Welcome to Reception
Welcome back, I hope you have all had a fantastic half term!
English: This term the children are continuing to focus on a range of fiction and non-fiction texts from the Babcock: Texts that Teach sequence. Throughout each teaching sequence we will continue to build upon the children’s existing skills and help them to improve their punctuation, sentence structure and letter formation. They have already completed their factual text-writing unit when recounting their half term adventures and they have since begun work on their fiction narrative text ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’. They will learn this story using various drama based activities and will eventually construct their sentences about a hungry creature. Later in the term the children will move on to looking at beach themed texts. The end result of this sequence will be the children’s own version of a beach poem. Five days a week we will hold whole class reading sessions. These sessions allow the children to explore a variety of texts and ask questions about what they are reading. We will continue to provide the children with new phonics sounds and keywords on a weekly basis so please ensure that your child practices them every evening- remember little and often is key.
Maths: This term we will be focusing on the unit ‘Measurements’. In this unit the children will be comparing the length and height of objects using terms such as longer/longest and shorter/shortest as well as using non-standard units to begin measuring these objects. The children will then move onto comparing the mass and weight of objects and will learn to measure capacity. There will be lots of opportunities for the children to explore new resources such as simple balance scales and containers and they will be introduced to a range of new vocabulary. Towards the end of this unit we will explore the concept of dates, telling the time and sequencing events in chronological order. The children will also have the experience of handling money through the use of role play experiences, teaching them to recognise and know the value of different denominations of coins and notes.
IPC – ‘Minibeasts and Growing’ & ‘Treasure’ In these two units the children will be able to use their imagination in a variety of ways. We will begin by creating our own creepy crawly corner in the role-play and we will discuss the children ideas and what they would like to learn this half term. If you have any unwanted items linked to a minibeast or growing theme that you would like to donate then please let me know. Thank you! We will also be listening to stories linked with our topic, trying our maths skills using treasure as a theme and making all sorts of creative things linked to our topic.
Forest School Foundation children will be introduced to their Forest School area. An important part of Forest School is learning about and respecting boundaries. A lot of time is spent so that the children are confident with their outdoor learning environment and understanding where they can play. Foundation children will experience all the seasons throughout the year and will learn to dress appropriately according to the weather. They will be introduced to the Forest School rules, for example, learning to listen for and respond to the whistle, learning how to approach and leave the fire pit, learning about the different areas of play and resources available. They will find out about our native trees, plants and insects and learn how to recognise some of them. They will have the opportunity to toast marshmallows on the fire and as their confidence grows participate in other cooking activities with adult support.
Just some reminders…. We always do PE on a Friday afternoon. Please make sure your child wears their PE kit to school on that day every week.
Snack: Your child is encouraged to have a small snack during morning break. Fruit snacks are provided at school however if your child wishes to bring a snack from home please label any plastic containers with your child’s name. Thank you. Individual reading Individual reads take place during the week with each child. Please encourage your child to change their individual reading books every day. Please comment and sign when you have read with your child in their yellow reading record book. We will be looking out for star readers every week and love to give out lots of stickers and star points!
Phonics Sound & HFW books Every week we learn new sounds in our phonics sessions. The new sounds will be put into your child’s phonics sound books on a Monday. Please read the sound sheet and use the sound books at home as it helps to consolidate and reinforce their learning. Any questions about the sound a letter makes, please ask!
Please don’t hesitate to ask or write in your child’s yellow reading dairy if you have any questions.
I hope you and your child have a lovely term.
This Year’s Curriculum
If you would like further information in relation to the curriculum please feel free to contact the school office.
This Term’s Topics
Class teachers send out an outline of the learning each child will be undertaking that term. If you wish to find out any further details, please contact Mrs Snell.