Welcome to Acorn Class (Reception)
Acorn Class (Reception/EYFS) Newsletter
Our work this term will continue to be based on the seven areas of learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage. Much of our learning in Reception Class is through play and investigation, with regular access to outdoor activities in our outdoor classroom.
Our theme this term is ‘Once upon a time’. We will be learning about traditional tales. During the term we will also be focusing on the books – Goldilocks and the three bears, The Gingerbread man, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, Rumble in the Jungle and the Animal Boogie Woogie. We hope this break down of our term’s learning goals informs you about what your child is learning and how you can work with us to support them.
The children will be building on their existing knowledge by playing with numbers throughout the day. This will involve singing nursery rhymes, putting numbers in the correct order, counting everyday objects and learning one more or one less than a given number between 1 and 20. The children will also be encouraged to engage in simple problem solving using a variety of resources. After the February break we will continue to learn:
Order numbers in the range 1-20.
* Find one more or one less than a number from 1 to 10.
* Partition and recombine groups of up to 10 objects.
* Solve problems, including doubling, halving, sharing and money.
* Describe their relative position such as behind or next to.
* Use everyday language to talk about position and distance to compare objects and solve problems.
* Use everyday language of money to talk about and compare quantities.
* In practical activities begin to use the vocabulary involved in adding and subtracting.
* Using quantities and objects, add and subtract two single-digit numbers and count on or back to find the answer.
* Beginning to use mathematical names for ‘solid’ 3D shapes and ‘flat’ 2D shapes, and mathematical terms to describe them
* We explore characteristics of everyday objects and shapes and use mathematical language
Communication & Language:
Within the area of Communication and Language, the children will be using a variety of texts to explore characters, settings and the sequencing of stories. The children will also be encouraged to engage in oral storytelling, which will enable them to experiment with the language patterns associated with well- known stories, as well as giving them the opportunity to express themselves in creative sentences. Children will be encouraged to talk about their likes and dislikes.
- Listen attentively in a range of situations.
- Follow instructions involving several ideas or actions.
- Link statements and stick to a main theme or intention.
- Express themselves effectively.
- Give their attention to what others say and respond appropriately.
- They answer how and why questions about their experience.
- Uses talk to organise, sequence and clarify thinking ideas, feelings and events.
- They give their attention while engaged in another activity.
- They use present forms accurately when talking about events.
- Listen to stories accurately anticipating key events.
- Maintains attention, concentrates and sits quietly during a lesson
We are learning letters, sounds and names in the Letters and Sounds Programme Phases 2 and 3. We will also be learning High Frequency and tricky words. We are being encouraged to use our sound knowledge to blend to read simple CVC words e.g. Cat and to make an attempt at more complicated words. We will be learning how to draw lines and circles and how to make marks. We will be working on our letter formation especially focusing on trying to get letters consistent in size and accuracy. We will continue to learn:
-New letter sounds including some with two letters one sound e.g. sh, ch, th, ng, ai, ee, igh, oa, oo
-Orally blending sounds to read words e.g. g-r-a-ss or l –o - ng
- Singing the alphabet song and knowing letter names.
- singing the tricky words song.
-Writing both names by copying name card or independently with correct formation from memory.
-Segmenting and writing CVC words e.g. mud, wet.
- Being able to say a sentence and trying to write simple captions or sentences.
- Blue words – sounding out and blending these words e.g. – a – t = at c-a-n = can
- Recalling red tricky words e.g. he, she, me, be, we. Learning new red tricky words: (these words cannot be blended/sounded out).
Please help your child at home with their sounds, words and reading. Use the reading log book to send in messages.
The children will continue to learn to explore movement and coordination, whilst being encouraged to follow simple instructions and routines to be able to use space safely and confidently. The children will be also learning to travel with confidence and skill around, under, over and through balancing and climbing equipment. They will show increasing control over throwing and catching a ball and be aware of the effect on their bodies.
They will continue to work on being able to dress and undress independently. Our PE day is Friday each week but we do ask that their PE kit is in school at all times. On PE days please ensure your child’s hair is tied up and their earrings are removed before they come to school.
We shall also continue learning to develop our good pencil control.
Expressive Arts and Design:
We will be using stories in our play in the role-play area: Chinese restaurant. We will learn new songs from the stories that have actions and repeated phrases. We will play with musical instruments and explore the different sounds that can be made. The children will experiment with colour and shape to create different textures. We will learn techniques and how to use tools well e.g. paint brushes, scissors, stampers, etc when making Easter cards.
WANTED - Please collect your junk for our Art Corner – we need paper towel rolls, yoghurt pots, cardboard boxes etc. Thank you.
Knowledge and Understanding of the World:
We will look at similarities and differences in patterns and change. The children will make observations of animals and explain why some things occur. We will look at similarities and differences in materials and the living world e.g. porridge, the seasons, ourselves. We will talk about family traditions. We will use technology to help our learning including computers and programmable toys. We will consider how technology is helpful and make some pretend everyday technology for our role-play area.
ICT will play a vital role in encouraging learning across all areas of the curriculum. The children will continue to develop their skills of how to use the mouse and being familiar with the position of letters on the keyboard. They will be learning how to log on to a computer and how to shut it down safely. They will also be learning how to use and complete simple programs independently. The children will investigate how to use everyday technology such as CD players, cameras, toys with knobs or pulleys and programmable toys
Personal, Social and Emotional Development:
In the area of Personal, Social and Emotional development, we will be focusing this term on the JIGSAW unit “ Dreams and Goals.” The children will be exploring how to stay motivated when doing something challenging. In RE we will be exploring the topic of ‘Ourselves’ which will involve the children becoming more aware of their own needs, feelings and beliefs as well as those of other people. This topic enables pupils to recognise and value a sense of belonging and helps them to begin to understand how this contributes to their own. In term 2, we will be focusing on the JIGSAW unit “Healthy Me.” The children will be looking at making healthy choices in friendships, exercise and eating. In RE, we will be exploring the topic of ‘Festivals’ which will involve the children becoming more aware of customs and celebrations in the community.
Enrichment of our Curriculum:
The Life Education Caravan is due to visit our school on 21st and 22nd March. We will send out a letter nearer to the visit with full details and there will be optional workbooks available to order to support your child’s learning.
Adults in Class:
Mrs Gribben will be teaching your children on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays with Mrs Proudly teaching them on Fridays. Our Teaching Assistant working with your children is Mrs Wilson, every morning and every afternoon.
Assemblies: Celebration assemblies will continue to be held on Thursdays at 3.00pm. Parents/Carers are welcome to attend these assemblies. Please refer to our school website calendar for further details.
Parent’s evenings: We would like the opportunity to meet with you and discuss your child’s needs and progress. Two evenings will offered, Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th February. However, if you wish to discuss your child before this, or at any time, you are welcome to make an appointment.
Mrs Gribben and Mrs Proudly
Early Foundation Stage/Reception Class Teachers