Reception Class


Ms Nicola Copp

Reception Class Teacher


Term 6 

This term our topic is Journeys.  We will begin by thinking about journeys we have taken, both far away and close to home, and think about how we travel to school each day.  Then we will be looking at a map of Keyham and using positional and directional language to describe what we see e.g. the school is next to the park.

Then we will read ‘The Journey Home From Grandpa’s’, pick out lots of describing language and add some of our own exciting wow words so we can write some really exciting sentences for the Year 1 children. Our writing priority is “I can attempt to write sentence which can be read by myself and others.”

After that we will also be learning about the journey rubbish takes to get to the tip.  In our topic work we will discuss ways to reduce, reuse and recycle waste and our science will include investigating things that can be composted and deciding if rubbish has ever been alive or not.  Then we will read the story ‘This is the bear’ and see the journey the bear took and how he ended up at the rubbish dump!

If all goes to plan, we will be catching the train to Calstock on Tuesday 2nd July and writing our own  story in the style of June Crebbin’s ‘The Train Ride.’

Sports Week starts on Monday 24th June.  In our PE we will be practising races for sports day, which is held on Wednesday 26th June,  and we will be reading the stories of the Hare and the Tortoise and the ‘Snail’s Legs’ which link in nicely with sport and our value of trust.

As we learn about the value Freedom in July we will read the book ‘Long Walk to Freedom’ by Nelson Mandela.

Whilst all of this is going on we will aim to make our maths as cross curricular and fun as we can, using positional language, throwing and measuring distances, timing ourselves running races and keeping scores as we play games.  Our maths priority is “I can add and subtract by counting on and back.”

Don’t forget our assembly on Friday 12th July.  We hope to see you there.

Term 5 – This term our topic will be… ‘Funny Bones!’
In a dark classroom, in a dark school, in a dark town, you will find lots of children reading the ‘Funny Bones’ stories by Janet and Allan Ahlberg and exploring lots of themes from the books…
Together we will look at the language from the books and write sentences in the style of the story. This lends itself nicely to the children’s writing priority this term which is to ‘Attempt to write sentences which can be read by themselves and others in a meaningful context.’
In the original ‘Funny Bones’ book the skeletons go to the park. We will be going on a trip to the park to help the children design, draw and label their own park and rides. Whilst at the park we will also make some ‘Funny Bones’ art with the things we find. Then we will read ‘The Pet Shop’ and investigate lots of different animal skeletons. Creating our own pet shop in our role play. Finally we will read ‘Dinosaurs Dreams’ and imagine we are palaeontologists learning about different dinosaurs bones.
As part of our science we will have a skeleton in school so we can learn some of the correct names for our bones and learn how our skeleton works. Our art will be linked to this too as we attempt to create an x-ray of our hand using paint and cotton buds. Then we will make a life sized skeleton using kitchen rolls. (Please send any spare kitchen rolls, not toilet rolls, you have into school.)
Whilst all of this is going on we will also be learning some skeletons songs, dances and make up our own music using rhythm sticks.
For our ICT and maths we will be using a program called MATHLETICS. We will send home the children’s passwords so they can use this program at home too. Our maths priority is ‘To begin to use mathematical names for?solid 3D?and flat 2D shapes, and mathematical terms to describe them?.’ We will be focusing on 3D shapes especially.

Term 4 – This term our topic will be… ‘Once upon a time’ (traditional tales and rhymes).

We will be reading lots of Traditional Tales and focusing on the language patterns of the story including: ‘once upon a time’, ‘they all live happily ever after’ and the use of repeated phrases.

We will start by reading Beauty and the Beast talking about the story, sequencing and ordering it, using the time words ‘first’, ‘next’, ‘then’, ‘finally’. Which ties in nicely with our maths priority to – Order and sequence events.

There will be lots of cross curricular learning as we discover how in the Disney version of the story a rose was used to measure time. We will use our senses to help us write a word bank to describe a rose, discussing what plants need to grow and how they wither over time once picked. Finally we will write a recount of our trip to the theatre. Our writing priority is – To form letters correctly starting and finishing in the right place.

Next we will read the ‘Enormous Watermelon’ and the ‘Enormous Turnip’ and sort fruit and vegetables by size. We will cut up and paint watermelons and talk about sharing equally in half. We will finish with the 3 Billy Goats Gruff, building bridges and painting pictures of trolls.

The highlight of our term will be an Easter Bonnet Parade that we hope to organise with Year 1 and 2 as part of our social enterprise. We hope you will support us by buying an Easter Bonnet from us and decorating it with your child at home.

Important things to note: PE will return to Thursdays. World Book Day is Thursday 7th March. Trip to the theatre Friday 8th March. Red Nose Day 15th March. Our pea pod will be during the week beginning 25th March. We plan to make cupcakes with funny faces on tying in with our value of the month ‘Humour.’ Easter Bonnet parade is on Friday 5th April at aprox 10.30 tbc.

Term 3 – This term our topic will be… ‘Wonderful Water’.

We will be talking about how water makes up about 70 percent of the world and can be found in different forms such as: ponds, seas, rivers, and icebergs. We will also learn how water is sometimes salty and other times fresh, why we need it and how it is important to our bodies.

We will read lots of different fiction books linked to animals that live in the water to help support our first value of ‘Self Respect’ (January) and then our second value’ Curiosity’ (February). We will also learn about naming and sounding out letters of the alphabet as part of our reading priority.

In science we will be investigating freezing water, floating and sinking and whilst reading stories like ‘Tadpoles Promise’ we will learn about the life cycle of a frog. We are also hoping to arrange a trip to the Aquarium.

Our writing priority is – To break the flow of speech into words. There will be lots of opportunities to practise this in our writing this term as we write the ending to a nonsense poem called ‘My fish is… ‘, write signs to keep us safe around water and label animals found on Noah’s Ark.

Our maths priority is to Find one more and one less than a given number. We will start the term by learning about teen numbers and counting forward and backwards to 20. We will then use the language more, less, fewest and fewer and begin to add and subtract.

Our class assembly is on Friday 8th February and we hope you will join us in the hall at 9.10 am and then come and learn all about ‘Values’ with us in the classroom after.

Term 2 – This term our topic will be… ‘It’s Time to Celebrate.’

This term we will be looking at a variety of different celebrations such as: Halloween, Bonfire Night, Diwali, Remembrance, Birthdays and Christmas. We will investigate different ways to celebrate i.e. through attending parties, making food, cleaning the house, wearing special clothes and giving presents.
We will read lots of different books about celebrations some fiction and others non-fiction and use words like title, blurb, author, page, character when we are discussing books. We will start by reading stories like Meg and Mog, and Room on the Broom to inspire us to write spells. Then we will make potions using the language full, empty, half full.
We will celebrate Bonfire Night by looking at different fireworks, copying the way these move in our dance and learning lots of wow words like explode and fizzle. Following this we will be learning how Diwali, the festival of light, is celebrated. In science we will explore light and dark and make shadow puppets.
Our maths priority is linked to shapes this term – To begin to use mathematical names for solid 3D and flat 2D shapes, and mathematical terms to describe them. We will start by looking at 2D shapes and make Rangoli patterns when we celebrate Diwali. Then, later in the term when we celebrate Christmas we will be wrapping up and posting 3D shapes for Christmas presents. We will start to use the language sides, edges, vertices, round, curved and straight.
Our writing priority is – To use some clearly identifiable letters to communicate meaning. There will be lots of opportunities to write this term, including letters to Santa and lists of food we want to bring to the Christmas party.
Our values of the month are ‘Kindness’ in November and ‘Patience’ in December.

Term 1 – This term our topic will be…  ‘Courageous Me!’

As an introduction to school life we will be looking at things the children like about their new school, discussing things they are looking forward to and addressing any concerns they might have.  We will be examining how we become a class family and comparing this to our families at home.

Our values of the month are ‘Courage’ in September and ‘Appreciation’ in October.  We will start by discussing how we are using the value ‘Courage’ as we start school. As we move into October and we start looking at Harvest and will be thinking about how we can appreciate the families and food we have.

As we explore we will be discussing the five senses touch, sight, taste, smell and hearing.  Please help your child by reinforcing this at home.  In school we will be participating in activities such as food tasting and going on a listening walk.  These are things you can also do when walking or visiting different places; stop and discover what noises you can hear and what could be making them.

We will be reading the stories ‘Titch’ and ‘We’re going on a picnic!’ by Pat Hutchins. We will also read lots of books with rhyming words to see if the children can hear and understand rhyme. On national poetry day we will be reading the poem, ‘When I grow up.’

As part of our maths, we will be learning many number rhymes and counting at first to ten and then to twenty.  You can help your child by continuously counting- e.g. the number of cars that drive past, houses in the street, steps, stairs etc. We will also be counting objects making sure we only touch one object at a time. This ties in with our priority ‘To Count up to 20 objects with 1:1 correspondence.’

Our first writing priority is for the children to write their own name.  For some children this may mean initially recognising their name as they choose what to have for lunch, then beginning to form the letters in their name as we learn them.  Some children may already be able to write their name, but not form all the letters correctly and this is something we will work on.  For other children it might be that they learn to write their first and surname and use it to write on their work or log on to the computer in the ICT suite.

We look forward to an exciting first term at school. As always, if you would like to talk to us about any aspect of your child’s learning then feel free to ask.