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Welcome to Reception
 

The Reception Team:
Miss Brunt RB

Miss Taylor RT

Mrs Bate

Mrs Price

Mrs Davenport (Friday)

Our topic for this half-term is
Why can't we eat chocolate for breakfast?


General Reminders

Water Bottles and Book Bags
Please could you ensure that your child brings a named water bottle and a book bag to school every day.


Important Dates:
Tuesday 9th January - Return to school

Friday 16th February - Break up for half term

Monday 26th February - Return to school

Monday 5th March - Maths workshop 9.10am RB and 1.30pm RT

Thursday 22nd March - Visit to Mount Pleasant Farm 

Tuesday 17th April - Breakfast club from 8.20am 


Please keep a close watch on the information below regarding the curriculum and key dates as it is regularly updated.

Phonics


We will be beginning phase three of the Letters and Sounds Programme this term. The children will be introduced to digraphs (two letters making one sound) and trigraphs (three letters making one sound). They will also learn new tricky words as well as embedding segmenting and blending skills and letter formation.
Phonics homework will be issued on a Friday. It is not necessary to return this homework to school unless you would like it to be marked and then returned back to you; nevertheless it is still important that it is completed to embed key skills taught during the week at school.

Literacy
This term we will be focusing on non- fiction books and we will start by introducing the children to books all about winter. In small groups the children will be able to look closely at non-fiction books to find out and listen to interesting facts about winter. This will help inform the children when they come to write their own words, captions or sentences. The children will have the chance to look at similarities and differences between fiction and non-fiction books and to start to understand some key features. Further on in the term we will be concentrating on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle. We will be having visits from parents who will be talking to us about a healthy balanced diet and the children will get a chance to make a healthy snack. The children will then build on their skills by gathering information about a healthy lifestyle from non-fiction books. This will help the children to write their own non-fiction captions and sentences. Also this term the children will be introduced to rhyme. We will be teaching the children how to spot rhyming words by reading lots of rhyming poems and stories. The children will take part in lots of rhyming games and activities to help build up their understanding of rhyme. At the end of the unit the children will have chance to make up their own silly sentences using rhyming words they have learnt. Through 'talk for writing' strategies we will learn to retell the story of 'The Enormous Turnip'. This will include role play and actions to help embed the story so that the children will be able to write captions and sentences.  All of the children will have daily opportunities to write inside and outside the classroom. We will be building on all of the strategies they have learnt in phonics lessons to help the children spell and read words confidently.  

 

Understanding the World
This term our topic is 'Why can't we eat chocolate for breakfast?' This topic helps us teach the children the importance of eating a healthy balanced diet. We have spoken to the children already about what they know about a healthy diet. The children came up with their own questions about food and this term we will do our best to answer them. We will have various visits from parents who will talk about a health diet and we will be visiting a supermarket to learn about where food comes from. Later on in the term we will having a 'healthy week'. This will give the children the opportunity to learn about all the ways we can keep our bodies healthy, as well as consolidating anythings they have already learnt.  Also this term the children will be taking part in a science experiment about teeth and the effect our food and drink has on them. As part of the experiment the children will learn how to make predictions and use these skills to predict the outcome of the experiment. Throughout the term the children will have daily access to ICT through the use of Ipads and computers. They will be able to use simple programs to build on literacy and maths skills as well as using the computer to create drawings. 
 

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Each week your children will take part in a focused circle time where they are able to talk about and discuss their opinions, ideas and feelings.  This term we will be having lots of discussions about how we keep clean, our daily routines and different types of families. 

 

Physical Development
Over the autumn term the children have learnt about hazards and how to keep safe during PE lessons. We now feel that the children have a good understanding of safety so this term we will begin to work on ball skills. The children will begin with rolling balls and quoits to one another . This will help the children learn how to aim and control different equipment. To build on the children's listening skills they will still take part in lost of games for warm ups and warm downs.  

Expressive Arts and Design
 Music is taught weekly and encourages the children to learn about patterns in music and rhythms. 
 

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