What We Are Learning – Reception

 Beech Grove Primary School

  Curriculum Update

Reception

Spring Term 2020

Head Teacher’s Message
Welcome back to our new Autumn term. On behalf of the staff we would like to welcome you to a new school year and hope that 2019/20 is a good one for our whole school community.
I hope that you have all had the chance to read our really positive Ofsted report from June of last summer. One thing that stood out is how well our children achieve, conduct themselves and really try their very best in all lessons. Something which I’m sure you are just as proud of them as I was and indeed am!!!
Our teachers have lots of interesting activities planned for this term and hope that you will enjoy hearing what children have been working on at consultation meetings, and will support them with their homework and reading outside of school.

John Dixon

English
RWI- The children will begin working in their new Read, Write, Inc groups and will continue to learn a sound every day. Group b will continue to use sound cards to support their blending. Group c to Green group will be encouraged to ‘fred talk’ (say all the sounds and then read the word). Ditty-Green group will now extend to a one hour session where the children will read a ditty or a story and write about it too. We are really pleased with the progress the children are making. Please support your child by asking which sound they learned today and reading the texts they bring home.

Reading- We will continue working in our guided reading groups, where we learn to read new tricky words and have the opportunity to show off our reading skills. We will talk about the books we are reading and use the pictures to help us see what is happening in the story and how the characters might be feeling. We will even predict what might happen next. Your child will bring home some new tricky words each week. These can be cut out and used as flash cards or stuck on the fridge to practise reading.

WRITING – We are becoming amazing writers! This term we will be beginning to write a bit more independently, forming our letters correctly and thinking about the initial sound in a word. We will be using ‘Fred fingers’ (RWI) to help us spell any word we want to write. We will be writing captions and sentences using finger gaps and using a capital letter to start and a full stop at the end. 

Maths
We will be counting, reading, writing and ordering our numbers to 20. We will be talking about the meaning of ‘one more’ and ‘one less,’ counting an irregular arrangement of objects/pictures and begin to estimate the number of objects given. We will revisit addition as adding two groups and begin to ‘take away’ from an amount. We will look at different coin values and work on measuring length and capacity.

Topic
Our topic for Spring 1 is ‘Do you want to be my friend?’ – In this topic we will talk to the children about people who help us, being a good friend and what makes a good friend. We will introduce a ‘friendship stop’ to the areas where children can wait if they feel lonely and would like a friend to play with. If any child sees another child in the friendship stop, they can be a ‘good friend’ and ask them to play. We will help the children to recognise that we all have similarities and differences and we can all be friends and work/play together. We will use some good quality texts to support this topic ‘Fox makes a Friend’ and ‘Lost and Found.’

Our topic for Spring 2 is ‘Are carrots orange?’ – In this topic we will talk about our favourite foods and where food comes from. We will discuss why it is important to eat a variety of food to stay healthy and encourage the children to try different foods. We will visit a local supermarket to buy ingredients so we can follow a recipe to make some tasty treats. We will also talk about the benefit of exercise.

Safeguarding (What we are teaching children to help them keep safe)
The children will continue learning about rules and routines in the classroom and the playground. We will continue to focus on our FIVE GOLDEN RULES and ensure children understand what each rule means. We will talk about why we have rules to keep everybody safe and happy. We will also show any new children the correct way to use our climbing equipment in the outdoor area.

Dates for your Diary
Spring Term:  Monday 6th January 2020 – Friday 3rd April 2020
Half Term:      Monday 17th February 2020 – Friday 21st February 2020
W/C 27th January- Parent Consultations.