Welcome to Reception September 2021
Welcome to Reception.
Welcome back to a new half term! We hope you’ve had a lovely Easter holiday. We are excited to be back in school and are looking forward to a brand new topic.
Our Topic for this half term is 'In the Garden’ and the text we will be using as our stimulus for most of our learning across the curriculum is ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar.' We will also be using non-fiction books to help us learn about mini beasts and other exciting things that we might find in the garden.
We will be completing lots of exciting writing activities before we start to look in more detail at the story. The children will be recreating and retelling the story and completing ‘Talk for Writing’ to help us to retell the story before we innovate and use the structure of the story to write our own interpretation.
Alongside our narrative focus most of our topic work will be based around our environment and all the amazing things that grow and live in our garden. The children will be spending lots of time exploring outside, including comparing, contrasting and looking at similarities of things that live in the garden. They will also continue to look at seasonal changes as we move towards summer and observe how things change outside once the weather warms up. We will be having caterpillars in our classroom and will be learning about their life cycle as they turn into butterflies. This will give the children a fantastic hands on real life experience.
As we continue with our White Rose scheme for Maths, the children will be looking more closely at numbers beyond 10 and the composition of these numbers. They will be looking at patterns in number and ordering numbers. They will also continue to subitise numbers and consolidate their understanding of numbers bonds to 5/10. They will be looking at addition and subtraction and one more /one less. For our Shape, space and measure focus the children will be learning about spatial awareness when using shapes, capacity and patterns.
I will continue to observe the children’s learning through play and they will be encouraged to follow their own threads of thinking, enabling me to challenge their thoughts and move their learning forward. The children will have access to a well-planned curriculum based around the seven areas of the EYFS curriculum. The children will also be encouraged to be ‘active’ learners in an enriched learning environment where they can play and explore to allow them to make links within their learning and develop their own ideas.
The children’s PE sessions will be on Thursday this half term. They will be developing a range of movements and accessing lots of skills which will help their gross motor skills to develop. These sessions will include dancing, multi skills and yoga sessions.
Our RE focus for this half term is Kindness and Joy. This will link nicely to our theme as we celebrate all the amazing things God has created and which bring joy to our world. We will also be reflecting on how we can show kindness towards living things in our environment as well as our friends and people around us.
With the weather hopefully getting warmer, we will be accessing a lot of learning in the outdoors. Please can you ensure your child has a suitable coat and shoes for outdoor play. The outdoor is very important within the Early Years and the children can access the indoors and outdoors continuously throughout the day.
I value the importance of effective communication. As we are currently still having to limit the amount of people in school we will not be able to invite parents into school for assemblies or stay and play sessions and we will be asking that you still continue to drop your children at the school gate. However, I will always keep you up to date so you know what is going on in and around the classroom or you can always access our school website for further information. We also use the My School app where you can read all the weekly newsletters and keep up to date with all the events happening in school.
You can contact me via class Seesaw which will be primarily how I communicate with you, posting lots of pictures about what your children are learning. You can also see me at the gate at the beginning or the end of the day.
Your child’s reading books will be collected in on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning to be changed if you are reading regularly at home. They will be heard to read at least once throughout the week but we do try to aim to hear the children twice where possible. We do ask that reading books are read twice/three times at home before we change them. Homework will come home on a Wednesday and will be collected back in on the Monday.
For more information, you can see the attached half term newsletter and planning overview for this half term. We are very excited about this half term and we are looking forward to watching your children’s learning develop.
Thanks for your continuous support as always.
Mrs Harding and Miss Burney