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.
Here are some suggested books to read to support learning about traditional tales. Don't forget to look for some information books on plants and seeds as well.
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 'Funky Fingers' sessions to help develop fine and gross motor skills. This helps the children with their pencil control and early writing skills.
Communication, Language and Literacy:
This half term we will be looking at traditional tales for the children to join in with and discuss. They will also be acting out stories using puppets and masks, developing their understanding of how stories work. We will also be exploring descriptive words when we create our own giants when we read 'Jack and the Beanstalk'. Such activities helps the children to develop a wider vocabulary and gain confidence to join in with small group and class discussions.The children will also be learning about seeds and growing, exploring what plants need to help them to grow. They will plant their own bean seeds and keep a diary to record changes over time.
There are daily opportunities to talk about books and stories, enabling children to improve their comprehension whilst also developing a love of books and reading.
Activities will include describing different characters, sequencing main events and writing a list of things to take to Grandma. We will also write our own versions of stories.
Each week much of the learning in Reception starts with the stimulus of a story. The children have the opportunity to act out the stories with their friends, both indoors and out.
This half term our topic is ' Traditional Tales'. The children will be learning about different stories and characters.. We will also be using non-fiction books to help us find out about plants, seeds and where food comes from.. This topic will enable children to develop their descriptive language alongside developing a love of reading familiar books and stories.
The children have a daily phonics session to help them to learn their letter sounds and how to write letters, words and sentences using Ruth Miskin's 'Read, Write , Inc' programme . The children will be learning Set 1 sounds alongside blending sounds to read 'green' words and learning to recognise and read 'red' words alongside reading new words in their home reading books and class books.
Children are encouraged to write all the time, practising using 'Fred Fingers' and 'Fred Talk' to help them use their phonics throughout the department. All children are keen to have a go, displaying their drawings and writing wherever they can.
The children will be continuing with Power Maths this half term through which they will be focusing on numbers to ten and exploring simple addition whilst creating number stories and investigating number bonds to ten. They will be exploring the 'part whole' model and using a 'ten frame'. We will be learning about ordinal numbers whilst learning about 'The Enormous Turnip'. The children will be exploring numbers to 20 to further develop their skills. There will be a new number rhyme each week to help support further knowledge and understanding of simple addition and subtraction.
We will also be re-visiting learning about 2D and 3D shapes, describing their properties and sorting them accordingly. The weekly Maths Challenge gives the children the opportunity to practise what they have been learning at school with you at home.
Understanding of the World:
This half term our topic is 'Traditional Tales' through which we will be learning all about seeds, plants and what they need to grow..They will plant their own bean seed to see if they can grow a beanstalk. The children will be cutting fruit and vegetables in half to look at the seeds and will also do some fruit tasting to decide on their favourite. The children will also be designing and making their own giants, castles and exploring different shades of colour, making colours lighter and darker. There will be the opportunity to do some observational drawing of cross-sections of fruit and vegetables, different seeds and their bean plant as it grows.
We will also be looking at what makes a rainbow and what happens when we mix colours. Such activities enable the children to develop their creative skills and they are encouraged to talk about their work.
The children will visit the ICT suite across the week as 'Computer Captains' as well as accessing a variety of programmes on the Smart boards in the classroom. The children will begin to use the i-pads exploring different programmes. They will also have regular access to cameras, Bee-Bots and other remote-controlled toys to further develop their technology skills.
We will also be getting ready to move to Year 1, discussing change and engaging in a variety of Transition activities to make the move smoother for the children.
Expressive Arts and Design:
The children will be developing their imagination and role play skills in the Flower Shop and outside. The role play outside will be changed into a Builders' Yard ready for Transition activities with the Nursery. The provision of such activities enables the children to act out familiar events and experiences with their friends.
In our creative sessions and throughout the Department, the children will have the opportunity to explore activities such as making their own castles in junk modelling, exploring using different collage materials, printing using fruit and vegetables, as well as mixing colours to make their own rainbows.
All of these activities help the children to develop their practical skills as well as their creativity and imagination.