This term we will be exploring the question ‘Are goodies always good and are baddies always bad?’ We will be looking at a number of traditional tales to enable us to answer our question. Our learning will start with an exciting fairytale day, where we will be immersed in the fairytales and come to school as fairytale characters. We will explore our feelings, our own lives, where we live and how these compare to the characters in the stories, as well as what we can learn from the stories. Part of this learning about our community will involve us developing an understanding of safety, stranger danger and how to keep ourselves safe. We will continue our learning about the seasons and plants. We will be continuing to develop our expressive arts and design skills, exploring abstract and figurative art and using different creative techniques such as painting, collaging and clay to make 3D sculptures. We will also explore how we have changed over time. We will be learning about two religious celebrations, Tu B’Shevat and Ramadan. We will also get the chance to watch a performance of Hansel and Gretal to bring our learning alive, we can’t wait! Our learning will culminate in a performance to you, the parents, sharing the stories we have learnt!
In maths this term we will be securing and deepening our knowledge of numbers to 5, knowing what numbers are hidden ie. 3 add 2 is 5. We will then be extending our knowledge of numbers to 10. Focusing on one number every two weeks, we will learn everything about that number so knowing one more and one less, counting it out, subitising and making and breaking the number to find the hidden numbers ie. 6 and 2 is 8. We will also explore using measures, focusing on length and height. Please check tapestry for regular updates of our maths learning including ideas of how you can support your child at home.
In English this term we will be immersing ourselves in a range of traditional tales, such as ‘the gingerbread man’ and ‘The three Billy goats gruff’. We will be learning active stories alongside each story to ensure that we can retell the stories using story language. We will continue to spend time together learning through drawing club. We will be looking at characters, settings and use our imagination to think of an adventure. We will continue to develop the phonic skills needed to read and write words, captions and then sentences.
Reading continues to play a vital role in our learning and we hope to broaden the children's experience of authors and genres. Through our key question we will be focusing on morals, being a ‘good’ person and developing a sense of self. We will also be developing our phonics skills to be able to decode and read captions and sentences fluently.
*Reception will continue to have PE every Thursday so please continue to send your child to school dressed in their P.E kit
*Reception will continue to have Forest Schools on a Tuesday – if it is your child’s block, you will be informed by letter of their participation. They will require appropriate outdoor clothing.
*In Reception children are expected to read every day. The best way you can support your child with their learning is to read with them daily. Children will collect gems in their treasure chests every time they read at least four times a week ☺ Keep reading!
*Fast phonics is a great way to develop your child’s phonic skills and the programme compliments the work that we do at school. Children will collect stamps and then receive a prize for completing this at home.