The Reception team is comprised of a team of teachers, Miss Edey and Miss Parker, and two teaching assistants, Mrs Isherwood and Mrs Hensman. We all work together to make your child’s time in Reception the best that it can be!
This term our topic is 'Famous People'. We will be learning about lots of significant people including The Queen, Tim Peake, Robin Hood and Julia Donaldson.
Our curriculum is organised over the 7 areas of learning from the Early Years Currciulum. The information below gives an insight as to how this applies to our topic this term.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
As always, personal, social and emotional development is a big focus. The children will be continuing to follow the rules and routines of Reception, as well as the whole school expectations.
The children will be learning to consider what is right and what is wrong, and to understand the consequences of their own actions.
We will also focus on making positive relationships through demonstrating friendly behaviour and learning how to interact with others.
We will continue to work on changing ourselves ready for PE and being able to dress ourselves again as independently as possible.
The children will need to bring their PE kits every week, ready for PE which usually takes place each Friday. Please ensure that all kit is named. During the summer term PE will usually take place outside, and so the children will need appropriate footwear.
This term our PE topic will be dance. We will be learning to move our bodies in a variety of creative ways to music.
Fine motor skill development will be encouraged through the effective use of writing and drawing tools, as well as threading, sticking and the use of equipment such as peg boards.
Communication and Language
In Reception the children will often use language to imagine and recreate roles and experiences in play situations. They will have many oportunities to use talk for thinking in a range of situations, such as during Key Question. This is where the children will research the answers to their own topic based questions.
The children will be learning to sustain attentive listening and respond to instructions involving a two-part sequence.
The children will be taking part in targeted daily phonics sessions. This will lead to the development of both reading and writing skills across the curriculum. They will be focusing on forming letter shapes alongside learning how to recognise letter sounds and blend them together to read and write words.
The children will be taking part in supported 1:1 reading sessions with the adults and will be encouraged to change their home reading book often.
The children will also be learning to read and recognise sight words with speed and fluency.
Within mathematics we will be developing number recognition, and our understanding of number. We will use the numbers that we know in different problem solving activities, including addition and subtraction. Ordering numbers will also be a focus.
You can help your child at home by continuing to practise recognising numbers around the environment, and counting how many things you can see, such as in shops or on houses. Saying 1 more or less at speed is an important skill in understanding number value.
We will also be learning about shape, space and measure. The children will be recognising and naming 2D shapes in the environment as well as using language to describe these.
Understanding the World
Within our topic of 'Famous People' we will be exploring significant people such as Robin Hood, Julia Donaldson, The Queen and Tim Peake. We will look closely at similarities, differences, patterns and change, making observations of people, animals and the environment. We will have lots of fun finding out, exploring and asking and answering questions! You can support your child by researching our current topic to find out more at home.
Reception will be exposed to many forms of technology within the curriculum such as iPads, computers, Beebots and cameras. They will learn to recognise that technoloy can be used for a particular purpose.
Expressive Arts and Design
We will be exploring lots of different methods to create art work linked to our topic. We will also be working as teams within our classes to show what we have been learning in creative and fun ways, for example, by making up a dance or a song. Within our music sessions we will explore concepts such as sound discrimination and the names of instruments.
Children will engage in role play activities daily, creating own storylines and narratives.