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Reception Class - Spring Term

Dinosaurs 

Welcome back to the spring term. The children are SO excited about our new topic and we already have some dinosaur experts in our class.

Just look at the dinosaur pictures the children drew in our gallery page.

We are looking forward to becoming palaeontologists and finding all about what the world was like when the dinosaurs lived on our planet. The children have thought up lots of questions they want to find the answers too. You can check them out on our planning doors!

We are sure the dinosaur topic will help us to make lots of progress with our learning this term

By using the children's interests we will be able to develop our writing skills. We will be learning how to write all our letters with correct formation as well as listening carefully for sounds in words to write all by ourselves.

Our daily phonics lessons will continue to help us develop both our reading and writing skills. Please use your packs to help children practise at home. This term we will be learning lots of new sounds as many children are working at phase 3.

Remember to practise the tricky words too. 

If you didn't get to one of our phonics workshops please speak to one of the team so we can go through the pack with you.

We will be continuing with our reading partnership activities. Please help your child to re read their partnership book and complete their weekly activity. Don't forget you can change individual reading books as often as you want from our reading area.

In maths we will be using the dinosaurs to help us explore shape, space and measures as well as working on our numbers to 20 and solving number problems.

It is going to be another busy and exciting term in Reception. Please come in and speak to anyone on the team if you have any concerns.

 

 

Reception Class - Autumn Term 

Me and My World / Winter's Coming

Welcome to St. John's Reception class! We will be making lots of new friends this term and finding out what it means to be a St. Johner. Our mission statement - Love of God, Love of Neighbour, Love of Oneself - is central to everything we do at St. John's, so we will be learning what each part of this means to us. As part of this we will be making a trip to St. John's church to meet our vicar, Mr Hayes and identify some of the important Christian imagery, such as stained glass windows and the cross.

As part of our topic we will be talking about our families and what makes us special and we will be making self-portraits using different art media. We will be finding out about the places where we live, identifying local landmarks and making simple maps of our localities.

We will be trying to improve our fine motor skills to help us to become stronger writers, doing 'Dough Gym' and 'Write Dance' which should be lots of fun! We will be reading lots of new stories, as well as those we know well, and will take home our very own first reading books to share with our families! We will also be starting our guided reading groups and will have special activities to do in our Reading Partnership books - exciting!

In Maths we will be doing lots of work and playing games to help us become more confident counting accurately to 10 and beyond, getting better at using Numicon to help us count and recognise numbers and adding a total amount of objects.

We are all looking forward to meeting our Year 6 buddies, who will help us during the year to become part of the St. John's family.

As Christmas gets close we will be learning all about the Christmas Story and putting together our first School Nativity performance. We hope you will be able to come and join us.

As always if there is ever anything we can do to help your child's learning journey, please call in and speak to any of the team or get in touch with us through the Seesaw app.

Reception Class - Summer Term

 All Things Bright and Beautiful

This term we will be learning about lots of different things that grow at this time of year. The children have lots of fantastic ideas about the things they want to learn about.

Some of their ideas include; snails, frogs, chicks, seeds and plants, caterpillars, butterflies and bees. I think we are going to be very busy :)

We will be working very hard on our reading and writing skills. Those phase 3 sounds and tricky words need lots of practise but our Reception children are always ready for a challenge.

Hopefully by the end of term we will all be reading and writing sentences all by ourselves.

In number we will developing our understanding of numbers to 20. Counting on and back from a number and learning a range of strategies to help us with addition and subtraction problems.

We will be continuing to develop our physical skills with our Tuesday Gymnastic lessons and our Friday P.E. lessons  with the Stockport county coaches.

Hopefully by developing our coordination and control we will become even better with our pencil control and letter formation.

The highlight of our term will be hatching our very own chicks. We are all looking forward to the arrival of our eggs. It will be a very exciting two weeks. 

Watch this space ........

                                          Wednesday 10th May

                   Tuesday 9th May - 4.45pm - Our first chick hatched.

Monday 8th May - Our Eggs Arrived

Reception Class - Spring Term  - Bears

Welcome back for another exciting term in Reception. The children were very excited to help plan their learning for the next few weeks. They were experts at sharing the things they already know about bears and had lots of things they wanted to find out.

The children were particularly interested in the real bears and want to find out where they live and what they eat.

They also knew lots of information about Paddington bear and Winnie the Pooh.

We will be using the children's interests to develop their writing skills this term. We will be learning how to write all our letters with correct formation as well as listening carefully for sounds in words to write all by ourselves.

Our daily phonics lessons will continue to help us develop both our reading and writing skills. Please use your packs to help children practise at home. This term we will be learning lots of new sounds as many children move on to phase 3.

Remember to practise the tricky words too. 

If you didn't get to one of our phonics workshops last term, please speak to one of the team so we can go through the pack with you.

We will be continuing with our reading partnership activities. Please help your child to re read their partnership book and complete their weekly activity. Don't forget you can change individual reading books as often as you want from our reading area.

In maths we will be using the bears to help us explore shape, space and measures as well as working on our numbers to 20 and solving number problems.

It is going to be another busy and exciting term in Reception. Please come in and speak to anyone on the team if you have any concerns.

 

Reception Class - Autumn Term 2 - Winter's Coming

Have you booked onto one of our phonics workshops on Tuesday 6th December or Wednesday 7th December?

Festivals of Light - Winter's Coming

This has to be one of our favourite terms. We start by learning about the Gunpowder plot and sharing our experiences of bonfire night. Another festival at this time is Diwali and the children always enjoy learning about the story of Rama and Sita.

We spend a large part of this term reflecting on the Christmas Story. We start with the Angel visiting Mary and follow the journey through to the Wise Men brining their gifts to Jesus.

Our Nativity Play not only reinforces the Christmas Story but provides a wonderful opportunity for parents and carers to come and see our amazing performance. 

In maths we are continuing to develop our understanding of numbers to 10 and then to 20. Keep looking out for numbers in the environment.

We will also be learning about 2D and 3D shapes, investigating vertices and edges as well as properties of the shapes.

In phonics we are starting to learn some phase 3 sounds and will be using our sounds to help read and write sentences. 

Our yellow reading partnership books will be coming home every week. Enjoy sharing the activities together at home and don't forget to make sure your book comes back every Monday.

Don't forget to speak to any of the team if you have any worries or want any help on how to help your child with their next steps in learning.

Reception Class - Autumn Term 1 News

Me and My World!

Welcome to St. John's Reception class! We will be making lots of new friends this half term and finding out what it means to be a St. Johner. Our mission statement - Love of God, Love of Neighbour, Love of Oneself - is central to everything we do at St. John's, so we will be learning what each part of this means to us. As part of this we will be making a trip to St. John's church to meet our vicar, Mr Hayes and identify some of the important Christian imagery, such as stained glass windows and the cross.

As part of our topic we will be talking about our families and what makes us special and we will be making self-portraits using different art media. We will be finding out about the places where we live, identifying local landmarks and making simple maps of our localities.  

We will be trying to improve our fine motor skills to help us to become stronger writers, doing 'Dough Gym' and 'Write Dance' which should be lots of fun! We will be reading lots of new stories, as well as those we know well, and will take home our very own first reading books to share with our families! We will also be starting our guided reading groups and will have special activities to do in our Reading Partnership books - exciting! 

In Maths we will be doing lots of work and playing games to help us become more confident counting accurately to 10 and beyond, getting better at using Numicon to help us count and recognise numbers and adding a total amount of objects.

It's Healthy schools week this half term (3rd-7th Oct) so we will be learning what foods are healthy and what we can do to help us stay fit, safe and feeling good! During this week we will meet our Year 6 buddies, who will help us during the year to become part of the St. John's family. 

We look forward to working in partnership with all our parents and carers.

 Mrs Hickson, Mrs Traynor, Mrs Leah, Miss Bridge and Mrs Kennedy.