FOUNDATION

TERM 2

English

Reading & Comprehension

  • The children will participate in a guided teaching group during the week focusing on simple texts, basic word recognition, phonics, comprehension and learning sentence structure.
  • In the other group times they will be practising alphabet skills, reading, making and finding letters, words and sentences, literacy games, etc.
  • Children explore big books, class books and different text types (factual texts and narratives)
  • Children will continue to learn to read and spell the Magic 100 Words revising Golden words and being introduced to new words when ready.

Writing & Handwriting

  • Children will have many opportunities to write, practising sounding out and learning simple words and learning some of the simple conventions of writing.
  • This will include:
  • Class shared and interactive writing
  • Guided writing sessions
  • Letter formation, fine motor, coordination and manipulative activities

Speaking & Listening

  • Children will continue on the same Share Time day.
  • This term all children will be expected to participate. They may like to bring something that they have made, things from nature, drawings, photos, books, a toy, a game or tell a story about something special they have done. It is very helpful to the children if parents help them rehearse a small number of sentences that describe their item or event.
  • We will be focusing on the following skills:
  • look at the audience when you talk
  • look at the speaker when you listen
  • stand/sit still
  • use a loud voice so the audience can hear (volume
  • silent listeners
  • be able to ask and answer questions appropriately.

Spelling & Word Attack

  • Jolly Phonics will continue and children will learn two new sounds each week. This will include reading and writing words that include these sounds - Bb, Ff, Vv, Jj, Zz, Ww, Xx, Yy, Qq, sh,ch, ai (rain), oa (boat), ie (pie), ng (strong), th (the), th (think), ee (tree) and or (storm).

Mathematics

NUMBER AND ALGEBRA

  • Revise numbers 1-10 and explore numbers to 20
  • Number patterns
  • Ordering and comparing groups
  • Before and after
  • Ordinal number
  • Patterns - creating, copying and repeating patterns

MEASUREMENT & GEOMETRY

  • Capacity - Full, empty, half full, how much?
  • Length - Comparing and ordering size
  • Mass - Basic estimations, hefting (weighing by lifting)
  • Time - Ordering events and introduction to analogue clocks
  • Revision of 2D shapes - curved and straight edges
  • Introduction to 3D shapes - shapes that stack, slide or roll
  • Position - under, over, in, out, above, beside, between
  • Locational language - following verbal directions

Integrated Studies

Autumn

The changes in the seasons and how it affects what we wear and do

Our 5 senses

Touch, sight, hearing, smell, taste and how our senses help us observe and sort different objects and materials. As part of this unit we will be walking to Zwar Park and the Preston Market.

 

Homework

Topics

  • In term two the children will be expected to read their take home book daily.
  • You may wish to:
  • discuss the cover of the book and what it might be about
  • read the book TO your child (until they are ready to read)
  • point to each word as you read it
  • ask questions about the story: what happened and why?
  • Remember: Take Home Books are ALWAYS expected to be easy. This is so that children can practise reading fluently, with expression and practise the skills they have been learning at school. Children cannot do these things if the text is hard.
  • We will continue to send the Magic 100 Words home for children to learn to recognise. Remember these words need to be recognised in a flash, without hesitation, so play games and activities from the list in the homework book.
  • A homework book will go home early in this term. It is encouraged that the students complete the tasks in the given time frame and return to school on the given date. Homework tasks will be linked to various learning and exploration that is happening in the classrooms.

Music

Topics

  • In Prep, the emphasis is on participation. The children learn simple songs, chants and rhymes with visual cues such as puppets, books and actions. Classroom percussion instruments such as shakers, drums and clave sticks are used to explore rhythm, beat and playing techniques. Short children's songs are taught and students are encouraged to sing and keep a beat with body percussion. Students will be involved in dance and creative movement activities that encourage the use of their imagination.
 
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