Dear Parents / Carers,
RE: EARLY YEARS – SUMMER TERM
We are very much focussing on the children’s physical development across the unit and the Caterpillars will be busy for 30 minutes of every morning exercising and helping to make their hearts grow strong. The children are finding out how their breathing and bodies change when they are performing rigorous exercise and the importance of keeping hydrated and eating healthy foods in order to be healthy. Please continue to encourage your children to have lots of exercise. Model to them that it is important to you and your family. I hope the sticker charts are helping support your child’s healthy eating at home. Please inform us of your successes as we love to celebrate them with the children too.
In R.E. we will be covering the following topics Pentecost and A Virtuous Life. We will send out separate letters if we need any extra resources for these topics.
This term we are beginning with the topic Out and about.
Within the topic we will be looking at:
Our Local Environment - So that they will be able to talk about the features of their local environment and how it differs from others nearby. The Butterflies will be visiting the Fire station on May 3rd and making several trips to the local area. They will be filling in a survey, taking photos and drawing pictures to find out about the different buildings around them both new and old. If you have any pictures of old Tower Hamlets please send them in so that we can compare. We will also be continuing to look at the environment around us this will involve understanding how our world changes in the environment.
We will visit the local farm and we will look for buds on trees, birds in nests, new born animals being born. We will watch to see how the bean seeds are growing in the outdoor beds that we planted before the holidays. We will be understanding the seasons of Spring and Summer - change, growing, feeling warmer, clothes we need to wear, food we need to eat.
Creative fortnight- During this week we hope to explore different artists and different ways of expressing our creativity using music, dance, painting etc. We will use our learning from Out and About to help inspire us to be creative.
People Who Help us - So that we understand the variety of people that we may meet in our community and all our similarities and differences. This will culminate with our “Celebrating Our Differences day” on Wednesday 24th May. This is when the children dress in their family’s traditional clothes and we have a catwalk display of the children modelling their clothes - hopefully outside if the weather is fine. All parents and carers are welcome.
After half term…
Our topic is: Water.
Within the topic we will be looking at:
Animals - that live in water
Pirates and Mermaids - We are assuming we will have a summer and some warm weather and we can have lots of fun dressing up, pretending to be various characters, creating treasure maps and wanted posters and messing about with water and floating and sinking.
It is the term that we have our sponsored walk and Sports day on Thursday 13th July and we hope you will all complete the sponsored walk with us and support us at our Sports day. You have been so generous this year and we are hoping to raise lots more money as we desperately need new resources. The schools budget has been cut so any extra funding we can raise is really important.
We will be having our EYFS “Bring and Share Lunch” at 12.00 on Thursday 20th July which will culminate in our Butterfly Graduation Ceremony at approximately 1.30pm. This is a wonderful day when we all cook our culinary speciality and bring it to school by 12.00 midday so that we can share with everyone; caterpillars, butterflies, parents and staff. The Graduation Ceremony always brings a few tears to the eyes.
We will ALL hopefully be going on an outing to Greenwich Park on Thursday 6th July. We will wait to see how the weather is before we finalise the date and we will would like all parents to come if they can as it will be a fun day of exploring the park, playing games and rolling down the hills. Everyone had such fun last year, I hope many of you can attend!
Thank you for your continued support,
The Early Years Team