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Summer Term

This is our final term together. We cannot believe that after this term, these adorable little ones will be in Year 1. (Boo-Hoo!)

Let's see what they are going to be doing...

 

Topic

For the first half term, we are going to be looking at 'Growing'. This will include:

staying healthy- looking at how to keep our bodies healthy and how to eat sensibly too

where does our food come from?- looking at the food source of plants and animals 

growing a sunflower- looking at what it will need and instructions on how to plant a sunflower seed

animals and their young

We are planning a trip to Church Farm in Thurstason, to make the whole topic come alive.

 

Alongside all of this, we will be continuing our Dragon's Den project of the selling the  sunflower seeds. We still need lots more packets to be designed and made before we hit the 132 mark! 

We hope to sell all of them at 50p a packet. So 'dig deep' into your pockets and buy! buy! BUY!!!

 

 

Maths

In number we will be looking at :

  • addition of money and spending to find change,
  • consolidating odd and even numbers
  • counting in twos, tens and fives
  • doubling up to 5, then 10
  • sharing 
  • working out addition, subtraction and sharing stories

 

In shape, space and measure, we will be covering:

  •  exploring 3D shapes and the vocabulary of corners, faces and edges
  • money and the value of each coin 
  • capacity- exploring non standard and standard containers
  • length using  non-standard units , e.g. feet, hands

English

Using the ideas in our topics, the children will get to write through adult led writing activities (with adult support) and independent activities (no or hardly any support from an adult).

Daily phonics lessons will continue using 'Letters and Sounds' phases and weekly guided reading will be facilitated by an adult. 

 

Our class library

In our classroom, we always have reading materials that the children can change once a week. They have a choice of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, multicultural and nursery rhymes. The children can share these kinds of books, comics etc with you or look through them independently. In addition, to encourage the love of independent reading, we have a basket of books that are at their stage of reading  and consolidates the phonics they have been learning in school.  

P.E

This term with the British weather being drier and warmer, the children will hopefully have their P.E lessons outside. They will be learning the skills of bat and ball, plus the fundamental movements skills using some of the athletics events, for example hurdles, track.

 

Music  

This term, Mr Peter Joliffe will be teaching  the children how to play the instrument a 'Boomwhacker'. Using this very physical instrument, they will learn high and low notes, fast and slow and how to tell a story using music only. 

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's own interests, for example ' dogs, knights and castles, florist' 

 

We look forward to putting our observations onto tapestry which continue to  show you the wonderful learning that is taking place with your child(ren). Equally, we look forward to seeing and reading the observations you have/can load onto Tapestry.

 

Our door is always open for any queries or just to say 'Hello'. 

Again, here are a few snap shots of what we have been doing.

Dragon's Den Pitch

Dragon's Den Pitch 1 The Dragons
Dragon's Den Pitch 2 Selling Sunflower seeds
Dragon's Den Pitch 3 Our pitch

Boomwhackers

Boomwhackers 1 Learning how to play them safely
Boomwhackers 2 Find a space
Boomwhackers 3 Play them fast... play them slow

Learning about taking away using Cheerios (and they were delicious too!)

Learning about taking away using Cheerios (and they were delicious too!) 1 We must start with the correct number ...
Learning about taking away using Cheerios (and they were delicious too!) 2 Show us how many are left

 

Spring Term 2

Wow, we can't believe that we are in our Spring Term 2 already!

 

Topic

In this term, our topics will be looking at People Who Help Us. We will be looking at the people that keep us safe and how do they do it. This also includes our mothers/grandmothers which leads the children onto learning about Mothering Sunday and why we celebrate it. Towards the end of the term, Easter will be celebrated as a Christian festival. Here, the children will look at the customs and traditions celebrated at this time of the year. Through these topics, the children will have a better understanding to empathise with others, understand the similarities and differences between jobs, design and make, and write poems.

 

Maths

In maths, the children will learn about symmetry, measuring in capacity and length using non-standard lengths like hands/ feet, counting on and back,begin to count in twos, money and using a number line to solve simple addition and subtraction problems.

 

P.E

In P.E, the children are going to explore throwing and catching firstly using a scarf, then using a ball.Also they will be able to develop their bat and ball skills as well. 

When the weather becomes warmer, we will be going outside to do our P.E lesson. 

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's own interests, for example ' hairdressers, pets' 

 

We look forward to putting our observations onto tapestry which continue to  show you the wonderful learning that is taking place with your child(ren). Equally, we look forward to seeing and reading the observations you have/can load onto Tapestry.

 

Our door is always open for any queries or just to say 'Hello'. 

Here are few photographs to show you all what's been happening so far...

Lion Cub's World Book Day 2017

Lion Cub's World Book Day 2017 1 Can you guess what characters the children came as
Lion Cub's World Book Day 2017 2 Pretending to be gruffalos in the drama workshop

Their first session with the charity Deaf Active. Look how they listen and look attentively!

Their first session with the charity Deaf Active. Look how they listen and look attentively!  1

The topic 'People who help us'

The topic 'People who help us' 1 Officer O'Brian came to talk to the children
The topic 'People who help us' 2 This PC tries on the traditional police hat
The topic 'People who help us' 3 The riot hat was really heavy!
The topic 'People who help us' 4 One brand new officer shows off his hat
The topic 'People who help us' 5 The training hat doesn't impress this little one

 

 

 

Welcome back to a new year!

Happy New Year to all our Lion Cubs and their families. We hope you had a very merry Christmas and a relaxing New Year.

 

In this Spring Term 1, our topics we will be looking at are Winter and Chinese New Year. We have many stories,poems and non-fiction books to share , learn and marvel at. 

 

Winter

In our Winter topic, the children will learn about dressing for winter, types of animals that live in very cold conditions like the Arctic and Antarctic as well as learning about the people that make their homes in these places too. Also, they will be investigating 'ice' and how we can play safely with it. Winter scenes will be explored through paints, collage, puppets and small world models.

Through dance this term, the children will be exploring the movements and actions of penguins in their habitats. 

 

Chinese New Year

This year, Chinese New Year is on 28th January. We will have our very own Chinese New Year party around that week, where the children will sample Chinese cuisine, dress in traditional attire, learn about the traditions and stories of the Chinese New Year and make music for such an occasion.(details will be sent out near the time) 

Also, we will be looking and comparing the similarities and differences of the customs and traditions  of  Gregorian calendar  (January 1st) to those of the Chinese New Year

 

Children made dragons and lanterns for Chinese New Year.

Children made these dragons and lanterns with their families.

 

  

 

The children tasted some traditional foods at a Chinese New Year Banquet. They even used chopsticks!

 

Maths

In maths the children will be learning about 2D shapes and using them to learn about symmetry and pattern making. Measures is a big feature this half term as the children will be exploring weight, length, height capacity using non-standard methods to begin with. 

Our focus in number will be adding (counting on, more) and subtracting (counting back, less ) . 

 

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's own interests, for example ' the sharks', insects, snow etc. 

 

We look forward to putting our observations onto tapestry which continue to  show you the wonderful learning that is taking place with your child(ren). Equally, we look forward to seeing and reading the observations you have/can load onto Tapestry.

 

We look forward to seeing you all on our family/children workshops that we offer and the parents evening in March.

Our door is always open for any queries or just to say 'Hello'. 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to Reception- Lion Cubs

 

A big 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'.

 

Ourselves

This topic will include what we look like, similarities and differences, likes and dislikes , friends , keeping healthy and safe and a simple version of a family tree.  This will then lead onto celebrations and we will look at Christmas ! 

 

Speaking and Listening

This will be a strong focus this term, with emphasis on building the children’s confidence to join in with discussion, familiar rhymes 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. 

 

Writing

To begin with, the children will not be doing formal writing.  They will explore ‘mark making’ and experiment with new sounds, patterns and writing media.  This will help to foster their love for writing, their imagination and most of all their confidence!

 

Reading

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. 

 

Numbers

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

Related to our topic 'Ourselves', we will be using the vocabulary of long, longer , short, shorter, ordering children by height and sorting 

 

Physical Development

The children will begin developing their movement and balancing skills.  They will also work on developing independent skills concerning getting dressed, cutting up their own food in the dining hall, putting on their shoes and fastening their coats. 

 

Creative and Design

The children will have access to the Home-corner, where they will act out experiences they know and share. We will make collages of our faces and a life size model of lion cub boy and girl. Manipulating dough, drawing around our hands and feet, music sessions to reflect our feelings, music to celebrate festivals and tapping into the 5 senses, will be just some of the activities the children will enjoy. 

 

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 are excited in building good friendships with you all .

 

Mrs Foster, Mrs Smith & Mrs Davies 

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