Reception


Reception curriculum Overview – Spring 1

Happy New Year and welcome to the new term. We are really looking forward to lots of exciting learning experiences with the children, as well as building on their learning from last term.  Our topic this half-term will be ‘Winter’ Learning is based around the children’s interests and next steps and is delivered through focus books – more details in weekly letters.  Detailed below is an overview of our learning intentions and some suggestions of how you could support your child’s learning at home.

Subject

Learning intentions

How you can help

Literacy

Describe different elements in stories e.g. settings, events & principle characters

 

Suggest how stories might end

 

Use phonics to decode & apply increasing range of ‘tricky words’ 

 

Enjoy an increasing range of books, especially non-fiction 

 

Use & apply recently introduced vocabulary 

 

 

 

Read with your child every day & sign their reading journals 

 

Talk about the setting, events & characters in the books they take home from school as well as their own books

 

Complete the reading challenge sheet in the back of your child’s reading journal – please remember that you can include  books which you have read with your child, not just books they have read independently 

 

Help your child to learn to spell the HFW (high frequency words) we will send home 

 

Display the visuals we will send home around your home 

Links to useful websites:

http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/Phase2Menu.htm

http://mrthorne.com/phase-2/                        http://www.bigeyedowl.co.uk/

Links to previous learning:  

Phase 2 Letters & Sounds  

Set 1: s, a, t, p
Set 2: i, n, m, d
Set 3: g, o, c, k
Set 4: ck, e, u, r
Set 5: h, b, f, ff, l, ll, ss

Tricky words: I, no, go, to, the, into 

  Maths

Say which sets have ‘more’ and ‘fewer’ objects 

 

Estimate & check by counting 

 

Find totals by combining sets

 

Say the number that is ‘one more’ 

 

Find ‘one more or one less from groups of objects 

 

3D shape & tessellation

 

Order & compare items by  height, length, weight & capacity 

 

 

Encourage sorting activities using everyday objects such as cutlery, toys or clothes and pose questions e.g. how many forks? How many forks and knives altogether? What would happen if another guest came for dinner?

 

Help your child to identify and describe common 3D (solid) shapes in everyday objects around the home and in the environment 

 

Encourage  ‘Doodle Maths’ – little and often is best

Links to useful websites:

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Search.aspx?Subject=37

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/Early-Years.html

 

Links to previous learning:

Counting objects reliably using 1:1 correspondence

2D shape  - flat 

Separating groups of objects in different ways

Using 10 frames 

Understanding the World

Online  Safety 

 

Use ICT hardware to interact with age appropriate computer software 

 

Talk about similarities/differences in relation to places, objects, materials & living things 

 

Computing – create shapes & text on a screen, use technology to show learning 

 

Develop ‘enquiry based’ approach to science e.g. how do wild animals survive in winter? 

 

Develop skills & vocabulary’ in geography & history (KUW) 

 

Recall some important narratives, characters and figures from the past encountered in books read in class  

 

Come into Reception class and talk about your job – the children absolutely love it when a parent comes into the school to talk to all their friends! 

 

Show your child how to feed the wild birds in your garden if you have one

http://www.rspb.org.uk/makeahomeforwildlife/advice/helpingbirds/feeding/whentofeed.aspx

 

Talk about features of  different  localities e.g. church, flat, house, farm, castle, forest, mountain, iceberg etc

Link to useful website:

http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-and-resources/parents-and-carers

Try to read non-fiction books or factual fiction books as well as fiction books with your child – why not help your child to choose a great factual fiction book as part of their focus child week (book focus) Take our class bear Giovanni to an unusual location when it is your child’s turn to take him home 

Links to previous learning: 

Map skills – trip to Christ Church & surrounding area

Detective walks around school 7 grounds – orientation

Planting spring bulbs

The story of Rama & Sita (Diwali) Guy Fawkes & firework night

R.E. 

LDBS unit ‘Salvation’ Big Question – How did Jesus rescue People? 

School Value Focus: THANKFULNESS 

Read bible stories about the miracles of Jesus 

Possible bible references: John 6:16-21, Luke 19:1-10, Matthew 8:5-13, Luke 17:11-19, John 9:1-12, John 21:1-14 

 

Links to previous Learning:

This unit follows Incarnation ‘Why do Christians believe Jesus is special?’ and links with Salvation ‘Easter Story’

Reception’s Nativity Tableau in church 

The Christmas Experience in Christ Church

Expressive Arts & Design

Responds to music – to express feelings/create movement

 

Exploring sounds of different instruments & ways of changing them 

 

Constructing with purpose & variety of materials

 

Learn new songs & make up own songs

Invent, adapt & recount narratives & stories with peers

 

 

 

Talk to your child about the music they hear in their favourite Disney movies – what instruments can they hear? Why is it quiet in some scenes and loud in others?

 

Teach your child a song or rhyme from your own child hood so they can share it with the class

 

Encourage model making for a purpose e.g. a gift for a relative, pencil holder for their stationery etc. How can they change/improve their original design?

 

Help your child to act out and then change/adapt the ending of a familiar story at home, or one of the focus books we have read in class 

Link to useful website: 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/shows/mister-maker

Links to previous learning: 

Poppy art collage

Making African Necklaces 

Snow White music production at Chickenshed 

Personal, Social & Emotional Development

Confident to talk to other children when playing

 

Communicate freely about own home & community

 

Initiates conversations, attends to & takes account of what others say

 

Be confident to try new activities & show independence and resilience in the face of challenge

 

Begin to self-regulate, be able to explain the reason for rules, know right from wrong and try to behave accordingly 

 

Encourage your child to take responsibility for small tasks such as organising the contents of their book bags or filling their water bottle and making sure the lid is firmly closed

 

Please label all items of clothing including scarves, gloves and hats to avoid confusion at school 

 

Please let us know if you change your contact details                (especially mobile phone numbers) in case we have to contact you in an emergency

 

Model vocabulary/strategies to help your child begin to resolve minor disagreements e.g. ‘Stop I don’t like it!’ ‘I like you but I don’t want to play that game’ ‘Can we play that game tomorrow?’ ‘Let’s share!’

 

Read short stories where characters have worked together to  overcome difficulties

 

Links to previous learning: 

Writing Class rules, PSHE activities as part of Family Circles

 

Communication & Language

Use talk to connect ideas, explain what is happening & anticipate what might happen next

 

Develop vocabulary related to our ‘winter’ topic  

 

Recall & relive past experiences

 

Question why things happen & give explanations

 

Can listen & then complete an activity 

 

Introduce storyline/narrative to play 

 

Use open questions which encourage children to give more detailed answers e.g. who, what, when & how

 

Encourage your child to retell past events, correctly sequencing events 

 

Play games which require listening & actions e.g. ‘Simon Says’

 

Encourage your child to act out familiar stories using everyday props e.g. bowls & wooden spoons for Goldilocks & the three Bears

Link to useful website:

https://www.thecommunicationtrust.org.uk/media/262297/npdw_toptips_ey.pdf

Links to previous learning: 

Vocabulary related to autumn e.g. conker, acorn, leaf, pine cone

 

Physical Development

Catching/throwing/kicking skills 

 

Experiment with different ways of moving

 

Negotiate space when playing racing & chasing games – adjust speed/direction to avoid obstacles 

 

Letter formation – hold pencil in preparation for fluent writing 

 

Begin to show accuracy & care when drawing 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Play catch with different size balls , bean bags and hoops – encourage your child to practise throwing & catching safely over different distances

 

Provide lots of opportunities for large arm movements e.g. big chalks, scrambling, sweeping the floor etc.

 

Keep letter formation sessions brief – the children do not have to complete the homework sheets all in one go, they can take their time over the course of the week and will achieve better results if they take their time. Show them how they can sharpen their own pencils!                                                                                      

Links to previous learning: 

NSA PE lessons – spatial awareness, working as a team to follow instructions, team games

Phase 2 Letters & Sounds – letter formation 

Observational drawings of the poppy plant 

 

 

Class Information 

Guided Reading 

Our new reading books have arrived – more information to follow in my weekly letter. Please make sure your child brings in their book, reading journal and guided reading book every day. Please return any Trent school books which you may have discovered at home during the Christmas break – many thanks

P.E.

P,E. day is Wednesday – please make sure your child is suitably dressed for P.E, during the winter weather months. We suggest a thin thermal under layer under their P.E. kit. Children should wear trainers to school on P.E. days (Velcro fastening preferred – much safer!

Thank you for your continued support and if you have questions please do not hesitate to contact us. 

With best wishes from

 Mrs. Margaret Breheny and Mrs Martine Cagnetta 

 

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