Minnows and Shrimps class Curriculum Newsletter Spring 2
This half term in Reception we are working on applying our developing literacy and numeracy skills. We are practising being more independent in our ‘work.’
Our topic this half term is ‘Growing Green.’ The children will, as always have activities both indoors and out. Please ensure that your child has their reading folders and phonic folders in school as necessary. Please continue to ensure they have a suitable coat and wellington boots in school.
The children need to continue to practise reading and spelling/writing chant and dance words. They are also still receiving maths homework on Fridays to be returned by Wednesday. If you are unsure what homework your child is expected to do please ask a member of staff. Bug club books are updated regularly online for your child and are an excellent way of supporting their reading and comprehension development. Additionally children are encouraged to practice Mathletics and Lexia at home regularly – we are noticing that children who do this additional work at home regularly are progressing quicker than those who do not.
This half term we are learning another story through a ‘Talk for Writing’ approach, it is by our class author Martin Waddell – ‘Farmer Duck.’ We will be looking at non-fiction books about farms and farm animals.
In Literacy we are concentrating on applying the phonic knowledge we have to reading and writing in meaningful ways. The children are also being asked to use the correct spelling of chant and dance words in their written work.
Within Mathematics we are consolidating our counting skills number recognition and ability to order numbers and identify missing numbers. We are learning a range of calculation strategies such as adding and subtracting by using objects, by counting on and back and by beginning to use number lines. We are concentrating on our knowledge of 2 and 3 D shapes and their features. The children will continue to explore time, distance, weight and capacity in practical child initiated activities.
In Physical Development we will support the children’s gross motor skills and development in various ways including ‘Hoopstarz’ and dance activities inspired by Red Nose Day. Lots of time and attention will be given to help children develop their fine motor skills and ensure they are able to control scissors and pencils in readiness for year one.
In Understanding the World we will be concentrating on learning about the farm, farm animals and growing plants. We have planned a visit to Tweddle Farm and hope to spend some time observing, photographing and videoing things at the farm. We are growing sunflowers, mint, chives, coriander and basil in the classroom and hope to enjoy these later in the year. As Easter approaches we will be learning the Easter story and taking part in activities to celebrate this festival.
In Expressive Arts and Design the children are exploring colour mixing – tone and shade. They will be making cards for various purposes and trying to apply the things they have learnt to their own work in original ways – expressing their ideas and representing their experiences in their own preferred ways.
As parents, if you have any skills which could support our learning in school please speak to a member of staff.