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Cherry Orchard First School and Caterpillars Pre-School

"Small enough to care, Big enough to inspire"

This week we have...

Week beginning 12th July

The children have been performing "Singing in the Rain" at No 8 and what a great success. The children remembered their dance moves and their stage directions. We are so proud of them all.

This week we have  visited All Things Wild and have learnt about different animals. We handled a variety of animals and found out about their eating habits. It was a very hot day but the children were well behaved  and enjoyed their day..

Week beginning 19th June

We have been rehearsing for our school production. We had a visit from the giant and the children asked questions they had written down.

Summer Term 2  Week beginning 12 th June 2017

On Thursday we visited the library to find out more about how to use the library and what the library has to offer us. We enjoyed the walk down in the warm weather and the walk back . We learnt lots of great things about using the library. Leo was amazed you can get up to 12 books out at a time.

 

 

 

Summer Term 1

This term we are looking the "The Little Red Hen" story and we will learn it through our story map and actions. The children will write their own story but will change the animals and the setting. Perhaps change the ending so the lazy animals see the error of their ways. 

Our role play area indoors will be a farmhouse kitchen and the children will learn how to lay a table with cutlery and serve a "meal". Outdoors we will have Construction Area ,role play area.

We will look at the journey of wheat from a seed;to flour ;to baking bread. The children will have the opportunity to bake bread.

We will study farm animals and their young and will link it to a trip to a local farm. 

We will continue with our phonic groups and guided reading.

In maths we will be looking at maths stories with addition and subtraction and division. We will be looking at capacity using the language full, half full, empty, nearly full.

We have set up a mud kitchen so the children can experiemnt with textures and apparatus in the kitchen.

 

 

Spring Term  2

 

This half term we are starting with The Jolly Postman and we have set up  a role play Post Office in our classroom. We are going to write a letter to the Jolly Postman and then walk to the post office to post it.

Later, we are inviting preschool to a picnic where we will share our favourite books with them and perform a nursery rhyme we have learnt, with actions.

Then we are going to share and read Each Peach, Pear , Plum   and will be looking at various nursery rhymes and stories which are connected to the book.  The children will be learning nursery rhymes, reciting nursery rhymes and making up their own rhymes. They will begin to build a repertoire of songs and dance.

Alongside this we will be continuing with our phonic work, guided reading, Pie Corbett and MMS. 

In Maths this term we will be looking at how to measure and compare time, length and weight.

In UW the children will be focussing on how to operate simple equipment and knowing that information can be retrieved from a computer .

It will be an exciting half term of stories and nursery rhymes culminating in an Easter celebration at the end of term.

 

 

This Term we are going on a 'Bear Hunt'

This term the children will be exploring the story ' we are going on a Bear Hunt'. the children will be acting out the story, making story maps as well as looking for bears at forest school! We will try and keep you updated with our adventures with photographs...keep looking and beware of scary bears!  

Last term...

Iggety, Ziggety, zaggety, ZOOM! What do you need to make a truly magnificent broom? This half term Reception’s topic will begin with the story Room on the Broom. We will help the witch to find her lost items and make spells and potions to make her a new broom and make the dragon friendly so he doesn’t scare anybody else. We will move on to the story of Stick man where we will help reunite Stick man with his Stick Lady Love and Stick Children. We will help to make them a safe home so that Stick man doesn’t get lost and educate people so that he is not mistaken for just a stick again…

 

How to support out Topic learning at home...

 

Please see our key questions page for activity suggestions  to help support our topic learning.

Our PreviousTopic...

 

We are all marvellous! So what better way to start our learning in school than with a topic that celebrates just how wonderful we are. After we have settled into school life and got used to our new routines we will begin by thinking about what makes us, us! We will learn all about our unique names, likes, dislikes and appearance. We will go on to think about our feelings and how to manage them. We will think about how we have changed as we have grown and what we can do to look after our bodies to ensure that we grow up to be really fit and strong. We will finish the topic by thinking all about the people who are special to us and how our families are as unique as we are.

 

 

This week we have been learning...

 

Check back here every week to see updated photographs of all of our learning.

 

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Useful Information about the Curriculum...

 

We follow the EYFS curriculum which has seven areas of learning: Personal, Social, Emotional Development, Communication and Language, Physical Development, Mathematics, Literacy, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design. All of the learning opportunities in our classroom help us to work on lots of these areas all at once! Please talk to Miss Robinson if you would like to know more.

 

Here are the specific learning objectives for each area of the curriculum that we will be focusing on this half term:

Here is an overview of the Reception EYFS curriculum...

Here is a Parent's guide to the EYFS curriculum which explains what to expect, and when, in each of the seven areas of learning. It also provides ideas on how to support your child's learning at home for each developmental stage. 

Read, Write Inc...

Autumn 2 

 

This half term Reception will continue to learn how to read and write the Read, Write Inc set one sounds. We will learn a new sound most days. When we learn a sound we will learn to say it, read it and write it correctly. We will also learn to 'orally blend' sounds to create words with the help of 'Fred the Frog'. Sounds tricky, but don't panic! Blending simply means listening to individual sounds in words and pushing them all together to create a word; for example, when Miss Robinson says the sounds 'c-a-t' we can hear the word 'cat'. We will continue to work in small groups to learn to read words that are written down by ourselves in 'word time'.  During this time we will practise reading a group of sounds quickly, when we can do this we will learn to read and write words using them. To do this we will 'segment' the word into it's individual sounds before blending them together; sounds tricky, but don't panic! Segmenting a word simply means to say the sounds in a word, for example when I see the word cat, I will say c-a-t and hear the word cat so I know that the word says cat.  We will also learn to spell and write simple words. To do this we will use 'Fred fingers' to encode words. Sounds tricky, but don't panic! This simply means that we squeeze all the sounds that we can hear in a word onto our fingers before writing them down; for example, Miss Robinson might ask us to write the dog. To do this we would hold up three fingers and squeeze the sounds d-o-g onto our fingers before writing it down. We will also be learning some 'red' or 'tricky' words. Sounds tricky, don't panic! 'Red' or 'tricky' words are simply words that we cannot use our sounds to help us to read, they are words that we just have to remember like 'the'.

 

 

Autumn 1 

 

Miss Robinson, Mrs Taylor and Miss Perry will start the year by playing lots of games with us to make sure that we have brilliant listening ears. We will learn how to  use our listening ears carefully to identify lots of different sounds, including hearing the initial sounds in words and identifying rhyming pairs. 

 

When we are ready, we will learn to read using the Read, Write Inc system for phonics.  We will start by learning the sounds that letters make. We will learn a new sound everyday. When we learn a sound we will learn to say it, read it and write it correctly. We will also learn to 'orally blend' sounds to create words with the help of 'Fred the Frog'. Sounds tricky, but don't panic! Blending simply means listening to individual sounds in words and pushing them all together to create a word; for example, when Miss Robinson says the sounds 'c-a-t' we can hear the word 'cat'. When we have learnt a few sounds we will begin to read words that are written down. To do this we will 'segment' the word into it's individual sounds before blending them together; sounds tricky, but don't panic! Segmenting a word simply means to say the sounds in a word, for example when I see the word cat, I will say c-a-t and hear the word cat so I know that the word says cat.  We will also learn to spell and write simple words. To do this we will use 'Fred fingers' to encode words. Sounds tricky, but don't panic! This simply means that we squeeze all the sounds that we can hear in a word onto our fingers before writing them down; for example, Miss Robinson might ask us to write the dog. To do this we would hold up three fingers and squeeze the sounds d-o-g onto our fingers before writing it down. 

 

Miss Robinson, Mrs Taylor and Miss Perry will check to see what we already know before we start our phonics session so that everyone is learning something new right from the start. 

 

This half term we learnt to read and write the sounds: m ,a, s, d, t, i, n, p, g, o, c, k and u. 

 

Please don't panic if you are new to phonics! Miss Robinson will be holding a short workshop (with goodies!) to introduce you all to it. You can also find out how to pronounce each of the sounds here: http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/resources/sound-pronunciation-guide/ or you can ask any of the Reception team if you are unsure.

Helping us with Phonics at home... 

 

Miss Robinson will send you a message everyday to let you know what sounds and red words we have learnt in phonics it would be great if you could  help us to practise reading and writing these sounds and words at home. Everybody should have their phonic sound books to help them too. 

 

There are some great online games to support learning at home on these websites too;

http://www.ictgames.com/literacy.html 

http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/

 

We have a reading challenge in Reception to see how many times we can read at home throughout the year, when we reach certain milestones we get a special treat as a reward for our hard work. In order to get a point on the reading challenge we need to read a book ourselves or have a story read to us. To let Mrs Taylor know that we have read the title of the book just needs to be written in our reading diary.  

 

Maths Makes Sense...

Autumn 2 

This half term in maths we learn how to solve addition calculations using cups, identify the numerals 0-10, say the number that is one more or one less than a given number to 10, identify basic 2d shapes by mathematical name and talk about their properties using the words 'sides' and 'corners'. 

 

Autumn 1 

We learn maths in a very specific way in Reception. We will learn some very clever methods to help make learning mathematical concepts as clear as possible. Don't panic! Miss Robinson will run a short workshop (with goodies!)  to explain all the new words and actions and what they mean so that you can help us with maths at home. 

 

Miss Robinson, Mrs Taylor and Miss Perry will start the year by checking to see what we already know so that we are learning new things right from the start of Reception. They will set up lots of fun activities for us to show off our marvellous maths skills. 

 

In Maths Makes Sense we will learn how to accurately count quantities, use positional language to describe where an object is, accurately use words to describe size, place items into size order and write the numbers 0,1, and 3 accurately.  

 

 

Here is an overview of all of the maths objectives that we will work towards throughout the year. They are arranged into six blocks, one for each half term.

Helping us with Maths at home...

 

There are some great online games to support maths fluency on this website;

http://www.ictgames.com/resources.

 

We can borrow some great maths games to play at home from the school library. Please check our classroom essentials page to find  out about when is best to use the library. 

 

If you came to our maths workshop you have some great maths games to play using cards, a dice or dominoes. 

Busy Bees...

Learning doesn't just happen at school! You are wonderful teachers at home too. If we do amazing things outside of school, Miss Robinson and the Early Years team want to know! Please bring in any work or speak to a member of the team in the morning about it. We have our "Busy Bees" washing line in the classroom to help you keep us up to date. We can put all of our wonderful work on from home on here before sharing it with the class during show and tell. It will even go into our learning journals. Any exciting experience can be shared here too; we love to see photographs from adventures or activities. A scribbled note sharing an achievement is perfect too! This year Miss Robinson will also send you a weekly challenge to give you a few  extra ideas of how you could support your child's reading, writing or maths learning at home.   

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