2019 - 2020
Reception PE days are:
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Our story this half-term is the famous and much-loved classic, ‘The Gruffalo’ by Julia Donaldson. The children are introduced to the book through a sensory treasure hunt. They follow rhyming clues to find objects that link to the book. There are purple prickles in the water tray, terrible teeth in the maths shed, orange eyes in the sand tray and a poisonous wart in one of the tyres! We start the topic by looking at the deep, dark wood and using our senses to describe what it would be like to walk through. We then look more closely at the characters in the story, describing their looks and personalities and thinking about how they were feeling at different points in the story and why. We will continue to use and apply all our amazing phase 3 phonics skills across all areas of the curriculum and begin to look at phase 4 phonics too, starting with the consonant blends at the beginning of words, for example, ‘bl’ and ‘st’.
This half term we will be continue to look at doubling, halving and sharing, with more of a focus on using these skills to solve problems. We will build on our work on measures by talking about and investigating the concept of weight, ordering items by weight and solving simple problems. We will spend some time re-capping the major mathematical concepts that are key in Reception and also work on improving our ability to apply our skills more independently to help us prepare for the transition to Year 1.
Our homework will continue to focus on Reasoning and children can either record their ideas on paper or photos can be sent in via Tapestry of their practical work. We love to see the amazing work you do at home and the children are so proud when we put their photographs on the whiteboard so they can tell their friends about their home leaning.
This half term, our topic will be ‘How do I make sense of the world?’ We will focus on a different sense each week and think about what information we can get from it. Could we work out which animal was behind a door if we couldn’t see it? Could I tell the difference between a strawberry and a banana if I had a blindfold on when I was eating it?
Our story this half-term is called ’The Gigantic Turnip.’ We will be looking carefully at the different characters and trying to work out how they are feeling and explaining why we think this. The children will get the opportunity to plant their own bean and watch it carefully as it grows over the half term. The children will write both fiction and non-fiction pieces. Including instructions for planting a seed and the half-term will culminate in them writing their own ’Mixed-Up’ version of ‘The Gigantic Turnip’. The children now have lots of phonics skills, and as we consolidate Phase 3 this half term, there will be lots of opportunities to apply these skills in both reading and writing contexts across the curriculum.
This half term we will be looking at, and talking about patterns and 2d and 3d shapes. We will estimate how many objects we can see and check this by counting them. The concept of doubling and halving will be introduced and the children will to solve simple problems involving doubling, halving and sharing. We will also look at position and direction. We will direct our friends around the learning spaces and also programme Bee Bots to move across a mat. Our homework will continue to focus on Reasoning and children can either record their ideas on paper or photos can be sent in via Tapestry of their practical work.
This half term, our topic will be ‘Once Upon a Mixed Up Tale.’ The children will be introduced to the topic when we receive a special delivery of ‘magic beans’. The children will be asked what they think will grow from these beans and how will we plant and look after them. We will learn all about lots of traditional fairy tales but perhaps from a new perspective. For example, ’Do you feel sorry for the Big Bad Wolf? or ‘Is it better to live in a house made of straw or sweets?’ We look forward to watching the children act out familiar stories and will be interested to see how they mix them up and add their own details.
Our story this term is called The Bog Baby. It is a beautiful story about nature and how we should look after living things. The children will be making and describing their own versions of Bog Babies . We will continue to develop our emotional literacy by trying to understand how characters in the story are feeling and what makes them feel this way. The children will read and write for a variety of purposes, including: descriptions, instructions, fact files and letters from different perspectives. In phonics we will continue to learn and consolidate phonic phase 3, reinforcing our work on digraphs (two letters which make only one sound e.g. th, ar, ou) and begin to introduce trigraphs (three letters which make one sound e.g. igh, air, ear).
This half term we will be finding 1 more and 1 less than a number in a variety of practical ways. We will continue to use the language of addition and subtraction, finding ways to calculate and then to record our thinking. When measuring, we will be making estimations and measuring the capacity of different containers. We will also be measuring time and ordering events chronologically. Our homework will continue to focus on Reasoning and children can either record their ideas on the sheets provided or photos can be sent in via Tapestry of their practical work.
This half term, our topic will be ‘Are all minibeasts scary?’ We will launch the topic with a pond dipping experience and investigate what minibeasts live in and around the pond area. We will learn all about certain minibeasts such as spiders and butterflies, looking carefully at animal life cycles. Each class will watch eggs closely as they hatch into caterpillars before each turns itself into a chrysalis and finally emerges as a butterfly. There may also be some other live creatures for the children to study at close hand! We hope the children learn all about the changes that occur during in spring and the importance of looking after our environment and all living creatures. We plan to celebrate all our amazing learning with our very own ‘Ugly Bug Ball’ at the end of the half term!
Our story this term is called Emily Brown and the Thing. It is an exciting adventure story with lots of surprises. We will explore a range of settings through this book and invent our own adventure stories set in a winter wonderland. Feelings and emotions is a strong theme throughout the story as we get to understand what makes the characters scared, excited, anxious and happy. We will role play adventures, describe settings and relate the characters emotions to our own everyday experiences. The children will read and write for a variety of purposes. In phonics we will learn all about phonic phase 3 and in particular, we will introduce the children to diagraphs (two letters which make only one sound e.g. th, ar, ou).
We will continue to explore numbers to 20 and solve a wide variety of problems linked to real life contexts. This half term we will be using the language of addition and subtraction, finding ways to calculate and recording our number stories sequentially. When measuring, we will be making estimations and measuring the capacity of different containers. During role play activities, we will use real coins, make amounts, pay and give change. Our homework will continue to focus on Reasoning and children can either record their ideas on the sheets provided or photos can be sent in via Tapestry of their practical work.
This half term, our topic will be ’Why is it always cold in winter?’ We will explore the environmental changes that occur during winter and think about what happens to frost, ice and snow. This will then be compared to the environment at different stages of the year as we take a look at all of the seasons. Hibernation will be explored as we think about what happens to animals in winter. We will look at feelings and emotions as we consider how Elsa felt as she left her home in Arundel to live alone in her ice palace. Finally we will create our own fantasy snow adventures.