Summer Term in Reception Class
I hope you all had a lovely Easter, it is lovely to see your child back in school and we will hopefully enjoy some warmer weather! This newsletter contains useful information about what you should expect from the Summer term. This term we have begun more ‘formal lessons’ alongside Child Initiated Learning to help prepare for the transition to year 1.
Our first Literacy topic has been ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’. This is a favourite book of mine and the children’s! Each day we look at a different element to the story, such as the mud or the grass.
Our lessons are practical and hands-on, feeling the grass and the mud and expanding our vocabulary with Grandma Fantastic words before thinking of our own descriptions.
We then write a sentence about what we have been talking about in our English books to help us prepare for Year 1.
After ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ we will look at other classic stories for Reception, such as Handa’s Surprise. Our focus texts will also include PSHE books discussing feelings such as ‘Ruby’s Worry’ as well as twists on traditional tales and some non-fiction books too.
Since returning to school in March, we have been recapping our Phase 3 sounds and digraphs that we learnt on Zoom during Lockdown.
We begin by practising the sounds we already know, before introducing a new sound. We practice saying the sound, along with the action, and then write it on our whiteboards.
We then practice reading and writing words that contain our focus sounds. So far we have practised; j v x w y z qu ch sh th ng ai ee igh oa ar or and ow.
Sounds to follow and finish Phase 3 will include; oi, oo, ur, ear, air, ure and er.
We have also been practising recognising our tricky words by sight.
We sing lots of songs with our Phonics to help us remember our sounds. Please make sure you practice these at home!
- Please make sure all items of uniform are clearly named. Any items of clothing that are not named, may not make it back to you.
- Please make sure any money sent into school is in a labelled envelope.
- Reading with your child as often as possible is vital for their communication, language and literacy development.
- Please make sure your child’s reading book is in their book bag and at school every day so that we can hear them read regularly.
Our motto is:
Alta Pete – Aim High
“The primary aim of the school is to help each pupil reach his or her full potential so that they may develop the attitudes, skills and knowledge to take full advantage of the opportunities available in their future lives.”
The children currently take home weekly reading books which are changed once a week. It is expected you read at home with your child daily. This helps them to practice their blending and segmenting skills they are learning in Phonics. Reading regularly means your child will begin to read by sight.
Please also ensure you talk about the book they are reading, ask them questions about what is happening in the story as well as decoding the words to read.
We love books in Reception! We read lots of books over the week. Please share books with your child as well, so they can hear an experienced reader read as well as learning new vocabulary.
Since before Lockdown, we have been practising counting to 20 and beyond. We sing songs and practice recognising numbers out of order. We have been continuing to do this since being back in school.
Since returning to school, we have been adding two numbers together. We look at a number sentence such as 3 + 4. We count out the first number and add the second number, mix it all together and count our answer. We have been using mixing bowls to help us understand the concept of ‘altogether’.
We will then move onto subtracting numbers.
We sing lots of Maths ‘Singing Walrus’ songs on counting, and recapping our Lockdown learning such as 2D and 3D shapes.
PE lessons will now be on a Friday. Children can come into school in their PE kits and remain in their clothes for the duration of the day. Please ensure PE kits are weather appropriate- jogging bottoms and jumpers or cardigans if it is cold or shorts and sun cream if it is sunny and warm.
PE lessons will focus on key skills from the Physical Development area of the EYFS curriculum.
We hope you have found this information helpful.
Thank you for your continued support.