Reception

Spring Term 2

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Spring Term 1

Topic: Dinosaurs

Welcome back to Reception for Spring term 1! We are very excited to see children engage with all the activities and learning that will be taking place this term. We cannot wait to see all the progress that the children make over the next few weeks. It truly is an exciting term!

It is important to remember that we are encouraging independence, and would appreciate a swift farewell at the door so that learning is not interrupted.

This term we will be going on a school trip to the Natural History Museum in London. It will be absolutely amazing to see children explore as a team and connect their learning to the wider community.

Topic

Our theme for this term is ‘Dinosaurs’. Children become fascinated with this topic and we are excited to see them become active learners, since there are plenty of opportunities for children to be engaged in literacy and numeracy that are hidden in practical and fun dinosaur activities. We can’t wait to see the excitement, curiosity and love of learning this topic will ignite within the children.

This half term we will also continue with sessions in music, expressive art and design, circle time, ask it and understanding the world.

Literacy

The children have been becoming accustomed to Read, Write, Inc. We are very pleased with the progress we have seen throughout the year so far. Please help to consolidate this learning at home by completing homework and practicing RED words.

We will continue to have a daily core text session this half term, which will be planned around our topic books. Our topic books for this half term are: Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs, Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs visit the museum, Queens knickers, Mad about dinosaurs, Dinosaurs love underpants. We encourage you to please read with your child each night and sign their purple reading log. We will continue to update the reading challenge in each class.

Maths

This term we will be extending on children’s prior knowledge and skills! We will be exploring many different areas of math. Some of these include time, addition, subtraction, shape, money and numicon.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Throughout this term we are developing our skills when working as a team. We are also exploring ways we can be a good friend and build relationships with our peers. 

Physical development

During this term the children will continue to have the opportunity to participate in exciting PE sessions in the school hall. This term we are focusing on independently dressing and undressing in a timely manner. It is crucial that all of the clothing in your childs PE kit is fully labeled with their name. The children are continuing to engage with ‘disco dough’ and have already demonstrated increased strength in their hands. Providing experiences at home which promote fine motor movements, such as cutting and writing will create a great link and help your children to further develop these highly important skills in writing at school.

Reminders

Winter weather

Please remember that it is important for your child to bring a hat, scarf, gloves, coat/ jacket all labelled. You are also welcome to put a spare change of clothes in your childs PE kit.

Drink bottles

Please feel free to bring in named drink bottles with water only in them. Juice is not appropriate in reception. 

Wet play

Please bring in a suitable waterproof coat and wellington boots so that your child can take part in all experiences outside, whatever the weather.

Book bags

Please ensure your child brings these in each day to reception and that they go home each night. We do put important letters and notices in there most days.

PE

Please ensure that your child comes to school with a labelled PE kit ready for our PE sessions. If you have any concerns/questions please do not hesitate to see a teacher or make an appointment if necessary.

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