We believe that independent learners become successful members of society.
Topics covered in Reception Summer Term 2017
Our main topic this term will be Growth and Change. As part of this we will also be planting and growing seeds and herbs. The topics may change direction according to the interests of the children in the class. Please remember that for children of this age practical experience is best.
It is now expected that the children will recall many of the words on the original list sent to you in the Autumn term (if you would like a copy, please let me know).
If your child does not know all the letter names and sounds of the alphabet, please practice these with him/her on a daily basis. Help your child to use their phonic knowledge to recognise simple, regular words. When reading, encourage your child to read a range of familiar words and simple sentences independently. Please make comments in “My Reading Record Book” on their progress. Encourage your child to write and create their own storyline.
Here is a short list of some of the mathematics the children will be covering this term.
Understanding of the World
During this term we will be looking at Mini-beasts and their growth and changes. We will also be reading and discussing stories from around the world.
Homework will continue to be given out on Friday and should be returned the following Wednesday or Thursday in their book bag. The children are expected to complete the homework as independently as possible. Parents are required to read the homework task for the children but after that please let the children complete the work themselves. An important part of the children’s work is that they learn to self-correct. It does not matter that the homework is the neatest in the class – but that it shows the child has attempted to work with some independence. Some children will need a little more direction and encouragement than others and it is up to you how much or little you intervene. Most of the tasks given will have been covered in class the previous week. The weekly spelling test will continue.
The children will be learning how to navigate simple ICT equipment such as beebots, I-pads and torches. They will also be introduced to calculators and pretend shopping tills in learning activities.
Expressive Art & Design
The children will be learning how to explore, experiment and construct using a variety of art equipment (which will include pastel chalks, paints etc.). The children will also be taking part in weekly music sessions every Tuesday; they will explore different instruments, music and sound.
P.E.will be on Fridays and the children will begin to learn Irish Dance steps. Please ensure that your child has a school P.E. kit which is labelled with their name. Although we take every precaution to ensure that the children take care with their P.E. kit, it is only by you labelling the children’s clothing, that we can resolve issues of lost kit (and uniform). Please check every few months that your child’s name is still visible, as ordinary pen washes out after a few cycles in the machine.
The majority of children have been very good at returning their library books. Please ensure that the children return the books by Thursday every week. If a child does not return a library book, they will not be allowed to select another one. Library books are not for the children to read alone but are selected to share with an older person, parent, brother or sister. The children will be expected at some point, to talk about the books they have selected.
Mrs H Raval