Learning in Reception this half term
In St Chad’s Foundation Stage we get to know our children really well and we find out what interests them and motivates them. We then enhance our learning environment to reflect the needs and interests of our class to encourage and support them meet their next steps. When we observe a group of children who share an interest or fascination we start a project based upon that interest. The children lead the learning, deciding what they would like to find out next. We place a very high value on play, where children get to explore, investigate, problem solve and collaborate in a safe and engaging environment. We aim to create a calm and stimulating learning space with a home away from home feel, where children feel valued and secure.
In phonics we will continue to learn and practise the sounds in Phase 3 of Letters and Sounds. As we build our knowledge of these sounds we will be able to write and write many more words, building up to writing longer sentences. We will be beginning our morning writing activity this half term, giving children the opportunity to practise their writing every morning.
In Talk for Writing we will are continuing to learn the story of Little Red Riding Hood. Now we can tell the story using action we are ready to begin to adapt the story, changing key elements, before using the structure as a basis for our own stories.
In maths we continue to focus on embedding our understanding of numbers and the number system, with a particular focus on numbers nine and ten. We will look at the numbers ‘inside’ these numbers, and learn to solve problems, including adding and subtracting, doubling and halving. Children have many opportunities to embed this learning and choose their own level of challenge while playing and learning in our provision.
We really value outdoor learning in Reception. Working on a larger scale outdoors supports children to develop their gross and fine motor skills, which are essential as they learn to hold a pencil correctly to write and draw. Children access our outdoor classroom every day, providing them with the opportunity to embed and develop skills and knowledge across all areas of learning. They experience changes in their environment throughout the seasons, noticing and wondering about the world around them. This half term we will practise using peelers for whittling and hacksaws to cut sticks, and think about how we can use our sticks.
Meet Our Staff
Reception Class Teacher