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Reception

Welcome to Reception at Samuel Lucas

This is where the children’s learning journey starts with us and their unique combination of strengths, needs and experiences will provide the starting point for their education here.

The Foundation Stage area consists of 2 classrooms and an outdoor learning environment. There are 30 children in both reception classes.

Willow Class

Mrs Fisher (Assistant Headteacher & Class Teacher)
Mrs Staddon (Teaching Assistant)
Mrs Lees (Teaching Assistant)

Lilac Class

Mr French (Teacher)
Mrs Cannon (Teaching Assistant)
Mrs Sear (Teaching Assistant)

Other student teachers and helpers may join us during the year and will support the children by working with individuals or small groups.

In the Reception year, your child will develop a range of important skills upon which their future education will be built. All children are unique and develop within different time frames and at different rates so there will always be a wide range of abilities within each class. Please see an overview of the curriculum here Early years Curriculum and EYFS Curriculum Goals 2021-2022.

Reception Summer Term 2022

Communication and Language

As part of our local area visits, the children will be visiting North Herts Museum.  As they go around the exhibits, children will practise asking questions to gain information.  They will also be listening to information given to them from adults.  The children will have the opportunity to continue to develop their conversation skills through their interactions with other children and adults, focussing on the back and forth.  Children will also listen and attend n order to follow instructions during our weekly Enrichment activities.

PSED and Jigsaw

Our themes for this term are ‘Relationships’ and ‘Changing Me’.  The children will talk about:
Relationships
– How to make friends
– How to solve friendship problems when they occur
– How to help others feel part of a group
– Showing respect and how to treat others
– Knowing how to help themselves and others when they feel upset and hurt
– Knowing and showing what makes a good relationship

Changing Me
– Understanding that everyone is unique and special
– Expressing how they feel when change happens
– Understanding and respecting the changes that happen to them
– Understanding and respecting the changes they see in other people
– Knowing who to ask for help if they are worried about change
– Their best memories of Reception and looking forward to change

Physical Development

During PE lessons the children will continue to develop their fundamental skills learnt from the autumn and spring terms.  They will use dance to help them explore movements using different body parts, explore large scale travelling movements, show control when moving, demonstrate a variety of actions creating a simple sequence, perform a sequence of movements confidently to a small group or partner and respond to rhythm and pattern through movements.  During weekly enrichment sessions they will take part in a range of activities such as, making a sandwich, sewing, woodwork, den building and gardening, using different tools and developing their fine motor skills. They will revisit the lower case letter formations previously taught and will practise forming upper case capital letters with a consistent formation.

Literacy

In daily monster phonics sessions children will revisit and review phase 3 sounds and learn phase 4 sounds.  They will continue to build a bank of common exception words. Children will consolidate their written skills by saying words and phrases aloud, listening carefully for the sounds they can hear, writing them down and reading back what they have written.  The children use the traditional tales ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’ as part of their Talk 4 Writing.  They will learn to retell the story using key phrasing and story language.  They will also learn the traditional tale ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’, then make changes to the original story and finally perform their new version.

Maths

The children will continue to practise and consolidate the key skills of subitising, counting, composition of numbers, sorting and matching and comparing and ordering.  They will learn that the quantity of a group can be changed by adding more and will use the vocabulary first, then, now to support this.  They will then learn that the quantity of a group can be changed by taking items away and will use the vocabulary of first, then, now to support this.  They will also understand that shapes can be combined and separated to make new shapes.  They will also visit practise and consolidate areas of previous learning around sharing and grouping, number bonds to 5 and 10, doubling, odd and even amounts and comparing amounts using the vocabulary more/less/equal.

Understanding of the World

Through our topics ‘Look at a book’ and ‘Changes’, the children will learn about the past and the present, people cultures and communities and the natural world.
Look at a book
– Children will understand the past through settings, characters and events encountered in books read in class and storytelling.
– Children will also look for similarities and differences between things in the past and now, drawing upon their experiences of what has been read in class.
– Children will know some similarities and differences between life in this country and life in other countries, drawing on knowledge from stories, non-fiction texts and maps.
– Children will understand some important processes and changes including the seasons.
– Will we use different contexts to support this learning including: the Queen’s birthday, St. George’s Day, signs of Spring, fairy tales now and in the past, countries artists are from, communication through the ages and the Royal family over time.

Changes
Children will explore the natural world around them, making observations and drawing pictures of animals and plants.
– Children will describe their immediate environment using knowledge from observation, discussion, stories, non-fiction texts and maps.
– Children will understand some important process and changes in the natural world such as animal lifecycles.
– We will use different contexts for learning to support the children including: the lifecycle of a chick, the lifecycle of a butterfly, farm animals and reading maps, where Minibeasts live and what they eat and looking back over the past year.

Expressive Art and Design

The children will use the topics of learning and be encouraged to respond to what they have learnt through drawing, painting, collaging, printing, singing and dancing.  The children will be consolidating and practising their fundamental skills for modelling which include designing, making, building and reviewing.  The children will also use a variety of artists from different countries to inspire and stimulate their own creations.

Reception Spring Term 2022

Communication and Language

This half term the children will have the opportunity to listen to lots of visitors in school and think of their own questions to pose to them. We will learn to tell the story “We’re going on a bear hunt” using a story map to help us and the children will create their own versions of the story. Children will be encouraged to share their understanding of the topics we are learning about and to share their experiences from home.

PSED and Jigsaw

Our jigsaw theme this half term is “dreams and goals”. We will be talking about the importance of persevering, in order to overcome problems, and helping the children to work towards their own goals. We will be supporting the children to self-regulate their emotions and work together cooperatively with their peers. We will be further developing the children’s road safety skills, through our local visit to Waitrose.

Physical Development

During PE lessons the children will further develop the fundamental skills from last term. They will continue to grow in confidence using the monkey bars, rope walk, trim trail equipment and self-made obstacle course when playing outside. During weekly enrichment sessions they will take part in a range of activities such as, making a sandwich, sewing, woodwork, den building and gardening, using different tools and developing their fine motor skills. They will practise forming letters with a consistent formation.

Literacy

In daily monster phonics sessions children will learn phase 3 sounds and continue to build a bank of common exception words. Children will continue to develop their written skills by saying words and phrases aloud, listening carefully for the sounds they can hear, writing them down and reading back what they have written. They will have experiences of reading for purpose, for example, by taking a shopping list to Waitrose with them aswell as following instructions to make a sandwich and plant a seed. They will have the opportunity to listen to lots of stories for pleasure aswell as listening to fiction and non-fiction texts relating to our topic.

Maths

In maths the children will compare amounts using the vocabulary “more” “less” and “the same”. They will learn about the composition of numbers within 5, using a five frame and part, part whole model to help. They will go on to explore the numbers 6,7,8 and sorting objects into pairs. They will combine amounts, seeing how many they have altogether. They will be encouraged to notice the maths that is all around them, such as noticing patterns in the environment, noticing who has rolled their hoop the furthest and comparing who has most or least milk left to drink.

Understanding of the World

Through our topic “people and places” the children will find out about different occupations and different countries. This will be through parents visiting school to talk about their experiences and through reference to fiction and non-fiction texts. We will learn about Burns Night, Chinese New year and Shrove Tuesday.

Expressive Art and Design

As we learn about different people and places children will be encouraged to respond to what they have learnt through drawing, modelling, singing and dancing. When making models they will be encouraged to design, create and then review their work.

Reception Autumn Term 2021

Welcome to Lilac and Willow Class! We are very much looking forward to getting to know your children and working in partnership with you to ensure they get off to a great start at Samuel Lucas School.

Characteristics of Effective Learning: We will be thinking about the different skills needed to help us learn effectively. These will be threaded throughout all our learning. We will be introducing the children to our Mr Men and Little Miss characters – Mr. Bump, Mr. Happy, Mr. Busy, Little Miss Curious, Mr. Brave, Mr. Adventure, Little Ms. Brainy, Mr. Nosey, Mr. Clever.

Personal Social and Emotional Development: We will be learning how to access the indoor and outdoor environments at school. We will be getting used to the school routines and expectations. We will be developing our “golden rules” and thinking about how we show the 5R’s throughout the school day; Relationships, Resilient, Risk taking, Resourcefulness and Reflective. Throughout Child Initiated Learning we will be learning to work cooperatively with our peers. We will be supporting the children to become independent in taking items of clothing on and off, using knives and forks effectively and developing good hygiene practices when washing hands etc. In line with the whole school we will be learning to self-regulate our feelings and emotions from developing an understanding of the Zones of Regulation, as well as working on the “Being in my world” piece of the Jigsaw PSHE curriculum.

Physical Development: We will be taking part in lots of fine motor activities that will, in time, will help us to form recognisable letters. We will be enjoying “dough disco” sessions to give our fingers a workout and squiggle whilst you wiggle to get used to the movements needed when forming letters. We will be practising holding our pencil, using an established grip and practicing lots of pre-writing skills. We will be having PE sessions in the hall, with Mr. Smith, where we will get the opportunity to develop our gross motor skills.

Communication and Language: We will be practising how to listen carefully during short whole class sessions and small group times. Throughout Child Initiated Learning time we will provide the children with opportunities to develop their imaginary play and extend their story related vocabulary. We will listen to the children’s explanations, thoughts and ideas all throughout the school day and ask questions to challenge their thinking further.

Literacy: We will be listening to a wide range of stories and listening out for words that rhyme. We will be focusing on “pre reading behaviours” encouraging children to identify the title of books, track from left to right and notice that a sentence ends with a full stop. We will be making marks for meaning whilst playing in the role play area, such as making a shopping list or taking a telephone message. We will be recapping Phase 1 phonics, which will ensure that we have all the skills firmly in place to move onto Phase 2 once we are ready.

Maths: We will be beginning our white rose maths unit, “Just like me.” This will focus on matching and sorting objects thinking about similarities and differences. We will be making comparisons based on amounts, size, mass and capacity. We will be exploring pattern seeing if we can continue patterns and then create our own.

Understanding of the world: We will be enjoying sharing the children’s summer treasure hunt activities with them, beginning to learn more about their families and experience. We will be making observations of what’s going on in the natural world during the season of Autumn and taking part in our own reception harvest festival.

Expressive Art and Design: We will begin to draw, paint and collage as a medium to express our thoughts and ideas. We will begin to learn the process of designing, making, and reviewing as we take part in junk modelling activities. We will use the helicopter story approach to act out existing stories as well as those that we have created ourselves.

 

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