Mrs Faulkner, Mrs Loxton and Mrs John
Welcome to all of our new Reception children and their parents and carers! We are really excited to meet all the children again this week and for them to start their school journey with us.
We have lots of exciting activities planned this half term. This website page will be updated regularly so please check back as we will often post photographs of what we have been doing and there will be notices and updates posted on here. We will also provide links to resources as well as electronic copies of our weekly letters. These weekly letters will stay on the website for two weeks each before they are removed. We also send home a termly information letter which will be uploaded onto the website. If you do have any questions please come and see us at the end of the day or speak to Mrs John on the door in the morning.
Please remember to let us know if someone different if picking your child up at the end of the day. You can either do this in the morning when you drop your child off or you can phone the school directly to let us know.
Our Learning this half term...
Welcome back to school after the Christmas break. We have an exciting half term ahead of us in Reception with lots of new experiences and lovely learning to look forward to.
We will be starting our learning this half term by reading Goldilocks and the Three Bears – was she right or wrong for what she did? We will be thinking about our own responsibility for making the right choices. While learning about Goldilocks we will be making our own porridge and thinking about which toppings might make healthy choices. We will also be learning a song about Goldilocks and the Three Bears. If you’d like to try it at home, please click on the link:
As part of our learning we will then move on to learning about different types of wild bears and will be finding out where these different bears live in the wild.
In the middle of this half term we will be reading the story of The Gingerbread Man. We will be reading different versions of this story as well to compare with the original. Traditional stories are really important for children to help them to learn repeated phrases. We will be writing captions and labels as well as creating our own story maps.
At the end of this half term we will be learning about Chinese New Year. Our Role Play Area will be transformed into a restaurant where children can choose which Chinese food they would like to order. We will be learning about the story of Chinese New Year and how it is celebrated. The children will find out which animal year they were born in.
Finally we will be learning about how we can look after our pets this half term and will be creating our own vets role play so that the children can take our toy animals to be treated and looked after by our very own Reception and preschool vets!
In Maths lessons we will also be learning about numbers up to 10. This includes finding numbers which are one more and one fewer than numbers up to 10; using ordinal numbers such as first, second and third to order the Chinese New Year animals and also adding and subtracting numbers within 10.
To support with our work in the woods this half term we will be reading stories. The first story we will read is ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’. When we visit the woods we will be going on our very own bear hunt. When we return to school we will be using our learning from the woods to help us create story maps and write about what we have been doing.
At the end of this half term we will be welcoming you back into school to meet with us for our second Termly Learning Conference of the year. You will be able to look at your child’s books as well as meeting with one of the Reception teachers to talk about how your child is getting on in school. Look out for a letter which will come home in the next few weeks with more information about this.
We are looking forward to seeing all of you again and sharing another half term of exciting learning.
Try Dough Disco at home by following this link. All you need is a little pot of dough...
This is the link to our Jolly Phonics song. Please take a look at home.
Espresso is a fantastic resource that we use all the time in school. There are lots of games to play and short phonics videos to watch.