In Reception we have 3 classes, Class 1 with the class teacher Mr Sayer and teaching assistant Mrs Simm, Class 2 with the class teachers Mrs Roberts and Mrs Wolfarth and teaching assistant Mrs Marsden and Class 3 with the class teacher Ms McGough and the teaching assistant Mrs Kearney. We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. Each half term we have a new topic and we decide what we would like to learn together. Our learning each day consists of a phonics session, a maths sessions, a story session and topic session. We learn through play in the different areas in our classrooms. We develop our independence in Reception and learn lots of key skills such as making relationships with our new friends and learning how to share and take turns. We also learn key Literacy and Mathematics skills which are important building blocks for our future learning.
Spring 2 In Reception
Our spring 2 topic ‘We Are Pirates’ has been a great success and the children have thoroughly enjoyed learning about life under the sea and the life of a pirate aboard a pirate ship. We began our topic with a trip to Blue Planet Aquarium during which we found out all about a wide range of sea creatures and manages to see lots of different species up close. We even saw the elusive octopus who never comes out to say hello.
We have been learning lots of facts about different sea creatures through reading books and researching on the internet. We have been writing our own key facts about chosen fish using all of our growing English skills to write captions and sentences. We moved onto learning all about pirates who sailed the seas and have found out all about the features of different boats and ships and what life was like on board a pirate ship. We ended our topic with a fantastic pirate day when we visited the juniors pirate ship to follow the clues and try and find the treasure, had a pirate ship building challenge and played lots of pirate games using all of the new knowledge we have of pirates and pirate ships to help us.
In English we have continued our daily phonics sessions during which the children are making super progress learning all of the tricky sounds and letters in our alphabet system. We have also noticed a huge difference in the children’s reading fluency and sight vocabulary as a result of the Golden Ticket challenge so thank you for your support with this and we hope to continue this into the summer term.
In our Math’s lessons we have been working through our teen numbers and have finally reached the number 20 after focusing on a number each week. We have been learning how to make each of these numbers, spotting number patterns and making equations using addition and subtraction and single digit numbers.
This half term we have also celebrated World Book Day when we came into school dressed as our favourite book characters and shared our favourite stories with the rest of our class. The final week of this term has been so busy. As well as ‘Pirate Day’ we also all took part in the planting of some new trees on our school field which we will develop into our forest school areas in the future. Then we had our Easter celebrations when we paraded our Easter bonnets in the school hall foe all too see.
We hope you all have a wonderful Easter break and look forward to seeing you in the summer term for our new topic ‘We Are Bug Hunters’.