welcome to Reception
Welcome to Reception
Class Teacher: Mrs Merricks
Learning Assistant: Mrs Beard
Welcome to Reception!
Our topic this term is 'Island Adventures and Under The Sea'
This term our topic is 'Island Adventures'. Within this topic we will be reading many stories linked to pirates and under the sea. We will be looking at fiction and non fiction books, comparing the two and making our own versions. We will be retelling a variety of stories such as Pirates Love Underpants and the Rainbow Fish, using the Pie Corbett approach of 'Talk for writing', as well as investigating rhyming words and adjectives. The stories will be linked with our Personal, Social and Emotional Development, as we discuss different characters and what is needed to be a good friend. We will be taking on the role of different characters, using hot seating and role on the wall. Children will also be developing their skills of thinking and asking their own questions.
This topic is always very popular because it allows children to enjoy stories that they are already familiar with, whilst gaining new skills of retelling and adapting the story to create new stories. We will also get the opportunity to make our own 'Under The Sea' non fiction book.
The first book we will use, linked to our 'Island Adventures' topic is Pirates Love Underpants. We will be using the Pie Corbett, 'Talk for Writing' approach to develop our skills of orally retelling the story and using a variety of resources to support learning, such as puppets. The children will be using story maps to help them to retell the story in order to help them to develop their speaking skills. The story is very repetitive and lends itself well to segmenting and blending simple words and writing simple sentences.
We will making our own treasure maps, finding and describing 2D and 3D shapes, adding and taking away pirate coins and learning our termly KIRF of number bonds to 10.
Useful websites- click on the links below to access games and resources linked to our topic:
Forest School will take place on a Wednesday afternoon.
Please ensure your child has wellies and a waterproof coat in school at all times.
We will be holding a Phase 3 phonics session very soon. Look out for the dates on the newsletter.
Throughout the year we will be holding inspire workshops. These are opportunities for parents to come in and experience Maths, Phonics and English sessions. Handy tips for continued learning at home will be shared too.
Dates will be given nearer the time.
We had a visit from the animal lady. She showed us lots of African animals including a meerkat, owl, tortoise and a falcon. The children were all really brave and stroked them and asked lots of questions.
ACTIVITIES TO CONTINUE THE LEARNING AT HOME
We value the support you can give your child at home in helping to develop the basic skills of English and Maths.
In Reception, we hope that children will be engaged in continuing their learning for approximately 10 minutes per night. Most of this time will be used to read with your child and discuss what they have read. Reading stories on a regular basis helps children develop a sense of the story structure and fires their imagination.
Other learning opportunities may be practical activities such as counting, adding or solving problems e.g. how many knives and forks do I need to get for three people?
Each day, children take part in a planned phonics session, following Letters and Sounds. Children are introduced to new letter sounds and then learn how to read and write them by 'segmenting' and 'blending'. Children are also taught 'Tricky Words' and 'high frequency words'. Please speak to us, for more information about this or how you can help extend your child's learning further.