Welcome to Reception Class

My name is Miss Haymonds and I have the pleasure of teaching the Reception class.

We would like to inform you of the work and activities planned for your children this term.

This term our school topic is ‘Active Planet’. Reception will be exploring the theme ‘in my garden’ including minibeasts, life cycles of animals and plants with a focus on living things.

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Updated: Summer Term 2019

Language, Literacy and Communication
In Language, Literacy and Communication we will focus on garden themed books such as the tiny seed and the hungry caterpillar. We will look at different forms of writing including; ordering stories, poetry, persuasive writing and instructional writing.

We will develop our writing skills as we learn to write more independently using our sounds and high frequency words. The children will also be focusing on their reading skills through reading and carrying out instructions.
Also, we will be developing our persuasive writing by creating posters to encourage children to look after our locality and environment.

Mathematical Development
In Mathematical Development we will focus on a range of mathematical areas including; number, sequence addition, subtraction, money, symmetry and time. Throughout our topic work we will explore and apply our knowledge of numbers to add and subtract petals on flowers. We will compare and measure heights of sunflowers and explore symmetry using butterfly wings.

We will be focusing on sequence of numbers such as counting in 2’s and 10’s and using reading skills to read number words. We Also will be focusing on transferring mathematical skills to role play activities such a buying items from the garden centre.

Personal and Social Development, Well Being and Cultural Diversity
We will explore friendships, what makes a good friend and how we interact with our friends. We will develop our social interactions, by understanding responsibility and of our own actions and the consequences they have on others. We will learn to value friendships and how to form good relationships.

In Knowledge and Understanding of the World our focus is looking after our locality. We will be looking at recycling and composting and how we can look after and sustain our planet. We will be exploring life-cycles of animals and plants and identify animals that live in our gardens. We will continue to enhance our Numeracy skills by making comparisons between seasons and sorting and classifying objects.

Updated: Summer Term 2019

Knowledge and Understanding of the World
Our focus is looking after our locality. We will be looking at recycling and composting and how we can look after and sustain our planet. We will be exploring life-cycles of animals and plants and identify animals that live in our gardens. We will continue to enhance our Numeracy skills by making comparisons between seasons and sorting and classifying objects.

Creative Development
We will be creating drawings of flowers and mini-beasts in the style of a variety of artists including Van Gogh. We will design and make mini-beasts using junk modelling. We will be creating observational drawings of minibeasts that we find.

Welsh
We will develop our questioning skills and we will focus on our conversational skills; asking how are you feeling? We will be learning the days of the week, what is the weather like today and discussing our likes and dislikes.

ICT
Our focus is creative media and modelling. We will develop our ICT skills to design and create a garden. We will use Hwb and Purple Mash software to develop these skills.

PE
We will develop our team working skills and how to follow rules to through team games such as rounders.

Updated: Summer Term 2019

Value of the half term

During the Spring term our school values are Forgiveness and Responsibility.
The first value of the term is Forgiveness.

Homework
Homework will be sent home every Friday. This will vary between a literacy, numeracy or R.E activity. Please return homework books on a Thursday. A sound booklet will be sent home to use to re-visit all the sounds with the children to ensure all children recognise each sound through repetition. Please read with your child every day.

Dates for your diary
Further information will be sent home with the children when specific dates have been confirmed.

Other Information
P.E will be on a Friday afternoon so please ensure P.E bags are in school.

New reading books will be sent home every week. Please make sure your child reads every day. We appreciate a comment to say how well your child has read and whether they have enjoyed the text.

What can you do to help?
Please continue to support your child by reading every day and please can you practise sounds and high frequency words when they are sent home.  Please let us know if you have any queries/ questions and please do not hesitate to contact us at the school. Diolch.

We hope you find this information useful. Thank you in anticipation of your continued co-operation and support.

We would welcome anybody who has expertise in any of the areas that we are studying this term to come in and share your experiences with us!  In the meantime, if you have any queries/questions please do not hesitate to contact us at the school.

Diolch yn fawr,
Miss Haymonds