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In Reception we share your child's learning on the... 'Interactive Learning Diary'
Reception PE Day - Monday
Books Changed - Monday and Friday
Library Day - Monday
Term 4 Topic
Are we there yet?
Are you ready for an adventure? Where in the world could we go? How could we travel there? It’s time to discover transport, travel and places near and far! This half term, we’ll go on a make believe journey and see how many forms of transport we can use as we go. We will be thinking about the transport we’ve taken to go on holiday, we’ll use maps to consider where we’d like to visit next. What should we pack? We’ll draw and write about imaginary journeys and make predictions about how many vehicles we will find around school. As part of our music work, we’ll accompany stories and songs about transport with music and movement. How far can inflated balloons travel? We’ll play with them to find out. In our science lessons, we’ll learn about floating and sinking by building miniature boats, and find out about friction by rolling cars down ramps. We’ll also learn about road safety, high-visibility clothing and design an incredible imaginary vehicle using a computer program.
Help your child prepare for their project
Transport is terrific! Why not explore your local neighbourhood together and take photos of exciting vehicles? You could also keep a tally of the different types of transport that pass your front window within a certain time. Alternatively, pick some brochures up from a local travel agency – where would you both like to visit and how would you get there?
Term 3 - What happens when I fall asleep?
Twinkle, twinkle, little star. Why are there stars in the sky at night? Does everyone go to bed at the same time? It’s time to find out more about night time.
This half term, we’ll be entering a celestial world. We’ll be snuggling up with comfy cushions and blankets, we’ll listen to bedtime stories and nursery rhymes. Zzz... Wide awake once more, we’ll learn about people and services that work at night, the Hubble Telescope and nocturnal animals. We’ll also find out more about how good bedtime routines can have a positive impact on our health, and take part in a series of bedtime challenges. Ready, steady, brush your teeth!
In our mathematics lessons, we’ll play with the shape and size of star patterns, and create moons of different sizes out of sparkly play dough. Getting creative, we’ll make constellations out of battery-operated tea lights, and star mobiles out of silver sequins and glittery pompoms.
At the end of the project, we’ll share and reflect on what we have learnt, and we’ll use our knowledge and creativity to write a bedtime story to read. We’ll also sing lullabies for new babies and their parents.
Help your child prepare for their project
The night is all right! Why not do some stargazing together after dark, either from your garden or, even better, a rural location with minimal light pollution? There are apps you can use on your phone to help you to identify stars and constellations! You could also keep a dream diary, noting down and comparing dreams with each other. Alternatively, talk to people in your family who have worked at night. What are the similarities and differences between working in the day compared to at night?
Term 2 - Will you read me a story?
Welcome to the magical world of fairy tales! Was the Big Bad Wolf really so bad? How many bowls of porridge did Goldilocks eat? Let’s find out more about our favourite stories and discover some new ones.
This half term, we’ll play imaginatively with small world characters. We’ll look at different character types and decide whether our favourite characters are ‘goodies’ or ‘baddies’! Using different materials and shapes we will build castles and bridges. We’ll read lots of stories and look at the ingredients that go into a fantastic fairy tale. We’ll be brave explorers and hunt for missing items from fairy tales. Reading ‘The Elves and the Shoemaker’ will encourage us to be busy elves and decorate shoes in our workshop. Contemporary versions of fairy tales will inspire us to write stories and we’ll create story maps to retell familiar tales. Our mathematical skills will help us count the buttons on gingerbread men and estimate how many beans Jack has got! After reading ‘The Enormous Turnip’ we’ll plant seeds and learn how to care for them. We’ll also test the right materials to make a bed for a princess, and houses for the ‘Three Little Pigs’.
Help your child during this topic
Reading fairy tales can sweep us away into a fantastic world! Why not visit your local library together to read lots of different versions? You could also watch children’s films on this theme and discuss the different types of characters. Alternatively, you could use toys to retell favourite fairy tales.
Term 1 - Why do squirrels hide their nuts?
Into the woods we go! Why do squirrels hide their nuts? Why do hedgehogs hibernate? It's time to explore the seasonal changes in the natural world during Autumn and Winter.
This half term, we'll learn about woodland animals and migration through movement and discuss features that allow animals to survive through Winter. In our literacy lessons, we'll snuggle up and listen to autumnal stories and write woodland tales. In maths, we'll thread and count conkers and order sticks of different lengths. We'll roll up our sleeves to make a clay owl or hedgehog, Autumn-scented play dough and 'squirrel muffins' for our forest friends.
Mrs Williams will visit our school and lead an Outdoor Learning session on Thursday 3rd October so please ensure that your child is appropriately dressed for the weather!
You are warmly invited to join us for an Autumnal 'Stay and Play' session at the end of our topic on Tuesday 22nd October at 9.00-9.45am.
How you can help at home
Woodlands are wonderful! Why not explore a local woodland together to build a fairy house using twigs, leaves and nuts? You could also cook some fabulous autumnal recipes such as pumpkin soup or toffee apple cakes. Alternatively, set up a mud kitchen in your garden. What ingredients from the garden can you mix together to create an Autumn potion?