Reception Learning Overview - Spring 2 2018
What are we learning?
This half term our focus is on ‘Dinosaurs’ and ‘Space’.
In Literacy we will be writing our own information books on dinosaurs and space, writing facts that we learn during carpet time. We will also use captions and labels to accompany pictures that we may draw. The children will continue focussing on writing sentences, remembering to start with capital letters and end with a full stop. As a challenge, we will be looking at question marks and starting to use these in our writing when asking questions.
In phonics we will be moving onto phase 4 of Letters and Sounds. In this phase the children will not learn any new sounds but the focus will be on emphasising their knowledge on the sounds they have already learnt and continually using them in their writing. We will also be encouraging the children to read and write longer words with these sounds in such as: tonight, midnight, furniture, picture etc.
We will also continue to learn new tricky words over the half term. Our tricky words will be: said, have, like, so, do, were, little, one, when, out, what.
Please continue practising reading and spelling reception high frequency words and tricky words with your child. If you would like to do extra phonics activities at home with your child, please look for activities on the Internet and focus on phase 2, 3 and 4 of Letters and Sounds. The following websites have some good activities and resources:
In maths we will be focussing on numbers including recognising numerals, counting in 1’s and 2’s, adding and taking away and comparing two numbers. We will also be drawing into our dinosaur theme by ordering dinosaur bones by length. Finally we will be drawing our own maps and using positional language such as in front, behind, right, left to describe where things are on the map.
The children will start to learn to play the recorder this term. All children will be given a recorder, which they will need to bring into school for their lesson and take home each week to practise.
How can you help us?
To support your child’s writing at home, please encourage them to write about things that they enjoy to influence a love for writing. This could be as simple as labelling their favourite toys or writing a diary about what they have done at the weekend. Your child could also help you with daily routines, helping to write the shopping list for example. Please continually revise the new sounds they have been learning in phonics to consolidate their learning and to help them remember the sounds when they are writing.
To support your child’s maths, please continually work on recognising numerals up to 20 and beyond. This includes writing these numbers, so do encourage your child to write numbers for different purposes at home, for example when they are counting something. Also, encourage your child’s adding and taking away at home with simple activities.
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 P.E kit clothing. Also to ensure your child wears their school coat each day – our outside learning continues all year round so they will be learning both inside and outside.
For our project this half term, we would like you to make a dinosaur costume at home with your child. We would like you to plan it with your child first, thinking about what they want their dinosaur to look like and what materials you may use. Once it is made, your child can name their dinosaur!
These dinosaur costumes will need to be ready by Friday 9th March – our ‘Stomp and Roar’ day. Your child can come to school in their made costume so that we can all dress as dinosaurs for the whole day! We would advise you to start thinking about making these costumes in the half term.
This half term we will be visiting the Horniman Museum in Forest Hill. We will have the opportunity to visit the ‘Colour: Rainbow revealed’ exhibit whilst we are there to link into our new topic.
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.
Class routines and home learning
- Willow and Chestnut class will continue to have PE on Thursday. 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. Children will be expected to undress and change themselves. To support children with this, you could practise fastening and unfastening buttons.
- Homework will include a ‘Talk 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 Thursday and should be completed over the weekend, ready to hand in on Tuesday morning. Please ensure that you are completing the homework with your child every week. Homework is a great way for children to share their learning with you and to recap what we have been learning in school.
- As always, we ask that all children read every day at home. This is great practise for the children and gives them a chance to show you how their reading is continually progressing as they begin to learn more sounds in school. It is helpful when you write comments in your child’s reading book as we do read these. We can then make sure we implement this word into our planning. Please make sure your child brings their reading book and diary to school every day.
If you have any questions, please see us after school, or contact the office if you would like to arrange a meeting.