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...
Spring Term 1
This half term our topic is...
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 learning about pets and vets. This topic will last for the first 3 weeks of term. We will be thinking about which pets we own and using this information to create a class pictogram. We will also be thinking about how we can look after our pets at home. We 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. This is a great opportunity for the children to write labels for the animal cages and for us to encourage them to write prescription and appointment cards.
In the middle of the 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. They will also be using ordinal numbers such as first, second and third to order the Chinese New Year animals.
During the last two weeks of the half term we will be finding out all about wild animals. We will be learning where different animals come from and why some animals are kept in zoos. We will be grouping and sorting animals and learning what the word endangered means.
All of our Literacy learning will be linked to animals this half term so we will be reading stories such as Mog and Dear Zoo, as well as non-fiction books about wild animals and pets.
In Maths lessons we will be starting off by exploring addition as counting on and subtraction as taking away. We will then move on to work with numbers up to 15. This includes finding one more and one fewer, ordering numbers to 15, counting up to 15 objects and recognising different representations of the number 15 and also exploring problems involving numbers up to 15. Towards the end of the half term we will be counting and sharing in equal groups which includes grouping into fives and tens and learning about the relationship between grouping and sharing.
To support with our work in the woods this half term we will be reading stories linked with animals. We will begin to visit the woods in the middle of the half term so please look out for more information coming soon in our weekly letters.
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...
Try this website for great games and resources.
Try these fun phonics games.
This is the link to Phonics Play interactive games.
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.