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Reception – Overview for the Summer Terms 2019

Reception – Overview for the Summer Terms

Teaching team – Miss Mearns, Mrs Duck, Miss Lipscombe and Mrs Standfast

THROUGH THE WINDOW

Our whole school topic gives us the opportunity to discuss what the children can see outside, and what others might see through their window. We will be linking this to stories and facts surrounding animals around the world and their different habitats.

As always, we adapt our themes to respond to the children’s interests.

WHAT WE WILL BE LEARNING

Phonics: Oral blending (sounding out words) remains the cornerstone for learning to read. Oral segmenting (e.g. what sounds can you hear in ‘penguin’) is how we teach children to begin writing. Accurate spelling of long words is not expected, and we give children lots of praise for attempting writing.

Handwriting: Practising cursive letter formation in letter families e.g. c-a-d-g-o. This will involve lots of tracing and practice at school and at home.

Literacy: listening to and discussing stories and information texts linked to our topic; writing sentences linked to stories.

Numeracy: Our focus this term will be reading and ordering numbers to 20 and knowing how to find one more, or one less, than a given number.

HOME LEARNING

Reading: Children become fluent readers when they read little and often and re-read their books. Daily sessions of 10-15 minutes are ideal.

Tricky words: In reception, we aim to learn 24 of these words. If you would like a list to practise at home, please ask a member of the team.

Letter formation: A new homework book has been sent home so children can practise. Further worksheets can be downloaded from https://www.bagofbeansteaching.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/handwriting-families.pdf

Maths: Try this game!

  • Hide both hands behind your back – choose a secret number and make that number with your fingers “1-2-3 fishy fingers show!”
  • Parent and child show their fingers and talk about them – which is the bigger number? smaller number?, who has the most?, the fewest?, what is the difference?, What if I had one more…  one less…. ?
  • Repeat !!!

Making it harder – try adding the fingers together. “I have 9 and you have 7, how many do we have altogether?”

CHARACTERISTICS OF EFFECTIVE LEARNING

We continue to encourage the children to use the environment to learn as well as to ‘grow our brains’. We will encourage them to think of new ways to use things, to use their senses to explore and to try things that are tricky or new. We tell the children not to worry if they can’t do something, but to say “I’ll try” or “I will practise” for the things we don’t know how to do ….. YET!

Class Information

Reading: The most effective way to learn to read is to do it every day, so please continue to read with your child. Books are changed Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Tricky words: In reception we aim to learn 24 of these words. If you would like a list to practise at home please ask a member of the team.

Letter formation: Please practise correct letter formation, especially of your child’s own name.

Maths: Try this game!

  • Hide both hands behind your back – choose a secret number and make that number with your fingers “1-2-3 fishy fingers show!”
  • Parent and child show their fingers and talk about them – which is the bigger number? smaller number?, who has the most?, the fewest?, what is the difference?,  What if I had one more…  one less…. ? Repeat !!!
  • Making it easier – use only one hand
  • Even easier – sing “1-2-3-4-5 Once I Caught a Fish Alive” together using fingers.
  • Making it harder – try adding the fingers together. “I have 9 and you have 7, how many do we have altogether?”
  • Even harder – try adding without counting all of the fingers (counting on) – e.g. “We don’t need to start at one, we can count on from 9… 9-10-11-12-13-14-15-16”

Reminders

Children should be ready for registration by 8:55 am. Please speak to a member of staff if you are having difficulties getting to school on time. I hope that we can help.

Library: Monday afternoons

Forest Schools: Tuesday afternoons

PE: Friday mornings

Weather: As the children enjoy going outdoors every day, it is helpful if they have raincoats and sun hats in school every day so they are always prepared!

WOW!

We love to hear of your children’s triumphs at home – especially linked to family events or new skills they master. We have a special WOW! board in class.

We also welcome volunteer helpers, so if you would like to help the children with their reading, baking or art – or anything else! – please do let us know. We would be delighted to hear from you.