Our themes for this half term at Allsorts
Letters and Sounds:
For our letters and Sounds we are looking at Environmental Sounds, Instrumental sounds and Body Percussion.
Environmental sounds introduces children to the sounds they can hear around them day to day, such as animals, cars, planes, voices and the wind. A listening walk is a great activity to encourage this.
Instrumental sounds focusses on different instruments and the sounds they make, as well as how they can be played (slow, fast, loud, and quiet). If you have any instruments at home, we would love to know!
Body Percussion encourages the children to make sounds with parts of their bodies. This can be clapping, stamping, clicking and tapping.
Letters and sounds is mainly aimed at our older children, in preparation for reception, where they will continue it with their phonics, but we always include activities into our everyday plans for all the children to enjoy!
For more information on Letters and Sounds please refer to our letters and sounds page
Bringing Stories to Life:
This half term we are looking at Owl Babies. This book also links well with our rainbow theme.
The story concentrates on Sarah, Percy and Bill and their mummy. We will be providing a range of activities to help the children understand owls and their habitats as well as using it as a tool to help understand feelings. In the story the children become sad when their mummy owl leaves them to go in search of food, as they don’t know if she is coming back. But she does J and this makes the owls happy!
The aim of Bringing stories to Life is to make storytelling more interactive, and with the goal of them being able to retell the story to us by the end. So as well as reading the story, we will:
- have magic storytelling sessions
- have drama sessions (where we act out a variety of different things linked to the book)
- create story maps
- encourage the children to make their own stories things to make story
- telling fun.
- …and many many more
Our rainbow theme is New Beginnings.
The theme offers children the opportunity to see themselves as valued individuals within a community, and to contribute to shaping a welcoming, safe and fair learning community for all. We aim to introduce the child into the setting, and allow them to tell others about themselves. This is done by activities including paper plate faces, self-portraits, “do as I’m doing” games and circle times. We will provide activities to familiarise themselves with the staff and the other children such as photo puzzles, photo pairs, looking at our daily routine and self-registration.
With our older children we will be doing some smaller circle time activities, allowing them time to discuss and voice their thoughts in turn, and highlight what they are good at.
For more information on rainbow please refer to our Rainbow page
As part of our rights respecting, this half term we will be focussing on Homes.
Shelter is a basic need for survival, but to most of us ‘home’ means much more than simply a roof over our heads. This theme strives to help the children understand that there are many different types of homes that children around the world live in (houses, flats, teepees, mud huts etc) and how, even though it may be different to theirs, it does not always mean those children are less fortunate.
This theme links with the articles:
Every child’s right to a “standard of living that is good enough to meet their physical and mental needs.
All children have the right to food, clothing and a safe place to live
Rights respecting is an initiative run by UNICEF UK, which encourages schools to place the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) at the heart of its ethos and curriculum. As a rights respecting setting, it is important we continue to promote this.
For more information on rights respecting, please refer to our Rights Respecting Page