Welcome to Reception- Lion Cubs
A huge welcome to all of the new Lion Cubs and their families !
The children have all made a fantastic start to school over the last couple of days and are settling in very well. They have been getting to know the adults in the class who support them, their classroom inside and outside, the routines, lunchtimes and most importantly getting to know each other and working together.
The next couple of weeks will be embedding the above, plus starting our autumn topic of 'Ourselves'.
This topic will include what we look like, similarities and differences, likes and dislikes , friends ,keeping safe and a simple version of a family tree. This will then lead onto celebrations and we will look at Christmas ! Related to our topic 'Ourselves', we will be reading the different versions of The Gingerbread Man and the Funny Bones series by Janet and Allan Ahlberg
Speaking and Listening
This will be a strong focus this term, with emphasis on building the children’s confidence to join in with discussions,asking questions and joining in with familiar rhymes, phrases and stories.
Letters and Sounds
The children will begin to learn new letters and sounds daily. Using various games, rhymes and resources to teach these letters, our goal is to support your child to blend and segment words. Blending is putting letter sounds together to make a word. Segmenting is splitting a word into sounds they know.
To begin with, the children will not be doing formal writing. They will explore ‘mark making’ and experiment with new sounds and patterns through different medias, i.e chalk, paint, water etc. This will help to foster their love for writing, their imagination and most of all their confidence!
Each week, the children will take part in Guided Reading sessions with an adult . In addition, they will have a reading book sent home and a library book that the children can change when needed.
As part of our number learning, the children will learn to recite, recognise and order numbers to 10… and then 20. We will practise counting objects and matching numerals and quantity correctly.
Shape Space and Measure
Through the stories of The Gingerbread Man, the children will explore distance,what is longer and shorter, taller and shorter. In addition, we will investigate 2D shapes and the mathematical vocabulary to describe them.
The children will begin developing their movement and balancing skills. They will also work on developing independent skills for example, getting dressed, cutting up their own food in the dining hall, putting on their shoes and fastening their coats. In addition, we will be encouraging them to mark- make and be able to use tools with confidence.
Creative and Design
The children will have access to the Home-corner, where they will act out experiences they know and share. Through our topic and stories, here are just a few activities the children will enjoy: making collages of our faces, gingerbread people, map drawing, making an outline of a skeleton using straws, manipulating dough, drawing around our hands and feet, music sessions to reflect our feelings and listening and making music to celebrate festivals.
In Reception, sometimes the ideas and initiatives come from the children themselves. Therefore, there maybe activities we do that are not on our topic web, but have come and grown from the children own interests, for example ' the Olympics', insects, snow etc.
We look forward to putting our observations onto tapestry which will show you the wonderful learning that is taking place with your child(ren). Equally, we look forward to seeing and reading the observations you can load onto Tapestry.
Thank you for your support,
We always have an 'open door' policy to either pop in to say 'Hello' or to ask a simple question.
No question is daft!
We are excited in building good friendships with you all .
Mrs Foster & Mrs Smith