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Elm Wood Primary School

Welcome to Reception Class 1

Welcome back  from the Reception team.

Class 1 Teacher - Mrs Rodgers

Teaching Assistants - Mrs McGuire, Mrs Kirkman, Mrs O'Brien 

Higher Level Teaching Assistant - Mrs Stewart

This year may look a little different to previous ones with the regulations we now have to follow but we will ensure all of our children are happy and settled when they are with us. 

The Reception door, on the Key Stage One playground will open at 8.30am and close at 9am.

 

These are some of the learning areas in our classroom:

Our exciting topic for Spring 1 is Why do zebras have stripes?

Literacy

Can blend the sounds in simple words to read them-Daily phonics and daily shared Literacy sessions.

Can segment the sounds in simple words to write them-Children to begin at word level and then move on to writing simple CVC words connected to our animal topic. Children to then be introduced to sentence structure and writing rules.

Enjoys an increasing range of books-Our three main texts for this topic are ‘Giraffe’s can’t dance,’ ‘The Tiger who came to tea’ and ‘The Other Ark.’ We will also explore a range of non-fiction texts and become familiar with contents and index pages.

Uses some clearly identifiable letters to communicate meaning-Children will be given opportunities to write daily and will be supported in focused writing sessions.

Writing targets will reflect what the children have been learning about in phonics.

Handwriting sessions to improve formation.

Maths

Counts objects to and beyond 10-Children will be encouraged to count carefully with  1-1 correspondence.

Selects the correct numeral to represent 10 objects-matching amounts to objects and exploring the order of the number line.

Uses the language of more and less-Working on finding one more or less than a given number on a number line.

Begin to use the vocabulary involved with addition and subtraction-children to become familiar with the words more, less, add, plus, subtract, take away, equals, amount. Exploring number bonds to 5 and then 10 using a range of resources, including Numicon.

Record, using marks that they can interpret and explain-work on whiteboards and in books on setting out addition and subtraction number sentences.

Beginning to use mathematical names for 2D and 3D shapes-exploring shapes, making shape pictures, arranging and sorting shapes using language sides, corners, edges and faces etc.

The books we will be reading are:

Giraffes Can't Dance: Amazon.co.uk: Andreae, Giles, Parker-Rees, Guy: BooksThe Other Ark: Amazon.co.uk: Dodd, Lynley: 9780141500188: Books

Other reads

Mama Panya’s Pancakes: A village Tale from Kenya – Mary and Rich Chamberlin.

On Beyond Zebra! – Dr Seuss

Greedy Zebra – Mwenye Hadithi

Wild – Emily Hughes

The Leopard’s Drum: An Asante Tale from West Africa- Jessica Souhami

Reading : We will send home a reading book on a weekly basis. Please can you listen to your child read and use the reading record to report back on your child's progress. Reading books to be returned every Thursday.

School uniform- Can we please ask for all items of clothing to be labelled with your child’s name or initials. Please can you ensure that your child has a labelled pair of Wellington boots in school for outdoor use. 

The children will need a named PE kit in school which can be kept for the whole term and will be sent home at the end. PE lessons will be once a week on a Tuesday morning.

Spring 1 Music theme will be Everyone.