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Reception

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In Reception, the teacher is Mrs Khan and the teaching assistant is Miss Harding. Please find below a brief outline of the topics to be covered this year and our daily/weekly routines. We follow a two-year rolling programme of topics in the Foundation Stage and we plan our adult led learning around our current topics. We also respond to the interests of the children which means we may divert from our planned topics. The provision of activities in the areas of our Reception classroom aim to support the development of all areas of the Early Years curriculum and the specific needs of the children. We access learning opportunities both indoors and outdoors throughout the school year. Here is an overview of the topics to be covered over the coming year in Reception:

TermTopics CoveredBrief Outline
Autumn 1It’s Good to be Me!We start the year by settling our children into Reception, making friends, learning about routines and establishing our Reception rules. In this topic, we focus on ourselves and our families.  We learn about our bodies, naming the parts and their uses. We make a collage of our body and look closely at our features. We also look at the five senses and investigate how these are used on a daily basis. We talk about our different families and who lives in our homes. We learn about where we live and look at different styles of homes. The different stages of life are looked at and sequenced. The change of season is observed and we talk about and celebrate Harvest. Our children make music, dance and move to express their ideas and feelings.
Autumn 2CelebrationsIn Autumn 2, we learn about different celebrations, their meaning and what people do to celebrate. Through creative activities and role play, we will learn about the special times of Diwali, Bonfire Night, Remembrance, Eid, Hanukka and Christmas.  We talk about and experience, the significance of lights, food, clothing, gifts and ceremony in celebrations. Children are given opportunities to discuss the similarities and differences. We also learn, and use, appropriate vocabulary linked to our topic and role-play our own celebrations. Our mark making and writing, is based on recounts, cards, lists, invitations and letters. 
Spring
1
Yummy Scrummy in my TummyOur topic in Spring 1, is “Yummy Scrummy in my Tummy”. We will observe and record the seasonal changes and work on scientific experiments linked to these changes. Healthy living will be the focus and we will look at how we can have a healthy lifestyle. A range of artists will be looked at and how they use food in their art work. Different fruits and vegetables will be looked at and how these are produced. A range of stories will be shared around the topic. We will also look at food from other countries, including, India, China and France.
Spring
2
SpaceThis topic is based around’ Knowledge and Understanding of the World’. We will look at our world, focusing on sea, land and sky. Comparisons will be made between a town and the countryside. A range of habitats will be looked at and which animals live there. We will look at the different planets and learn some simple space facts. There will be a focus on Day and Night and comparison made of the sun and moon. Art work will be completed with a focus on 3-D art. We will also focus on the ‘Easter’ celebration and reflect on the significant parts.We explore some of the popular dinosaurs using fiction and non-fiction texts. The word extinction is explored and new vocabulary is introduced. Technology is used to gather information and simple facts. Sorting tasks take place based on the characteristics of dinosaurs. We focus on what they eat, how they move and their size. We design and make our own 3-D dinosaur structures. We enjoy a spring walk on the school field and notice the awakening of plant and animal life. We learn about the special time of Easter and how some people celebrate it.
Summer 1Traditional TalesThis topic is Literacy based with a particular focus on Creative and Personal development. A selection of classic stories are a focus, including; The Enormous Turnip, Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretal, Three Billy Goats Gruff and The Princess and the Pea. We read the stories and retell them through role-play, dance, songs and rhymes. Story structure, characters, settings and language are looked at. We learn a variety of traditional songs and rhymes. In literacy we work on a range of genres with a focus on story language.
Summer 2Creepers and CrawlersIn this topic, we will be looking at common mini-beasts, focusing on their features, habitats and diet. We will be creating a ‘Bug’s Hotel’ and make observations in the outdoor area. There will be opportunities to visit the school pond and children will be able to explore and make observations. A range of fiction and non-fiction books will be explored and we will also create our own topic books. Opportunities will be given to experience working with clay and making mini-beast models. A school trip will be arranged to visit Preston park and participate in a range of activities, including a mini-beast workshop.

Home Learning:

Children will receive new home learning tasks on Thursday and they will have until the following Tuesday to complete them. Home learning tasks are often literacy or numeracy based, but will be gaged on children’s needs and next steps. Sometimes, activities will be set on Education City or See Saw.

Phonics:

The children will learn a new sound each week and revise over the sounds taught. They will learn to link a sound to a letter, practise forming that letter and listen for words that start with the sound. Through games, songs and activities we will learn to blend and segment the sounds in simple words. We will also regularly enjoy stories, rhymes and alliteration activities.

Reading:

A school reading book will be sent home twice weekly. Please read with your child as often as possible at home. Encourage your child to talk about the main events in the story, its setting and the main characters. Guided reading sessions will take place in the Spring term and feedback will be given in their reading records.

PE:

Our PE sessions are on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Children will need trainers/plimsolls. You do not need to send a PE kit into school.

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