Summer 2019

Friday 26 April 2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

We hope you had a lovely break over the Easter holiday. It’s now the start of the summer term where we continue our range of topics and curriculum areas, while beginning the process of getting the children ready for moving into Year 1.

Our topic areas this half term are pirates, spring and growth. We will be going to the Maritime Museum and Greenwich park to round off our topics. We will be going on Thursday 23 May 2019, travelling by bus.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

The themes in this subject heading are continually revisited daily. There will be a particular focus on being able to talk about how they show and others show feelings, and show sensitivity to others needs and feelings. The children will learn about the Easter story, that Jesus rose from the dead and brought the message of joy and peace.

Physical Development

There will be a focus on continuing to work on effective pencil grip and letter formation, developing their control and co-ordination in large and small movements, showing an understanding of the need for safety when tackling new challenges and considering risks.

Communication and language

The children will continue to learn new vocabulary arising from the topics; responding to what they hear with relevant questions and comments, formulate explanations from their observations, develop their own stories and to follow instructions involving several ideas or actions.

Maths

During class and everyday activities the children will be using objects to help them  add and subtract single digit numbers, count on or back from any number between 1 and 20, solve problems including doubling, halving and sharing. They will continue to use and talking about money during their play and use everyday language to talk about distances and time.

Literacy

The children have developed a sound knowledge of phonics. This will continue with work on their Phase 3 phonemes, learning more irregular words and high frequency words and improving their segmenting and blending ability. During guided reading sessions they will talk about the book they are reading to show their understanding.

Understanding the world

The children are encouraged to develop their observation skills. In particular, know that there are similarities and differences between themselves and others and talk about their own environment and how it might vary with another. In our pirate topic we will look at artefacts to help understand what is old and new.

Expressive Arts and Design

Children are creative throughout the day, during free play and in their music lessons. They will continue to explore the different sounds instruments make, use simple tools and techniques competently and appropriately in their making and use what they have learnt about media and materials in new ways.

Transition into Year 1

Over this term we are introducing the children to routines and activities that they will come across in Year 1. They already attend assemblies with Year 1 and 2 and will join in with other whole school events, such as attending mass.

Trips for the remainder of the year

Thursday 23 May 2019, Maritime Museum and Greenwich Park. Travel by public bus.

Wednesday 10 July 2019, Lullingstone Country Park, Eynsford. Travel by coach.

If you could help on either trip, please let a member of staff know that you are interested.

Kind regards,

Aidan Cunningham

Jane Budden

Learning in Reception Spring  2019

Dear Parents and carers,

Welcome back after the half term, we hope you had a restful break.

Winter is ebbing away and spring is coming upon us. With this in mind, we will be covering the themes of growing, spring, traditional tales and Easter.

We have arranged for Freshwater Theatre to visit us on a fairy tale story hunt. We will also visit a local park later in the term when all the spring flowers and tree blossoms are out. We welcome volunteers to help make these trips possible, so please let staff know if you are interested.

We will be teaching your child these parts of the Early Years curriculum this half term.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

  • To know how Jesus is a role model for showing kindness and being forgiving. RE unit: Sorrow and Joy.
  • To know that a home has a physical and mental meaning and is a global right. Rights Respecting School.
  • To be able to explain their thinking and ask questions to others.
  • To be able to see that their actions can affect others and behave appropriately.

Communication and language

  • Use language to organise, sequence and clarify thinking, ideas, feelings and events.
  • Be able to retell stories using key phrases and vocabulary.
  • Know new vocabulary arising from the topics.

 Physical Development

  • To continue to work on forming recognisable letters, most of which are written correctly.
  • Develop their control and co-ordination in large and small movements.
  • Recognise healthy foods.
  • Know that exercise is important.

Literacy

  • To be able to blend sounds together for reading, using their phonic knowledge.
  • Recognise high frequency words.
  • Segment sounds in words for writing.
  • Begin to write labels, captions and sentences independently

Expressive Arts and Design

  • To use musical instruments and to experiment with the sounds they make.
  • Use role play in their stories.
  • Explore different materials, tools and art techniques.

Understanding the world

  • To be able to program a Beebot robot so it moves in the desired way.
  • To have an understanding of growth and be able to describe their observations.
  • To know the meaning of Easter and how it is celebrated.

Maths

  • In practical activities and discussion, begin to use vocabulary for adding and subtracting.
  • Use language of more, fewer to compare two sets of objects.
  • Finding the total number of items in two groups by counting all of them.
  • Say the number that is 1 more or 1 less than a given number.

Homework and supporting your child

An appropriate reading book goes home twice a week, as well as a book chosen by your child. Please listen to your child read and talk about the book daily, recording this in their reading record. This complements the reading you share with your child, which helps them develop a love of literature. We also encourage you to help your child to hold a pencil correctly and to be able to write their names, letters correctly formed. If you would like further information please let me know. acunningham24.209@lgflmail.org. You can also speak to a staff member on the door at the beginning or end of the day. 

Kind regards, 

Aidan Cunningham and Jane Budden 

 Learning in Reception Autumn 2018 half term

Topics: our senses, families, seasons and harvest.

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

We will be concentrating on settling your child into school life. This means helping them to be more confident and more thoughtful and compassionate towards others.  We will be doing this by talking with children as situations arise, sharing thought provoking social story books, holding circle time sessions, teaching the principles of a Rights Respecting school and in RE ‘God’s World’ study unit.

 Communication and language

We will be supporting your child to become a better listener, be more articulate and expressive. We will be doing this by sharing books linked to our topics, encouraging talk during circle time and in independent creative play.

Physical Development

We will be helping your child to become more skilful at using a pencil and other hand tools. They will have opportunities to move and play so that they become more confident in their movements.  We will be providing a range of indoor and outdoor activities that develop their fine and gross motor skills.

Understanding the world

We will be helping your child become more aware of their own lives and their family, to look more closely at things around them to see how they are different or similar and to use technology confidently. We will be discussing our own families, observing the change of the seasons and celebrating harvest time.

Expressive Arts and Design

We will be helping your child become more creative in their singing, dancing, music making and storytelling. We will be providing a range of adult-led and independent activities, including time with a dedicated music teacher.

Literacy

We will be helping your child to read and spell words by starting to learn sounds or phonemes. With this knowledge they can blend phonemes to read words and segment the phonemes in words to spell words. They will begin to write too. We will be following the Letters and Sounds scheme.

 Maths

We will be helping your child to count objects, count reliably and begin to solve practical maths problems. We will be doing this with adult-led and independent activities.

 Dates for your diary

Trip to Woodlands Farm in Shooters Hill

Reception B:  Friday 19 October 2018

Reception C:  Tuesday 16 October 2018