Autumn Term Themes 2019
09/09/2019 INTRODUCTION TO MONTESSORI CLASSROOM
Welcome back everyone, and an especially big welcome to all our newcomers. We will begin our first week back at school learning about the ground rules of the Montessori classroom, and the day-to-day routine of our school, morning or afternoon. The children will have a chance to settle into their routine and look around the classroom observing the display boards and the Montessori equipment. We will focus on refining fine motor skills, allowing the children to engage in activities on our classroom shelves.
Children are storytellers by nature. Role-play and imagination are essential for their understanding of world, family and society. This week we are going to explore children’s listening and telling skills, imagination, making-up of stories and poems, and discuss the difference in-between fictional and non-fictional characters. Children will have lots of fun whilst working on their language and speech development, building up self-confidence (speaking in front of peers and adults) and improving their listening skills.
Children love to sing along with nursery rhymes. They are a wonderful and powerful way to bring together generations through stories, rhymes, and classic tales while using maths, poetry and creativity. This week children will explore their favourite nursery rhymes, enhance their vocabulary through exploring the meaning of the songs, understanding poetry, singing mathematical songs and shaking their little bodies while doing musical activities!
30/10/2019 – 07/10/2019 ANIMAL KINGDOM
The following two weeks we are going to explore the extraordinary world of the Animal Kingdom. The children will learn about the different types of animal group such as amphibians, insects, fish, reptiles, birds and finally mammals. We will discover the features of each animal groups and look at what they look like, what they eat? and where they live.
Did you know that although bats have wings and they can fly they are not birds? They belong to the group of mammals or that although that dolphins and whales live in the water, they are not fish but mammals?
The Animal Kingdom is an amazing theme to introduce children to. We will discuss the importance of looking after the animals so they can live safely in their habitats.
As a surprise we are expecting some visitors from the Zoolab and will have the opportunity to see some creatures and maybe hold and pet them.
14/10/2019 AUTUMN ART – LOUISE NEVELSON
We are big fans of American sculptor Louise Nevelson. This week we will introduce the children to her unique art form, and of course the children will be able to create their very own Louise Nevelson inspired Autumn sculpture. She is well known for assembling objects that other people have thrown out and grouping them together to form a new creation. That sounds like a lot of fun!
04/11/2019 OUR SOUTHFIELDS COMMUNITY
This week is all about the special people that are around us and are helping us every day. Can you name them? What do they do? How do they help us? Who is the person standing next to the road with the big STOP sign telling us when it is time to cross the road? Who do we go to if our car is broken? So many people doing so many different jobs making sure we can be safe, happy and well every day.
Look out the window. Is it raining? Is it sunny? Is it hot or cold? The answers to these questions tell you what the weather outside at that moment. The weather changes regularly and tends to be different during different seasons and across different countries. Some countries are warm all year round, while others are cold all year round. Winter tends to be colder and have more rain and snow, while Summer tends to be warmer and sunnier. There will be lots of fun activities for two weeks. Have you ever tried some clouds that are made of bananas, or some raindrops that are made of blueberries…? All sounds like great fun with the weather theme! We will also make some amazing raindrop art using pipettes. Have you ever heard of the rain cloud experiment in a jar? We will also be learning about the water cycle. The movement of water around our planet, is vital to life as it supports plants and animals.
18/11/2019 ROAD SAFETY WEEK
These next two weeks are National Road Safety Week for all schools. The children will learn about road safety and take a trip down the road to complete our traffic survey. Crossing the road safely is so important for young children; we will need some parents to help us walk down the road. Please let your class teachers know if you can join us. Thank you in advance for your help.
25/11/2019 WEATHER CONTINUED….
02/12/2019 – 09/12/2019 CHRISTMAS
HO HO HO Merry Christmas… It’s that time of year again when Father Christmas comes with special presents for good little boys and girls but let us not forget the meaning behind Christmas. This week we will be a very exciting week for the children. We will be singing to our wonderful Christmas carols. We will have some fun with many different Christmas inspired activities. We will be talking about the traditions of Christmas in our Country, and around the world, particularly the Christian beliefs. If any parents would like to come in and share their views of Christmas, you will be most welcome.