Monday, 30 January 2017

Reception Newsletter 30.01.17

Term: Spring 1                      Date: 30.01.17
Dear Parents,
This week we will be reading the text ‘Goldilocks and the three bears’.  We will be carrying out various activities including story telling and re enacting, porridge making, designing wanted posters and much more. We are also really lucky as we have a professional story teller coming in this Friday to carry out a workshop with all of the Reception children.

Our Learning Objectives for this term are:-
Personal, Social and Emotional:
Shows confidence in asking adults for help.
Confident to speak to others about own needs, wants, interests and opinions.
Enjoys responsibility of carrying out small tasks.
Communication and Language:
Extends vocabulary, especially by grouping and naming, exploring the meaning and sounds of new words.
Builds up vocabulary that reflects the breadth of their experiences.
Introduces a storyline or narrative into their play.

Physical Development:
Handles tools, objects, construction and malleable materials safely and with increasing control.
Uses one-handed tools and equipment, e.g. makes snips in paper with child scissors.
Shows increasing control over an object in pushing, patting, throwing, catching or kicking it.

Describes main story settings, events and principal characters.
Hears and says the initial sound in words.
Joins in with repeated refrains and anticipates key events and phrases in rhymes and stories.

Beginning to use everyday language related to money
Says the number that is one more than a given number.
Finds one more or one less from a group of up to five objects, then ten objects.

Expressive Art and Design:
Constructs with a purpose in mind, using a variety of resources.
Builds stories around toys, e.g. farm animals needing rescue from an armchair 'cliff'.Understands that they can use lines to enclose a space, and then begin to use these shapes to      represent objects.

Understanding the World:
Beginning to construct, stacking blocks vertically and horizontally, making enclosures and creating spaces
Looks closely at similarities, differences, patterns and change
Knows some of the things that make them unique, and can talk about some of the similarities and      differences in relation to friends or family.

Learning Challenge
Each half term we will be setting our pupils a challenge related to their learning. We believe that it is important for us to provide guidance for parents on how their children's learning can be extended at home.
The learning challenge will include either a nursery rhyme, famous person, illustration or a piece of music. Please talk to your child about the challenge and help them to engage in their learning. The children can choose how they present their learning challenge outcomes to their teacher or class.
 Person:  Choose a Traditional Tale Character   
 Artist/Illustrator: Axel Scheffler
 Poem/Song to learn: Teddy Bear Teddy Bear
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear,
Turn around
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear,
Touch the ground,
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear,
Reach up high,
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear,
Touch the sky.

Nursery Rhyme
1.    Learn it off by heart.
2.    Draw a picture to illustrate the rhyme.
3.    Find out about stars.
  1. To find out facts about the illustrator.
  2. Produce a collage of other pictures by the illustrator.
  3. To draw a picture in a similar style
1. 1.Draw a portrait of the person.
2.   Find out facts about the person.
3. Watch the person in action.
Toys and watches
Please ensure your children do not bring toys into school.  A number of the children are bringing in various toys, including small toys in their pockets they are then giving them to other children which is leading to arguments.  This is causing a great deal of disruption and we can not take responsibility for belongings from home.  Furthermore a number of the children are wearing watches which have games on them, these are causing disruptions throughout the day and are not suitable for school use.  Thank you for you cooperation with this matter.

Dates for your Diary:
Thursday 9th February - Break up for Half Term (Friday 10th is an INSET Day)
Friday 24th February - Reading Stay and Play (Detailed letter to follow)

Kind regards
The Reception Team

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