Reception

Welcome back to all children, parents and carers. We hope you have a lovely Easter break and are ready for your child’s final Term in Reception.

We are looking forward to another exciting term, packed full of wonderful learning opportunities. This term promises to be yet another busy time for us in Reception and we are pleased to see the children excited about their new learning already.

Literacy/Topic

Our topic this half term is called ‘Under the Sea’. We started the topic by discovering some interesting items from the beach and under the sea which got us very excited about what we might be learning! We are continuing to follow the children’s interests and build upon their ideas during our weekly planning sessions. Inspired by our sea artefacts treasure hunt the children have already suggested what they want to learn about. Some of their ideas are: hot countries, the ocean, sea creatures, mermaids, treasure and plants and rocks under the sea.

We shall begin the term by learning facts about creatures under the sea and writing our own fact books. We will be exploring the text ‘Sharing a Shell’ by Julia Dondaldson. We shall continue to use our ‘Talk for Writing’ strategy to help us learn the story through drama and actions which will in turn will help us write our own reimagined versions of the story.

Reading

All children should continue to read as regularly as possible to an adult at home. It is amazing how far they progress with regular, short reading sessions! Please try to ask your child lots of questions as they read to you and ensure they understand the story and any new words they may come across.

Please continue to practise reading and writing the green words and ‘Tricky Words’ that have been handed out in the past. If you need another copy of these then please put a note in your child’s book bag. We have noticed that the children are finding remembering some of the red ‘Tricky Words’ quite difficult, so we would really appreciate it if you could also practise reading and writing these words at home and even practise putting them into a sentence. Remember that tricky words cannot be sounded out – we just have to remember them.

Maths

In Maths we will continue to practise our careful counting, recognising and ordering numbers to 20; we will recap addition and subtraction and use the skills learnt to solve mathematical problems. We will recap our learning about doubling, halving and sharing numbers and will look back at shapes and measuring. The children will learn about position and distance, as well as consolidating all our mathematical learning from across the school year. During our core skills sessions, we will also be continuing to develop our basic maths and number skills in order to allow us to become super mathematicians!

After half term we will enjoy learning all about the farm. We will speak to the children themselves to find out what aspects of the farm and animals interest them most and once again we will use the children’s ideas to help inform our weekly planning. Our learning about the farm will conclude with an exciting trip to Godstone Farm. Further information on this trip will follow nearer the time.

PE

We will have weekly PE sessions on a Thursday. As the weather gets warmer lessons will start to take place outdoors, but we recommend tracksuit/jogging bottoms and a warm fleece/jumper remain in PE bags as the weather can still be chilly. Please ensure your child have shorts as part of their PE kit as tracksuit bottoms will be too warm in the summer. Some of the children are finding it difficult to put on their plimsolls as they seem a bit tight so could you please double check that your child has the correct size as their little feet have probably grown.

Please ensure your child has a named, full PE kit in school.

Water bottles

As the weather warms, please ensure that your child has a named water bottle to keep in the classroom. It is very important for them to have access to water when they need it and trips to the water fountain can be disruptive. This is especially important this term as we will take the bottles outdoors during PE and we do not wish the children to go into school unsupervised to use the water fountain. Please can we remind you that these should only contain water, no squash as this attracts ants. Thank you.

Warm Weather

Now the weather is finally warming up and we are getting some very sunny days please ensure that your child has sun lotion applied before school and that they have a sun hat in school at all times (a Blackwell one can be purchased from the Office). The children have access to the outdoor classroom at most times during the day and during the extremely hot and sunny days they will require a sunhat and sun lotion to go outside.

                                                                      

Show and Tell

We will be continuing with our very popular Show and Tell sessions on a Wednesday afternoon. Please refer to the timetable below:

24th April Girls
1st May Boys
8th May Girls
15th May Boys
22rd May Girls
29th May Half Term
5th June Boys
12th June Girls
19th June Boys
26th June Girls
3rd July Boys
10th July Girls
17th July Boys

We hope all the children enjoy their third and final term in Reception – the year is certainly flying by! If you have anything you would like to discuss with us or if you have any questions or concerns please come and let us know.

Miss Harman, Mrs Horton and Mr Marriner