Mrs Millichap's Class 2023 - 2024
Welcome to reception!
Welcome to the Spring Term! We hope you had a fantastic Christmas and New Year, we're excited to weclome back the children and hear all about their holiday news.
This term children will take part in a range of activities relating to the theme of 'Where shall we go?'. Throughout the term children will explore this theme by comparing and contrasting different places such as the polar regions. Children will learn about different animals that live there and what they need to do to keep warm. We will explore the changing seasons from Winter to Spring, and search for clues which tell us whether things are from the past or from the present. Children will take part in learning experiences related to key festivals such as Chinese New Year and Easter. Later in the term we will be finding out lots about people who help us, vehicles old and new and exploring traditional tales
These themes will be explored through a series of key texts shared with the children in class. Some of key texts for this term are:
Red Riding Hood
The Gingerbread Man
Zog and the flying doctors
The Runaway Wok
You can't take an elephant on the bus
Throughout the term there will continue to be a strong focus on supporting children in their development across the prime areas of learning. Children will continue to follow and embed rules and routines within the classroom by following our good to be green behaviour system and develop skills in self-regulation such as learning to listen for sustained periods and engage effectively in back and forth converstation with adults and peers. There will also be a strong emphasis on correct letter formation, supporting writing across all areas of the curriculum and developing fine motor skills using scissors for cutting, a range of mark making materials, small construction and other resources.
In Literacy, children will be continuing to learn to read supported by our Read Write Inc Phonics programme. Children will start new phonic groups and will be assesed every 6 weeks to ensure they continue to progress steadily throughout the term. In these sessions children will revise known sounds, learn new sounds, consolidate blending knowledge to read words fluently and form the letters correctly, ensuring the use of the correct pencil grip. Children will use their sound knowledge and Fred Fingers in order to sound out and write down CVC words, captions and sentences.
In maths the children will continue to learn about cardinality and counting, comparison, pattern and shape and space across the term. We will be using mastery materials from NCETM including resources relating to the cbeebies numerblocks programme and also activities from the maths no problem scheme of work. Learning will be embedded in play and practical carefully planned maths games and activites that have a deep maths mastery focus.
Week beginning 26.02.2024
In literacy this week children will be recounting their half term news. Children will be writing simple sentences about their half term news using finger spaces, tricky words and their phonic sounds.
In maths this week children will learning to create number bonds with numbers between 7-10. Children will be continuing to build on part-whole thinking and conceptual subitising by partioning numbers in different ways and representing them with number bond diagrams.
Understanding of the world
Children will go on a spring walk collecting natural objects and exploring them with their senses.
Expressive art and design
Children will make observational drawings of daffodils using watercolours.
Children will be looking for signs or spring as we build up to our learning about Easter.
Children will be doing dance and gymnastics this term.
Children will be learning to sing along to action rhymes, listening and responding to different styles of music.
SCARF - activites this term will be centered around the theme of 'rights and respect'
Green Book Bags
Book bags should be brought to school every day. These are for any letters, reading books, sounds and reading records. Until children can read simple words they will be bringing home a quality picture book. This is for you to read to your child at home encouraging listening and responding and building up that important routine of a quiet 10 minutes reading time daily.
The wooden gate to the reception area will be open each morning at 8.45am ready for lessons to begin at 8.50am. Please ensure your child is brought to school promtly and line up around the wall of the building. This is so teachers can meet and greet each child and deal with any parent enquiries. School finshes at 3.10pm and children will need to be collected by an adult known to staff. If you need to make a change to who is collecting your children please contact school prior to collection to let us know.
Children are provided with a water bottle which is cleaned and refilled daily and they do not need to bring one from home. They are encouraged to access these independently throughout the day and are also sat down at set times to ensure they stay hydrated. Children are also offered milk and fruit throughout the morning and therefore no other snacks are needed to be brought in from home.
Please check the class webpage regularly. Information will be added as we progress through the year and I will provide more details of our class learning. Please accept the invitation sent to you to connect to seesaw. During the day we may send you photos of your child at school so you can see what they have been learning. There is also a message feature where you can message myself and through which, I will be sending videos and tips on how to support your child's learning in class.
If your child has regular accidents please send spare clothes in their book bag.
Coats and Hats
Please ensure your child has their coat in school every day. Depending on the weather, the children may also need sun hats or woolly hats. Please remember to label everything (even shoes!). If your do not want school shoes coming home muddy (we have a mud kitchen, sand and water play) please provide a pair of names wellies that can be kept in school for them to change into.
PE days for this term will be Mondays and Wednesdays. On these days children will need to come to school dressed in their outdoor PE kits and wearing trainers.
Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions.
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