Who? What? Where?

Kestrels Class – Reception

I hope everyone had a lovely Easter break.

We are basing much of our work this term around nursery rhymes and asking questions such as: WHAT was it like in the castle in Sing a Song of Sixpence? WHAT is it like on the moon, WHY can’t a cow jump over it? and WHO has been there? WHO do we think “Mary Mary” was, WHAT do plants need do grow and WHY are bees important in gardens?

As always we are keen to encourage the children to develop our themes in their own way. This terms theme gives the children lots of scope to ask questions and explore their own ideas so please don’t be surprised if some of the activities outlined in the curriculum newsletter change!

We are taking part in the National Gallery’s ‘Take One Picture week during the first half of the term and are all very excited to see where the children take us during this week,

In Creative Development we will be:

  • Joining in the National Gallery ‘Take One Picture week. During this week we will be developing the children’s own ideas across the curriculum.
  • Looking closely at the shapes, patterns and texture around us in the environment and recreating these using a range of materials.
  • Creating models using different materials and developing our joining techniques.
  • Learning lots of nursery rhymes and performing them.
  • Exploring rhymes and stories in our theatre role play and finding out when characters from different rhymes and stores find themselves in the same stories.

In Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy we will be:

  • Counting in ones, two’s, fives and tens.
  • Solving problems using our developing addition and subtraction skills.
  • Combining objects to find out how many altogether and taking away to find out how many are left.
  • Writing and ordering the numerals from zero to twenty.
  • Continuing to develop an understanding of place value.
  • Exploring weight and capacity and developing our understanding of the appropriate vocabulary.
  • Recognising the coins to £1 and using them to solve simple practical problems.
  • Using our maths skills to solve problems such as how many sheep did Little Bo Peep loose? How much money does the king in ‘sing a song of sixpence have?’’ How many times did the mouse run up the clock?

In Communication and Language and Literacy we will be:

  • Continuing to develop communication skills by working together in lots of different situations and continuing to learn to listen to the ideas and opinions of others as well as being given lots of opportunities to share their own ideas.
  • Hot seating nursery rhyme characters and asking questions to find out all about them.
  • Exploring rhyme and making up alternative versions to some traditional rhymes.
  • Continuing to develop our writing skills with activities such as:
  • Writing a letter from Little Miss Muffet explaining why she ran away from the spider, Instructions by Mary Mary explaining how to plant a seed and look after it, Labels on a drawing of the kings castle in Sing a Song of Sixpence. Information books about the moon and newspaper reports about the first man on the moon.
  • Continuing to develop our phonics skills with daily phonics lessons. We will be consolidating phase 3 and introducing Phase 4 where appropriate.
  • We will be using Factual books and computers to find out information.

In Personal. Social and Emotional Development we will be:

  • Continuing to develop our skills working as part of a group and class and taking turns and sharing fairly.
  • Continuing to develop our independent working skills.
  • Demonstrating that we know the appropriate behaviour for different situations.
  • Exploring themes including feelings, caring for our environment and living things.
  • Exploring the theme of People who Help Us during our RE week.
  • Following our whole school SEAL theme of Relationships

In Knowledge and Understanding of the World we will be:

  • Asking what is happening and why as we explore the weather and changing seasons around us.
  • Finding out what plants and flowers need to grow and planting and taking care of our own.
  • Finding out about bees and why they are important.
  • Finding out about the life cycle of butterflies and frogs.
  • Finding out about the lives of other people e.g. Neil Armstrong-who was he and what did he do.
  • Investigating which materials make the best walls and finding out which would be best for Humpty Dumpty and why.
  • Using Ipads and cameras to record our ideas.
  • Writing simple logarithms for the Bee Bot Bees to find their way to flowers and back to their hives.

In Physical Development we will be:.

  • Continuing to develop our throwing and catching skills, working individually and in small groups.
  • Continuing to explore different ways of moving developing control and co-ordination skills.
  • Continuing to develop our skills using scissors and pencils.
  • Continuing to explore why we need to eat a balanced diet and why exercise is important. The children will have lots of opportunities to prepare different recipes with a partner by following and listening to instructions.
  • Joining in with daily exercise.

How you can help your child:

  • Reading with them at home.
  • Helping them to read the tricky words by sight. (these are the ones on the bookmarks that I sent  home with the children  earlier this year. If you need another copy just put a note in the reading record and I’ll make sure you get one.)
  • Encouraging them to talk about stories, making predictions, sequencing events in the story, and talking about the characters.  Sharing information books together, talking about the index and contents pages.
  • Encouraging your child to look for numbers  and shapes around them. Encouraging them to recognise and use numbers to 20 and beyond.
  • Thank you for contributing towards the Learning Journeys with stars and post it notes from home. Please keep sending them in, they help to give a really good picture of your child’s learning and the children are enjoying seeing them in their Learning Journeys.