Curriculum

UNDERSTANDING THE WORLD

Children talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members.  They know that other children don’t always enjoy the same things, and are sensitive to this. They know about similarities and differences between themselves and others, and among families, communities and traditions.

Children know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things.  They talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one to another.  They make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes.

Children recognize that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools.  They select and use technology for particular purposes.

Children sing songs, make music and dance, and experiment with ways of changing them. They safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with color-, design, texture, form and function.

Children use what they have learnt about media and materials in original waves, thinking about uses and purposes.  They represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role play and stories. We observe children’s play, learning and progress and record them in each child’s portfolio.  Parents are invited to look at their child’s portfolio regularly and if they so wish are invited to add comments, observations or photos of their progress.

HOMEWORK

Children are expected to read at home.

Spelling homework.

Extension and reinforcement work may be sent home.

Homework will reinforce activities in the classroom.

During the year children will be introduced to simple Spelling Tests based on our phonic work.  A list of spellings will be sent home on a weekly basis with guidelines on how best to help your child.