We have had a really busy start to this term. Have a look at our photographs below to see what we have been up to.
Physical Development: During PE we have been learning how to make up dances. On Monday we all take part in Fine Motor Skills (to have develop the muscles in our hands) by using playdough to need, roll, squeeze. We then complete a task to further develop and strengthen our hands, wrists and shoulders. This term during fine motor skills lessons we are focussing on cutting. The Reception children have also been practise their handwriting and learning how to form their letters correctly – this takes lots of focus and is best done in short bursts. They are also learning to sit their letters on a line.
Phonics: The children have begun phase 3 this term. We are able to segment words into their smallest sounds and we are beginning to recall which letters represent these sounds with greater fluency. They are using their growing knowledge to write simple words/labels and are beginning to write some short sentences. Keep up the practise at home, breaking words down into their smallest sounds and writing these down really helps. Phonics Play is a really good website with games which the children really enjoy and many are free! Click on the left hand side to enter a phase 2 & 3 (we will cover phase 4 later in the term and the children will begin phase 5 when they join year 1).
Communication, Language and Literacy: This term our book has been ‘Winnie The Witch’ and much of our learning has been based around this story. Having shared the story, we made story maps, sequenced the events to help retell the story and wrote short sentences/captions to explain each event. We have enjoyed collaging a 'huge' Winnie and Wilbur and made labels to accompany our work. This week we will think about short descriptions for the characters in the story.
Maths: Every day we practise counting forwards and backwards and reading numbers. We have also been counting out amounts this term and learning what ‘altogether’ means (counting 2 or more groups to find a total). The week before last week we were learning about time and finding out the days of the week and months of the year. We are also learning and understanding the language of yesterday/today/tomorrow. The children have enjoyed playing ‘What’s the time Mr Wolf?’ using clocks we had made the day before. Last week our foucs was money and the children have sorted coins by type, learnt the names of the coins and begin paying for items using pennies and two pence coins (if you are using tw pence coins at home, remind your child to tap the coin twice as they count on).
Understanding of the World: This term we have been learning about castles and naming their key features. We have found out how castles changed over time and enjoyed building our own castles. During Science we been learning about keeping healthy and keeping warm.
Forest school: Please see our Forest School page to find out this terms learning.
Expressive Art and Design: We have shared our ideas about castles and working in groups we were able to make our own castles. We have enjoyed using collage materials to decorate Winnie and Wilbur from our story. We have made magic wands and used our observational skills to paint pictures of Kings and Queens and at the start of term we also enjoyed painting pictures of our favourite Christmas presents/celebrations. This term we are learning ‘Winter songs’ to support our learning in Forest School.