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Where in the world? Reception spring 1

Welcome to Reception, our topic this half term is, 'Where in the world?'

Welcome back to school or Home Learning! During this half term we will continue to focus on mental health and well-being and confidence building, as well as key skills in reading, phonics, maths and writing. Also, we will be continuing to follow the Golden Rules (don't forget, if you're at home completing Home Learning, remind your grown ups of the Golden Rules) and remembering how to wash our hands properly, don't forget to sing Happy Birthday whilst washing them.

Don't forget about our twitter page! We love seeing all of the incredible things that you get up to at home during Home Learning. Therefore, please continue to tweet all your fabulous work so your friends in school can see what you are doing. Families can find out more information about Reception learning, activities and how to help at home on our twitter feed @ReceptionWia

During these colder months, please ensure your child arrives to school warmly dressed due to the windows being open in class for extra ventilation (an undergarment such as a vest or t-shirt).

In line with our current COVID-19 risk assessment, we are asking grown ups to dress their child appropriately enabling the child to independently get dressed and undressed. This includes, mittens, zips, shoe laces etc... Please label all items of clothing.

All of your child's belongings will now be stored on their chairs, therefore please ensure they bring in only the items that are necessary for their time in school.

The Healthy Me

Our PE day is a Thursday. As it is incredibly cold, I can wear my PE kit to school including joggers and a jumper to help keep me warm.

In PE I will be experimenting with different ways of moving. I will use my arms, legs and body to pretend to be something else. I wonder if you can guess what animal I am pretending to be? If you are doing PE at home, maybe you could upload a video to Purple Mash of you pretending to be your favourite animal, for your friends at school to guess.

Through our big questions, "what do Muslims believe?" and "where do people's beliefs come from?" I will explore different religions

In school, I will continue to explore the Jigsaw PSHE program to support my mental health and well-being. If you're at home, remember to go for long walks and concentrate on your mental health and well-being too.

During the program, I will explore my dreams and goals and discuss the importance of persevering and overcoming obstacles.

I will research different jobs and the importance of celebrating my achievements when I achieve my goals.

The Independent Me

This half term's core text.

This half term we will be exploring Mrs Coxon's favourite story "Naughty Bus" by Jan and Jerry Oke. Through this core text I will listen and respond to ideas expressed by others in conversation or discussion. If you're at home completing Home Learning, please continue to look at our twitter feed and upload learning to Purple Mash to enable the children to have an open conversation and discussion with their friends in school.

Through Word Aware, I will extend my vocabulary by grouping and naming and exploring the meaning and sounds of new words.

I will use language to imagine and recreate roles and experiences in play situations. If you are completing Home Learning, please remember that role playing our core text "Naughty Bus" is fabulous way for your child to learn.

I will use talk to organise, sequence and clarify thinking, ideas, feelings and events.

I will introduce a storyline or narrative into my play, developing my own narratives and explanations by connecting ideas or events.

I will segment the sounds in simple words and blend them together to write simple words, labels and captions.

I will attempt to write a simple sentence. Using this knowledge, I will write a recount about our core text "The Naughty Bus".

During planned story time I will explore the stories:

'I'm Sorry,' by Sam McBratney

'The Train Ride,' by June Crebbin

'On the Road with Mavis and Marge,' by Niamh Sharkey

Our maths linked text is: "We're Going on a Bear Hunt" - Michael Rosen

Our Word Aware Words

Through reading, I will enjoy an increasing range of books and read some common irregular words.

I will continue a rhyming string and hear and say the initial sounds in words.

I will segment the sounds in simple words and blend them together, knowing which letters represent some of the sounds.

I will read and understand simple sentences.

I will observe change in my environment and look at similarities and differences within the natural environment. I will explore the features of villages, towns and cities and describe the characteristics of each settlement.

The Creative Me

This half term I will be exploring the artist Jackson Pollock. I will explore mark making through different mediums whilst investigating abstract art. If you're completing Home Learning, be as creative and imaginative as you like. Don't forget to send us your incredible masterpieces so we can look at them with your friends in school.

Blue Poles by Jackson Pollock

In music, I will explore a range of different artists and music and find a pulse to simple nursery rhymes and copycat rhythms. I will explore high and low pitch using improvisation with voices and create my own sounds using instruments. If you're completing Home Learning, find your favourite song and explore it. Find the pulse, explore the pitch and listen and identify the instruments that are used in the song.

I will explore the environment creatively and persevere with new techniques. I will use ICT to find out new information.

The Inquisitive Me

In numeracy we will be exploring addition and subtraction with numbers up to 5 using 5 frames and the part-whole method. Don't forget to look at the videos on Purple Mash to help you and make it as fun as possible. Use their favourite toys on the five frames and items from the outside area when exploring the part-whole method. Maybe, when it's not raining, you could take their learning outside and draw a 5 frame and part-whole method on the ground with chalk.

I will explore numbers and place value using numbers up to 10.

I will compare numbers up to 10 using the vocabulary more and fewer.

I will explore materials and what objects float and sink and develop an understanding of why.