Mrs Radley is the class teacher. Mrs Hopkins teaches on a Wednesday morning and Mrs Blunt teaches Forest School on a Wednesday afternoon.
This half-term our topic focus is “Change and Growth ”. We will learn how spring time brings change all around us.
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Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Mirror time – This half term we will continue to focus on learning behaviours represented by animals; Elephants – never forget and ready to learn, Tiger – independent doing things for themselves, monkey – empathy, looking after each other.
Circle time: activities will support the children with learning how to express their emotions, share their opinions and consider how others maybe feeling. We will follow the PSHE scheme “We Eat Elephants” exploring “Relationships”
Cooperative activities: Reception children will be learning how to play simple cooperative games in PE, and work together to grow plants in the garden area.
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 with a weekly theme linked to “Change and Growth”. Sessions will consider how they have changed since starting school, how to grow plants, spring flowers and the celebration of Mother's day and Easter.
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.
- PE. – weekly sessions using our scheme of work, “Get Set 4 PE” will develop the children’s skills with using balls, covering. Physical: Rolling a ball
- Physical: Stopping a rolling ball
- Physical: Throwing at a target
- Physical: Bouncing a ball
- Physical: Dribbling a ball with feet
- Physical: Kicking a ball
- Social: Co-operation
- Social: Supporting others
- Emotional: Honesty
- Emotional: Perseverance
- Thinking: Using tactics
- Thinking: Decision making
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.
In Reception the White Rose Scheme for mathematics is used. This term the topics covered will be:
Place value : comparing numbers to 10
Addition and subtraction – bonds to 10
Pattern – more complex patterns
Geometry – modelling with 3-d solid shapes
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 to match individual learning styles and strengths.
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 for chronological writing linked to our knowledge and understanding of the world e.g. “How a bean grows” or report writing following a simple investigation with heating or whisking eggs. Our writing area will also have resources linked to our topic focus to encourage independent writing, in particular writing menus and orders for the Farm Shop café, and messages for Mother’s Day and Easter.
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 “change and Growth”. We will identify the seasonal changes we can see in Spring, and sequence growth lifecycles for a bean plan and a hen. We also investigate how we celebrate “Mothers Day” and the Spring Festival of “Easter”
Walks & Visits: We will be going on walks around the village to explore the rural landscape, and observe changes at two local small holdings and on Farmer Ford’s farm from a safe distance, following any current regulations.
Investigations: We will find out what a plant needs to grow, the life cycle of humans, and we will also investigate 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 Monster Phonics, and the IWB for on-line activities and video clips.
Expressive Arts & Design
Sketching: this term the children in reception use sketch books to record what they see from walks, visits and during investigations.
Model making: we will construct a den to protect ourselves from the rain during forest school.
Role Play : This half term we will be supporting imaginative play with our small world farm toys and role play area creating a farm shop and cafe.
Music: we will be learning nursery rhymes connected to the season of Spring (Dr Foster, Incy Wincy spider, Mary Mary quite contrary, Hickety Pickety my Black Hen), using percussion instruments to accompany them. We will also listen to music which links to growth and change.