Autumn Term 2 2017
Reception has had a busy and exciting half term! The themes running through the half term have been Nick Butterworth’s Percy the Park Keeper books and Martin Waddell’s Owl Babies. This led to a visit by The Liberty Owl Centre with their lovely owls: Bramble, Groot and Sorren. Reading, writing, maths and art activities have developed around these themes.
The children’s British values shone brightly as they dressed up for Children in Need Day, contributed to the Christmas Shoe Box collection and listened respectfully to visiting speakers talk about cultures and religions that may be different from their own.
In P.E, Reception have been learning about being gymnasts. They now know how to create some gymnastic shapes and move as a gymnast. They have worked on the equipment and even made up a short routine of their own.
We have also spent a lot of time preparing the children for the nativity play. This is one of the highlights of their school careers and we know you will enjoy the show with us next week.
This term has been busy for many Reception parents. We have had a Home Learning workshop as well as a phonics workshop. This followed on from the children starting to do Home Learning and begin to read books on their own. I know many parents have been moved to tears and have proudly phoned relatives to tell them about the wonderful progress their children are making.
The teachers are incredibly proud of the children and we wish them a good and safe rest over the holiday season. Come back ready to learn as next half term is going to be even better!
Autumn Term 1 2017
We are very proud of how the children in Reception have settled in to school and it is a joy to share their excitement at being with their friends and making new discoveries. They have quickly become able to independently organise their own belongings and make a smooth transition from coming to school to 'Let's Choose' where each child can explore and develop their own ideas through the use of resources in their own class, the conservatory, the outside area, or Buttercup Base.
We have had a very busy and fun first half term. The children have been taught the Golden Rules and the core values of 'Respect, Collaboration and Aspiration'. Through the theme 'All about Me' the children made a book about themselves and recognised that although there will be many similarities between themselves and others, that there will also be differences and that we treat everyone with respect. The children looked in a mirror to help them to paint a 'paper plate' face and used wool for hair. They also had the opportunity to find out about each other through a range of games linked to our PSED 'Jigsaw' lessons.
The children have practised writing their name and making marks for meaning in their 'All about Me' book. We have also followed the Write Dance programme to help further develop a range of mark making movements. We love scrimbling! The children have had the opportunity to use scissors and develop fine motor skills through threading and other activities. The children have also had the opportunity to control a computer mouse. In PE the children have been using a range of large apparatus to practise their throwing, balancing and jumping skills.
The children are being encouraged to further develop their listening, speaking and understanding skills through all areas of the curriculum. Through 'Picture of the Week' they are given the opportunity to build on their own ideas of what they can see to use extended sentences which incorporate descriptive vocabulary.
Through the theme 'Handa's Surprise' the children have had the opportunity to discuss story events and represent their own ideas through art work, drama, and play. The children have also had the opportunity to think about how they might change the story by including different animals or fruits.
The children have enjoyed singing a range of number rhymes and have used practical apparatus, for example Numicon, to develop their counting skills. They have also used the ICT Program 'Number Run' to consolidate early number recognition skills. The children have also had experience of playing a range of games, for example Number Bingo, and using 2D shapes to create pictures.