Our topic this term is ‘Rumble in the Jungle’, which will be taught through Early Years Foundation Stage areas of learning: Religious Education, Communication and Language, Physical Development, Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.

In RE, we will be learning about the Sacrament of Baptism, and the church’s seasons of Lent and Easter.

As part of our topic, we will look at the jungle/rain forests and where they are located, the types of creatures, plants and humans that live there and the impact that we are having on the jungle and its habitats.

Here are just some of the many activities that the children will be involved in during the next term:

  • Daily phonics lessons to support reading and writing
  • Extending our writing using our phonics to write simple sentences, including punctuating with a capital letter and full stop.
  • Labelling jungle animals using phonics to sound out
  • Reading and making non-fiction books about different jungle animals
  • Writing our own animal poems
  • Simple addition and subtraction to 30 using practical objects to support counting
  • Recognising and ordering numerals to 30.
  • Repeating patterns- shapes and colours
  • Sorting jungle animals according to different criteria
  • Comparing lengths and weights of different creatures
  • Ordinal numbers- 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc.
  • Paper plate crafts- jungle masks, spiral snakes etc.
  • Learning new jungle songs/rhymes/dances
  • Recognising and matching animal prints
  • Creating our own ‘Matisse’- style snails
  • Designing own Gruffalo creature
  • Using instruments to replicate jungle animal sounds/composing music

In some cases, the activities will be guided by the children’s interests.

We will also be reading lots of stories and poems by our class author Giles Andreae, as well as modern classics about jungle animals, such as Elmer, The Tiger who came to Tea, etc.