What is going on in Reception?
Over the course of the school year, we will be adding some useful information to this page. You can find all the information you need, below, regarding our current learning within school this term and it may also include some handy tips and tricks to help your child at home or may be some useful websites for learning, related to our topics in class.
In Literacy this term we will be reading a variety of picture books to complement our chosen topics 'Trains, planes and things with wheels!' and 'Deep Sea Diving.'. For Summer 1 our key texts will include Handa's Surprise, Boats will Float, All Aboard the Bobo Road, Whatever Next! and The Big Adventure. We will be looking at cementing our knowledge of those early writing skills by taking it up a gear, writing sentences (remember our capital letters, full stops and finger spaces), using our previously taught tricky words in our writing and also getting the correct spelling using our Phase 3 and 4 phonics knowledge. In Summer 2, we will be moving on to exploring texts about exploring life under the sea! We will be looking at the texts The Snail and the Whale, Rainbow Fish and The Night Pirates. We will continue to look at retelling stories and narratives using our own words, using recently introduced vocabulary and we will continue to write phrases and sentences, which can be read by others.
We will be starting the term with one week of revision of Phase 3 before continuing with our learning of phonics this term by moving on to Phase 4 consonant blends. We will continue to follow the Twinkl Phonics Scheme. Our phonics lessons will compliment our literacy lessons as we continue to practice blending for reading and segmenting for spelling. We will also be supporting children to write captions and sentences using the sounds they are currently learning.
This half term we will also continue with our spellings. As we have done previously, with the sounds we are learning, we will stick in the 6 or 8 words your child will need to learn to read and write into their little green books. These books will be sent home on a Monday and collected on a Friday. We will be testing whether your child is able to spell these words independently during our phonics lessons on a Friday.
In Maths this term we will be continuing to follow the Power Maths scheme. We will be starting the term with looking at exploring patterns with both shapes and numbers; continuing a pattern with different shapes and then also showing how we can count forwards and backwards. As we move further into the Summer term, we will then be looking at the composition of numbers up to 20 (6, 7, 8, 9 and 10) before looking at numerical patterns. We will also be looking at more measurements (volume and capacity) as well as beginning to explore the notion of time - days of the week, months of the year and daily routines.
For the Summer term, our focuses in RE will be Stories Jesus Told, Special Places and Special Times.
We will be looking specifically at stories Stories Jesus Told, in particular at the Bible Stories; The Good Samaritan and The Sower. We will be exploring these in a similar way to the stories Jesus may have heard, which we studied last term.
We will then move on to Special Places, exploring where we might consider a special place to us - this can be our homes, the classroom, a place we might visit on holiday and then discussing why it is special. We will also be talking to Father Ian and visiting church to find out why church is considered a special place. We will also be looking at a variety of other Holy places including a Mosque and a Temple and why these places are also considered special.
Ending the year, our final unit in RE will be Special Times. We will be developing our understanding of special/holy times, and increasing our knowledge of the way special times are celebrated and remembered. We will also be exploring the story of Pentecost and God as a Holy Spirit.
This term we will also be looking at the Christian Values of JUSTICE and PERSEVERANCE.
Understanding the World
This term our two chosen topics are 'Trains, Planes and Things with Wheels' and 'Deep Sea Diving!'. Our first new topic will see us learn about different modes of transport. We will explore different methods of transport and identifying any similarities or differences we are able to see. We will be investigating whether they belong on land, in the air or in the sea. We will also be looking at how modes of transport have changed and how people used to travel (including comparing how Queen Elizabeth II and King Charles III travelled/will travel to their coronations). As part of this topic, we will also be visiting the Runway Visitors Park at Manchester Airport.
For our final term, we will move on to 'Deep Sea Diving!' We will be learning all about rock pools, fossils (including about Mary Anning), sand and beaches. We will also be looking at safety and how to stay safe near water as well as thinking about the different animals we might find under the sea. We will also be thinking about whether we would be able to live under the sea before seeking adventure with some pirates!