Autumn Term 1 2019

 1st November 2019

Dear Parents/Carers,                                                     

A warm welcome back to you all!

Our topic for this half term is “Festivals and Celebrations” which will include Guy Fawkes, Diwali- the Hindu ‘Festival of Lights’ and Christmas. In conjunction with ‘Festivals and Celebrations’ we will also be exploring the phenomena of light and dark.    

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Following on from our learning about God’s world and the creation story, this half term we will be focusing on God’s family.  Children will begin to understand that Advent is a time when we prepare for Christmas. They will learn about the significance of Christmas and join in with simple prayers and hymns. We will also be exploring other faiths and festivals such as Diwali- the Hindu festival of light.  

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

We will continue to support children to make friendships, share and take turns with their peers. Having explored a range of different emotions together children will now begin to respond to the feelings and wishes of others as well as themselves. Children will continue to gain confidence when speaking in small groups about family traditions and celebrations.

Communication and Language

Children will be encouraged to listen and respond to ideas expressed by others and to ask ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions about their experiences. They will explore traditional stories such as Rama and Sita and be given opportunities to introduce storylines and narratives into their own play. They will take part in ‘helicopter’ stories to promote confidence and speaking skills as they express and share their ideas.

Literacy

Children will continue to develop confidence in emergent writing linked to festivals and celebrations.   They will continue to segment sounds and blend them together in order to read and write as well as learn to read key words.  We will be looking at fiction and non-fiction books as we explore both festivals and celebrations as well as light and dark. Children will begin to write labels using their phonic knowledge and focusing on correct letter formation. 

Physical Development

Children will be encouraged to hold a pencil effectively to form recognisable letters, most of which are correctly formed. They will develop their throwing and catching skills when using objects such as bean bags and balls. There will be opportunities for children to adjust their speed and change direction to avoid obstacles when using bikes and scooters in our outside area.

Mathematics

In maths children will be counting irregular sets of objects accurately and identifying and writing the correct numeral to represent that number of objects. Children will begin to estimate how many objects they can see and then count them to check if they have made a sensible guess. They will use the language of ‘more’, ‘fewer/less’ to compare different sets of objects. Children will consolidate their knowledge on 2D shapes when making patterns including Rangoli and shape patterns associated with Christmas e.g. snowflakes and Christmas trees. 

Understanding the World (UTW)

Children will learn about different family customs and routines including Diwali and Christmas. They will be encouraged to remember and talk about their own experiences of significant events such as firework celebrations. We will be exploring changes in the seasons related to light and dark and look at how animals adapt to these changes. Children will be encouraged to explain their understanding as to why certain things occur.

Expressive Arts

Children will be encouraged to join in with dancing, songs and movement in preparation for our Christmas concert. They will have the opportunity to engage in drama and re-enact stories and events such as Rama and Sita. A variety of media will be available for children to explore making celebration cards and decorations. Children will also participate in cooking and decorating biscuits.  

Ways to help your child learn

Continue to read and share books with your child to encourage a love and enjoyment of reading. Encourage them to use their knowledge of phonics to help segment and blend simple words as well as read key words that we have covered in class together. The most beneficial way of supporting your child is to read together little and often- preferably daily if possible. 

Encouraging your child to write their own name independently with a capital letter to start, followed by lower case letters for the rest of their name. Also writing initial sounds of familiar words supporting correct letter formation.

Identifying numbers to 20 and beyond in the local environment such as door numbers, numbers on buses and counting different objects will really support their knowledge of number. Writing numbers to 20 correctly will reinforce their knowledge of place value e.g. writing the number fourteen as 14 rather than 41. Singing number songs is also a fun thing to do together and greatly beneficial.

Please encourage your child to dress and undress independently including putting on their coats, scarves and gloves.

Things to remember

Book bags need to be brought into school everyday and your child will be heard read twice a week.

Please ensure all uniform is clearly labelled with your child’s name.

Thank you for supporting us by not letting the reception children or any siblings use the play or climbing equipment before or after school. It is very much appreciated.

Dates for your diary:

Tuesday 5th November and Thursday 7th November:         Parent evenings

Friday 6th December:                                                                Nativity play

Wednesday 18th December:                                            Trip to Albany theatre

Many thanks

Mrs Carey, Miss Oakley and Mrs Keane


Dear Parents/Carers,

We all hope you had a fantastic summer and that the children are happy and enjoying being in their new Reception class.  We would like to welcome every child and their family. We look forward to building a great partnership with you and your child.

This term our topic is “we are unique”.  We will be focusing on getting to know your child and settling them into a new environment. 

Below are some of the things that we will be learning about this half term in class.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

We will start this half term by learning about feelings and behaviours. We will discuss different emotions together and model how to manage feelings. Children will be encouraged to share resources with their peers and develop friendships with others. They will be building their confidence when speaking in small groups and during whole class learning.   Children will become familiar with the daily routine and expectations.

Communication and Language

Children will be supported to develop their listening and attention skills and follow simple instructions. There will be lots of opportunities for children to share opinions, ideas and personal interests. We will be reading and listening to lots of stories developing our imaginations and extending children’s vocabulary.

Literacy

Throughout the school day children will become familiar with recognising and writing their own names.  We will explore rhyming strings through stories and songs. There will be activities to encourage hearing and saying initial sounds in words and give meaning to marks as children write and draw (initial sounds that will be introduced are s,a,t,p,i,n).

Physical Development

Using the indoor and outdoor space children will gain spatial awareness of themselves and others. They will become independent at personal hygiene and putting on their coats, cardigans etc. Children will be encouraged to use the correct pencil grip and gain control when using mark making implements.

We have a wide range of apparatus which will enable children to explore different ways of moving and travelling with control and confidence.

Mathematics

We will be having great fun exploring number, counting in sequences and recognising numerals.   With different resources we will use objects to count reliably and use the correct numeral to represent a given amount.   Thinking about mathematical vocabulary we will expand the children’s knowledge of shape and use shapes to create different patterns and models.

Understanding the World (UTW)

In our UTW area in the classroom, children will be able to freely explore different materials and develop knowledge about their senses. They will begin to gain an understanding about the difference in family customs and traditions through sharing. They will expand their vocabulary about different homes and create simple maps of their own journey to school.

Expressive Arts

Whilst getting messy and using a range of materials children will create their own representations of people and objects familiar to them. They will choose particular colours for a desired purpose. They will have the opportunities to explore a range of different roleplay areas and create their own play areas alongside other children. Each Friday children will participate in whole class music lessons learning new songs and actions, which will be embedded throughout the following week in reception.

Ways to help your child learn

Reading and sharing books that the children bring home and books from the library are a great way to help and encourage your child’s love of books. Reading a small amount together each day would be really appreciated and when reading the book your child has been given by their teacher writing a short comment in their reading record journal would really help.

Encouraging your child to write their own name independently and recognise letters from their name when they see them in the local environment would be fantastic.

Identifying numbers in the local environment such as door numbers, numbers on buses and counting different objects will really support their knowledge of number. Singing number songs is also a fun thing to do together and greatly beneficial.

Giving your child opportunities to become more independent such as dressing and undressing themselves so they can practice buttons, zips etc, pouring drinks of water, using a knife and fork to cut their food at mealtimes and washing their hands after going to the toilet and before mealtimes.

Things to remember

Book bags need to be brought into school everyday and your child will be heard reading twice a week.

It would be really helpful if all uniform could be clearly labelled with your child’s name.

Please do not let the reception children or any siblings use the play or climbing equipment before or after school due to health and safety reasons. Many thanks.

Dates for your diary:

Tuesday 17th September:          Meet the teacher evening

Tuesday 1st October:                Trip to Woodlands farm

Friday 11th October:                  Harvest Festival