Reception Class Newsletter Summer Term 2022.
Welcome back to a new term. We do hope that you all had a restful and enjoyable Easter break. The children have settled very quickly into the new summer term routine and are really enjoying the big playground and field. Already, the children have adapted brilliantly and are enjoying playing on the big playground and field.
We have begun our term focussing on the book Have you filled a bucket today? The children have been thinking about being bucket fillers and not bucket dippers. We fill bucket through kind acts and deeds. We have a bucket in class that we are filling with kindness pom-poms!
We have another busy term and we trust that this letter will provide you with some useful information.
Our topics for this term are; Once Upon a Time, starting with the story of the Jolly Postman and then reading a variety of traditional tales focussing on particular story language and story writing. We hope to grow our own bean stalks! Then after half-term, what minibeasts inhabit the world around me?
|Communication and Language||Extending vocabulary, talking about the world around them and sharing opinions, listening to different versions of a traditional tale and retelling in their own words. Explaining how they will help their own beanstalk to grow and keeping a bean diary.|
|Personal, Social and Emotional Development||Taking steps to resolve conflicts – reaching a compromise, showing sensitivity to the needs of others, adjust behaviour to different situations, take change in their stride.|
|Physical Development||Handle and use simple tools safely and effectively, show good control in large and small movements, move confidently in a range of ways and negotiate space, know the importance of exercise and diet towards keeping healthy. In PE, we will be working outdoors with balls, and tennis rackets. We will be using our Sticky Kids resources with a sporty theme.|
We will also be thinking about health and hygiene and advising the Giant at the top of the beanstalk how to become healthier!
|Literacy||Write meaningful sentences in a range of contexts, ascribe meaning to the marks they draw, write and paint, break flow of speech into words, read and understand simple sentences using phonic knowledge to decode regular words, read some common irregular words: Phase 4 Tricky Words; said, have, like, so, do, some, come, were, there, little, one, when, out, what. Please display these words at home. Begin to use traditional story language heard in their own writing. We will also focus on comprehension in our guided reading sessions getting the children to demonstrate an understanding of what they have read through questioning.|
|Maths||Number – ordering numbers, counting reliably, counting in 2s and 5s, doubling and halving, adding and subtracting.|
Shape – 3D shapes around – recognising names and properties.
Capacity and Weight – water play measuring and balancing.
|Understanding the World||Show interest in the lives of people familiar to them, notice that children don’t always share the same interests, thinking about special days. Forest School – minibeasts, growing beans. Using technology – cameras, recordable devices, IPads, Laptop, bee-bots.|
|Expressive Arts and Design||Introduce story narrative into their play, compose music with the instruments, create minibeast inspired art work – Eric Carle and models.|
Reading Books – we will continue to hear the children read regularly in their guided reading sessions. Please continue to hear your children read regularly at home including their sound and tricky word book. Please make sure the children have their reading folder in school every day.
PE Days – Tuesday and Thursday – please ensure children now have PE shorts to wear and that their trainers are still fitting them! Our Friday sessions with Mr Dyce have now finished.
Snack – all children need to bring a water bottle and healthy snack to eat during morning break time. Please make sure snacks are raw or dried fruit or vegetables ONLY – no crackers, cheese strings or fruit winders as snacks should be as natural as possible. They will have the Government funded snack during the afternoon.
Weather – now that we are getting warmer weather please could all the children bring in plain water in a named bottle, sun hat and sun cream applied at home before school (when necessary).
Labelling – please continue to make sure all clothes are clearly labelled with your child’s name. Please also relabel if you have hand-me-downs from other families!
Forest School – we will continue to visit the wood every other Friday this term. It will be a privilege to watch how the wood changes from the Spring into Summer and play in the magical cow parsley that often grows taller than the children! Our dates are:
Friday 22nd April, 6th May, 20th May, 10th June, 24th June, 8th July.
We hope to invite parents and younger siblings to one of our later sessions. More details nearer the time!
Please do continue do use Tapestry to follow your child’s learning journey but all messages and queries must go via the school office please. Remember, the children love to share their Tapestry news and photos with the class from the big screen.
Forest School – Friday 22nd April, 6th May, 20th May, 10th June, 24th June, 8th July.
29th April – Tray Day
19th May – FOC Disco
27th June – Dress Up Day for Queen’s Jubilee
1st July – Tray Day
15th July – Reception Class Assembly (parents invited)
Best wishes to you all and looking forward to seeing you all soon.
Alison Course and Wendy Berrett