Welcome back to the final half term in Reception!
This half term our learning will be led by our topic on minibeasts, looking particularly at those we can find in our local environment, as well as watching and recording the development of caterpillars in our classroom.
In Literacy we will focus on stories with a minibeast theme as well as learning to use information texts to help us find out about minibeasts. Children will be working on writing their own non-fiction, in the form of facts about minibeasts, and retelling stories about minibeasts. They will be working hard to make sure that they apply what they have learned in handwriting sessions to all their writing, making sure they form letters accurately and position them correctly on the line.
Phonics work will continue to focus on blending and segmenting, particularly ensuring that children recognise digraphs and trigraphs as single sounds. We will continue to introduce a few more of the most common phase 5 sounds, which the children are already coming across in their reading. Again, thank you so much for all your support in helping the children to practise their phonics and reading at home; it really does make a huge difference to their progress.
In Maths, we will be working on the application of children’s knowledge of number operations to solving problems, as well as continuing to practise counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. We will be measuring time in simple ways, including using sand timers and stop watches, and will begin to explore using an analogue clock to measure time.
PE will continue to be on a Tuesday, with athletics this half term in preparation for Sports Day. The children will also be learning about the importance of teamwork, and those who have not already represented the school will have the opportunity to take part in an inter-schools Multiskills event. Mrs Cozadinos will continue to take the children to Smokey Row on Thursdays. Please could we repeat our plea that all your child’s clothing is clearly named, including all items of PE kit and wellies.
Our online Learning Journal, Tapestry, is now firmly embedded. We hope you are enjoying seeing some of the things children do at school, and staff are enjoying seeing posts of the learning children are engaged in at home.
Later on this half term we will be inviting our new intake of Reception children to join us for their ‘settling in’ sessions. As always, our current class will be buddied up with the little ones; it is always amazing to see how seriously they take this responsibility and what a good job they do of welcoming our new children to the school and helping them to enjoy their first experience of ‘big’ school. It also reminds us of how far they have come and how much they have grown up since their own first visits this time last year!
As always, please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any concerns. If you can’t catch one of us at the beginning or end of the day, you can e-mail the office and we will get in touch as quickly as possible.
With best wishes,
The Reception Team