Welcome to Reception. Our teaching staff are Mr Barnes (Van Gogh) and Mrs Archer (Lowry). Our teaching assistants are Mrs Redmond, Mrs Bradley and Mrs Jones.
Our PE day is Wednesday. Children should wear their kit to school on this day.
Through our topic of “Growing”, we will learn about the life cycle of butterflies and ducks. The children will have the opportunity to watch caterpillars turn into butterflies, along with watching ducklings hatch. We will explore and learn about other animals too, such as Minibeasts. The children will also get to the opportunity to get ‘hands on’ with animals from a visiting farm.
In Literacy and Phonics, we have now almost finished our Phase 3 sounds using our new Little Wandle reading scheme. Our focus for this term is to use and apply our phonic knowledge to read and write phrases and sentences through a combination of shared and individual activities. Children will continue to receive daily phonics sessions along with guided group reading sessions. We will continue to use a weekly focus text to explore story language and structure.
In maths, children will consolidate learning the composition (how numbers are composed, made up from other numbers) of numbers to 10. The children will count and order numbers to 20. We will compare numbers/quantities using the vocabulary fewer than, less than, more than and equal. The children will further consolidate their learning of doubles. We will continue to learn about shapes, space and measures (length, height, weight and capacity) along with classifying and grouping objects.
In PHSE we continue to follow the Jigsaw programme. This term we explore the themes of “Relationships” and “Changing Me”.
In Relationships the children will talk about families, friendships, loneliness, solving problems and how to be a good friend. In Changing Me the children will explore the names of body parts, healthy food choices, growing from a baby to an adult and talking about worries and things they are looking forward to about moving to Year 1. The children will also get to share their memories of their time in Reception.
Spring Term 2022
To start the first part of the Spring Term and the New Year we will be looking at the Topic of ‘Superheroes’. Through our texts ‘Superworm’, ‘Supertato’, ‘Real Superheroes’, ‘A Superhero Like you’ and ‘Superheroes Don’t get Scared’, we will see that ‘Superheroes’ come in many shapes and sizes.
Carrying on with the Theme of ‘Superheroes’, the children will also explore and learn about how people like Greta Thunberg, Sir David Attenborough and Steve Backshall are helping to look after our planet.
In maths, children will continue to count, recognise and order numbers to 10 and beyond. We will encourage children to match numbers to quantities and to name one more and one less. The children will learn to subitise (recognise a quantity without counting them). We will also look at ordinality (the order in which things come, e.g., 1st, 2nd, 3rd etc), and cardinality (the last number you say tells you how many there are). The children will also look at composition (how numbers are composed, made up from other numbers) and comparison. The children will also explore patterns, measure (length, height, weight and capacity) and will start to classify and group objects.
In music, children will listen to a range of styles of music. The children will start to recognise “pulse” (the beat) along with copying rhythms and creating their own. Children will get the opportunity to use a range of percussion instruments. As a class the children will learn and perform the nursery rhymes, Wind the Bobbin Up, Rock-a-bye Baby, Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed, Twinkle Twinkle, If you’re Happy and you know it and Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes.
In PHSE we will be exploring the theme of “Dreams and Goals” through our school scheme “Jigsaw”. The children will talk and explore the ideas: Challenges, Perseverance, Goal-Setting, Overcoming obstacles, Seeking Help, Jobs and Achieving Goals.
The New Year sees the start of children learning to ride a balance bike through the “Balanceability” scheme. Children will receive 12 sessions over 3 weeks.
Autumn Term 2021
To start the first part of the autumn term we will be looking at “Marvellous 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.
In the first part of the Autumn Term we will spend time exploring a range of books. This will help develop communication and language skills. The children will develop early reading skills such as recognising the layout of books, predicting events and patterns of language. The children will engage in phonics sessions where they will begin to learn the sounds and formation of the phase 2 letters. We will explore blending these sounds in order to read.
Throughout this term the children will become familiar with the classroom equipment and routines, providing them with security. The children will explore our new large outside area with activities such as gardening, forest school and “Welly Walks”.
In maths, children will learn to count, recognise and order numbers to 10. We will encourage children to match numbers to quantities and to name one more and one less. The children will learn to subitise (recognise a quantity without counting them). We will start to recognise and describe 2D shapes and create various patterns using objects. The children will start to compare using measures (length, height, weight and capacity).
In music, children will listen to a range of styles of music. The children will start to recognise “pulse” (the beat) along with copying rhythms and creating their own. Children will get the opportunity to use a range of percussion instruments. As a class we will learn how to perform, starting with nursery rhymes. We will be using Charanga Music.
In PHSE we will be exploring the theme of “Being Me in My World” through our school scheme “Jigsaw”. The children will talk and explore the ideas: Help others to feel welcome; Try to make our school community a better place; Think about everyone’s right to Learn; Care about other peoples’ feelings; Work well with others and Choose to follow the learning charter.