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Reception Learning Overview - Autumn 1 2016

What are we learning?

We have had an exciting beginning to the year as children shared their first home learning project with their class. Our topic this half term is ‘Ourselves and Our Families’. For the first two weeks we will be very much focusing on children settling in to their new routines and using the learning environment. Children will learn to develop their relationships with both children and adults and learning will be focused more on the prime areas of learning which are, Personal, Social and Emotional development, Physical Development and Communication and Language.

In Literacy, children will learn to form letters and write their names, retell and sequence stories, role-play and build stories of their own, and much more. We will also begin taking part in a fortnightly ‘Enormous Write’ where children will write about the creative piece they make, which will relate to our topic.

In Maths, children will begin to recite numbers orally from 0-10 (and beyond!), count groups of objects saying one number name for each item and match numbers to quantity. We will learn to name 2D shapes, using them to make shape pictures. Children will also learn to write numbers 0-10, represent numbers using their fingers and will learn to create repeated patterns.

In PE, our focus this half term is balancing and coordination. By the end of this half term children would have learnt to make a sequence of movements including balances in small groups.

In phonics, we follow the progression of sounds of the ‘Letters and Sounds programme’ Children will learn the following sounds:

  • s, a, t
  • p, i, n
  • m, d, g
  • o, c, k, ck

Children will also begin to learn some of the reception high frequency words: a, at, as, it, is, an, in, dad, and, got, on, not and can. 

Trips

We will be going on a very local trip to Peckham Rye Park soon! We will be collecting conkers, pine cones and sticks to help us with our counting, pattern making and we will also use them in our mud kitchen to cook with!

 

We will be visiting Dulwich Library; each class will visit the library once per term.  In the Autumn Term the visits will be:

Chestnut Class -  21st November 2016

Willow Class – 28th November 2016

 

If you are able to support us on trips, which would involve being responsible for 4 children with the class teacher present, then please do let us know as we would really appreciate the support.

 

Please see our year group webpage for further information and of course take a look at what your child is learning when you come to pick them up.

How can you help us?

Children have the opportunity to build with recycled materials daily. It would be really useful if you can help us by collecting milk bottles of any size and soft drink bottles. We will use the lids too! Cereal boxes, kitchen roll tubes, yoghurt pots and anything else of this sort will be useful too.

To help us and your child identify their uniform, please ensure you have labelled every piece of clothing with their name, including vests and tights as well as items of P.E kit.

Now that the weather is getting colder please make sure your child wears their school coat each day– our outdoor learning continues all year round so they will be learning both inside and outside during the winter months.

 

Class routines and home learning

  • Willow class and Chestnut class will alternate their PE lessons each week. Willow class will begin with PE on Wednesday 21st September, with the following week PE being on Friday. Chestnut class will begin PE on Friday 23rd September, with the following week PE being on Wednesday. Your child should have a full P.E Kit (Harris round-neck t-shirt, black or navy trousers/shorts and black plimsolls in a Harris P.E kit bag). All items should be labelled with your child’s name. Please ensure your child is not wearing jewellery on these days such as, hoop earrings. Children will be expected to undress and change themselves. To support children with this, you should encourage them to practise fastening and unfastening buttons and tying shoelaces at home.
  • Home learning will include a ‘thinking question’, a maths activity and phonics (sounds of the week and high frequency words to practise reading and writing). This will be given to children on Friday and should be completed over the weekend, ready to hand in on Monday morning.
  • As always, we expect all children to read every day at home.  We will be looking at the reading records each time your child reads and it will be extremely helpful to read your comments on what you focused on at home, any sounds children recognised and anything they needed support with.  We will then be able comment on progress in school and suggest ways you can support your child further.

 

Uniform:  Children must wear the correct uniform - grey trousers, skirt, pinafore or shorts; white collared shirt; purple school cardigan or jumper; white or grey socks or grey tights. Girls may also wear a purple and white school dress during the summer months.  All items of clothing must be labelled with their name. Long hair should be tied back with a purple, blue or black hair band.