In Class 1....
Mrs Radley is the class teacher. Miss Haswell teaches on a Thursday afternoon and Mrs Blunt teaches Forest School on a Wednesday afternoon.
This half-term our topic focus is “Down on the Farm ”. We will learn how farms can be similar or different and how farm animals and crops need to be looked after so that they grow well.
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Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Mirror time - We begin this term by making individual learning targets using the learning behaviours as a focus. Our class focus this term will be developing independence and resilience as activities become longer and require the children to work more independently using the skills and knowledge they have already.
Circle time: activities with Miss Haswell will support the children with learning how to express their emotions, share their opinions and consider how others maybe feeling.
Cooperative games: Reception children will be learning how to play simple cooperative games, working together to follow rules independently, and coping with winning or losing.
Communication & Language
Topic activities this term these will develop the children’s vocabulary as they name and describe what they see from hearing stories, poems or music and participating in activities, visits or investigations. They will be encouraged to choose and use words with care to show understanding of factual information gained from direct experiences.
“Show and Tell” sessions will encourage the children to share their ideas using items or information from home, linked to the weekly farming theme.
Forest School – weekly sessions on Wednesday Afternoon will be led by Mrs Blunt, who is a trained Early Years and Forest School practitioner. These sessions are vital for developing and refining the children’s large and fine motor movements, and crucial for the development of the neural system. The children need to wear the correct clothing to keep dry and warm, and this will be sent home after every session for cleaning.
P.E. – weekly sessions with Miss Haswell will focus on developing skills games and gym skills.
Balance bike Programme: weekly sessions led by Miss Gotze will teach the children how to balance and negotiate in space, knowing how to control their bikes when travelling at speed or more slowly.
Fun Fit & High Five: our Classroom Assistant Mrs McFarlane is trained to lead these schemes which have been designed by physiotherapists to support the physical development of young children and to avoid children moving into more formal schooling with unidentified physical needs which will impact on their future progress.
Our daily number work follows the White Rose Hub scheme of planning for Reception. The children are given a variety of equipment in order to understand how number can be represented and to work with accuracy when counting and calculating.
We are learning how to recognise, describe and name (3D) solid shapes, investigating their properties and matching them to design of everyday objects. We are learning to identify (2D) flat shapes from the faces of solid shapes. We are learning to recognise repeating patterns we can see around us (the seasons, designs in fabric, wrapping paper, bunting) and those we can hear in music.
Reading and Phonics
Phonics: The children have daily phonics teaching matched to their phonics knowledge as they progress through the phases of Letters and Sounds. In sessions they learn how to recognise, read and write individual letters names and sounds and the common letter patterns. Activities include games, IT and the use of whiteboard and pens.
Reading: reading books are carefully matched to the phases in phonics and books are shared in class and sent home for regular reading practise. We use a variety of reading schemes which matches individual children's learning.
Stories : A love of books and reading is encouraged in Reception by reading stories to the children, having a weekly library choosing session and termly visits from a storyteller.
Writing: our writing is linked to our topic focus. This term we will focus on choosing and ordering and words to create simple captions or sentences related to a story about farming, or a visit or investigation. Our writing area will also have resources linked to our farm topic focus to encourage independent writing.
Knowledge & Understanding of the world
This half-term our topic focus is “Down on the Farm”. We will learn how farms can be similar or different and how farm animals and crops need to be looked after so that they grow well.
Walks & Visits: We will be going on walks around the village to explore the rural landscape, and we will visit two local small holdings and Farmer Ford’s farm.
Investigations: We will find out how farms have changed looking at artefacts, video clips and interviewing Farmer Ford. We will also investigate how to dye fleece, how to weave, making butter and what happens to eggs when they are heated or whisked.
I.T. : our topic work will be supported by the use of lap tops and tablets for access to Easi-maths and phonics , and the IWB for on-line activities and video clips.
Expressive Arts & Design
Sketching: this term the children in reception will begin to use sketching books to record what they see from walks, visits and during investigations.
Model making: we will create our own hobby horses from milk bottles and wooden poles.
Role Play : This half term we will be supporting imaginative play with our small world farm toys and role play area creating a farmhouse kitchen and farm shop.
Music: we will be learning songs and rhymes connected to farms and farm animals, using percussion instruments to accompany them.