Reception Learning Overview - Spring 1 2018
This half term our focus is on 'Traditional Tales'.
In Literacy most of our activities will be linked to our chosen stories: Three Billy Goats Gruff, Little Red Riding Hood and The Three Little Pigs. We will develop our language and vocabulary by learning to describe characters, story settings and events, beginning to be aware of how stories are structured and using our own ideas to imagine and predict what will happen next. We will also use our phonics skills to write and read sentences.
In phonics we will learn the following letter-sounds: ai, ee, igh, oa, oo, ar, or, ur, ow, oi, ear, air, ure, er (Phase 3 of Letters and Sounds).
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 and 3 of Letters and Sounds. The following websites have some good activities and resources:
In maths we will engage in counting, adding, subtraction and estimating activities. We will also begin learning to use vocabulary related to money in context, with our shop role-play. The story ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ also allows us to explore the concept of weight; we will learn to measure ingredients and compare which ingredients are lighter or heavier. Children will also learn to tell the time on the hour.
Children will develop their creative skills by having opportunities to create story characters using a variety of materials, build bridges for the Three Billy Goats investigating the most sustainable construction materials, retelling stories in role-play, learning to weave by making a basket for Little Red Riding Hood and much more.
We will learn a new song this half term in relation to our theme - When Goldilocks went to the house of the bears.
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 with reading and writing, please continue taking the time to listen to your child read their home reading book daily. Encourage your child to ‘press the sound buttons’ and blend sounds together. Please remember to record when you read with your child in their yellow reading diaries with some comments. You can also encourage your child to write a simple sentence about their weekend or interests, using finger spaces and ‘sound fingers’ to help segment sounds to spell.
In addition, read other texts related to your child’s interests, discussing what you can see in the pictures, who the main characters are and what they think will happen next in the story.
There are several maths activities that you can do at home that will also help support your child such as, counting toys to 20 and beyond, finding one more or one less to 20, number hunting for numerals in the environment and also problem solving activities related to sharing equally such as, setting the dinner table.
Our project for this half term will be to create a ‘story box’ for a traditional tale of your choice. You can use a box such as, a shoe box (it is good to have a lid) and create the setting and characters using various materials. Projects should be completed and brought into school on Monday 29th February 2017.
We will be going on a trip to Dulwich Woods soon, to explore the setting in the story Little Red Riding Hood. This trip will take place during the morning of Wednesday 17th January 2018.
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.
Class routines and home learning
- Reception PE will continue every 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 ready to hand in on Tuesday morning.
- 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.