Welcome to Reception
A very warm welcome to Reception.
Reception is a really important and exciting year where the children develop skills that will hopefully stay with them for the rest of their time in school and beyond. We support them to become independent learners through encouraging their own ideas and curiosity about the world around them. We go on an incredible journey together in learning to read and write and develop the building blocks of mathematics. We plan topics throughout the year that emphasise different areas of the curriculum.
All children in Reception follow the Early Years Foundation Stage framework that is divided into the seven areas of learning. They have a mixture of adult led activities and child initiated learning, where the children learn by doing things for themselves.
We work together with parents to ensure all children are, ‘Growing and learning together, as part of God’s family, to be the best that we can be.’
PE day Thursday afternoon- Children to come to school in their PE kit with normal shoes and socks - No tights please
Autumn 1 Term learning -2020
This half term everyone has been settling into school and making new friends. We have spent time learning new routines and developing a sense of Team Reception, so that we all work together to be kind and helpful to each other and look after all the resources in foundation. Our topic is Ourselves. We have spent a lot of time discussing how we are all special and also exploring and naming our different feelings. We learnt the Makaton signs for lots of them. We discussed our families. We linked our Literacy to our topic and read Owl Babies. We talked about their feelings and how mummies always come back at the end of the day. The children were very interested in owls and made owl masks and played with the owl toys.
In Literacy we have been learning the story of The Enormous Turnip. We have been learning it as our Talk for Writing text. The children have learnt the story by heart with Makaton signs to help them remember it. They have drawn story maps. We made a shop selling vegetables and they made shopping lists and stick puppets from the story. Everyone helped to make pumpkin and vegetable soup which we all ate together.
In Maths we have been concentrating on recognizing different visual representations of small numbers. The children have learnt the dice and numicon patterns through games and using different materials such as conkers, pine cones and playdough to copy the patterns and make some of their own. They have also made shape pictures in various ways.
Our RE topic is God’s World. The children have learnt about the Creation story and responded to how they can look after God’s world. They also learnt about St Teresa and have started joining in with praying the Hail Mary when we say the Rosary.
During the spring term we have enjoyed looking into winter. Nursery children have learnt what clothes we wear and why. We also talked about what our weather is like now and how it might be. Nursery children have enjoyed exploring and experimenting with ice - what it feels like and the different ways we can make ice melt. The Nursery children enjoyed learning about the Arctic and Antarctica, and finding out which animals live in the North and South Pole.
In phonics we have focussed on listening skills from Letters and Sounds.
In maths we have continued learning essentials foundations for counting, focussing on representing numbers using fingers and a everyday items, as well as using maths in everyday play.
In RE we have been learning about Jesus growing up and the different ways he helped people.