This term we will be immersing our lovely Reception children into the topic ‘Celebrations’. We will support children’s learning this term through two core texts: Owl Babies by Martin Waddell and Stickman by Julia Donaldson.
These texts will offer a multitude of opportunities for the development of children’s Communication and Language through active engagement in the selected stories. With opportunities for children to retell and role play, to ask questions and share their ideas all within a language rich environment.
In Literacy, children will begin their daily phonics sessions, all based around active learning and engagement with opportunities to practise these skills in their ‘own learning’ (continuous provision). There will be daily story time sessions where children become familiar with texts and begin to develop language comprehension skills.
In Mathematics, we will be continuing to work on obtaining a strong grounding and a deep understanding of numbers to five and beyond. Our learning will be supported by the Numberblocks and children will be encouraged to identify and order numbers to 5 and beyond looking at the pattern of numbers and learning strategies to count securely. We will also be introducing 2D shapes, with a focus on four shapes; square, rectangle, circle and triangle.
In Expressive Art and Design, we will use a range of tools to create pieces of art including paint, pastels and charcoal. We will be creating artwork to represent different celebrations like Bonfire Night and Remembrance Day. The children will learn songs and actions, and will take part in the performance of ‘Wriggly Nativity’. They will have the opportunity to perform to an audience.
In Physical Development, we will be practising our gross and fine motor skills through daily ‘clever fingers’ activities and weekly physical education lessons. Children will continue with movement, taking part in the balance, education and movement programme ‘BEAM’ with an emphasis on achievement and fun.
In Personal Social and Emotional Development, children will be supported to understand their own and others emotions. Children will continue to learn ways to manage and regulate their emotions. Time will be spent on discussing the emotions of characters in books and talking about why they feel this way.
In Understanding the World, the children will be invited to share their understanding of Owls and other night-time animals. They will enjoy an Owl experience early in the term and will begin to understand the word ‘nocturnal’. Children will be encouraged to talk about their family and themselves and begin to develop an understanding of themselves as unique individuals. They will have the opportunity to create their own family tree. We will look at the changing seasons and will explore the season of Autumn.