Spring Term 2 2020
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 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 our role-play corner as it becomes 'Once upon a Time Land' and 'A Gruffalo Café'. This will give them the opportunity to act out different story characters, and then write menus and take 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. These can be found on these Reception pages. 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 starting to use and write simple addition and subtraction. 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 2020
'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, fire service, nurses and doctors, looking at where they work, what they do, 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 children correctly spell Tricky 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.
Autumn Term 2 2019
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 all out 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?' 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. We will be practicing lots of art techniques such as leaf printing, using natural materials to create pictures and colour mixing. We will focus on differences 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 Friday 22nd November at 2.30 p.m. 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. They will be given opportunities to explain their reasoning, for example, being able to answer the question 'how do you know?' We will also be using games such as snakes and ladders to encourage quick recall of dice numbers and counting on. 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 also join in the celebrations and Christmas performances in school.
P.E. days -
RS Tuesday morning and Thursday afternoon
RD Thursday afternoon and Friday morning
Autumn Term 1 2019
Welcome to Bawnmore!
We enjoyed meeting you all during our home visits and look forward to helping your children to settle happily into the life of our school. We would like to invite you to our new parent’s meeting on 4th 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 topics will be ”How do I feel?” and “What do I know about me?”
Thank you for talking with your children about how they feel in the mornings. We will be continuing to explore how to describe our feelings over the next few weeks. The children have responded very positively to our morning routine of placing their name into the appropriate feelings' bag. They are beginning to talk about which zone they think they are in and why.
As you are aware, we are taking part in a government baseline assessment trial. We will spend some time getting to know each child and finding out where to start their new learning.
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 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 the children will take part in their first Harvest Assembly on Friday 18th October at 9.05am
You will have the opportunity to attend a parents evening on either the 17th or 22nd October but if you have any general concerns or queries regarding your child we are always happy to speak to you. It is easier to speak after school when we have more time, but if you have a concern that may affect your child in school on that day then please speak to us in the morning.
RD - Friday morning and Thursday afternoon