Our Learning during Spring Term in EYFS
In the EYFS we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile. The three prime areas of learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage profile are Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development, and Communication and Language. We also work on other areas of the profile, such as Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design. In addition to the EYFS profile, we also on the characteristics of effective teaching and learning, which are playing and exploring, active learning and creating and thinking critically.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development – Self-regulation, managing self and building relationships
We have been focussing on considering the feelings of others and identifying and moderating our own emotions. We have learned how to keep ourselves healthy and happy, and what we need to do if there are times when we need help to deal with an unfamiliar or new emotion. We have studied to storybook ‘The Colour Monster’ by Anna Llenas, and used it to help us identify our feelings and be able to deal with them.
Physical Development – Gross and fine motor skills
We continue to work on developing the foundations for handwriting. We have been focussing on fine motor skills by using tweezers, small building blocks and threading. To develop our gross motor skills further, we have been working on our fundamental movement skills in PE lessons, with a focus on hopping, skipping, jumping, running and overarm and underarm throwing. We have been learning how to combine different movements with ease and fluency, and developing our movement control and grace. Our focus for this term has been based on Julia Donaldson’s storybook ‘Superworm.’
Communication and Language – Listening, attention and understanding and speaking
We have been focussing on learning new vocabulary and using it in our daily lives. We encouraged the children to ask as many questions as possible to develop their vocabulary and understanding further. We have also enjoyed studying non-fiction books as learning new technical vocabulary alongside our topics in understanding of the world. We are now able to describe events in our own lives in detail, and answer questions including the question word ‘why.’ We have also been focussing on extending our sentences using connectives.
Literacy – Comprehension, word reading and writing
In Literacy, we have been studying traditional tales and focussing on fairy tale settings. We have enjoyed reading The Three Little Pigs, The Gingerbread Man, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Little Red Hen and Jack and the Beanstalk. We have loved getting to know these stories very well and can now act out our favourite traditional tales on our stage. In Phonics, we have been working hard to learn and use our phase 3 sounds. We have been practicing re-reading our writing, checking for fluency, and working on lower and uppercase letter formation.
Mathematics – Number and Numerical patterns
In maths, we have been working on comparing and composition of numbers to 10. We have focussed on number making number bonds to 10 in a variety of ways. We now know how to represent numbers and explore their composition, using our fingers, tens frames, part-whole models and Numicon shapes. We have been learning about 3D shapes and their properties and comparing them to 2D shapes to discover similarities and differences. We have continued to build on what we have previously learned about repeating patterns so that we can now make more complex patterns.
Expressive Art and Design – Being imaginative and expressive
We have been experimenting with colour this term. We have been using a variety of paints, tones, warm and cold colours, and exploring colour mixing. We worked together to create a large scale painting in the style of Kandinsky. We have also looked at artwork by Franz Marc and Pablo Picasso, and compared the similarities and differences we discovered in the styles and colours the artists used. We have been learning about pitch, tempo and developing our sense of rhythm. Our topic for this term has been ‘Our World.’ We have studied different genres of music and compared and contrasted elements of a variety of songs. We have been learning songs by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra to support our learning on The Gingerbread Man.
Expressive Art and Design – Creating with materials
We have been making our own design decisions and developing our skills in cooking. We weighed, measured and mixed the ingredients we needed to make pancake batter. We tasted our pancakes with a variety of different toppings and decided which we liked best. We discussed how we could change our recipe and/or ingredients next time. We have also been working really hard to make our own very special Binca sewing Easter cards. We had to decide which colour threads we wanted to use and think of how best to approach our design. We then had to learn how to thread the sewing needle and follow our chosen pattern to make a picture.
Understanding of the World – Past and present
In History, we have been looking back at our own personal history, from birth to the present day. We thought about changes in ourselves, our interests, our families, and the world around us. We have also enjoyed learning about the Queen of England and why she is an important figurehead in our country. We have compared and contrasted toys from the past with toys from the present, linking with Shirley Hughes’ storybook ‘Dogger.’ We have also enjoyed learning about castles, their functions and what designs make the best castles. We then designed our own castles, focussing on how to make them stronger.
Understanding of the World – People, culture and communities
We have compared similarities and differences between life in this county and other countries. We have studied the effect of changing seasons by interacting with natural processes in our outdoor area. We have studied where our favourite foods come from and spent time looking at these countries on Google Earth. We have created our own maps to help navigate from our classroom to familiar focal points within our school.
Understanding of the World – The natural world
We have explored changes of state, making predictions about how best to melt ice and release our frozen dinosaurs! We enjoyed using magnets and going on a hunt around the classroom to discover objects that were magnetic. We learned about oral hygiene, good tooth brushing techniques and the importance of healthy foods. We also spent time finding out about hibernating animals and comparing the different habitats these animals lived in.
In RE, we have been learning about special times in the liturgical year. The children have all been involved in decorating our prayer and liturgy areas and are beginning to understand why we have different colours for different times of year. We have learned that we are all a very special family and part of a wonderful parish community. The children really enjoyed our visit to church, where they met Father Peter and explored the special symbols inside the church. This term, we have learned about Lent and made our own Lenten promises. We have come to understand that Lent is a special time for reflection and growth. We have also been studying the Easter story, focussing on the events leading up to Jesus’ death. The children are able to re-tell the main events of the Easter story and understand that Jesus died on the cross for our sins.
We have been focusing on the Gospel values of kindness, acceptance and forgiveness. The children know that we are different and this is what makes us special. We have learned to celebrate our differences and explore different occupations and ways of life. Children in EYFS know that it is important to grow together in love and faith. We know some things we can do to keep ourselves safe in school and at home, and that it is important to have familiar adults we can trust to help us explore unfamiliar situations.
We have been using our class computer to access programs such as paint and phonics play. The children understand that they can use a mouse to navigate a computer, and a touch screen to navigate an iPad. We have also really enjoyed making our own music on the interactive whiteboard, and making our own mazes for the Bee-bots to explore. We have learned about how to be safe online and the importance of accessing the Internet sensibly.
Our Learning during Autumn Term in EYFS
The children loved looking for signs of autumn on our walk around the school grounds. Take a look!
Take a look at what the Reception children got up to on their first days at St Anthony’s. They had lots of fun exploring the environment, making new friends and playing with all the new resources!
Here are a couple of videos from Oxford Owl that give you advice on how to support your child at home with phonics and reading.
How to say the phonics sounds:
How to blend sounds to read words:
Our EYFS Curriculum:
Here is a link to the new Development Matters, which we use to aid are planning and assessment in the EYFS.
Here are some useful links to be looking at:-
Guided tour of the EYFS area
Story time with Miss Forbes and Mrs Carlton.
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