Reception Autumn 1 2018
This half term our topic is Superheroes. We will be learning all about ourselves and our super powers! We will talk all about our families, where we live and our special items. We will be looking at some very exciting books and themes, such as Supertato, Superworm and Super Pants! We will enjoy dough disco daily, as well as lots of brain breaks to warm up our brains ready for all the new learning we will encounter in Reception. We will be creating our own superhero characters, looking at using paints to produce primary and secondary colours, as well as gripping paintbrushes, pens and pencils. We will have regular weekly challenges that we need to complete. In the first week, we will need to rescue some Superheroes which have become trapped in Spiderman’s web! We will also be cooking and cleaning for the Superheroes who are currently residing in our Superhero hotel! This half term we will be focusing on being willing to have a go at everything – Miss Welsh will take into consideration our own ideas and interests to make sure we are as engaged as possible in our learning experiences. To finish off our very busy Superhero themed half term, we will take part in a ‘WOW’ day, exploring mini-beasts! This is to kick off our brand new Mini Beasts topic in preparation for our return after the holidays.
Reception Autumn 2 2018
This half term we are taking a trip down to the garden to explore and investigate Mini Beasts. We will learn how to identify many different types of Mini Beasts and how we can show care for them - we will think about why they are important too! When thinking about our own likes and dislikes, our fears and our strengths, we will continue to take turns, listen and understand. We will be looking at some very exciting books, such as ‘Mad about Mini beasts’, ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’, ‘Yucky worms’ and ‘The Teeny Tiny Tadpole’. As well as enjoying dough disco daily, we will begin to learn how to use our phonics to help us write labels, lists and captions. Our weekly challenges will continue and they will be linked to the Mini Beast stories that we are going to enjoy. We will be starting Phase 3 phonics from letters and sounds and beginning to read so much more! In our first week after half term, we will enjoy many challenges, especially those in our brand new Mini Beast role-play area, which contains a creepy corner, a bug laboratory, and an investigation station! This half term we will be focusing on perseverance and never giving up! Miss Welsh will take into consideration our own ideas and interests still, to ensure we are as engaged as possible in our environment. This half term is also home to the big ‘C’ word! We will be practising for our very first Christmas Production, called the “Wriggly Nativity!” and we will enjoy many exciting parties and events within the school calendar.
Reception Class Spring 1 2018
We have lift off!
Following on from the children’s planning meeting, we have decided to build our learning around a space theme. We have already had an assessment session where we shared what we know already about space and have now began to think about what we want to find out. We are beginning to encourage the children to ask questions and to think about what they would like to know and how they can find things out. For example one child is convinced that there is cheese on the moon! So we need now to think about where cheese comes from and would cows be able to live on the moon.... if they did, what would they look like... it goes on.
We will begin our topic, learning about adjectives as we take a journey just as Davy did in the book ‘Davy’s Journey’. We will then travel on a magic carpet and go where ever we decide, but we will need to pack a suitcase and so will be learning to make lists and think about things we will need through out the day.
We will be learning a little bit about space, planets and scientists. We will be having a space party and exploring different space foods. We will be thinking about vehicles in the 30th Century and then we will head off to look at famous buildings around the world, including the Great Pyramids and the Great Wall of China ((3D shapes...which can be seen from space) and then join in with celebrations around the Chinese New Year....The Year of the dog.
– How may I help…….. This half term our learning will be based around people who help and care for us and other animals. The children had a planning meeting towards the end of Spring 1 to discuss their ideas and interests which will be used as a vehicle for their learning. The first day back on Monday (18th February), we will be celebrating the Chinese New Year (Year of the dog). On the Thursday, we will be having our animal clinic morning and the children have been invited to bring in a soft toy animal from home for its check up (weight, height/length, head circumference). In the second week of the term, we shall learn how to use the Pelican crossing, outside our school (reminding the children never to cross any road without an adult) and reinforce about not talking to people we don’t know. In DT, we shall also be learning about the mechanism of flaps and moving parts. We shall be learning about looking after our teeth and linking this with the tooth fairy, Peter Pan and Tinkerbell. In the weeks to follow we shall be learning about the Police force and pirates. Our role play areas inside and outside will be an animal clinic, doctors surgery, Emergency call centre, measuring workshop, traffic control…...and more. If we have any parents out there who have jobs linked with our theme of people who help us; doctors, nurses, fire fighters, farmers etc and would be happy to come to speak to the children, then please let me know (or email).
– The chicken or the egg? At the end of Spring 2, the children had a Planning Meeting in their Key Worker groups, sharing interests and fascinations. In week 1 and 2, we will have science and explorer weeks visiting the school pond and woodland area. We will also be learning about the scientist Jane Goodall who investigated the habits of chimpanzees. In week 3, we will be designing, then making our own egg sandwich and deciding whether we will cook a boiled, scrambled or fried egg. In week 5, we will be receiving some live chick eggs. We will learn about the stages of development of a chick and how to care for them and also speak to the children about the possibility that some chicks may not survive. We will be using information books and the internet to find out more about hens and cockerels. Fictional books will include Dora’s egg (where we will be making up adjectives to describe her egg), Chicken Licken, Little Red Hen, Sly Fox and Red Hen and Handa’s Hen. Our role play area inside the classroom is to be an egg and chip cafe, serving egg and chips and pizza. We will be leaning to distinguish between a scrambled, fried and hardboiled egg. Our outside role play area will initially be a garden centre, then a farmers’ market. Our art work will be based on the work of Andy Goldsworthy. We will be learning about and recreating some of his work. In the final week we will be learning about the 3 Little Pigs and den building and asking whether we can forgive the wolf for blowing down the house of sticks and straws! In Physical Development, we will continue with ball skills and control over objects. Also balancing and control on the push bikes and balance bikes.