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St Anne's Infants' School


Reach for the Stars

Term 5

What can we see?


This term the children will be thinking about places they have visited and journeys they have been on using a variety of texts.   


Our role play has been transformed into a train station to help launch our new enquiry and we will begin the term by exploring the book 'The Train Ride' by June Crebbin.  We will think about all the things the characters see from the train window and have the opportunity to join in activities based on these, such as creating our own hot air balloons, sequencing pictures from the story as we retell what happened, creating our own train number line and exploring what happens when we mix colours by pushing trains through shaving foam and paint.       

We will move on to investigate Emergency and construction vehicles through the stories 'Dinosaur rescue' by Penny Dale and we will finish the term by coming back to thinking about our local area and sharing the book 'Shark in the Park' by Nick Sharratt. 


Our PSHE Jigsaw theme this term will be Relationships, particularly focusing on being good friends, what that looks like and how we can be a good friend. We will also be exploring Road and Medicine safety. 





Development Matters for Term 5


The Development Matters from the prime areas that we will be focusing on are:


Communication and Language

Use longer sentences of four to six words. Be able to express a point of view and to debate when they disagree with an adult or a friend, using words as well as actions.

Use a wider range of vocabulary.

Know many rhymes.

Be able to talk about familiar books, and be able to tell a long story.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Talk with others to solve conflicts.

Develop their sense of responsibility and membership of a community.

Physical Development 

Uses one-handed tools and equipment, for example, making snips in paper with scissors.

Be increasingly able to use and remember sequences and patterns of movements which are related to music and rhythm.

Collaborate with others to manage large items, such as moving a long plank safely, carrying large hollow blocks.


The Development Matters for the specific areas that we will also be considering are: 



Use letter like shapes when mark making.

Hear initial sounds in words.

Write some letters of their name correctly.

Engage in extended conversations about stories, learning new vocabulary.

Use some of their print and letter knowledge in their early writing.

Write some letters accurately.


Recite numbers past 5.

Experiment with their own symbols and marks as well as numerals.

Solve real world mathematical problems with numbers up to 5.

Begin to describe a sequence of events, real or fictional, using words such as ‘first’, ‘then…’

Understanding the World 

Know that there are different countries in the world and talk about the differences they have experienced or seen in photos.

Explore how things work.

Talk about what they see, using a wide vocabulary.

Show interest in different occupations.

Expressive Art and Design

Make imaginative and complex ‘small worlds’ with blocks and construction kits, such as a city with different buildings and a park.

Explore colour and colour-mixing.

Create their own songs, or improvise around one they know.