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Reception – Lowry and Van Gogh

Summer Term (1) 2017

As a whole school initiative the children will continue to talk about having a “Growth Mindset” and not a “Fixed Mindset”. Through the use of “positive” attitudes and language we will develop the children into developing a “Growth Mindset”.

Our main topic for this half term is “Growing”. During our topic the children will be looking at a range of fiction and non-fiction books that give us information about growing. Some of the fiction books that will we look at include: “The Enormous Turnip” and “Jack and the Beanstalk”.

The children will expand their knowledge of the world around us through our theme “Growing”. The children will have the opportunity to help grow seeds and plants in the outside area, along with learning how to look after them. The children will learn about the life cycle of a sunflower by growing their own. The children will also follow the life cycle of a butterfly from caterpillar to cocoon to butterfly.

In our maths the children will continue to count and recognise numbers to 20. We will say the number that is one more and one less than numbers to 20. The children will start to learn about doubling in relation to halving which we looked at last term. The children will consolidate their learning of adding and subtraction through games.

We will continue to learn about time – reading the time to the hour and half hour. The children will also continue to look at money by buying items at a “shop” using pretend money.

Spring Term (2) 2017

As a whole school initiative we will start to talk to the children about having a “Growth Mindset” and not a “Fixed Mindset”. Through the use of “positive” attitudes and language we will develop the children into developing a “Growth Mindset”.

Children (and adults!) with a growth mindset believe that intelligence and abilities can be developed through effort, persistence, trying different strategies and learning from mistakes.

On the other hand, people with a fixed mindset believe that our intelligence and abilities are fixed traits; something that you are born with and that you can’t really do anything about.

Our main topic for this half term is “Minibeasts”. During our topic the children will be looking at a range of fiction and non-fiction books that give us information about the different types of animals. Some of the fiction books that will we look at include: “Spider Sandwiches”, “Doug the Bug that went boing!”, “Superworm”,” The Very Busy Spider” and “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”. The children will create their own Minibeasts booklets over the half term.

The children will expand their knowledge of the world through our theme “Minibeasts”. We look forward to having “Zoolab” visit us in March for a “hands-on” experience. 

In our maths the children will continue to count and recognise numbers to 20. We will say the number that is one more and one less than numbers to 20.

The children will start to learn about halving and sharing along with learning to subtract. The children will consolidate their learning of adding. The children will develop these skills through practical activities either adult directed or independently.

We will start to learn about time – reading the time to the hour and half hour. The children will also start to look at money.

Spring Term (1) 2017

As we start the New Year the children will be looking at the theme “winter”. The children will be learning about how the seasons change, particularly looking at winter and how it affects animals and humans.

We will continue to develop our communication through speaking and listening activities that take place in class at circle times. We will be learning new vocabulary related to our “winter” topic.  We will be talking about our family, special events and times.

The children will learn about Chinese New Year. We will look at the story of “The Great Race” and the children will get to make Chinese New Year decorations along with tasting traditional Chinese food. 

This half term also sees the children learning about computing skills. The children will learn how to “log on” to a computer and complete a simple drawing program. The children will also learn how to control and program “bee-bots”. 

In our maths the children will continue to develop our counting and number recognition to 10 and to 20. We will practise forming numbers correctly and begin to predict one more than from a particular number to 10 and then 20. Some children will begin simple addition using practical resources with single digit numbers. In Shape, Space and Measures we will looking at weight and capacity, learning the correct vocabulary to describe these measurements and then beginning to order them according to their properties. We will consolidate learning of the 4 basic 2D shapes along with learning about 3D shapes including sphere, cube, cuboid, pyramid and cylinder. 

Christmas  

Autumn Term (2) 2016

In the second half of the Autumn Term we will be looking at a number of topics. Topics include Health Eating when we will go on a trip to ASDA to buy vegetables to make a soup. We will look at stranger danger linked to the story “Hansel & Gretel” and look at safety linked to Fireworks Night. We will also look at Christmas through lots of different crafts & activities. The second half of the Autumn Term also sees the children looking and talking about Anti-Bullying week and Black History month.

The children will also do activities based around a number of stories such as “Carrot soup”, “Hansel & Gretel” and “The Gingerbread Man” along with the traditional Christmas Story. We will use these stories to develop new skills and knowledge in all areas of learning such as developing language, role play, healthy eating choices and activities for Christmas.

 

Autumn Term (1) 2016

To start the first part of the Autumn Term we will be looking at “All About Me”.  This is a great opportunity for us to get to know your child in all of the 7 areas of learning.  As part of this topic children will be doing various activities such as painting self-portraits, discussing their favourite things with their peers and drawing pictures of them, talking about their family and special times and events. We will also be spending a lot of time helping the children learn the school rules, routines and how to use resources inside and out. 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 during play or small group adult directed tasks. 

The children will also do activities based around a number of stories such as “Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book”, “Elmar”, “Rainbow Fish”, “Giraffes Can’t Dance” and with more traditional stories such as “The Three Little Pigs”. We will use these stories to develop new skills and knowledge in all 7 areas of learning such as ordering, sequencing and recalling story events, role playing and also hot seating.

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