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Reception (RSN & RCH)

Our Aim

Our aim is to offer your child a stimulating, high quality educational curriculum during their time at school.  Your child will continue to build on the knowledge and skills he or she has already acquired in nursery and at home, or when out and about in the world with you.  We are guided by the principles of The Early Years Foundation Stage approach to learning and by the National Curriculum requirements and aim to achieve these by:

  • Teaching in ways which stimulate and build upon curiosity and children’s interests, enabling learning through practical and planned play activities as well as through structured taught sessions.  The combination of these two approaches is vital as we encourage resilience, self-motivation and independence alongside the introduction of new ideas and skills.
  • Providing a rich variety of new and familiar experiences to extend and consolidate your child’s knowledge and confidence.
  • Using a range of equipment in planned and progressive ways that extend development and help your child to reach their full potential.
  • Encouraging children to consider their own choices and responsibilities in all that they do, building empathy and forethought into their actions.

Enrichment

We have had some visitors to enhance our learning this half term.

Fire Fighter Visit

We were recently visited by the Fire Service. We listened to a talk from the firefighters about all of the ways they keep us safe. We didn't know that they rescued people from cars and from water! We learnt about what to do if there is a fire, incuding calling 999. Mrs Watson put on the clothing that firefighters wear when they enter burning buildings. She said it was very heavy and hot inside! We had a look at what we look like on a thermal camera.

We then went outside to look at the fire engine and learn about all of the parts. We were allowed to climb inside, which was very exciting. The firefighters sounded the siren and flashed the lights. It was very loud!

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Teddy Bears Hospital

The children brought in a poorly teddy from home to make better at the hospital. The hospital staff set up stations for a doctors surgery and a medical equipment station. The children practised being a patient with their teddy and they also took on the role of a doctor.

They learnt the names of the equipment, what it was for and then used it on their teddy. We definitely have some budding doctors of the future.

We also had 2 stations for their general hygeine. We had a handwashing station, where there children put pretend green germs on their hands and looked at them under the UV light. They then washed their hands and checked to see if they had done a good job.

We also had a teeth brushing station, where the were told about the correct technique to brush your teeth and had a go on the giant set of teeth. They then brished their teddy's teeth.

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Week 1

We will discover some eggs.  What could be inside them?  Will they hatch?

We will look at the book, “Tyrannosaurus Drip” and start our learning about dinosaurs.  The Fire Service will be visiting us on Thursday and will learn about fire safety.  We are thinking about using our manners like the lemur does in the story, ‘Please, Mr. Panda’.

Week 2

Tyrannosaurs Drip loved his veg so this week we will be thinking about being healthy.  We will be visited by the Teddy Bear Hospital and bring our poorly teddies into school to make them better.   It is World Book Day on Thursday and our theme is Heroes and Villains.

Week 3

This week, we will be thinking about confidence and what makes us feel confident.  We will make sure we know how to clean our teeth properly and why it is important.  On Friday we will be having a science day and exploring lots of fun science-based activities.  We might even hatch some dinosaurs!

Week 4

Some clues in our classrooms suggest that a dinosaur might have been in our school.  We will investigate what has happened.  We will be thinking about asking and answering questions.

Week 5

This week, Professor Norris will visit us to show us fossils and teach us about dinosaurs. We will also see what we can dig up.  We will make our own salt dough fossils.

Week 6

We will go on a dinosaur hunt and create our own rhythms in music.  We will also be re-writing the We are Going on a Bear Hunt.  We will have a dinosaur disco and write invitations.  We will do some baking and explore changing materials so that we have tasty treats for our dino disco!

Maths

We will finish looking at number ten and continuing to develop our problem-solving skills and record our workings out.  We will be practising ‘counting on’ and ‘unitising’ so that we are really ready to start our work on teen numbers from Week 3 onwards.

We will also be looking in more depth at our Shape, Space and Measure learning, particularly reinforcing our understanding of 3D shape and our vocabulary related to time.

Reading

If you want to support writing at home, look for reasons to give the writing a purpose.  Children are much more enthusiastic about writing when they have a reason to do it.  Maybe they can help with the shopping by writing five items on their list that they have to find as you go around the supermarket.  Perhaps they could invite their friend to play and write out an invitation. If you would like another copy of the Read Write Inc sound boards that we use, please ask a member of staff. 

Writing

If you want to support writing at home, look for reasons to give the writing a purpose.  Children are much more enthusiastic about writing when they have a reason to do it.  Maybe they can help with the shopping by writing five items on their list that they have to find as you go around the supermarket.  Perhaps they could invite their friend to play and write out an invitation. If you would like another copy of the Read Write Inc soundboards that we use, please ask a member of staff. 

Wish List

Wish List 

· We love to receive your spare boxes, tubes, and bottles to use in our junk modeling area.  Please make sure items are clean and dry.

· If you have a spare packet of pasta, rice or corn flour we will put them to good use in our tactile area.

 

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events:

· World Book Day, Thursday 7th March - dress up as a hero or a villain.

· Comic Relief on Friday 15th March

· Science week in Week 3 with a day of science-based activities on Friday 15th March.

· We will be having a dino-party in Week 6.  This will be within school time.

 

Don't forget...

· PE is on Fridays.  Your child needs a PE kit with shorts, t-shirt, and plimsolls.  Please make sure each item is named so that we can attempt to re-unite lost items with your child!

· We visit Ms. Lawrence on Fridays to learn Spanish.  We are learning the names of fruit this half term.  Ask your child about it.  We are also learning to say when we like something: Me gusta… No me gusta. I like… I don’t like...

· Thank you to all those who have told us about their child’s ‘Wow!’ moments.  We really w ant to hear about them!  Have they learned to ride a bike? Made progress with swimming?  Spotted numbers on the way home? Written something all by themselves? Read a sign whilst out shopping with you?  Celebrated a special occasion?  We want to hear about their ‘Wow!’ moments so please share them with us!  Ask your child’s teacher for a ‘Wow!’ heart to write on.

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