts. Fairy tales teach children about cultural differences in the world outside their own gifting them a curiosity to learn new things and experience new places. Reading traditional fairy tales are a great way to introduce new words and ideas into a child’s vocabulary. During this topic we will be encouraging the children to listen to others in small groups, and to retell part of the story and remember key events and phrases from them.

"If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales." Albert Einstein

   Spring Term 1 2017

This half term our topic is all about rhyming stories. We will be looking at books by Julia Donaldson, who is famous for her rhyming books such as The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo’s Child, A Squash and a Squeeze and The Smartest Giant in town as well as many more.  Rhyming helps children notice the sounds within words. Most children enjoy hearing and participating in rhyming activities, and when they are exposed to rhyming, they usually pick it up naturally.  Children enjoy participating in stories – acting parts in them, and joining in choruses. As well as being fun, performing is, tremendously good for children’s confidence and increases their enthusiasm for books.

Children don’t just start off rhyming. They generally go through three stages. In the order of easiest to hardest, those stages are:

Stage 1: Hearing rhyme (the child grows accustomed to hearing and repeating rhyme)

Stage 2: Recognizing rhyme (the child can identify two words that rhyme)

Stage 3: Producing rhyme (the child can think of a word that rhymes with another)

 

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                                                      Autumn Term 2 2016

Our Autumn Term 2 topic is Dark and Light and celebrating Christmas. Children will be exploring and understanding why it is getting darker. Be able to say and explain why we need to wear warmer clothes in the winter. Children will also use torches to help to understand and compare the difference between light and dark. Children will be learning about why we celebrate Christmas. They will help and act out in role getting ready for Christmas in role-play, create Christmas decorations and make a Christmas list.

Dark and light, celebrating Christmas Web for Learning

                                                       Autumn Term 1 2016

Our Autumn Term 1 topic is New Beginnings and Harvest. The children have been learning about themselves and each other. They have created some images of themselves. The children have enjoyed acting out in role cooking and sharing meals together in the role play area. To celebrate harvest festival the children have been buying and selling fruit and vegetables in a grocers shop and made some bread.

New Beginnings and Harvest festival Web for Learning

Spring Term 2 2016

Our Spring Term 2 topic is Goldilocks and the Three Bears and Celebrations for Mothers Day and Easter. Click on the links below to look at all the wonderful activities our Little Angels will be learning.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears Web for Learning

 

Spring Term 1 2016

The children will be learning different Nursery Rhymes, playing musical instruments, dancing and listening to different types of music. The children will 'celebrate Chinese New Year' and 'Shrove Tuesday'. Click on the link below to see what our Little Angels will be learning.

Nursery Rhymes Web for Learning

 

                                              Autumn Term 2 2015

Our Autumn term 2 topic is ‘Dark and Light’. Click on the links below to look at all the exciting activities our Little Angels will be learning.

 Dark and Light Web for Learning