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:
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 familiar stories and rhymes 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. The children will be learning all about Day and Night and Space, naming different planets and describing what it would be like to go up in space. We will also be exploring descriptive words when we create our own aliens. Such activities helps the children to develop a wider vocabulary and gain confidence to join in with small group and class discussions.
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 exploring opposites, describing day and night, making a list of what to take to the moon for a picnic, following instructions using Bee-Bots and describing aliens.
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 ' Space'. The children will be learning about how we can travel to the moon and the names of different planets. We will also be using non-fiction books to help us find out about Day and Night, Space and the planets around us. The children will be acting out familiar stories, writing a list of what to take to the moon as well as planning a 'Space picnic' at the end of the topic. This topic will enable children to develop their descriptive language, describing their own aliens for making a class book. We shall also be learning all about Chinese New Year, the Year of the Rat.
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.
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 continuing with Power Maths this half term through which they will be focussing 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 Chinese New Year. 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 learning about time, sequencing the main events in our day and using simple language of time such as 'before', 'after' and 'next'. There will a focus on 3D shapes which links well with designing and building our own rockets.
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 'Space'. The children will be learning all about Day and Night before learning about simple space travel and the names of different planets on our Space day. They will be designing and making their own rockets and aliens, providing lots of links with developing their creative skills.
We will be learning about Chinese New Year, looking at the story of the animal race alongside ordinal numbers. The children will have the opportunity to explore some simple traditions such as listening to Chinese music, learning to do a dragon dance, making lanterns and fans. They will also be tasting some Chinese food and trying to use chopsticks to eat noodles. This will be further supported by setting up a Chinese Take Away in the role play area. Such opportunities help the children to identify similarities and differences between themselves and others.
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. They readily access cameras, Bee-Bots and other remote-controlled toys to further develop their technology skills. We will also be using the virtual reality head sets to help us experience what it would be like to go up in space.
Expressive Arts and Design:
The children will be developing their imagination and role play skills in the Space Station outside and the Post Office indoors. This will be changed into a Chinese Take Away when we are learning about Chinese New Year. 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 rockets in junk modelling, exploring different patterns whilst printing using a range of objects, investigating how to make their own aliens and UFOs.
The children will also be involved in a range of creative activities to help us celebrate Chinese New Year, learning simple songs and rhymes.
All of these activities help the children to develop their practical skills as well as their creativity and imagination.