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'Summer Term 2'

Which story could our magic carpet take us to?


This half term we will be exploring the question, “Which story could our magic carpet take us to?”  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 be developing their own story writing skills by using descriptive words, narrative language and remembering the punctuation of capital letters, full stops and finger spaces.


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 out 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. We will also consolidating work on Phase 4 Letters and Sounds. In addition we will be teaching the children “Tricky Words” and Common Exception Words (CEW) 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.


Our number activities will continue to focus on recognising, ordering and investigating relationships between numbers, eg different ways to make numbers up to 10. We will be making use of Maths equipment such as Numicon and tens frames to support the children’s understanding of addition and subtraction. The children will also be using their knowledge to solve number problems and explaining their thinking to an adult.







Summer Term 1

'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.


In Numeracy this half term we will be consolidating our understanding and use of addition and subtraction using counting on and counting back. We will be reinforcing number bonds to 5, and then 10, so that the children know these number facts readily and quickly. Now we are back in school we will be using lots of different mathematical equipment in order to strengthen our understanding of number.


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 sow some seeds, 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! We are also planning to make a ‘bug hotel’ to attract minibeasts for us to investigate.





Autumn Term 2 2020

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


This half term we will be exploring the question, “What colours 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 focusing on bears using the books “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, what do you see?” and “Polar Bear, Polar Bear what do you hear?” Making use of our new “Fantastics” the children will be encouraged to develop their vocabulary both when discussing texts but also to develop their language when 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 hope to make a short informative video to explain how we teach reading at Bawnmore and how you can help your child.


Our number work will continue with the use of the C Beebies “Numerblocks” programmes which help the children to understand the “make up” of numbers, for example what the “sixness” of six is. So, we might discuss what number comes before/ after 6, what 2 numbers when added together make six, as well as recognising and ordering numbers. The children will be involved in problem solving activities and will be given opportunities to explain their reasoning, for example being able to answer the question “How do you know?” 


We will also be learning about different cultural celebrations and about the similarities and differences between these. We will look at baptisms, naming ceremonies, weddings, and Diwali. The term will end with our Christmas celebrations.





Autumn Term 1 2020

'What makes me marvellous?'


We have enjoyed getting to know your children and helping them to settle happily into the life of our school. It has been quite different this year as we were unable to visit you in your homes to get to know you. We hope our email correspondence at least part way helps you to hear about some of the activities your children are engaging in at school.


Our first topic this term is called “What makes me marvellous?” and the children have been thinking about all the amazing things that they can do now that they couldn’t do when they were babies. We have been doing lots of talking about feelings and making happy, sad, angry and excited facial expressions. Every morning when the children arrive at school they register their name in one of our coloured bags to show how they are feeling. This way we can have a little chat with anyone who is not feeling happy and help them to discuss why. The children have responded very positively to this morning routine of placing their name into the appropriate feelings' bag. We will be continuing to explore how to describe our feelings over the next few weeks. We talk about the fact that there is no such thing as a bad feeling, there is always a reason to explain why we are feeling a certain way.


During the first few weeks of term we have been completing a baseline assessment with each child in order to plan future learning experiences and tailor our curriculum to individual needs.


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 talk 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 characters' names. We are beginning to introduce a reading tool called the ‘Fantastics’, which help the children with their comprehension of stories. They will also begin to learn new phonemes 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.  We make use of the Cbeebies, Numberblocks programmes, which help the children’s mathematical understanding. 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.

Please remember to send you child in suitable sports clothes on a Thursday for their PE lesson. Any earrings should be removed before school on a Thursday.




Phonics - Phase 3 grapheme stack 2