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Welcome back to Reception – Term 4

Under the Sea

 

Having conquered space (!), we are now going down in the depths… In this term we will be learning about life under the sea – the fish and creatures that live in and around the oceans.

 

In English, we are focusing on being able to write a simple sentence using our sounds and simple punctuation. We need to count the number of words in our sentence. Then we need to write down the sounds we can hear remembering finger spaces between each word and put a full stop at the end. Another main focus is letter formation and we regularly practise letters that are formed the same way e.g. h,k,m,n,r. Although we are getting better at rhyming we still need to practise until we can rhyme with any word our teacher gives us. Finally, well done to everyone who has tried to read books on the computer using Bug Club. These are great fun to read by yourself or to share with somebody else.

 

In maths we are focusing on the numbers to 20, and beyond. We have also started to count backwards from 20 (and are getting very good) and are learning to count in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s (which is a little harder)! We have started practising simple addition and subtraction to 10 in lots of different ways – and using lots of different equipment. It is also important that we continue investigating weight, measure and shape so that we do not forget what we have already learnt! A new skill that we have just been introduced to is estimation (please ask your child about this). We are trying to have a ‘sensible’ guess at how many things are in a jar – but it is quite difficult! Finally, well done to everyone who has tried using Busy Things at home. It is a really fun website and allows us to learn lots of things without us realising!

 

On Wednesday, we have our PE lesson and are enjoying using all the mats, benches and boxes. It will also be sports day soon so we will be practising our throwing and catching, dribbling and skipping skills. Please remember to take earrings out and ensure that your child has a full, named PE kit in school.

 

Finally, we are becoming even more independent. This means that we are much better at dressing and undressing ourselves and doing up our coats. We are now trying to make sure that we tidy up after ourselves and look after all our resources so they do not get broken. Please keep checking that ALL our belongings are clearly named.

 

 

We thank you for your continued support and please do not hesitate to speak to us should you need to.

 

The Reception Team


 

Another welcome to Reception – Term 3

Space

 

In this term we have been learning about everything to do with space e.g. planets, aliens, astronauts and spaceships.

In literacy, we are learning to write c-v-c words and simple sentences using our sounds and simple punctuation. This means that we need to remember to segment and blend our sounds, use finger spaces and try to remember a full stop. Another main focus is letter formation and we regularly practise letters that are formed the same way e.g. a,c,d,g,o. We also need to keep practising our rhyming words e.g. words that rhyme with “mat” until we can rhyme with any word that is chosen.

Finally, we have been taught to read books on the computer using Bug Club. This means we will be able to show you how good we are by reading at home. We have just been given our login details – please let my teacher know if there is a problem with this.

In maths we are getting good at recognising, and writing, numbers to 10 and 20. We have started learning about simple addition and subtraction to 10 in lots of different ways. It is also important that we continue investigating weight, measure and shape so that we do not forget what we have already learnt! We have also been given our login details for a really good website called Busy Things. This allows us to practise a range of activities which cover all areas of our curriculum – and it is really good fun! Again, if there is a problem logging on, please let my teacher know.

Finally, we are trying to become even more independent. This includes being able to dress and undress ourselves, doing up our coats and finding the resources we need in class. Any encouragement, and practise, at home would be greatly appreciated – as would a check that ALL our belongings are clearly named.

 

We thank you for your continued support and please do not hesitate to speak to us should you need to.

 

The Reception Team

 

 

 

Term 2

Traditional Tales and Christmas

 

This term, we have continued looking at traditional tales, such as Goldilocks and the three bears and Little Red Riding Hood. We have talked about the setting, the characters and the order of events. Vocabulary such as the title, author and the blurb have also been introduced. In the remaining weeks, we will be focusing on the events leading up to the nativity and our production to the parents.

 

Our main aims in literacy have been learning the sounds and beginning to blend these sounds into simple c-v-c words e.g. tap, pot and sit. We are starting to write the sounds on whiteboards, paper or in sand/shaving foam. It is very important that we learn to write the letters correctly so we are doing lots of practise. Letter formation sheets have now been sent home.

 

In maths, as well as continuing our number recognition, we have been learning to count a variety of objects carefully, ordering events using the correct vocabulary and solving simple mathematical problems.

 

Our first PE lesson was a great success, without too many lost items of clothing, and we are good at using our ribbons in Write Dance. During child-initiated activities, we practise many of our skills, including bat and ball skills, moving on the large apparatus and riding our bikes and scooters on the playground.

 

We are becoming much more competent at using programmes on the I-Pads and computers and our mouse control is now so much better. Our artistic and musical abilities will be on show during our Christmas nativity which we look forward to sharing with you. Please help the children to learn their lines when they are sent home.

 

Finally we would thank everyone who has helped us with our home learning activities and we have produced some amazing work.

 

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

The Reception Team

 

 

 

 

Term 1

 

We would like to welcome you all to Grove Park and the beginning of your child’s journey at school.

This term our main aim will be to ensure that your child feels secure and is happy about coming into school. We will gradually introduce them to the rules and routines and begin to encourage them to become more independent.

 

Our first topic will be nursery rhymes and traditional tales such as Jack and Jill, Humpty Dumpty, The Gingerbread Man and The Three Little Pigs. This will include joining in with a variety of art activities, singing, games and stories.

 

                         

 

We will be teaching the children the 26 sounds in the alphabet and beginning to blend some sounds together. Our PE sessions in Write Dance and clever fingers sessions will help develop the children’s capability to enable them to start recording these sounds. A book to share with your child will also be sent home and we would appreciate any time you are able to spend in this activity.

 

 

In numeracy we will be working towards recognising and ordering numbers and ensuring that we can accurately count a range of objects. We will also be looking at a range of concepts such as matching and sorting, identifying simple shapes and making simple patterns.

 

 

We hope you will be happy to support your child with all these activities on a regular basis and look forward to seeing the impact this will have. Please feel free to talk to the adults if you are unsure about any of the activities we have mentioned as we are more than happy to help.

 

Here’s to a happy and successful first term.

The reception team

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