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This term Reception on will be looking at the exciting topic of ‘Animals.’ We will be turning the mud kitchen into a farm and the role play area inside into a vets. The texts we will be focusing our work around will be ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’, ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’ and ‘Oi Frog!’. We will also be continuing to follow the life-cycle of a frog as just before Easter we had some frogspawn delivered to us! In addition, we will be looking at the life-cycle of a caterpillar. In Phonics, we will continue to develop children’s confidence in recognising and using phase 3 sounds both in their reading and writing. In Maths our focus topics will be: numbers within 15, shape and pattern; addition, subtraction and money.
We are trying to develop the outside construction area and we are looking for safe planks of wood, plastic cones, construction site signage, safety tape and piping. If you have any of these items, please talk to Mrs. MacNeil. Thank you!
January, February and March 2021
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In Reception this half term, we are looking at the books ‘Pumpkin Soup’, ‘The Gingerbread man’ and ‘The Magic Porridge Pot’. We are hoping to be doing lots of cooking linked with these stories. In maths, we are looking at shapes in the environment, positional language, numbers up to 5 and ‘one more one less’. Our enrichment days will focus around the celebrations of Diwali and Hanukah.November 2020
Towards the end of the term, we will be practising singing nativity songs so get ready for your homes to be filled with joyful music!
Reception have been really busy this half term. Our focus has been around the book ‘Where the Wild Things Are.’ We started off by discovering a ‘Wild Thing’ had been in our classroom and this led to a ‘Wild Rumpus’ involving bongo drums and marching through the trees. During our busy learning times, children have had the opportunity to create their own monsters through junk modelling, collage and paint. The mud kitchen has transformed into a monster café allowing children to create their own delicious menus. We have continued to learn a letter a day through our phonics and information about this can be found on our weekly newsletters. In Maths, we have focused on numbers to 5. The children have loved watching Numberblocks and learning about how the numbers can be made.
This term we will be looking at the class books: Where the Wild Things Are, Little Red Hen and Owl Babies. We will also be learning the nursery rhymes: Wind the Bobbin Up, The Grand Old Duke of York, Sing a Song of Six Pence, Hickory Dickory Dock and Five Little Pumpkins.
Through our teaching of English, we will look at story language, characters & settings and how stories are structured. We will be basing our writing and topic work around our class book. We will learn to retell and sequence stories and change characters in order to create our own stories. Another focus will be on letter formation and the blending and segmenting of words in both reading and writing. In Phonics, we will be following Letters and Sounds scheme and be starting at phase 2 covering a phoneme a day.
In Maths, we will be covering: Counting reliably with numbers 0-10, placing these numbers in order and saying which number is one more or one less than a given number. We will also be looking at using everyday language to talk about size, shape, capacity and position.
Play provides the context and purpose for learning in Early Years, where a balance of child and adult-initiated activities are used to challenge and extend the outcomes for our children. A multi-sensory approach is essential to each child's development as a learner and therefore we try to provide a stimulating and creative learning environment. Directed teaching sessions occur in whole class and in group situations to make sure the needs of our range of abilities and ages are met.
Each child in Early Years has a Learning Journey that documents their progress in the 17 areas of learning or Early Learning Goals (ELGs). All staff in the Early Years Foundation Stage have a responsibility to make assessments and observations, maintaining the Learning Journeys to ensure they are an accurate representation of each child's learning. We also encourage having parental feedback on what you have observed of your child at home.
We work towards each child achieving a Good Level of Development (GLD) during their time in Early Years which can then be built upon in Key Stage 1 and beyond. Understanding and tracking what a Good Level of Development looks like throughout a child's time in Early Years, ensures that barriers to learning are identified early and each child makes progress.
Information about the phonics programme we use in school can be found here.
Admissions for 2021
We are pleased to share with you the Local Authority's information for next year's admissions.