Welcome to Kenya Class and India class!
Our Learning in the Autumn Term
Reading and Writing – At the start of the Autumn term, the children will be learning to recognise their own names and will write a letter or their full name to go on their learning journey as part of the class display. The children will then learn to write their names, forming the upper case and lower case letters correctly. The children will also begin phase 2 phonics in which they will practise reading and writing the sounds taught in phonics sessions. The children will be taught to recognise the sound in words and begin to blend simple words. They will also be practising their letter formation and learn how to form the letters taught in phonics correctly. We will be focusing on ourselves, our families and where we live. The children will be encouraged to talk about, describe, draw, write about, ask and answer questions about these things. The children will read 1:1 with an adult weekly at school. Although we cannot send books home at present, the children do have access to Bug Club where they can read books online.
In this half term the children will be learning to count confidently from 1 to 10. There will also be a variety of interactive activities available daily to help the children recognise the numbers 1-10 and to represent these numbers by drawings, painting and counting objects. The children will then learn to understand the one more and one less relationship between consecutive numbers. Throughout the day the children will be exposed to mathematical language and will be encouraged to count, count, count!
Understanding the world
Both reception classes have engaging and informative investigation areas which are adapted weekly. Children are encouraged to be curious and explore the resources. They will be given a variety of objects to explore how they work, what their purpose is and why. They will learn about the change of the seasons and describe how it effects people, plants and animals. Throughout the early years area there is a wide variety of books and resources for the children to learn more about the world around them. There are also ‘small worlds’ which are renewed weekly which encourage play, exploration and discussion. In each reception class there are ‘cooking areas’. Children will have open access to water, fruit and even a toaster and bread! The children will learn how to use the cooking utensils safely. They will learn about healthy eating and food hygiene.
Expressive art and design
In Reception we have a big ‘creative area’ with access to a range of different materials so they can construct, paint and be as creative as they like! The children will be encouraged to talk about what they are creating and will be given the opportunity to share their creations with the class.
Reception will be exploring different instruments, as well as sounds they can make with their own bodies and voices.
Personal Social Health and Economic Education
We will begin the school year by introducing children to the school rules and will focus on settling them into their daily routine. The children will learn to share, use their manners, communicate with their peers and listen attentively to others. During circle time the children will learn to recognise their feelings and discuss what makes them happy and sad and how will learn how they can cope with these feelings.
The children have access to the outdoor area throughout the day and will be encouraged to climb, run, jump and play. In PE the children will be developing their coordination skills and will learn what happens to our bodies when we exercise. The children will also learn to cooperate as a team and listen to their peers.