Welcome to Reception!
Here you will find out about all of the amazing things we do in Reception.
Mrs Sutton Mr Kriehn
Beech Class Teacher Chestnut Class Teacher
Mrs McKenna Mrs Arnett Mrs Mason
HLTA HLTA/Chestnut Teaching Assistant Beech Teaching Assistant
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Dates for your diary ............
28th June - Reception Sports Morning & Picnic
3rd July - Reception Summer Party
17th July - Sunflower Competition
Summer Term 2 - Our Favourite Books!
This half term our topic will be based around some of our favourite books. We will start the topic with a narrative theme and read stories linked to Super Heroes e.g. ‘Superworm’ by Julia Donaldson, ‘SUPERTATO’ by Sue Hendra and ‘The Naughty Bus’ by Jan Oke. We will focus on orally retelling these stories using props and sequencing the main events. The children will practise answering ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions about the story to check their understanding. The children will invent some of their own heroes and villains to use in their writing. The children will also learn about mini beasts (insects and small creatures) and we will go on a mini beast hunt.
Please look after your child’s sunflower at home. You may need to replant it in a bigger pot and use a garden cane to support the stem as it grows. Please help your child to look after the plant, water it and record the growth e.g. count the number of leaves and measure the height every week or so. Please return it to school on Wednesday 17th July for our special maths day. All growers will receive a certificate.
Summer Term 1 - The Farm and Life Cycles
This half term our topic will be based around farms and life-cycles. On the first week back we will be collecting chick eggs from the farm to look after in our incubator and we will be counting down to hatching day. We will continue to look after our tadpoles and observe them closely as they change and develop into frogs. To add to the excitement we will be looking after butterfly eggs and watch them change into caterpillars and later butterflies. We will be visiting Temple Newsam Farm and learn the names of the farm animals and their babies. The children will have the chance to feed the animals and stroke them and play on the adventure playground.
Then the children will be learning about plants, name the parts of a plant and find out where our food comes from. The children will plant their own sunflower seeds and learn about the life cycle. We will watch them germinate in school then send them home for the children to grow and measure. There will be a prize for the tallest sunflower at the end of the year. We hope this will be an exciting topic for the children. Please keep bobbing in after school to look at our class pets!
Spring Term 2 - Dinosaurs
This half term our topic will be dinosaurs. We have lots of exciting activities planned covering all the areas of development. First we will learn facts about dinosaurs and spend time looking in information books, researching dinosaurs online and learning amazing facts. Next we will read dinosaur stories and work on retelling using story language. Then we will focus on dinosaur maths and investigate the size of dinosaur footprints and the different dinosaur heights and lengths. Later we will have a writing themed week and the children will make an information book about their favourite dinosaur. After that the children will get creative and make/build their own dinosaurs using a variety of different media and materials. Finally we will have a science themed week and explore similarities and difference between dinosaurs and have fun making volcanos erupt!
Spring Term 1 - Why would a penguin and a polar bear never meet?
Our new topic is called : 'Why would a penguin and a polar bear never meet?
The children will learn to retell the story of a baby penguin who is scared of the world, 'Me' by Emma Dodd and change elements of the story to contribute to a class book. The children will learn about real penguins and polar bears and about their icy homes. We will conduct some ice experiments and make our own clay penguin colony.
Term 1 - Why Am I Special?
This term we will be getting to know each other through our ‘All About Me’ topic. Through this topic the children will be exploring what makes us special. We will be looking at our growing bodies and our senses, keeping healthy, our homes, the people who care for us, and our feelings and emotions. As with all our curricular activities, the children could take the topic in any direction. Shortly, we will be sending home a 'special bag' for your child to fill with their interests and photographs of their family which they will share with their key worker group. We are looking forward to learning all about ourselves and each other. You can help at home by talking to your child about what makes them special such as family traditions, their interests and what makes them unique.
Letters and sounds- http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/
Phase 2 Games- http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/phase-2-games.html
Phase 3 Games- http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/phase-3-games.html
Jolly Phonics Songs on You Tube
Phase 2 Sounds- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGpsVmWLRFA
Phase 3 Sounds- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmRqONZn954
Geraldine the Giraffe (a puppet to read words using phonics). One short programme for each new sound in Phase 2 and 3. Watch on You Tube-https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=geraldine+the+giraffe
Alphablocks (a BBC children’s show aimed at developing phonics)-
Ten ways to help your child with maths- http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/joinin/numberblocks-help-your-child-with-maths
Numberblocks (a BBC children’s show designed to help development of number)- http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/cbeebies/episode/b08r41qb/numberblocks
The Big Number Song (Helps children count to 100 in 1s) https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=the+big+number+song&rlz=1C1VFKB_enGB709GB709&oq=the+big+number+song&aqs=chrome..69i57.4440j0j4&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8
Count by 2s- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvTcpfSnOMQ
Count by 5s- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EemjeA2Djjw
Count by 10s- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ftati8iGQcs