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Summer Term 1 2022

 

'What stories could our magic carpet take us to?'

 

Our topic for this half term covers nursery rhymes, poems and of course stories! We will be learning to recite some rhymes and poems and hope to perform these to our Cygnets children. The children will look at some traditional tales such as ‘The Magic Porridge Pot’ and ‘The Gingerbread Man’. They will also get the chance to role-play these stories and dress up as some of the characters.

 

Again, this half term we will be getting outdoors as regularly as we can, and we will continue to play and learn in the Outdoor Classroom and the school grounds. We will be sowing more seeds and looking after our plants as they grow. In PE we will be continuing our Real PE curriculum with Miss Sprayson on Thursday afternoons as well as developing our dance skills with class teachers.  As part of our Personal, Social and Emotional development we will be talking and thinking about our families and friendships. We will explore what being a friend means and how we can be a good friend.

 

In Literacy we will be continuing with ‘Floppy’s Phonics’. We will be learning some more digraphs (e.g. ow, oi, er) and trigraphs (e.g. ear, air, ure) as well as consolidating the sounds we have already learnt. In our reading we will be focusing on building the children’s confidence and fluency. As our topic is story based this half term, we shall read stories, act them out and watch clips of them.  The children will become familiar enough with these stories, so they are then able to begin to write parts of the stories confidently. Spelling will become more of a focus and we will set ‘Spelling Shed’ up for the children and set spellings for them to learn.

 

In Maths the children will be exploring counting strategies for numbers up to and beyond 20. We will be using tens frames to help us consolidate number bonds to 10, as well as helping us compare numbers to 10 and understand the ‘one more/one less than’ relationship between consecutive numbers.

 

Shared learning and reading books will continue to come home on Wednesdays for return the following Monday.

If you have any questions or concerns about classroom matters, you can always talk to the class teacher at drop off or pick up times or email us at ReceptionBAW@welearn365.com

 

 

Spring Term 2 2022

'Do we know any superheroes?'

 

Our topic for this half term covers Superheroes, fictional ones and also those real superheroes who do such important jobs to help us all. We are hoping to invite some visitors into school to talk to us about what they do in their day-to-day jobs. We will also be thinking about our own mums, as part of getting ready for Mother’s Day, and discussing whether they are superheroes too!

 

Again, this half term we will be getting outdoors as regularly as we can, and we will continue to play and learn in the Outdoor Classroom and the school grounds. In PE, we will be continuing our Real PE curriculum with Miss Sprayson on Thursday afternoons, as well as developing our gymnastic skills with class teachers. We will have weekly balance bikes sessions to help the children’s balance and cycling skills. As part of our Personal, Social and Emotional development we will be talking about the importance of exercise, healthy food choices, sleep and hygiene to our own well-being.

In literacy, we will be continuing with ‘Floppy’s Phonics’. Our focus on blending sounds together to read words and simple sentences will continue to develop as we learn more complex sounds made up of 2 or more letters e.g. ai, or and ee. Listening to and talking about stories and more particularly non-fiction books will still be a priority, and we will be doing this daily. We will be writing simple describing words, phrases and sentences about fictional superheroes. We will also be practising skills such labelling and writing in speech bubbles.

 

In maths, the children will be deepening their understanding that a whole number is made of smaller parts eg. ‘5 and 2 more is 7 altogether’. They will build on their understanding of equal groups to explore doubling to 10. Children will be playing lots of sorting games and activities and we will encourage them to develop their own criteria for sorting. They will be practically exploring the differences between odd and even numbers.

 

Shared learning and reading books will continue to come home on Wednesday evenings, and you can stick the children’s activities into the book to return to school on Mondays.

 

If you have any questions or concerns about classroom matters, you can always talk to the class teacher at pick up times or email us at ReceptionBAW@welearn365.com

 

 

Spring Term 1 2022

 

'Are all children around the world the same?'

 

Our topic for this half term covers People, Culture and Communities which is part of the Understanding the World area of the Early Years Curriculum. First of all we will be thinking about the country we live in, so that we can then compare and contrast with other countries. We will use a globe, maps, non-fiction books as well as visual clips about how children live in other countries. What is the same and what is different? The children will also find out about the sorts of animals that live in the wild here and in other places, famous buildings and landscapes as well as what sorts of sports, languages and cultural activities people take part in. We will also look at famous artists from around the world and use their work as inspiration for our own! 

 

Again this half term we will be getting outdoors as regularly as we can and we will continue to play and learn in the Outdoor Classroom and the school grounds. In PE we will be continuing our Real PE curriculum with Miss Sprayson on Thursday afternoons as well as developing our gymnastic skills with class teachers. We will continue to use the balance bikes to help the children’s balance and cycling skills. 

 

In Literacy we will be continuing with ‘Floppy’s Phonics’. Our focus on blending sounds together to read words and simple sentences will develop as we learn more complex sounds made up of more than 1 letter. Listening to and talking about stories and more particularly non-fiction books will still be a priority and we will be doing this daily. In our writing we will continue to concentrate on correct letter formation but we will also be developing the children’s ability to ‘have a go’ at writing words and phrases. 

 

In maths, we will be developing the children’s deep understanding of the composition of numbers to 5, but also looking at numbers to 10 and comparing quantities, encouraging the children to use the mathematical language of ‘more than’, ‘fewer than’ and ‘equal to’ when explaining their thinking. The children will represent quantities and use number tracks to extend their learning. 

 

Shared learning and reading books will again come home on Wednesday evenings and you can stick the children’s activities into the book to return to school on Mondays.  

 

If you have any questions or concerns about classroom matters you can always talk to the class teacher at pick up times or email us at ReceptionBAW@welearn365.com  

 

 

 

Autumn Term 2 2021

'What colours do we see at this time of year?'

 

Our topic for this half term covers the natural world and the season’s effect on it. We will look at and explore the colours of autumn and discover how some animals prepare for winter. We will also find out about Diwali and how Hindus and Sikhs celebrate this festival. Of course, towards the end of the half-term we will think about Christmas, how different people celebrate, prepare cards and practice for a ‘performance’.

 

Again this half term we will be getting outdoors as regularly as we can, and hopefully the children will bring wellies into school so that we can investigate the school grounds more often. In PE we will be continuing our Real PE curriculum with Miss Sprayson on Thursday afternoons, as well as having PE with our class teachers. We will also be using our balance bikes to help the children’s balance and cycling skills.

 

In Literacy we will be continuing with ‘Floppy’s Phonics’. We will be focusing on blending sounds together to read words and then simple sentences. Reading books will be sent home part of the way through this half-term. We will be preparing a short video to explain how we teach reading in school, which should be helpful for you when you share books with your children. Listening to and talking about stories, non-fiction books and poems will still be a priority and we will be doing this every day. In our writing, we will be learning about letter formation, but also starting to spell simple cvc words, eg. c-a-t, m-a-t and d-u-g.

 

In maths, we will continue to investigate numbers to 5 using the BBC Numberblocks programmes and our Maths Mastery curriculum. We will be exploring lots of practical apparatus to count, group and find patterns. In our continuous provision the children will experiment with weight, money and volume.

 

Shared learning books will again come home on Wednesday evenings and you can stick the children’s activities into the book to return to school on Mondays.

 

If you have any questions or concerns about classroom matters you can always talk to the class teacher at pick up times or email us at ReceptionBAW@welearn365.com

 

 

 

 

Autumn Term 1 2021

'What makes me marvellous?' 

 

Welcome to Bawnmore and Reception. For our first half term’s topic we will be asking the children to explore the question ‘What makes me marvellous?’ We will start by thinking about the emotions that we all feel. We will name them and talk about when or where we feel them. The children will then talk, draw and maybe write about the things they are good at or enjoy doing at school and at home. Are these things the same for all of us?  

 

We will be going outdoors regularly to practice our gross motor skills on the big bikes and scooters as well as getting to know all our new friends by sharing and building things together in the outdoor classroom. In PE we will start practicing our physical skills with our ‘Real PE’ curriculum with Miss Sprayson as well as having PE with our class teachers. 

 

In Literacy our school is following a new scheme called ‘Floppy’s Phonics’ which is linked to the Oxford Reading Tree books. We will start to learn the first sounds of s, a, t, p, i and n. These will help us ‘sound out’ and blend simple words when reading and spelling. We will also get to know Biff, Chip and Kipper as well Floppy the characters in our reading books. Listening to and talking about stories and poems, will of course be a big focus and we will be doing this every day. 

In maths we will start to explore numbers to 5 using the BBC Numberblocks programmes as a base. We will be using lots of practical apparatus to count, group and find patterns. We will also learn about shapes in our environment and what they are called.  

 

Our shared learning books will come home on Wednesday evenings and you can stick the children’s activities into the book to return to school on Mondays. 

 

The most important thing is that your child is happy to come to school, try new things and make new friends! If you have any questions or concerns about classroom matters you can always talk to the class teacher at pick up times or email us at ReceptionBAW@welearn365.com  

 

 

 

 

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