Welcome to Reception Class
Reception Class Newsletter
Summer Term 2018
Our work this term is 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. Our theme this term is ‘Down on the farm’ and ‘At the seaside’. We will be learning about ‘Where would you like to go on holiday and what would we find when we got there? During the term we will also be focusing on farm and growing books. We hope this break down of our learning goals informs you about what your child is learning and how you can work with us to support them.
We are learning how to read, write and order numbers to 10 /20 and beyond and say the number that is one more or one less. We will use this knowledge to begin to solve practical addition, halving and doubling problems verbally. We will continue to add and subtract numbers to 10/20 often through songs and rhymes. We will also learn about 2D and 3D shapes and discuss their properties. We will investigate patterns in numbers and shapes. We will be learning to count aloud in 1’s, 2’s, 5’s and 10’s. We will be learning to read the time to o’clock and half past the hour.
Communication and Language
Children will be listening to familiar traditional stories in class and will be asked to talk about characters and feelings and how we know if they are good or bad characters. We will be working on our targets and must guess at how a story might end, retell a story using pictures and answer questions about ‘where, who, why and how’. We will enjoy and talk about a range of books. We should be able to say ‘who is the main character’ and list some events from a book. Please help your child at home with their sounds and reading. Please use your child’s Reading Log Book to send in messages.
This term in gymnastics we will explore different ways of moving. In games we will use a variety of small equipment to learn basic actions such as throwing and catching. We will also play circle and parachute games and take part in obstacle races in preparation for our Sports Day. We will take part in circus skills activities such as skipping, walking on stilts and balancing. The children will continue to work on being able to dress and undress independently. Children will also be learning to hold a pencil to write their name / surname and form the letters of the alphabet, starting in the correct place.
Our PE lessons are on Fridays each week. Please ensure your child’s PE kit is in school on Fridays and that long hair is tied up and earrings are removed for safety reasons.
We are learning letters, sounds and names in the Letters and Sounds Programme (Phases 2, 3, 4 and 5). We will also be learning high frequency and tricky words. We are being encouraged to use our sound knowledge to write simple CVC words, e.g. Cat and to make an attempt at more complicated words. We will be learning how to write sentences and will begin to write for a purpose, such as writing lists, instructions, cards etc. We will be working on our targets and must retell stories using props or puppets which encourage naming and thinking about how people think and feel, should attempt to use words discovered through reading own speech and writing and use key phrases of story and information texts in own speech and writing. We will dictate a simple sentence and learning to write questions and statements appropriately.
Knowledge and Understanding of the World
We will be using all the information from West Lodge Farm to find out about farm animals. What do they need to live? How do animals look after their babies? How can we help to care for animals?
In ICT we are learning how to use the mouse and become familiar with the position of letters on the keyboard. We will be learning how to log on to a computer and how to shut it down safely. We will also be learning how to use programs independently and how to print our own work.
Expressive Arts and Design
We will be using stories in our play in the role-play area: garden centre, greengrocers, seaside shop and travel agents. We will be focusing on 3D model making – making animal homes and tools for our ‘car wash’ outside role play area.
We will be focusing on making plates to show the life cycle of the caterpillar. We will also be growing grass inside caterpillar shapes. We will use junk modelling, clay and play dough to represent animals. We will be using different types of painting, collage, colouring, printing, rubbing and tracing techniques. We will sing many songs throughout the day and will also have an opportunity to play percussion musical instruments and use puppets in our role-play areas.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
In the area of Personal, Social and Emotional development, we will be focusing this term on ‘Relationships’ and ’Changing Me’. We will also be focusing on collaborating with one another through role play, stories and circle time activities. We will also be learning about how they have changed. Children will talk about something they can do now that they couldn’t do when they started school. The children will talk about the change of year group from Reception Class to Year 1 and discuss how this change makes them feel. In RE this term the children will be learning about ‘Baptism and ‘Weddings.’ It would be helpful if children could bring a baby photograph into school.
Our class will be visiting ‘Weldon Pre-school’ and will take part in a theme day. As part of our RE topic about ‘Weddings’ and ‘Baptism’ we will be visiting the local Church.
June Rose Day will be held on Thursday 21st June from 1.15pm on our school field, more details nearer to the date. Parents/carers are invited to join our celebrations.
Adults in Class
Mrs Gribben will be teaching your children on Mondays, Tuesday afternoons, Wednesdays and Thursdays, Mrs Corrigan teaches on Tuesday mornings and Mrs Parsons teaches on Fridays. Our full time Teaching Assistant working with your children is Mrs Wilson.
Celebration Assemblly will continue to be held on Thursdays at 3.00pm. Parents/Carers are welcome to attend these assemblies.
Your child’s report will be sent home early July and we are to hold an Open Evening on Wednesday 11th July between 4pm and 6pm for parents/carers to come into school to view their children’s work books, discuss any concerns with their child’s class teacher and meet their teacher for next year.
However, if you wish to discuss your child’s progress before this, you are welcome to make an appointment.
Mrs Gribben and Mrs Parsons
Early Foundation Stage/Reception Class Teachers