We have learnt the next set of letter sounds in phase three. Please practise these at home reinforcing the letter sound and action:
ar, oi, igh and oa
We have also been learning to read and write simple CVC words. Please practise reading and writing these words at home:
Car, far, park, Mark, bark, oil, boils, soil, light, night, might, coat, boat and goat
Our tricky words this week are:
we, me, the, my, he, was and she
Thank you for your support.
Welcome to Reception
The Reception Team:
Miss Brunt RB
Miss Taylor RT
Our topic for this half-term is
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.
Could we also ask that the children DO NOT put their water bottles in their book bags. Thank you!
Please note that dates may change but you will be notified.
Thursday 23rd January - Maths Workshop RB - 9.10 RT- 1.30 (The workshop should last about an hour and a half)
Friday 14th February - Break up for Half Term
Monday 24th February - Back to school
Saturday 7th March - Quiz Night TBC
Friday 13th March - Non-school uniform day - Collections for Mother's Day Fayre
Friday 20th March - Mother's Day Assembly
Friday 20th March - Mother's Day Fayre
Thursday 2nd April - Mount Pleasant Farm Trip
Friday 3rd April - Break up for Easter
Monday 20th April - Teacher Training Day
Friday 22nd May - Break Up for Half Term
Monday 1st June - Back to School
Wednesday 24th June- Lego Workshop RB - AM RT - PM
Please keep a close watch on the information below regarding the curriculum and key dates as it is regularly updated.
This term our big question is ' Why do Christians perform Nativity plays at Christmas?'. The children will start by thinking about who is special to them, and talking about the reasons why they think they are special. Then the children will learn about the Christian festival of Christmas. They will talk about how it is celebrated and the different signs of Christmas. After that the children will learn the Christmas story and begin to understand the word incarnation as describing the belief that God came to Earth as Jesus. The children will share their own experiences of Christmas and make personal connections to why it is a special time for them.
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.
At St Peter's we use lots of the resources that can be found on the Letters and Sounds website. They are free to download and can be very useful to use at home. Please do not hesitate to ask us about any of your phonics needs!
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 teaching the children about a healthy balanced diet and the children will get a chance to make a healthy snack. They 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
If you are interested in how we teach mathematics at St Peter's please see our calculation policy.
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.
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
The children will be involved within a weekly small group circle time. This term the focus is on rules which is linked to the 'British Values' scheme. This begins with the children thinking about what rules are, why we need them, coming up with rules for the classroom and thinking about rules they follow at home and in different places (in the car). The children will have the opportunities to express their ideas and thoughts and any feeling or worries they may have.
In PE will be developing the children's knowledge of hazards, safety in the hall and listening skills in a different environment. We will begin P.E this term by undertaking a range of games that involve the children using their listening skills. Once those skills have been developed we will then introduce equipment and focus on moving in a range of ways and balancing skills. The key focus for this term will be to encourage ALL the children to dress and undress independently, this usually takes a number of weeks. There will be lost shorts, t-shirts and pumps, so please ensure all P.E kit is named.
Expressive Arts and Design
This term the children will have opportunities to create portraits, Autumn collages, Diwali Rangoli patterns, Bonfire pictures, Christmas cards and calendars. The children will also undertake dancing for Diwali and for the Christmas play. Music is taught weekly and encourages the children to learn about patterns in music and rhythms.
Wow, what an exciting term ahead it will be!
Visit some cool websites. You can vote for your favourites!
Useful games and websites
Ordering numbers to 20 - https://www.topmarks.co.uk/ordering-and-sequencing/caterpillar-ordering
Ordering prices to 20p -https://www.topmarks.co.uk/ordering-and-sequencing/coconut-ordering
Place value - https://www.topmarks.co.uk/learning-to-count/place-value-basketball
One more to 20 - https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/mental-maths-train
One less to 20 - https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/mental-maths-train
One less to 100 - https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/mental-maths-train
Subtraction - https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/mental-maths-train
Number bonds to 10 - https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/mental-maths-train
Spelling phase 2,3 and 4 words - http://www.ictgames.com/looCoverWriteCheck/LCWC_demo/index.html
Spelling phase 3 words - http://www.ictgames.com/forestPhonics/fullV_public/index.html
Reading phase 4 words - https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/DragonsDen.html
Listen and read - https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/PictureMatch.html
Listen and read phase 3 - http://www.ictgames.com/dinosaurEggs_phonics/index.html