Reception

Welcome to Reception

Miss Williams and Miss Daniels work in Reception class.

English

This half term our English sessions will be focused on the text "There Is No Dragon In This Story" by Lou Carter. We will be using this text as a starting point to investigate different fairy tale characters and their traditional tales. We will be developing our understanding of language and comprehension skills by retelling, role playing and sequencing these familiar stories and beginning to delve deeper into the different morals that underpin many traditional tales. We will be exploring different kinds of written texts such as instructions, letters and narratives, thinknig of our own ideas and using these to begin writing different kinds of texts ourselves. 

Our daily phonics sessions will continue to take place following our Monster Phonics scheme. This half term we will be moving on to learn more Phase 3 digraphs and high frequency words. With the help of our friends in Monster Phonics Land, we will be looking for patterns in language, exploring ways different sounds can be represented and applying these skills to our guided, group and independent reading. We are starting to focus on recognising some punctuation in texts such as question marks, exclamation marks and speech marks and developing an understanding of what these marks are for.

We will be practising our handwriting in weekly sessions, developing our fine motor skills to ensure good dexterity and strength in our fingers and practising correct letter formations. We are beginning to develop an awareness of sentence structure and use of capital letters, finger spaces and full stops in our independent writing.

Maths

In Maths we will be beginning the half term with shape, space and measure by exploring mass and capacity. We will be investigating everyday objects to develop our understanding of concepts such as heavy, light and balance. We will also be linking this exploration of mass to number and seeing how we can create balance between a whole number and two parts. We will be exploring different containers and how we can fill these to different capacities, which containers will hold the most and making links to number and counting as we fill and empty our containers.

We will also be looking more closely at the numbers 6, 7, and 8, counting and recognising these quantities, making comparisions between these numbers and exploring their composition. 

Theme

We will be looking back in time to the story of St George and the Dragon this half term and exploring how this tale has impacted on our country's heritage. We will be using each traditional tale to explore different aspects of "Understanding the World". The Gingerbread Man and The Three Little Pigs will be guiding us with our scientific investigations into materials, floating and sinking, whilst Jack and the Beanstalk will be helping us to learn about how things grow and change. Golidilocks and the Three Bears will be taking us round the world to look for different animal habitats and how they differ from where we live and Little Red Riding Hood will be helping us to develop our risk management and personal safety.

We will continue to enjoy developing our creative skills with the use of a range of tools, different painting techniques such as printing and sponging and exploration into colour mixing. We will be starting each day with a song and enjoying a wide range of music linked to our traditional stories.

Websites

Nursery rhymes to sing and watch  https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p06kbsbz
Counting games https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/3-5-years/counting
Listening to sounds https://www.phonicsbloom.com/uk/game/list/phonics-games-phase-1
Letter formation http://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/skyWriter/index.html
Shape recognition https://www.topmarks.co.uk/early-years/shape-monsters
Stories to listen to https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/stories

Reception