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Autumn 2017

Welcome to Opal class. This term our theme is 'Ourselves'. We will be learning all about our friends by talking about our families and things that are special to us as well as the things we enjoy doing. We will also learn how to keep ourselves healthy and strong and begin to learn how our bodies work and about the people who help us. Please take the time to read our curriculum letter which outlines the terms learning in more detail.

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Communication and Language

We have settled into the term with the fabulous 'Supertato' series by Sue Hendra. The children have dressed as superheroes and thought of ways to help their friends. They have used tweezers to pick up peas which has given them super strong fingers, ready for writing. The children enjoyed potato printing their own Supertato; carefully drawing masks and capes.
Picture 1 We painted our favourite things.
Picture 2 We made really super potato prints.
Picture 3 We have looked closely at our eyes.
Picture 4
Picture 5 We learnt that our fingerprints are unique.
Picture 6 We listened for initial sounds.
Picture 7 We drew ourselves and wrote our names.
Picture 8 We can hear, read and write the /m/ sound.
Picture 9
This term we are continuing our journey towards our early learning goals and beyond. Use the link below to 'Development Matters' to see how you can support your child to fulfil their potential. Remember you can add to your child's learning journal; just send us a photograph or share your proudest moments with us.

Summer 2017

Welcome to summer term of Reception, we are really looking forward to learning around our main theme of 'Journeys'. The children will be focussing on journeys of all different types - in a plane or rocket, on foot,  by train, boat or car - and to lots of different places. As well as this, we will be enjoying the outside environment as the weather is getting warmer, by digging and planting, bug hunting and bird watching, and looking at and explaining all the differences in the environment as the seasons change; including life cycles by hatching our own tadpoles and butterflies.

In maths we will be learning about doubling, halving and sharing in practical contexts as well as securing our existing mathematical knowledge of counting, addition, subtraction, shape and using mathematical language. We will continue learning new sounds, and practising our segmenting and blending, as well as becoming more confident with our word walls. We will develop our writing through increasing confidence and independence, allowing us to write some super sentences. We will also continue our shared writing through exploring different books, creating story maps, writing about them, acting them out and creating our own versions.

Our trip to Paxton Pits.

We had a fantastic day on our first school trip to Paxton Pits. The children enjoyed bird watching, bug hunting and pond dipping. They saw cormorants, swans, terns and moorhens whilst bird watching. They found  spiders, woodlice, worms, snails, slugs and even frogs when bug hunting. Lastly they found water snails, dragonfly larvae, water boatmen, pond skaters and blood worms in the ponds. The staff at Paxton Pits were full of praise for their behaviour, their manners and their enthusiasm. Lots of learning and great fun too!

Spring 2017

This term we are excited to learn around our topic of 'Houses and Homes'. For the first half term we are learning about different types of houses, both in our local area and around the world. We will be looking closely at different features of houses and taking a walk close to school to investigate what is the most popular type of house near Winhills. We have an estate agents role play and will be using the various different types of construction to build our own houses.

In Phonics we are carrying on with sounding out and blending words, as well as continuing to learn  new sounds and digraphs. We will be practising our writing skills by writing about the books we have been reading together and learning about, writing CVC words and moving on to writing in sentences.  

In maths the children will be continuing to grow in confidence with their number knowledge, through counting, addition and subtraction, as well as solving practical problems based on real life situations, including money, shapes and measuring.

As a class we will be reading books and rhymes together and then creating our own versions, some of the stories we will look at are 'Stick Man' and 'The Three Little Pigs'. As well as write our own we will also act them out, create story maps and captions too.

British Science Week

Expressive Art and Design

The children have had a really busy week of learning, finding out all about the celebration of Chinese New Year. They have discovered the traditions and learnt about 'The Great Race' of the animals to name the years, they have tried some Chinese food and have made lanterns and dragons.

In maths the children have been learning all about 3D shape by naming, sorting, describing and building.

Understanding the World

Expressive Arts and Design

Autumn Term 2016

 

We welcome a new academic year with a fabulous new class of children. This term we will be learning all about 'Ourselves'. We will learn about our bodies and investigate our senses, as well as talk about our favourite things and our families and celebrating the ways we are different. We will continue to develop our phonics and early maths skills, focusing on ordering numbers and addition. We will be sharing superhero books and talking about our special powers and talents!

 

This term we are continuing our journey towards our early learning goals and beyond. Use the link below to 'Development Matters' to see how you can support your child to fulfil their potential. Remember you can add to your child's learning journal; just send us a photograph or share your proudest moments with us.

Knowledge and Understanding the World

Expressive Art and Design

Summer 2016

We are very excited about this summer term and really looking forward to learning all about our main topic, which has a title of 'Bon Voyage!' The children will be focussing on journeys of all different types - in a plane or rocket, on foot,  by train or car - and to lots of different places, especially the seaside, we even have our own beach inside! As well as this, we will be enjoying the outside environment as the weather is getting warmer, by digging and planting, bug hunting and bird watching, and looking at and explaining all the differences in the environment as the seasons change, including life cycles, by hatching our own tadpoles and butterflies.

In maths we will be learning about doubling, halving and sharing in practical contexts as well as securing our existing mathematical knowledge of counting, addition, subtraction, shape and using mathematical language. We will continue with Read, Write, Inc. and move on to learn new sounds and writing words and sentences independently. We will also continue our shared writing through exploring different books, creating story maps, writing about them, acting them out and creating our own versions.

We are continuing to secure our learning and achieve our early learning goals, for more information about this please take a look at the 'Development Matters' document which is attached further down this page.

Knowledge and Understanding of the World

Expressive Arts and Design

Spring 2016

 

This term we are excited to learn around our topic of 'Homes'. For the first half term we are learning about different types of houses, both in our local area and around the world. We will be looking closely at different features of houses and taking a walk close to school to investigate what is the most popular type of house near Winhills. We have an estate agents role play and will be using the various different types of construction to build our on houses.

In Read, Write, Inc we are carrying on with sounding out and blending words and some of the children will be beginning to read the red ditty books and then discuss and write sentences about the stories.

In maths the children will be continuing to grow in confidence with their number knowledge, through counting, addition and subtraction, as well as solving practical problems based on real life situations, including money, shapes and measuring.

We will also be starting to write together as a class, reading books and rhymes and then creating our own versions, some of the stories we will look at are 'Stick Man' and 'The Three Little Pigs'. As well as write our own we will also act them out, create story maps and captions too.

As we move into the second half of the term we are still focussing on houses, with lots of building taking place from our construction site office. We are also looking closely at spring, learning about the changes that take place and observing these changes in our environment. In maths we will be learning about addition and subtraction.
The children will be continuing to work towards their Early Learning Goals in preparation for Year 1. For more information about these, and to find out how you can help your child at home, please take a look at Development Matters, which is attached below. 

 

Autumn 2015.

This term our topic is 'Ourselves'. We are learning all about our bodies, our emotions, people who help us, our community and the environment. We have begun Read, Write, Inc. by starting to learn some of the sounds we use to help us read and write and then making words using these sounds. In maths we are developing our knowledge of number and counting.

 

Winhills practitioners are following the Development Matters document.

 

Winhills Early Years Policies

Knowledge and Understanding of the World.

Physical Development

Literacy

Mathematics

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