Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Our Reception Class pupils seem to have grown quite tall these last few weeks. The class has settled well into all school routines and most are able to concentrate for prolonged periods of time. During this summer term we will be really encouraging the children to develop their independence skills. We have a number of exciting opportunities planned. We aim to focus on the topics of 'How does it grow?' and 'Where do I live?'
n R.E. we will be following the topics on ‘New Life’ and ‘The Church’ which includes work on Pentecost. The children will begin to take the lead in simple worship and prayer sessions in class so please encourage them to say the ‘Our Father’ and ‘Hail Mary’ prayers at home.
Communication, Language and Literacy work will form a very major part of the school day. Children will be building on skills learned already. We will continue to learn phonics in our daily sessions and it would be great if you could support us by looking at the little ‘letters and sounds’ book I send home regularly. We will be encouraging the children to write letters, simple words and sentences in a clear handwriting style. We will be looking at books about the garden and mini beasts as well as writing lists, making labels and learning poems. We will be making information books and looking at different types of books. Your child will have the opportunity to take home a range of books to read and share with you. I would also encourage you to help your child to practice writing their weekly spellings.
In Mathematics your child will be learning about numbers, counting back, simple subtraction and addition. We will be teaching the children to recognise coins through role-play and developing an understanding of buying and selling in our ‘Garden Centre’ role play. Again, we will encourage the children to write numerals in the correct manner. Please encourage your child to solve simple everyday problems such as ‘Are there enough plates for everyone at the dinner table?’ etc. This helps to put numbers into real life contexts. We will investigate mathematical concepts such as capacity, 3D and 2D shapes as well as basic ideas of symmetry and days of the week.
Our work on Understanding the World will be based on the key question of 'How does it grow?' where we will look at the life cycles of mini beasts, plants and us! Your child will be taking part in a mini beast hunt, growing seeds and thinking about ways in which we can have a healthy body as we grow. We will also be looking after plants and animals! We will investigate ‘Where do I live?’ later in the term – this work will involve looking at our local environment, making simple maps and placing ourselves in the context of a wider world.
In Expressive Arts and Design there will be opportunities to make observational drawings and use materials to make 3D models. In music sessions this term we will continue to develop listening skills and voice control as well as introducing children to simple composition with instruments. We will also look at the work of Eric Carle and Andy Goldsworthy who used natural objects and places in his art work.
Work planned for Physical Development will include concentrating on balance while travelling on hands and feet. We will practice rolling and catching skills with a ball too. We also plan to use the parachute again to develop personal and social skills as well as gross motor skills (don’t worry – these are floor exercises only - their feet won’t leave the ground!!). Hopefully we will also be getting ready for Sports Day with individual events and team games.