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Reception – Lowry and Van Gogh

Summer Term (1) 2019

Our topic for Summer 1 will be Fairy tales!

As part of this particular topic, children will be able to explore and investigate different types of narrative texts and stories that are well known to us. We will be exploring a variety of questions the children thought of independently about fairy tales, including:

Why did the 3 little pigs use those materials to build their houses?

How do you make a gingerbread man?

Was Jack behaving like a good boy to the giant?

How was the troll under the bridge feeling?

Why does Goldilocks go into the bears house?

The children will be taking part in various activities that aim to look in detail at the narrative features of fairy tales such as: descriptions of characters, openers and endings, story structure (beginning, middle and end) and the morals we can learn from them. We will do this hot-seating as different characters, re-writing parts of the story, doing character profiles writing letters to the characters.

Some of our activities include:

Making gingerbread men, building houses out of different materials, writing a letter to the giant, writing instructions on baking a gingerbread man, building a troll bridge and designing a castle.

Please ensure the homework bags come to school in their book bag every day.

Please read with your child at least once a week and record their progress in their record. Please ensure they are returned on your child’s designated change-over day.

Each Friday, a task will be sent home about Phonics/Literacy and Maths. Please ensure this activity is completed and returned every Monday.

Spring Term (1) 2019

Our topic for Spring 1 will be Minibeasts!

As part of this particular topic, children will be able to explore and investigate different types of bugs and insects that live in our environment. We will be exploring a variety of questions the children thought of independently about minibeasts, including:

What do minibeasts eat?

How does a bee fly?

How does a spider make a web?

Where do worms live?

Why does the ladybird have spots?

The children will be taking part in various activities that aim to look in detail at the features of minibeasts such as: the spider, ant, worm, ladybird, caterpillar, butterfly, etc. We will do this by making minibeasts out of different materials, looking at their features and habitats and creating fact files for each type.

Some of our activities include:

Going on bug hunts, creating bug tally charts, ladybird addition/doubling, butterfly symmetry/shape, bug subtraction, worm halving and grouping, minibeast fact files, scientific labelling of bugs, investigation habitats.

Please ensure the homework bags come to school in their book bag every day.

Please read with your child at least twice a week and record their progress in their record. Please ensure they are returned on your child’s designated change-over day.

Each Friday, a task will be sent home on the sounds and tricky words of the Phonic stage your child is working in, and also a task for Maths. Please ensure these activities are completed and returned every Monday.

Autumn Term (1) 2018

Our topic for Autumn 1 will be We are Family.

As part of this particular topic children will be doing various activities such as painting self-portraits, discussing their favourite things with their peers and drawing pictures of themselves, talking about their family and special times in their own lives. We will discuss how different and similar we are to others and learn to talk about our feelings and emotions. This will ensure that we are confident and comfortable in our new surroundings.

Through this topic there is a great opportunity for us to get to know how your child is progressing in the 7 areas of learning. We will be carefully watching and assessing your children to gather an initial idea of how to help them grow and learn. During this time, teachers and support staff will be carrying out observations to assess your child on entry to reception so that we have a better understanding of what your child already knows. Observations may be PAL (Play and Learn time) or small group tasks.

We will also be spending a lot of time helping the children learn the school rules, routines and how to use resources inside and outside. This will help them develop independence and confidence to help them settle into school life.