Reception (Hazel, Alder & Chestnut)

Topic

This half term the reception children will be finding out why ladybirds have spots. They will be spending lots of time outside going on mini beast hunts, looking closely at bugs, noting their similarities and differences.

Communication and Language

The children will have the opportunity to…

  • Learn new vocabulary associated with our topic. They will be encouraged to explore the meaning of new words and ask questions about what they are doing.
  • Develop how, why and what questioning skills through role play and group discussions.
  • Find out the name of the different mini beasts that we find in the environment.
  • Listen to and complete rhymes and begin to make up their own.

Physical

The children will have the opportunity to…..

  • Explore different ways of moving, keeping themselves and those around them safe.
  • Talk about the effects of exercise on their bodies and what they need to do to stay healthy.
  • Explore different kinds of food and learn how to choose the healthy option.
  • Develop their fine motor skills, letter formation and letter size.

Personal Social and Emotional

The children will have the opportunity to ….

  • Develop their friendships and continue to work together in harmony, negotiating problems.
  • Talk about themselves and their achievements in and out of school
  • Follow our Jigsaw programme and explore this terms topic.

 

 

Literacy

The children will have the opportunity to…

  • Learn the new vocabulary associated with our topic. They
  • Explore the meaning of new words and ask questions about what they are doing.
  • Develop how, why and what questioning skills through role play and group discussions.
  • Find out the name of the different mini beasts found in the immediate environment.
  • Research using no -fiction books and the internet, to find out about mini beasts from different countries and habitats.
  • Listen to and complete rhymes and begin to make up their own.
  • Answer and ask questions about our Power of Reading texts, talking about the characters, settings and story structure.
  • Follow the RWInc programme at their own level to develop their reading skills.

Mathematics

The children will have the opportunity to…

  • Work with numbers to 20 and beyond, counting in 2s 5s and 10s, doubling and halving. Children will solve simple problems applying knowledge of doubles and one more and less of a given numbers.
  • Work with tens frames and use the part/whole method to fully understand the value of numbers.
  • Collect and record simple data on how many mini beats that we have in the local environment.
  • Explore shapes and patterns. Talking about 2D and 3dD shapes using mathematical terms side, corners and faces.
  • Role play in the shop, using the language of money, ‘coin’, ‘penny’, ‘change’, 1p,2p, 5p, 10p

Understanding the world

The children will have the opportunity to …

  • Look closely at mini beast habitats, where do they prefer to live/ what do they look like/ what do they feel like?
  • Comparing the patterns and shapes of the mini beasts.
  • Use apps on the I Pads, to develop numeracy and literacy skills.
  • Choose a particular media, video, audio recorder or pictures to record their own evidence of learning

Expressive arts and design

The children will have the opportunity to …

  • Learn new number songs and begin to sing our Summer repertoire.
  • Explore the sounds musical instruments make and produce their own music.
  • Use their senses to investigate the environment.
  • Experiment with colour and paint techniques and combine media to produce individual pieces of work.
  • Combine different materials to create their very own mini beasts

 

How you could help at home

Talk to the children about mini beasts. Pose some simple questions, What do they look like, Which ones have wings?, How many legs do they have? Which ones are insects? Find out the answers.

Draw pictures of different mini beasts you find.

Use comparative language when the opportunity arises: long, longer, longest, tall taller, tallest, short, shorter, and shortest.

Take the opportunity to count forwards and backwards when carrying out normal daily activities, such as climbing up and down stairs.

Point out numbers and 2D/3D shapes in the environment.

Share stories together, pointing out pictures and print and naming main characters.

Practise writing both of their names.

Using their phonic knowledge to write simple words.

Write simple sentences using their phonic knowledge.

Recognising their numbers to 20 and writing them.

Practical addition and subtraction problems eg If Mum has 3 sweets and Dad has 4 sweets. How many sweets do they have altogether?

Useful Websites

 www.topmarks.co.uk

www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies

 www.dreambox.com/teacherstools

www.phonicsplay.co.uk

www.nctm.org/classroom-resources/illuminations/interacting/ten_frames/