Reception Learning Overview - Summer 2 Term 2019
What are we learning?
This half term our focus is on ‘growing’, including life-cycles and changes.
In literacy, we will be reading ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’, ‘The Little Red Hen’ and ‘Oscar and the Frog’. We will continue to learn about how stories are structured. We will use our speaking and communication skills to use story language to retell the main events from the stories in order through role-play and sequencing pictures. We will also learn to write facts and information texts about caterpillars and other mini beasts.
In phonics, we will be continuing to read and write words with more than one syllable using the phase 2 and 3 sounds. Children will practise writing shopping lists, captions, labels and extended sentences within the phonics sessions to consolidate their phonetic knowledge. We will also be ensuring that children are confident and can consistently write the tricky words that they have learnt correctly, remembering the tricky parts and not trying to sound them out when writing.
In maths we will be learning to make symmetrical and repeating patterns by exploring how butterfly’s wings are the same on both sides. We will also focus on problem solving in relation to capacity, weight and by combing groups of 2 and 5. Children will learn to record in the form of a tally chart. They will create their own questions for example, what is your favourite fruit? and we will encourage them to interpret their findings.
As this is the final half term before the summer holidays, we will be focusing on transition to year 1 to prepare the children for the next school year. As part of our transition we will have planned activities for children to take part in such as, meeting their new teacher and seeing their new classroom, as well as writing letters to their new teacher to tell them what they enjoy. The current Year 1 children will create a book ‘All about Year 1’ which they will share with reception children for them to find out what life is like in year 1 and to support that smooth transition.
How can you help us?
To support your child’s writing at home, please encourage them to write for different purposes. This could be writing the shopping list for you, keeping a diary of what they have done each day or writing exciting stories. It is crucial to encourage children’s love of learning and getting children to understand that we write for all different purposes, both at school and at home. When your child is writing, allow them to sound out the words, instead of them just copying your writing as this means that they are thinking about the sounds they need and that they are using their phonetic knowledge.
To support your child’s maths, continually count different objects with your child and develop their recognition of larger numbers by noticing them when you are out and encouraging them to think about what numbers they can see. This could be looking at bus numbers, looking at speed limits or house numbers. This will demonstrate to your child that numbers are all around us. You can also get your child to help you weigh objects when you are cooking, encouraging the use of mathematical vocabulary.
Our project this half term will be based on our topic of growing and will be to create your dream garden. We want children to use their imagination and to use materials to create different effects and representations. This will be due in the week beginning 15th July 2019.
This half term we will be visiting Godstone Farm on Monday 17th June. Please check ParentPay for more information.
This term, Willow class have a library visit on Wednesday 5th June and Chestnut class will go on Wednesday 19th June.
On Wednesday 10th July, we will be going on another trip to Botany Bay beach. You will receive more information about this nearer to the time.
We have had great feedback about Maths Seeds and have heard that many children are enjoying completing tasks independently. We have decided for the rest of this term that home learning will continue as normal and activities on Maths Seeds can be completed at your child’s own leisure. In Year 1 Mathletics will become your child’s home learning.