OUR LEARNING THIS TERM
Summer Term 2018
Welcome back to the Summer Term, we hope you had an enjoyable holiday.
Our topics this term are:
· In My Garden
· Once Upon A Time
· Festivals (which will be ongoing throughout the year).
Through these topics, we will continue to develop the following areas of learning:
· Communication and Language
· Physical Development
· Personal, Social and Emotional Development.
· Understanding the world
· Expressive Arts and Design
Thank you for all your support over the year with home reading. As you are aware, it is of vital importance that children have the opportunity daily to read with you in calm and enjoyable way. Remember that this does not have to be for a long time! Ten minutes is adequate and can also include hearing a parent read a story or reading a story together.
Children will have the opportunity during the week to choose a new picture story, during stay and play please encourage your child to choose a book to read from the reading corner. Sometimes children have a favourite book that they like to take home again and again – repetition is very important at this stage and it will give the children more self-confidence reading aloud to others.
We will be teaching phonics on a daily basis. The children will also have a weekly small group reading session with the class teacher and phonics catch up groups during the week. It is important that you practise the new sounds with your child and encourage them to find the sounds in their reading books. The sounds we have taught during the week will be sent home in the red phonics book, please spend a short time on a daily basis reviewing these sounds in a fun
way for example by playing I-spy with the initial sounds.
This term, there is a strong focus on handwriting, letter formation and sentence writing to help your child get ready for Year One. Please encourage your child to form their letters correctly when writing, use finger spaces, and talk about using capital letters where appropriate.
The children will be working with numbers to 20 in a range of ways including adding and mental calculations. We are beginning to solve problems with numbers including how to find double or half of a number. The best way to engage your child with Maths is to play games and have fun!
PE and Music
PE and music are taught on a Tuesday morning. Mr Purcell, our P.E. specialist, will work across the Reception classes developing a range of physical skills. The children will be having P.E outdoors in the summer months. In Music, Ms Larkin will continue to explore a range of instruments with the children and develop their ability to learn, remember and perform songs.
This term the Reception classes will be attending Forest school every week for 8 sessions. It is a fun opportunity for the children to develop awareness of the natural world in a safe environment. If you are able to attend a Forest School session, please speak to a member of staff and sign up for a session. It is great fun and we do rely on parent support to meet our adult to child ratio for these events. We will be sending you a letter giving you more details in the coming weeks.
Please remember to send your child to school in old clothing (not school uniform) on their Forest School day (Thursday for Lily Class, Friday for Avon). The children will need to be dressed appropriately for the weather and may need a sun hat, welly boots or waterproof coat. Please ensure they always have closed toe shoes and a long sleeve t-shirt.
Design and Technology materials
As always, we are grateful for any recycling materials that we can use for creative activities, such as: empty boxes, foil trays, yoghurt pots, assorted paper, fabrics, wool, bottle lids, buttons, newspapers.
We are looking forward to an exciting and productive Summer term!
Pandora Donegan & Berni Quirke (Avon Class)
Sue Canning & Maxine Lee (Lily Class)