We are very excited to meet all of the pupils starting in Reception this year and we look forward to a fabulous year of learning ahead.
Our main focus for the start of this half term will be settling our pupils into a regular routine whilst encouraging them to become independent learners and individuals.
Our learning focus this term will be ‘Seasons’ and ‘Celebrating Differences’, which Reception pupils will explore through a collection of fiction and non-fiction texts.
In English, pupils will use our phonics scheme, ‘Read Write Inc’ to develop their understanding or letter sounds. Pupils will learn the sound associated with each letter of the alphabet and will begin to use these letter sounds in their writing. Reception will also learn to recognise their own name and familiar words to support them with their reading. Pupils will gain confidence in word reading through re-reading key texts that they will become familiar with throughout the half term.
The role play area in Reception will be a ‘Home’, which will change with a variety of celebrations, for example Harvest Festival and Halloween. Pupils will have the opportunity to act out real life experiences, where they will be able to discuss their families and their community and begin to understand that people have different beliefs and celebrate in different ways.
Another role play area that Reception will have the opportunity to explore through the Autumn Term is the ‘Travel Agents’ in which they will have the opportunity to learn about different holiday destinations and begin to look at maps. They will also be able to explore initial sounds and use numbers.
In the outdoor area there will be a ‘Mechanics’ role play area where pupils will have the opportunity to drive and fix their cars. This will provide pupils with many opportunities including handling tools safely so as to improve their motor skills.
In Maths, Reception pupils will learn to recognise and order numbers up to 10 and will be working on developing careful counting strategies such as 1-1 correspondence. Pupils will begin to recognise number bonds to 5. They will also explore and identify patterns in numbers and in the environment. We will be using number rhymes to begin early calculation, finding one more and one less than a number to 10 and pupils will be provided with lots of practical opportunities to embed these skills.
We are looking forward to an exciting term ahead.
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