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Early Years

Autumn

What a super term the Reception children are having! Not only are they settling into school by learning to follow the rules, routines and expectations, they are also making lots of new friends (there are nearly 90 children in Reception) and exploring and using the great indoor and outdoor learning environments.  Some children are even starting to visit the woodland area on the field to see what they can find in the world around them. We have recently started our third Power of Reading class book – The Everywhere Bear, and we are excited to see where he will go to.  We have even got an airport in one classroom, so watch out, we might be flying overhead one day! Last half term we read ‘Tanka, Tanka, Skunk’ and learnt lots about rhythm, rhyme and syllables in words, as well as finding out lost about animals! We also enjoyed the Pumpkin Soup story and explored a variety of colours and sizes of pumpkins – what a lot of seeds they had inside! 

Each day we spend time learning about numbers and letters.  We have learnt enough letters now that we can build words and read them – it’s very exciting!  Please keep sharing books your children and making time for them to look at their green dot reading book – just a few minutes each day.  Our expectation is that children will share a book 5 times a week at home and that this is then recorded in their Reading Diary.

We have been learning about some celebrations, including Diwali, Bonfire Night and Remembrance Day.  The children really enjoyed making Diva lamps, making a class Guy Fawkes, sharing hot chocolate around a (pretend) bonfire and learning something about why we wear poppies on the 11th day of the 11th month.  The next thing we will be doing is practising our Nativity performance –  alongside Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus, there will be angels, donkeys, wise men and many other characters taking centre stage in our Reception performance of the Christmas story.  We are sure that you will love it!

 

 

Spring

What a busy term the Reception children are having! Winter is always chilly, but the children have been learning about an even chillier place – Antarctica!  We have been reading some great books– The Blue Penguin and One Day on our Blue Planet – Antarctica.  No doubt your child has been talking about them! Just click on the titles to hear the stories again, at home.  We have had lots of fun exploring ice! The science experiments were fun and so was painting with ice!

As Winter begins to give way to Spring, we are continuing to explore the changing seasons. After half term we will be thinking about farm animals and enjoying the book ‘What the Ladybird heard’ by Julia Donaldson.  We are really looking forward to what happens in that story!  We will also be practising our listening skills, just like the ladybird in the story!  Who knows what we will hear!  

In Literacy we are learning to read and write captions (short sentences), using our phonics.  We have learnt all the phonemes (sounds) and graphemes (letters shapes) of the 26 letters of the alphabet.  We are now learning about digraphs (2 letters, 1 sound, e.g. sh as in shop) and trigraphs (3 letters, 1 sound e.g. igh, as in night).  We will be reading words with these in and learning how to write them too!  How clever is that!  We Please keep sharing books your children and making time for them to look at their green dot reading book – just a few minutes each day.  Our expectation is that children will share a book 5 times a week at home and that this is then recorded in their Reading Diary. In Maths we are continuing to learn more about numbers in maths and how to add them together. We have also started doing some measuring. 

We have been practising balancing and moving on gymnastic equipment in PE and learning it use watercolours in Art.  We also had great fun learning about Chinese New Year and Valentines Day.  Soon we will be learning about Easter and are very excited to be having the opportunity to have some eggs and an incubator coming to stay for a few days! Who knows what will hatch out of them?!  

White Rose have produced a 1-minute maths app which focuses on building number confidence and fluency.

 

https://whiterosemaths.com/resources/1-minute-maths 

 

Summer

The summer term has got off to a great start in Reception with an ‘Under the Sea’ dress up day.  The children and staff looked fantastic and enjoyed a day of fun learning about creatures that live in the sea.  Our Power of Reading books this term are Surprising Sharks and Billy’s Bucket.  Just click on the title to hear the first book being read again. The children are in for lots of surprises as we read these fantastic books!  One is a nonfiction book and one is a story. The children always love finding out new facts and we are sure that they will enjoy finding out new facts about sharks and other sea creatures!

In Literacy we are continuing to learn to read and write sentences using our phonics. We learnt lots of new digraphs and trigraphs last term and are learning to spot them and read them in words.  We are also learning to write them too – this is much harder than reading, but with lots of practice, we are getting better all the time.  At the end of last term we did some super writing about our trip to Sacrewell Farm.  This term we are writing facts about sea creatures and even starting to write poetry!  It’s really important that each child keeps practising their reading at home each day.  This will allow them the opportunity to practise their new phonic knowledge. Please keep sharing books with your child and making time for them to look at their green dot reading book – just a few minutes each day.  Our expectation is that children will share a book 5 times a week at home and that this is then recorded in their Reading Diary.

 In maths we are continuing to learn more about numbers and will be thinking about doubles, sharing, odds and evens, as well as subtraction, numbers beyond 20 and tens & ones. It’s great to see the children enjoying maths so much.

We are loving exploring the woodland area on the school field and are starting to use the newly plumbed in mud kitchen. The children are looking forward to when the water wall will be operational!  In the meantime we will be hatching ladybirds and growing plants.  Towards the end of term we will be preparing the children to go into Year 1, so that they are familiar with their new class teacher and classroom.