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Leighton Primary School


Here you can find out the Foundation curriculum expectations and learn about what the children will be doing during each term. 

Autumn Term
This 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.. 

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. 

Spring Term 

This term we will be focusing on learning information about owls and sea creatures. Non-fiction books will be introduced to the children as well as supported use of search engines to locate information. Our term will begin with a visit from a falconer and a group of birds of prey including different types of owls and a Harris Hawk.  This will include a talk about each bird and a flying display. As the children learn facts about the owls and observe how they move and behave, we hope this will support their understanding of the characters and events in our core story 'Owl Babies' by Martin Waddell. Seeing an owl swoop and glide, seeing it's bill and talons close up helps children visualise what the owl mother was doing whilst leaving her owlets in their nest alone during the night.  The children will be introduced to oil pastels and become artists as they create images of the owls they met. 

A visit to Orton Library is planned so the children can continue to be excited about and enjoy books. The focus of this trip will be to learn about the non-fiction books in the children's library and for children to pursue their own interests by selecting books about things they want to learn about which might include dinosaurs, birds, wild animals, cars, sports or pets. Using their own library cards, the children will be able to choose one book to take out to share with their families. 

Our next core story will be 'Lost and Found' by Oliver Jeffers about a penguin who seems lost and a boy's journey as he tries to find the penguin's family. The story presents many opportunities to discuss the emotions experienced by the characters, including disappointment, loneliness and frustration. It is also a story about taking responsibility for helping others and developing friendships. The children will be imagining what the characters might be saying and thinking as the story progresses, and predicting story events.  The children will be challenged to design and make their own boats with their choice of materials and testing them to see if they float.  

Learning about keeping safe on the Internet will also be taught through stories about 'Smartie the Penguin'. These stories are designed for young children and include important messages about how to stay safe online and what to do if there is a problem. 

A trip to the Sealife Centre at Hunstanton is planned in March to coincide with children learning about sea creatures. They will be able to observe the penguins, seals, sharks and fish as well as have a rock pool experience to learn about and touch starfish and crabs, and other items found in a rock pool. Reading non-fiction books about sea creatures will support children's learning about the variety of life in our seas and oceans. Comparisons will be drawn between the Antarctic and Ferry Meadows, which we visited in the autumn. 

 As we come to the end of the term, we will become storytellers as we use expressive story language to retell the traditional tale of 'The Three Little Pigs.' Role play and imaginative play will support children's understanding of the sequence of events and how good and bad characters behave.  In contrast to this, we will then read 'The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig' and challenge children to predict how the characters behave when the roles are reversed. Building and construction will be a focus for reenacting the story, and designing and making our own buildings. 

Finally we will be thinking about Easter and how this is remembered and celebrated by Christians. Part of this learning will include a visit to Paston Church to meet the vicar, listen to the Easter story and see the church decorated in the colours of Easter. 

We hope that all of these experiences will support the children's Communication and Language skills to develop, particularly in learning new vocabulary and expressing their ideas, thoughts, experiences and questions in clear sentences. This will give the children confidence to share what they have learnt with their families and adults at school who can share in their pleasure of learning new things.