Welcome to Reception
The Reception Team:
Miss Brunt RB Miss Taylor RT
Mrs Akhtar Mrs Bate Miss Bishton Mrs Phillips Mrs Wilding
Water Bottles, Wellies, Book Bags and PE kits
Please could you ensure that your child brings a named water bottle to school every day. We also ask that you bring in a pair of wellies, which will be kept in school, from your child's first week so they can access our outdoor learning environment. At the moment we ask that your child does not bring their PE kits or book bags. We will notify you when these items need to be brought into school.
Please note that dates may change and as of this moment we are unsure if we will be able to go ahead with many of workshops due to our school risk assessment.
If any dates change or there are any cancellations you will be notified.
Monday 19th April - Teacher Training Day
Tuesday 20th April - Return to school
Please keep a close watch on the information below regarding the curriculum and key dates as it is regularly updated.
Our topics for this half-term are:
Why do ladybird have spots?
This term our big question is 'Which places are special and why?'. Firstly the children will think about what places are special to them and why. We will talk about who we visit these places with and how they make us feel. The children will then learn about special places of worship. They will have the opportunity to talk about their own experiences and share memories.
Also we will will continue to use 'Jack in the box Big Bible story' Scheme. This term the children will learn about when Jesus visited his friends for the last time and why God sent the Holy Spirit.
The children have now finished our Phase 3 recap.
When entering into Phase 4 programme, the children will know a grapheme for each of the 42 phonemes. They Most of the children will be able to blend phonemes to read CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words and segment in order to spell them. Children will also have begun reading straightforward two-syllable words and simple captions, as well as reading and spelling some tricky words.
In Phase 4, no new graphemes are introduced. The main aim of this phase is to consolidate the children's knowledge and to help them learn to read and spell words which have adjacent consonants, such as trap, string and milk
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 a mixture of fiction and non- fiction books and we will start by introducing the children to books all about different types of insects.
In small groups the children will be able to look closely at non-fiction books to find out and listen to interesting facts about different Minibeasts. This will help inform the children when they come to write their own captions and sentences about a particular insect.
The children will have the chance to recap what they have learnt about fiction and non-fiction books and to start to use these books appropriately. Through the use of our spine books and favourite classics, the children will have the opportunity to listen to and respond to questions about fiction books about insects. We strive to immerse the children fantastic books with rich vocabulary so that they can start to use these words in their own writing.
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.
This half term we will start by recapping addition. The children will have the opportunity to read and write number sentences and will use 10 frames and objects to solve these problems. Then we will move on to using a number line.
Next, we will teach the sharing method. The children will have multiple opportunities to talk about their own experiences of sharing along with the physical act of sharing objects between people and plates.
Later on in the term, we will revisit subtraction and will solve number sentences within 20 using 2 single digit numbers. The children will learn to read and write subtraction number sentences and will use objects and 10's frames to help them understand that when we take away the amount gets smaller.
Next, we will teach the children how to estimate using objects to 10. The children will be able to use this new skill to complete a challenge of estimating how many sweets/objects in a jar. This term the children will also learn how to make a tally. This is always a big hit and the children really enjoy using tally's outside when playing games with their friends.
Towards the end of this term, the children will be taught about chronological order. We will start teaching the children about language related to time. We will be giving the children the opportunity to talk about familiar events e.g bedtime routine to help the children use time words in their own sentences. The children will order familiar events chronologically to help them understand the passing of time.
Understanding the World
This term our topic is 'Why do ladybirds have spots?' This topic will give the children the chance to explore their local environment to learn about a different insects and their diet and habitat. The children will be encouraged to classify them according to the amount of legs they have, how they move or what they eat. During our ICT sessions we will be using the 2simple softwear to create our own fantasy minibeasts which will be displayed in the classroom. We will also be watching videos about the life-cycle of a butterfly and listening to the story of The very hungry caterpillar.
The children will also have weekly opportunities to use the computers in the ICT suite to complete simple programs that support current learning, draw their portraits on 2simple and create bonfire pictures.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
During these sessions we use books to encourage all children to talk about their knowledge and understanding of each topic as well as having the opportunity to listen to the ideas of others.
This term we will be using Blue Chameleon by Emily Gravett to discuss feelings and friendships. Also, the children will listen to the story Bea’s Own Good by Linda Talley. This book is used to help children understand rules and think about why rules are important.
Over the spring term the children worked on ball skills in the hall. This term we hope we can teach the children about hazard and how to keep safe during physical education outside in the playground. Now the children have a good understanding of how to control both small and large balls the children will now be introduced to using a bat. They will again learn the key skills of holding and positioning a bat whilst working alone and with a partner. Also, in this term we will start our dance topic where the children will make up and practise a dance routine which they will share with their peers. To build on the children's listening skills they will still take part in lots of games for warm ups and warm downs.
Expressive Arts and Design
This term the children will start by making their own bag using felt. To help develop their Design and Technology skills we will start be designing our bag. The children will understand that their bag will be used by themselves to carry a sandwich they have made for a picnic. By knowing this the children will have a better understanding of the purpose of the bag which will affect which joining techniques they will use. We will talk about different materials and explore tools we can use to join them.
The children will also have the chance to develop their sketching skills by creating their own still life drawings of vegetables.
Also, every week the children will take part in a music lesson. They start by learning different songs and thinking about their breathing techniques. Within this the children are taught about pitch, tempo, pulse and rhythm. They also have the opportunity to play the glockenspiel.
Wow, what an exciting term ahead it will be!