Personal, Social and Emotional Development
We are into our second term already. I’m sure you agree that our pupils in Reception look as though they have been in school for longer than just one term! We will continue to follow a practical curriculum in the Reception class. Great emphasis will continue to be put on settling your child into school routines, learning to play with others, taking their turn and coping with school life. The planned work will be based on the ‘Early Learning Goals’ and around the core topics of ‘Fact or Fiction?’ and 'How does it move?’
In R.E. we will be following the topic of ‘Getting to Know Jesus’ by finding out about some key Bible stories. After half term we will be preparing for Easter throughout Lent with appropriate liturgies and hymns through a topic on 'Sorrow and Joy'. Children will be supported in preparing their own collective worship as well as saying the more formal prayers such as ‘The Sign of the Cross’, the ‘Hail Mary’ and the ‘Our Father’. We will be saying graces before and after meals. Please help your child to learn these important parts of our faith.
Our communication, language and literacy work will form a very major part of the school day and the children will be building on skills learned. We will continue to learn the names and sounds of the letters of the alphabet and will move onto simple letter blends such as 'sh' and 'ch'. The children will begin to put these sounds together to read and write simple words independently. We know we can count on your support in helping your child to learn the key words and letter sounds in their little phonics book. We will be enjoying poetry and stories as well as answering our questions by looking at non-fiction texts. We will also be learning simple spellings for a test each week.
In Maths work your child will be learning about numbers; counting on and counting back, simple addition and subtraction, comparing and ordering numbers. Please continue to support your child by encouraging them to count accurately and talk about the concept of more and less! We will also be looking to solve simple problems involving numbers and shapes in a very practical way. We will be comparing weights and heights and using mathematical terminology to classify shapes. We will also be learning action songs that reinforce mathematical language.
Our work on ‘Understanding the World’ will focus on asking and answering questions. We will be finding out about traditional stories and dinosaurs by investigating what is fact and fiction. We will also be investigating various forms of transport in our ‘moving’ topic. The children will be building and using construction kits and ICT. Your child will also have the opportunity to use a variety of computer programs to develop their computer skills.
In ‘Expressive Arts and Design' there will be opportunities to further develop drawing, folding, cutting and painting skills. We will continue to give the children opportunities to use clay and work in 3D through modelling opportunities. There will be plenty of singing and music making going on too, with a focus on developing simple rhythms and patterns of sound.
Work planned for ‘Physical Development’ will include travelling using different parts of the body, with and without apparatus. We will focus on developing the fundamental movement skills of being able to run, skip and jump for distance. We will be developing bat and ball skills in simple games. We will also be working on developing small movements which will lead to good handwriting skills.