Reception – Spring Term

Spring Term in Reception Class

5th January 2021 – Due to the National Lockdown you will find your child’s remote learning tasks on Class Dojo – Portfolio section.

Welcome Back!  We hope you have had an enjoyable Christmas break. We are really excited about our next learning steps in Reception, and we are going to do this through the theme and story of “The Gruffalo” by Julia Donaldson.

During the next few months we are undoubtedly going to experience our fair share of unpleasant weather, it is most important that you remember to provide a waterproof jacket with a hood and a hat and gloves for your child so that they can make use of our wonderful outdoor areas.

Your child will need to make sure they wear their PE kits to school on a Monday and Friday.

Please don’t hesitate to speak to me if you have any concerns, questions, or celebrations regarding your child.

At Marlfields Foundation Stage we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum which is split into 7 curriculum areas: Personal, Social and Emotional Development; Communication and Language; Physical Development; Literacy; Mathematics; Understanding of the World; and Expressive Arts and Design.

The information below will outline some of the key skills we will be looking at during this term whilst also building on your child’s interests and experiences.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

We will be focusing upon working as a whole group, turn taking and building friendships.  The children will be working towards explaining their own knowledge and understanding, and asking appropriate questions to become more independent learners.  We shall be developing our Personal, Social, and Emotional skills through circle times, sharing news, show and tell opportunities, and through day to day routines and behaviours.

Communication and Language

We will be working hard to improve our speaking and listening skills in both our small group activities and whole class circle times.  The children will be aiming to develop their attention span, and responding to two part instructions through interactive games and activities.  We develop the children’s Communication and Language skills daily through speaking and listening activities together.  The children will have a weekly show and tell opportunity and other children can develop their questioning skills by responding to their friend’s news.

Physical Development

We will be using a variety of opportunities and experiences to develop children’s confidence and awareness of space using our wonderful outdoor areas.  We aim for children in Reception to develop their skills in Gymnastics. We allow the children to experiment with gross motor movements for example trying out different ways of moving, balancing and landing with control. As well as fine motor movements for example, improving their pencil control to form recognisable letters and words.

Literacy

Literacy incorporates reading and writing skills in a variety of fun, exciting and sometimes messy activities!  The children will be developing their reading skills; segmenting and blending sounds to read words.  These skills will be developed during daily phonic sessions, and a variety of independent and group reading opportunities.  We shall be encouraging more independent writing in the Spring Term through our Literacy work, where children will be attempting to write sentences in meaningful contexts.

Mathematics

In the Foundation Stage we will be practicing and using our mathematical skills in familiar contexts (e.g. role play, construction, sand, play dough etc.) to give us meaning to numbers and counting.  The children will be developing their number recognition and formation with numbers to 10 or higher.  The children will be participating in practical activities to develop their number and place value skills; comparing numbers within 10.  Alongside developing their understanding of addition and subtraction skills; beginning with number bonds within 5, addition to 10, and moving onto number bonds to 10.  We shall also be leaning and using the mathematical names for 2D and 3D shapes, and exploring the characteristics of everyday objects and shapes and use mathematical language to describe them.

Understanding the World

We will be building upon children’s interests and experiences, to develop their curiosity and interest of their surroundings. The children will be looking at similarities, differences, patterns and change in relation to places, objects, materials and living things.  They will be encouraged to talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how they might vary from one another.

Expressive Arts and Design

This term we will positively encourage children’s creative development through a range of media experiences such as paint, clay, song, dance, music and role play experiences. We aim for the children to explore colour and what happens when they mix colour; experiment to create different textures; manipulate and use a variety of tools and techniques; explore music and songs; and play alongside other children who are engaged in the same theme through role play situations.