Summer Term 2 2019
'What makes a Superhero?'
This half term we will be exploring the question “What makes a Superhero?” Whilst looking at this question, we will be reading stories about different Superheroes such as “Superworm” , “Supertato” and “Superkid”, all books by popular children’s authors. The children will be writing their own Superhero descriptions and Superhero stories. The role play will be an invaluable source of ideas as they jet off to save the world using their super powers!
In maths, we will be consolidating our work on number, addition and subtraction, counting on and back as well as halving. We will continue to use mathematical thinking to help solve problems, and we will be looking at practical maths activities such as working with money and time. We will also be exploring capacity, addressing how much liquid a container can hold and comparing sizes. Hopefully, some good weather will mean that this exploration can take place in the outdoor classroom.
We will be consolidating Phase 3 and Phase 4 in Letters and Sounds, with a strong emphasis on the spelling of key words. We will be looking at the use of capital letters and full stops in the children’s writing. Now that most of the children are reading more fluently and accurately we will be working on understanding and discussing texts effectively.
Our outdoor classroom has planted areas including many herbs. The children will be able to explore and use these to make Superhero potions that can be used to give specific Superhero powers. Mission Control will be established in the playhouse, here the children will be able to receive reports of where the help of a Superhero is required and record the missions for the Superheroes to resolve.
During this half term we will start to work on transition for the children from Reception into Year 1 and they will have their full Induction day in their new classes at the end of June.
Summer Term 1 2019
'How do living things grow and change?'
This half term in Reception we are going to be exploring the question “How do living things grow and change?” We will be finding out about life cycles, diets and behaviours of humans, animals and mini-beasts.
In Reading sessions we will look more at non-fiction texts to discover facts and the children will learn to identify and explain the features of fiction and non-fiction texts. In Literacy the children will write their own information texts and be drawing and labelling diagrams to do with the topic. As part of the topic we will learn about healthy eating and exercise and why this is so important. Reception will also make a trip to Brandon Marsh on 23rd May. There we will explore different types of mini beasts and their habitats, making collage pictures from natural materials and use our senses to explore plants. We look forward to sharing all our work with you at our class assemblies this half term.
In maths this half term we will be consolidating our understanding and use of addition and subtraction using counting on and counting back, as well as counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. We will also be looking at sharing, doubling, halving and problem solving. We will look again at 2D and 3D shapes and work involving pattern. We will be extending our understanding and use of different measurements including length, weight and time.
In Letters and Sounds we are going to be looking at Phase 4 sounds and words for use in reading, spelling and writing. We will be working on comprehension and discussing texts effectively. When writing we will continue to emphasize the use of ‘tricky words’ and check for the correct spelling of these. We will also be placing a greater emphasis on the use of capital letters and full stops and correct letter formation.
In our Outdoor Classroom environment we are hoping to grow plants, hopefully they will attract our own mini beasts for the children to observe and investigate. The mud kitchen will again be a firm favourite for making potions, birds’ nests, lots of soup and birthday cakes!
P.E. will be on Tuesday morning and Wednesday afternoon for RS and
Wednesday afternoon and Friday morning for RD
Spring Term 2 2019
'What makes a good story?'
This half term we will be exploring the question, “What makes a good story?”. The children will be finding out all about stories by different authors, including John Prater’s ‘Once upon a Time’ and Julia Donaldson’s ‘The Gruffalo’. They will be drawing story maps, retelling the stories using story language and they will be “hot seating” the different characters. The children will also be developing their own story writing skills.
The children will be exploring the role play area as it becomes ‘Once upon a Time Land’ and ‘A Gruffalo Café’, so they will be acting in role as different story characters, and writing menus and taking orders when it transforms into a café.
We will be continuing to consolidate phoneme (sound)/ grapheme (letter) matching from Phase 2 and 3 of Letters and Sounds, so that the children can use their phonic knowledge when reading and writing. In addition we will be teaching the children “Tricky Words” and Common Exception Words (CEWs) and building their sight and key vocabulary. We will continue to encourage the children to build their independence with reading and writing. Letter and number formation is key to developing this independence. We are working on accuracy of spelling and simple punctuation.
Our number activities will continue to focus on recognising and ordering numbers as well as writing simple addition and subtraction number sentences. We will be building their use and understanding of mathematical vocabulary. The children will be involved in problem solving activities to develop their understanding of number and number operations.
Spring Term 1 - 2019
'Who could we ask for help?'
Over the next half term we will be answering the question “Who could we ask for help?” The children will be exploring different professions such as the police, firemen, nurses and doctors. They will be looking at where they work, what they do, what uniforms they wear and the special equipment they might use. We will be hoping to have visitors from some of these professions to talk about their work with the children. Imaginative role play of different professions will be a key aspect of the children’s learning.
We will be continuing with Phase 3 in phonics where the children will be learning “digraphs”, sounds made from two letters, such as “ai”. We will continue with Guided Reading each week to develop reading and comprehension skills. The children will continue to build their independence in both reading and writing. Spelling will be an important focus so that children correctly spell 'Trick'y and 'Key' words. The children will be learning about the difference between fiction and non-fiction texts.
We will be consolidating counting and ordering numbers to 10 and then to 15 and 20. We will continue to develop problem solving skills and the correct use of mathematical vocabulary and terminology, encouraging children to explain their thinking and rationale. Children will use everyday language to talk about size and shape, exploring everyday objects using mathematical language.
P.E. will be -
RS - Tuesday morning and Thursday afternoon
RD - Friday morning and Thursday afternoon
Autumn Term 2 - 2018
'What changes do we see at this time of year?'
This half term we will be exploring the question, “What changes do we see at this time of year?” The children will be finding out all about animals that hibernate and exploring the reasons why this occurs. We will be focussing on bears using the books “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see?” and “Polar Bear, Polar Bear what do you hear?” The children will be encouraged to use story language both when discussing texts but also to develop their emergent writing.
We will be looking at the changes that occur at this time of year, including the different colours that can be seen and the changes that take place with the weather. The children will find out how they might be able to help birds and creatures at this time of year. Art work will focus on the difference between warm and cold colours as well as choosing media and materials to make their own models and sculptures.
We will be continuing to learn new phonemes as part of Phase 2 and 3 of Letters and Sounds, so that the children can use their phonic knowledge when reading and writing. In addition we will be teaching the children “Tricky Words”. We will be encouraging the children to build their independence with reading and writing. Letter and number formation will be key to developing this independence. We look forward to meeting parents at our ”Reading Meeting” on 19th November when we will be able to explain how we teach reading and the role of home reading books.
Our number work will continue to focus on recognising and ordering numbers. The children will be involved in problem solving activities to develop their understanding of number and number operations. The children will be given opportunities to explain their reasoning for example being able to answer the question “How do you know?” The children will also develop their knowledge of 2D (flat) and 3D (solid) shapes and explore patterns in the environment.
As the half term comes to a close the children will be looking forward to celebrating their first Christmas in school. They will find out what Christmas is all about and how it is celebrated. They will join in the celebrations and Christmas performances in school.
Autumn Term 1 - 2018
'What do I know about me?'
Welcome to Reception !
We enjoyed meeting you and your children during our home visits and look forward to helping your children to settle happily into the life of our school.
We would also like to invite you to our new parent’s meeting on 1st October at 2.15pm when we will describe to you what your children do during a normal school day and show you photographs of their first weeks at school.
Our first topic will be “What do I know about me?”
During our activities we will be concentrating on settling the children into school so that they feel safe and secure, know the daily routines, where equipment is stored, and begin to make new friends. We will also be encouraging the children to take care of their own belongings and needs.
We will be talking about what the children enjoy doing, how they spend their spare time, their families, and what makes them special.
Our daily literacy lessons will begin by introducing the children to the characters and stories from our Reading scheme “The Oxford Reading Tree” and they will learn how to read the first “key” words including all the character’s names. They will also begin to learn new phonemes (letter sounds) as part of Phase 2 of Letters and Sounds, as well as consolidating Phase 1. We will start our “Funky Fingers” and “Dough Gym” activities to develop pencil control and letter formation and we will work on hearing sounds and recognising their different letter shapes.
Our maths activities will focus on counting, recognising and ordering numbers, as well as starting to find one more/less. The children will use shapes to explore patterns and they will be involved in problem solving activities to practically develop their understanding of number and number operations. We will also encourage them to explain their mathematical thinking to an adult.
Towards the end of the half term will see the children taking part in their first Harvest Assembly on Friday 19th October at 2.30pm.
P.E sessions will take place on Tuesday afternoons for both classes and Thursday morning for RS, Friday morning for RD.
If you have any concerns or queries regarding your child we are always happy to speak to you, but unless it may affect your child in school that day, we would prefer to speak to you after school when we have more time.