Reception

Our Curriculum

It has been great to welcome the children back in after Christmas. They are excited and motivated to learn about our new topics.

In Phonics, we have started to look at Phase 3 digraphs, while embedding our previously taught sounds. You can find these new digraphs on Tapestry, the Little Wandle website and on our Phonics page. Children will also continue to receive their weekly home learning sheet on the sounds they have learnt that week. Children have been introduced to lots of new tricky words this term too, and have become great at spotting these in sentences.

We will be reading the rhyme book Dinosaur Roar! Children will collaborate on their own dinosaur poem using a range of adjectives. As a group they will perform their poems so look out for the performance videos on Tapestry. We will also read ‘Dave’s Cave’ and ‘Cave Baby’, which the children will use as inspiration to create their own story book! Look out for our parent event, when we will invite you into the classroom once again to see the children’s learning.

In maths, we have continued our understanding of number, and are now looking at numbers six, seven, eight and nine. We have been looking at different representations, positioning on a number line and number bonds for these numbers. Children have been using their knowledge of number to solve problems and have become keen maths teachers themselves. After learning about each number they showcase their knowledge by creating a poster or booklet to share with their peers! This has continued on from them learning about numbers one to five, which they now know so well that they can use their knowledge to solve problems and find missing numbers.

For our last topic, ‘Our Planet’, we learnt all about Autumn, exploring what the season looks like and the different changes that take place. The children enjoyed their park trip where they spotted different signs of Autumn, and especially loved jumping, kicking and throwing the fallen leaves. Children also learnt about animals that hibernate and migrate, and especially enjoyed the story ‘The Squirrels That squabbled’. We ventured into colour mixing with paints this term and enjoyed observational paintings of natural, autumnal objects, such as conkers and pine cones. We also learnt about the artist David Hockney and we have decorated the classroom with the children’s wonderful Autumnal landscape paintings. Have a look on Tapestry at these amazing pieces of expression and talent.

In our current topic ‘Pre-Historic Planet’, we are delving into the world of dinosaurs and the Stone Age! This term the children will continue to develop their design skills, by making their own paintbrushes and paints using natural materials, for their own cave paintings. They will also develop their cutting skills, making a fruit salad! We will become palaeontologists, investigating fossils and dinosaur poo to see if it was from a carnivore or herbivore.

Below are some of the books we have been sharing around both topics which you may wish to borrow from the library to share at home too.

In our EYFS we celebrate what makes each of us special and unique. As a class we have been looking at a range of stories and people, who have taught us about how amazing our diverse world is and how everyone should be included and treated with equality and kindness.

Below are a range of stories that we will be sharing. You may want to purchase these to look at with your children at home or there are also videos of people reading these on YouTube. Our local library also stock a great range of books for these themes. If you know any other stories like this please share them with us too.

Wow Work 2022-2023

Below you will find a showcase of the brilliant creations your children have been making during their time in continuours provision. This is the time where they can follow their own interests and apply what they have learnt in ways that they have chosen in their play.

Whilst reading The Colour Monster, the children made their own  monsters, based on the colours of how they felt. The children are using the reflection area in the classroom to discuss how they are feeling. It has been great to see the colour monster drawings that the children have made at home too! Whilst reading ‘Ruby’s Worry’ the children also learnt about the class worry box, where they can write their name if they want to share a worry with an adult. Our focused vocabulay this term is all around emotions: happiness, sadness, fear, confused, calm and anger.