Welcome to Reception

In the Reception Department, we focus on the Early Years Foundation Stage, helping children to develop their personal and social skills alongside developing their confidence and communication skills. The children have access to a wide range of learning experiences across the day to support their learning in Literacy (Reading and Writing) and Maths (Number and Shape, Space and Measure). Our topic work enables us to focus on different aspects of Understanding of the World, helping the children to develop a fascination for the world in which they live.

These are some of the stories that we are reading this half term:
Physical Development:
The children have free access to the large outdoor area. They are able to explore the climbing apparatus to develop their climbing skills and confidence. There is a wide range of small equipment such as bats and balls which help to develop throwing and catching skills. Staff encourage the children to try out new activities to enable them to develop their confidence whilst supporting their physical development.
We have a daily 'Funky Fingers'  session to help develop fine and gross motor skills. This helps the children with their fine motor development and early writing skills.
Communication, Language and Literacy:
The children are supported and encouraged to develop their speaking and listening skills through a variety of activities across the week.
They are developing their confidence to talk about what they are doing and ask questions of their friends.  A variety of activities are planned to enhance their learning and curiosity. This half term we will be focusing on generating rhyming words and using non-fiction books to find out about dinosaurs. 
We use different stories to help children to develop their imagination, ideas and vocabulary. There are plenty of opportunities to talk about books and stories, enabling children to improve their comprehension whilst developing a love of books. 
Much of the work we do in Reception is linked to a story every week . This half term we are looking at stories with different characters for the children to describe, widening their vocabulary. We will also be using non-fiction books to help us find out information about dinosaurs and the life-cycle of a chick. The children have the opportunity to act out the stories with their friends, both indoors and out.
The children have a daily phonics session to help them to learn their letter sounds and how to write letters . We are introducing Ruth Miskin's 'Read, Write , Inc' programme . The children will be learning Set 1 and Set 2 sounds.
Mark making and writing are encouraged throughout the department with all children wanting to have a go, displaying their drawings and writing wherever they can.
The children will be learning a different number rhyme each week to help with recognising numbers to 10 and beyond, exploring the concept of addition and subtraction in practical ways. 
We will exploring simple subtraction and exploring doubling and halving different numbers. the children will also be investigating how to make different numbers using their addition and subtraction skills.
Practical activities will include investigating the length of dinosaur bones, dinosaur footprints and toy dinosaurs using non-standard units. We will also be exploring time, learning about the numbers on a clock face and telling the time. The children will also investigate what they can do in 1 minute to help them to develop an understanding of units of time and the fact that some activities take longer to complete than others.
There will be lots of opportunities for recording numbers and solving simple problems throughout the week.

Understanding of the World:


This half term our topic is on 'Dinosaurs'. The children will be learning all about different dinosaurs, where they came from, what happened to them and investigating fossils. We will be having a 'Dinosaur Day' during which the children will be hunting for bones and matching them to different dinosaurs.  


We are going to have a mini topic on chicks when we will have some chick eggs delivered. The children will look after them and watch them hatch. This will be so exciting , enabling the children to learn all about the life-cycle of a chick and learning how to care for animals in our environment.


The children will also be learning about Spring and seasonal changes, making them more aware of the world they live in.


The children will continue to visit the ICT suite across the week as 'Computer Captains', further developing their technology skills.

Expressive Arts and Design:
The children will be developing their role play skills and imagination in the Chinese Take Away, Dinosaur Hut and Magic Potion Lab outside, enabling them to act out familiar events and experiences. 
In our creative sessions and throughout the department the children will have the opportunity to explore activities such as designing and making dinosaurs, making fossils, observational drawing of chicks as they hatch and exploring printing and painting Spring flowers. children will also be developing their skills in using different ways to join materials together.
All of these activities help the children to develop their practical skills as well as their creativity and imagination.

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