Welcome back to our final half term in Reception. Hopefully, you have all enjoyed the extended Bank Holiday and enjoyed the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, which will be our focus for the first week back. Our 'Growing Stories' Topic continues with our final unit of work & challenges, titled 'Long, Long Ago' through which we will continue to explore traditional tales & fairy stories set in castles.
This term our over-arching topic is 'Growing Stories', through which we will learn about growth and change, and focus on traditional tales and fairy stories.
Our first unit is called 'The Magic of Spring'-please see the Rainbow Challenges and learning provocations below.
In Literacy we will be retelling the stories we have heard using the vocabulary from the texts. The children will re-read their guided reading books several times to develop their confidence, fluency and understanding. Please continue to support them with this at home, making comments in their reading record/home link book. The children are working towards independent sentence composition and writing.
In Maths, we will look at the composition of teen numbers, as being 'one lot of ten and some more' and progress to understanding the value of numbers beyond 20. The children will consolidate their knowledge of number facts, including number bonds for all numbers up to 10, addition and subtraction related to 'number stories', and doubling.
We will count out loud in ones. twos, tens and fives. The children will be grouping and sharing objects; the foundations of multiplication and division.
Spring 2 2022
Our topic work will start with thinking about the weather as well as the people and places in our local area, before going on to compare these with those in other parts of the world.
In Maths we will consolidate our understanding of the composition of numbers to 10, recognizing how these are represented in different ways. We will begin to estimate and compare quantities. and recognize the patterns of counting in ones and twos.
In Literacy, we will learn new vocabulary through stories and non fiction, and use this in retelling and explaining our knowledge. In guided reading the children will develop their confidence and fluency by re-reading texts, and building up their knowledge of speedy words and tricky words. Phonics lessons will revisit the Set 1 diagraphs and the Set 2 long vowel sounds.
The children will continue to develop their creativity and skills in expressive art and design opportunities and challenges-see weekly information for more details.
Having had a go with chopsticks at the Chinese restaurant, we will continue to encourage the correct use of a knife and fork at lunchtime, and it would be great if you could do the same at home too!
Spring 1 2022
Our over-arching topic for this half term is 'Animal Adventures', based on the children's interests.
We will start with the mini topic 'Pets in Space' and we will learn about the first dog cosmonauts, Laika and also Belka & Strelka, using our key non-fiction text 'Dogs in Space' by Vix Southgate.
We will then go 'From Pole to Pole' using the story 'Lost and Found' by Oliver Jeffers.
We will be holding a reading workshop style meeting for parents soon, to demonstrate the methods used to support your child with the next stage of learning to read-the date of this will be confirmed asap.
Forest School is changing to Wednesday afternoons, and PE continues to be on Thursday and Friday afternoons.
Please see the curriculum guide below.
More details of the learning for each week will be on the 'What are we doing this week?' page, with links for Home Learning either for consolidation, or in case your child needs to miss school.
Autumn 2 2021
Our over-arching topic for this half term is 'Light and Dark', through which we will explore different themes.
We will start with the mini topic 'Autumn Celebrations' and our Rainbow Challenges and learning opportunities will be based around some of the festivals of this time of year.
We will then go 'Into the Woods' and explore 'The Forest at Night'. Please keep an eye on 'What are we doing this week?' for more information.
We will be joining Class 2 in preparing a nativity play which will hopefully be performed to a live audience in December!
Forest School continues to be on a Thursday morning, and PE on Thursday and Friday afternoons.
Autumn 1 2021
Our topic work this half term is called 'Home & Away'.
The first 'mini-topic' which will run for the first 2 part-time weeks is called 'Me, you, us' as we will be getting to know each other, talking about ourselves, our feelings and our families; finding out about new friends, sharing & taking turns and learning about the classroom, playground and routines.
We will reinforce the importance of good hygiene practices and learn the NHS hand washing song which teaches the best way to clean hands thoroughly.
It is a good idea for the children to keep a spare set of clothes in school in a drawstring bag, and they could use their PE bag for this, as the children will wear their PE kit to school on PE day. The bag would stay on their peg and only come home at half term.
Spare clothes are useful for various reasons; a child may have a 'little accident' or they may fall over on a rainy day and get wet and muddy. They may get muddy during a forest school session or they may become poorly and be sick!
These clothes do not have to be school uniform, just something comfy and practical, such as leggings and a long-sleeved T-shirt, pants and socks.
If all items of clothing, as well as the drawstring bag could be named please! You can send these in this week or next, Thank you! LK
This year, the Early Years curriculum has been tweaked a little and a new baseline assessment has been introduced. The baseline assessment is a literacy and numeracy activity that will be completed one to one over the first few weeks. If you would like more information about this, then please do ask.