Welcome to Reception.
What will we be learning about this half term?
We have had an excellent start to the school year and have all settled really well into class and routines. Well done everyone!
Our topic this term is ‘Light and Dark’. This topic is based on the changes we are seeing around us and it enables us to comment on the differences we see overtime in the lead up to Christmas. We shall be going on a local walk to spot these changes and gather different objects that we spot! Our core book shall be Laura’s Star, opening up many opportunities to experiment with shiny and non-shiny materials and to discuss light and dark sources. This will lead up nicely to the Christmas period which will involve many arts and crafts and opportunities to explore, imagine and learn, not forgetting Nativity practice which shall be starting very soon!
Personal, Social and Emotional
Over the coming weeks we shall be focussing on developing self-confidence and self-awareness through circle time activities and enabling time for everyone to talk about their ideas and opinions.
Communication, Language and Literacy
Story time, circle time and learning through play on a daily basis offers many opportunities to develop listening and attention skills, speaking and understanding. This time of year will enable children to develop and build on their imagination and exploration skills, which is key to becoming a confident learner!
P.E has got off to a delayed start due to confusion of the timetable given. P.E will begin this half term and shall be done in the hall. If you could bring your child’s P.E kit in and leave it in school, it can then be taken home and washed every half term. A white t-shirt, black shorts and black pumps is all that is required.
Thank you for reading daily with your child. Please continue to bring in the reading log and sign to show you have read at home on a daily basis. You will also now have a library book that shall be changed weekly, every Monday. Please make sure you keep this book safe so it can be swapped with another one. It is very important that you read every day with your child as it helps their development in many areas, not just in Literacy. Now we are doing phonics on a daily basis your child will begin to bring home word books and use the skills learnt to decode and blend words.
We are continuing to recognise and order numbers 1-20 and will be learning one more and one less of a given number. We will be comparing amounts and discuss more and less, ensuring we learn the mathematical language. This will develop into adding and combining groups. Maths shall be learnt in fun and practical ways through singing songs, reading books, exploring the surrounding environment and playing games. If you want to help at home please visit the following site and select early years, there are plenty of games on here! www.topmarks.co.uk
Shape, Space and Measure
We will sing new songs such as days of the week/months of the year to help us identify and order them. We will be creating patterns, making our own fireworks/snowflakes and getting creative with different media and materials.
We shall be having a special dark day in class this November. The day shall involve exploring the areas with minimal lighting, using glow sticks, torches and small twinkly lights for the day. Children will be invited to come in their Pyjamas to our dark day. Further information and details will follow in due course.
Our class toy Lady shall continue to be passed around the class. It has been great to see that Lady has enjoyed all her adventures so far!
If you have any questions or concerns, please catch a member of staff to speak to in the classroom or arrange a meeting.