Reception Curriculum Newsletter for Spring 2
Here is an overview of some of the things your child will be learning this half term in the different areas of learning. The topics we choose are heavily led by the children’s interests and usually encompass several areas of learning. For this reason, the topics will change to reflect the direction the children wish to take their learning. This half term we are going to be following the children’s interest in the outdoors by initially learning through the topic of mini beasts before moving onto lifecycles and life on the farm.
If you have any questions about the learning this half term, please contact us as we are more than happy to discuss any queries with you.
Mrs Bennett, Miss Charles and Miss Rowley-Smith
Understanding the world/ Speaking & listening:
This term we will be learning all about minibeasts and lifecycles. Last half term we had a special visitor deliver us some eggs. They will take 21 days to incubate within our in-class incubator and if we’re lucky, some of them will hatch before our very eyes. This topic is a great opportunity to see growth and change first hand, learn how to care for living things and of course, draw some very cute pictures of chicks. During the final few weeks we will be exploring a whole range of creepy crawlies, taking the opportunity to compare and contrast their characteristics and discuss their habitats. As part of this topic children have access to real creatures trapped in resin and will be eyeing them up through microscopes and will also be using bee bots to ‘code’ their way around some garden settings. Finally, the most exciting part of next half term will be our visit to St. Leonards Farm where the children will be able to feed and stroke a range of baby farm animals.
This half term the children will continue to learn the rest of their phase 3 phonic sounds and tricky words alongside the skills of writing four sound and polysyllabic words from phase 4. In class the children will be engaged in writing through weekly writing challenges promoted throughout the classroom environment, work in busy books, daily phonics sessions and small group guided writing activities. We also be continuing our story telling and writing through our Talk4Writing topics, which will encompass both narrative and non-fiction texts linked to popular children’s books. It has been lovely to see the children’s writing developing at home through your Tapestry updates as well as the pieces that you have kindly sent in through your child’s book bag. As we will be focusing on life cycles and minibeasts it is the perfect opportunity to share some non-fiction texts with your children as well encouraging them to make their own linked to animals or topics of their own choosing. Farsley library also has an exciting range of books which your children could use to further their knowledge.
This term we will continue to deepen our understanding of number, working towards the number 10 by the end of Spring. Children have responded really positively to our new approach of learning each number for a slightly longer time and are now highly skilled at recognising numbers presented in different ways. The children are continuing to learn which numbers can be combined to make other numbers using a variety of resources. On top of this they are also learning to add and subtract numbers from each other and even solve difficult word problems by drawing their own pictures to aid their working out. In addition to this, we are focusing on the language of shape, size and measurement in order to ensure the children can order and compare objects. This area lends itself well to home observations through baking, shopping, comparing size and weight of toys and discussing time through daily routines.
What you can do at home to support your child through Tapestry:
At this time of year we are working to compile evidence to show if your child is meeting the Early Learning Goal. If possible, we would love to see some of your children’s experiences at home as this will give us a more rounded and accurate assessment of them. You could see evidence of some of these areas such as: