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Reception: Red and Blue

This term in Reception our focus Power of Reading book is ‘Stanley’s Stick.’ Stanley's stick is not just a stick. With a stick in his hand, Stanley's options are endless — he flies to the moon, saves the lives of slugs, writes in the sand, plays a saxophone and rides a dinosaur. His imagination takes over and the magic begins. Take a look at this link to share an interactive version of the book with your child. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLrlrQRaKxU


Through the book ‘Stanley’s Stick’, we will explore the topic ‘Seasons’. Pupils will look closely at similarities, differences, patterns and changes in the environment with activities such as an autumn walk. The pupils will focus on colour changes throughout the seasons and will be introduced to mixing paint to create different shades of autumn colours. The pupils will have the opportunity to explore the art work of Andy Goldsworthy and will use natural objects to create their own collages and sculptures.


In Literacy, the pupils will continue to develop their phonic knowledge and apply these skills to read and write simple words and begin to form simple captions. We will create and label story maps to help retell the story of ‘Stanley’s Stick’ and will use our imagination to create our own ‘stick’ story. The pupils will look at the use of speech and thought bubbles to support their story writing opportunities. Throughout the learning environment there will be lots of opportunities for pupils to develop their writing skills, such as creating and labelling a plan for a model in the construction area or writing a letter to send in the post office role play area.


In Maths, our focus will be developing mathematical language to describe and compare length and height. The pupils will have opportunities to compare sticks and order them according to their length as well as a range of other autumn objects such as leaves and pine cones. The pupils will be encouraged to explain and reason why they have ordered the objects in a particular way. They will learn the language ‘longer’, ‘shorter’, ‘longest’ and ‘shortest’. We will then move onto measuring weight using non-standard units such as cubes, hands, and will have opportunities to measure objects around the classroom and compare their length. Throughout the term we will consolidate number recognition and order to 20 and will begin to introduce early calculation through doubling.


Our focus role play areas this term will be a ‘Coffee Shop’ and a ‘Clothes Shop.’ Throughout these role play experiences the pupils will have the opportunity to take part in a real life experience. They will have to pay for the service they require whether it is buying stamps to send a letter or using the correct amount of 1p coins to buy a new scarf!


We look forward to lots of new learning opportunities in the term ahead!


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