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Leighton Primary School


Here you can find out the Foundation curriculum expectations and learn about what they will be doing this term.

Autumn Term
This half term we will be focusing on the core stories: The Train Ride, Goldilocks, Naughty Bus, The Gingerbread Man and The Christmas Story. We will be encouraging the children to respond to a text by talking about what is happening, engaging in role play, speaking as different characters, painting pictures, designing and making projects, cooking and many other ways too. We aim to bring the stories to life so the children develop a deeper understanding of the setting, characters and story events. Our trip to Ferry Meadows to explore a wood, ride on a steam train and visit Wansford station will give the children real first hand experiences just like the characters of Goldilocks, Naughty Bus and the child in the Train Ride. Through the core stories, we will be focusing on developing children's ability to communicate their ideas, thoughts, opinions and feelings, and extending their vocabulary. 

We also have the Vivacity Children's Book Bus visiting the school so children will be able to meet the librarian and share a story in the bus, then look through the books and choose a library book with their new library cards that they can take home to share with their families. We hope the children will enjoy choosing more library books from the library bus which is parked outside school on Friday afternoons and from the Vivacity libraries around the city. We hope to inspire children to continue to develop their love of books and stories.

We will be learning about different celebrations including: Bonfire Night, Diwali and Christmas. We will be encouraging the children to talk about the celebrations they take part in with their families, including birthdays and festivals form other religions and cultures.  In December, we will be visiting Peterborough Cathedral as we learn about how Christians celebrate Christmas and listen to the Christmas Story. The children will experience a Sensory Workshop as they use all their senses to explore the cathedral.

At the end of term we will be practising our Christmas Concert with Year 1 and 2 ready for performances to the parents in December. 

In Phonics we will be focusing on developing listening skills by listening to a variety of environmental sounds, singing Nursery Rhymes, playing instruments, clapping rhythms and playing rhyming games. Alongside this we will be teaching children the letter names and sounds, listening for sounds in words, blending words to read and segmenting words to spell. We will be using the Jolly Phonics songs and the Story Time Phonics stories for each letter. 

In Maths we will be counting, recognising and ordering numbers, representing amounts in different ways and ordering numbers. We will be learning about  adding/subtracting/more/less and solving adding and subtracting problems set in the context of real life or stories such as passengers getting on or off the bus. We will also be using maths in our cooking activities and when role playing at the train station, such as deciding where to sit and paying for tickets.

When learning about our world, we will be joining in with the European Day of Languages and talking about England and the greetings we say in English. We will be recognising and celebrating the home languages the children and their families speak and presenting this is in a display in the classroom. We will be talking about the journeys we have been on and those the characters in our stories are going on. This will lead us onto thinking about transport and trains which are old like steam trains and new trains like high speed electric ones. 

We hope the autumn term will be packed full of enjoyable learning experiences for the children.