We hope you had a lovely Christmas holiday and would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year. The children were certainly very excited about sharing news of all their holiday activities with us; they have obviously all been extremely busy and yet they still managed to come back to school full of energy and ready for a new term of learning!
This half term we have a major literacy focus, exploring Traditional Tales, looking at different versions of these and asking the question, ‘Do Traditional tales always have a happy ending?’ This will allow us to explore patterned language and rhyme, to learn to apply important ‘book talk’ skills such as prediction and inference, and to think about key features of stories such as characters and settings. The children will be learning oral stories, taking part in role play and using stories as a stimulus for developing their writing skills, as well as taking part in a variety of creative and challenge activities themed around the stories we read.
In phonics we will continue learning phase 3 digraphs and trigraphs, and will be focusing particularly on the application of phonics and ‘tricky’ words to writing sentences.
In our ‘Understanding of the World’ subject area we will be exploring materials suitable for making a house for a little pig, as well as extending our knowledge of other cultures by looking at aspects of Jewish life. This will include our first school trip, to the Oxford Synagogue, and celebrating Chinese New Year.
Work in maths will continue to develop the children’s ability to count, recognise and order numbers to 20. It will also have a major focus on Shape, Space and Measure, including exploration of 3D shape and measuring using non-standard units.
Our whole-school value this half term is Endurance, and we will be talking to the children about the importance of not giving up when they find things difficult. ‘I can’t do it yet.’ is a phrase you will become familiar with as we encourage the children to persevere with those things they find challenging.
PE will continue to be on a Tuesday with our new PE coach Mr Goddard, supported by Mrs Smith, teaching multi-skills this half term. Mrs Cozadinos will continue to take the children to Smokey Row on Thursdays; as this will go ahead in all but the most extreme weather, the children will need wellies and warm outdoor clothes in school on these days. Please could you ensure that all your child’s clothing is clearly named.
We look forward to welcoming you into school for our maths morning, when you will be able to take part in practical maths activities with your children, who will hopefully be able to demonstrate their learning!
As always, we try to be available at the end of the day should you ever need to discuss anything with one of us. If this is not convenient, an e-mail or phone call to the office will be passed on and we will get back to you as quickly as possible.
We are all looking forward to a happy, fun and productive half term.
The Reception Team