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St Mary’s Roman Catholic Primary School

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Reception- Miss Holmes

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Welcome to Reception.

It is our aim at St Mary's to ensure each child leaves the EYFS as happy, motivated and resilient learners who are ready to embark on their next exciting journey into Year 1.
We have extremely high expectations of each child in this class and know their progress is directly linked to their overall emotional wellbeing.
Our ethos is to ensure each child is happy and secure in school.
A happy child makes a successful learner.

Our Topics

Autumn 1

This half term our topic is all about Ourselves.
Learning about ourselves is a fundamental part of childhood development, especially as pupils start to ask questions about who they are and how they are the same, or different, from others. As such, the start of the academic year - when everybody is getting to know one another, we kick start our year with a topic all about Ourselves.

You can support your child at home by discussing emotions and feelings, facial features, body parts, family members, how we are different, what makes us special, what do we feel we are really good at, and our five senses.

 

What are we learning this week?
Monday 15th – Thursday 18th October


Personal, Social, Emotional Development

We will be taking it in turns to speak and share our ideas, as well as listen to our friends. We will be reading the story funny bones and will discuss how we can keep our bones healthy and strong. We will discuss different types of healthy food VS unhealthy food. Most of our food comes from farms. We will be sorting a variety of foods that come from a farm, animal or plant.

What you can do at home?
Continue this theme at home. Discuss the food you are eating at home – is it healthy or unhealthy? Go through the food in your house or supermarket and highlight which foods are very high in sugar. Why is too much sugar bad for us?
You could always play the sorting game at home too. You could get your child to moo like a cow when the food item you're looking at is made from milk. You could even visit a farm on the weekend or over the half term to pick some fruits or vegetables. I’ll be visiting Tulley’s Farm in West Sussex to go pumpkin picking with my husband and daughter! 


Physical Development

We are continuing our focus on balls but will also be introducing equipment. We will be looking at different images of balls and equipment and will then go on to explore the different equipment and experiment with how your child can use it to move the balls and objects.

What you can do at home?
Continue to encourage your child to dress and undress independently.

And use different equipment to move a ball! Use tennis rackets, cricket bats, hands and feet.

Communication, Language, Literacy
Our main learning objective is ‘our senses’. We will be using the non-fiction book ‘My Body’ to link to our senses. We will be labelling a human body and going on a senses hunt around our school to see what we can hear, see, touch ... We will leave the tasting until lunch time!

Our new sounds in phonics this week are   
l, sh, r, as well as revising these sounds;
m, a, s, d, t, i, n, p, c, k, o, h, b, u, e, f.
The ‘sh’ sound will be our first diagraph. Remember, if you practise this sound at home; refer to it as ‘two letters that make one sound’.

What can you do at home?
Focus on our senses!
Go on walks around your house / garden / your surrounding area and spot things you can see, hear, touch, and the emotions we feel. During food times, focus on the tastes and textures different foods provide. Your child can always draw down their own representations of what they have explored! You could always scribe for them, too (write down what they are saying).


Continue to focus on the initial letter sound of the different things you see!
For example, t – television; a – apple; f – fruit; d – dinner; b – bedtime etc.

Practice writing our existing sounds on to paper, practice air writing them, and practice sounding out CVC words, such as;
sit, pin, tip nit, in, pip, pop, pat, pig, tag, gas.
Remember to Fred Talk these words - s-i-t

You could even have a go at writing these down!
Remember, any work that's completed at home can always be brought into school for your child's folder.


Maths

In maths we are going to focus on forming the number 6 and making repeating patterns.

What can you do at home?
Use everyday objects to make a repeating pattern. It could be numbers, colours, or shapes. The ‘Topmarks’ website is a great tool to explore repeating pattern games!


Understanding of the World
We will be continuing our theme of senses and will reinforce what we have been learning during our Communication, Language and Literacy sessions.


Expressive Arts and Design
There will be no EAD as children will not be in school on Friday!

 

Our Curriculum

 

In Reception our curriculum is designed to help your child attain the
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Early Learning Goals.

 

There are 7 areas of learning - the prime areas and specific areas.

The prime areas underpin all that we do in the EYFS. They are important because they lay the foundations for a child's success in all areas of learning. 

The specific areas provide the experiences and opportunities to broaden your child's skills and knowledge. 

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The School Day
 

Children will have lesson of Religion Phonics, Literacy and Mathematics. French, Music, Art, ICT and PE are also taught throughout the week. 

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

 

Drama

Whole School Liturgy

 

Phonics

Library/French

 

 

Hymn Practice

Mathematics

 

 

Mathematics

Infant Liturgy

 

Phonics

English/Literacy

 

BREAK

BREAK

BREAK

BREAK

BREAK

 

Phonics

English/Literacy

 

 

English/Literacy

 

 

Phonics

Music

 

 

PE (sports coach)

Phonics

 

Art/ICT

LUNCH

LUNCH

LUNCH

LUNCH

LUNCH

 

Mathematics

 

 

Mathematics

 

Religion

 

English/Literacy

Understanding the World

 

Free play

 

PE

Free play

Free play

Free play

 

Below are some useful links to help home learning

 

Literacy:

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/Early-Years.html

www.starfall.com

http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/

http://www.familylearning.org.uk/phonics_games.html

 

Games on this website such as:

Word wheel

Reading machine

CVC maker

 

Mathematics:

http://www.familylearning.org.uk

http://www.ictgames.com/resources.html

Sight Words
 

These are the 45 sight words for Reception that we have to learn by the end of the year. Children should be able to read these by sight and spell them correctly.
After the October Half Term, we will be sending 4 spellings home every week for you to practise reading and writing. Each child will have a week to learn these spellings and will have a spelling test on a Friday!

big

no

and

you

dad

get

we

of

me

my

can

in

he

are

is

was

mum

going

play

she

a

to

dog

like

away

this

they

it

on

go

all

that

up

am

see

day

for

at

yes

look

said

the

cat

come

went

         

 

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