Reception / Early Years Foundation Stage
Welcome back to our spring term! We hope everyone has had a lovely Christmas break and you are ready for our next term! We are all looking forward to an exciting term in Reception. Our unit of work is ‘Monsters and Aliens. We are starting with…Aliens and Space. We have planned a ‘wow’ start with a space alien ‘discovery’ to inspire the children’s interest and enthusiasm for lots of research and creativity of their own. We will be linking our Literacy texts to space and aliens, looking at both fiction and non-fiction texts.
‘Discovering Minibeasts’ is the focus of our science unit this term. The children will be going out to our wonderful bug garden to find what minibeasts they can discover. They will discuss habitats and they will be exploring the structure of their minibeasts. In the second part of the spring term, the children will be finding out about their own structure and also discussing their senses and experimenting to find out how their senses work. The children will continue to discuss and look for clues of seasonal changes.
Reception will continue to have outdoor fun on Thursday. The first half-term will focus on minibeasts and we will look at the smallest creatures that are all around us. Throughout the whole of the Spring term the children explore and look first-hand for signs of the seasons changing from Winter into Spring.
Reception, Year 1 and 2 will continue to work together on lots of creative projects in the afternoons. These will include creating their own aliens, some fantastic imaginary art in the style of Axel Scheffler and producing some spectacular wax resistant artwork to represent space. We will also do a range of artwork linked to festivals and events. We are looking forward to celebrating Chinese New Year with the children.
Our work in Maths and Phonics continues as normal.
We will be continuing with phonics sessions every morning and we will send home details of any new sounds as we learn them. We will be practising spellings in school which will link directly to our work in phonics. The children are encouraged to apply learnt phonics and spellings at all times. We will continue to learn a range of ‘red’ words too (words that cannot be sounded out) - please check in home-school books for details (these will appear on a dinosaur!). Any extra practice at home will really help to embed these words. We will be writing in sentences, and learning to use finger spaces and end-of-sentence punctuation.
In Maths, we will be working with some larger numbers, in particular the numbers from 11 to 20. We will also focus upon adding and subtracting small numbers, finding one more and one less, ordering numbers, counting backwards and looking at ordinal numbers. The children will also continue to look at 2D and 3D shapes and the language involved with measuring time and money. We will also be doing lots of problem-solving linked to monsters and aliens.
We will also continue to be involved in the Day 10 activities, and this term our Day 10 unit has a D&T focus, with a range of exciting, practical activities for us all to look forward to from creating their own marble run or boats to sock puppets and bridges. The children will have already chosen the activity they will do for the 6 weeks and I’m sure they are looking forward to designing and making lots of creative things.
As ever, we are always available if you have any queries relating to work in the classroom. Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to lots more fun and hard work this term.