A big welcome back to Spring term – we hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. As the children grow and learn, they are sharing and speaking with each other with less support from adults, remembering their class promises and focussing for longer periods of time. They are playing with increasing independence and working together on small child –initiated goals. As a whole, Reception are used to the dinner hall now and enjoy the meals on offer and chatting to their friends at lunchtimes. This is all lovely to see!
Our first Spring time topic we are exploring is “Are carrots Orange?”, in which we are exploring different foods. We have been talking about “sometimes food” and “all the time” food, and ways we keep our body healthy. Role play is also used to build children’s understanding and we have a shop to buy fruit, vegetables and a variety of foods from, as well as a café to order in. To build up descriptive language we will look at and compare different types of fruits, and use the story ‘Handa’s Surprise’ to support this. The children will have the opportunity to explore the story through role play and we will enjoy making some yummy fruit salad and writing instructions. To include mathematical concepts, we will compare different weights of fruit, make graphs that represent our favourite fruits, and handle money in the fruit shop and café. We also use Numberblocks to build the children’s understanding of numbers.
Our second Spring term topic will be “Can you Read me a Story?” in which we will explore Traditional Tales in a number of different ways. There will be a big focus on story-telling and understanding the structure of a story. This will tie in with World Book Day which we will celebrate along with the rest of the school.
Phonics teaching continues to occur daily and we are now teaching phase 3 sounds, Children are encouraged to apply their phonic knowledge in a practical ways, for example writing a shopping list or taking an order in the café.
All Reception classes will start PE this term. Part of this is changing independently and looking after belongings. Encourage your child to dress on their own- start with little things like putting their own T-shirt, undoing buttons or putting their jumper on, and slowly encourage them to do all of these things together. During this term the children will learn about different ways of moving and travelling, using space and how their bodies feel when they exercise.
We are looking forward to the Come and Play sessions starting this term. They will be held on Thursdays from 2-3pm. Please see the sign in sheet at the classroom doors.
Here are the class email addresses which are to be used for homework only. IF you would like to speak with your child’s teacher then do contact the main office.
As always, do see your class teacher should you have any questions!
Thank you for your ongoing support,
Mrs. Belshaw and the Reception team.
The Reception staff are:
|Robin Class||Mrs Belshaw and Mrs Gray|
|Sparrow Class||Miss Holmes and Mrs Siddall|
|Wren Class||Miss Rozario and Mrs Yearwood|
You will also meet Mrs L Desai
This is a system we use to support our teaching of phonics. Children quickly become familiar with the signs and it helps them to remember the sounds. The link below explains how it works.
At Bedfont Primary School we follow a scheme called Letters and Sounds. There are several phases in which sounds are taught. Phases 2 and 3 are taught in Reception.
Phase 2 consists of 5 sets:
Set 1: s, a, t, p
Set 2: i, n, m, d
Set 3: g, o, c, k
Set 4: ck, e, u, r
Set 5: h, b, f, ff, l, ll, ss
Set 6: j, v, w, x
Set 7: y, z, zz, qu
Consonant digraphs: ch (chair), sh (shell), th (thumb and this), ng (sing)
Vowel digraphs: ai (rain), ee (meet), igh (light), oa (boat), oo (book and food), ar (park),
or (fork), ur (turn), ow (clown), oi (boil), ear (beard), air (fair), ure (pure), er (hammer)
We always welcome parents to our Come and play sessions, so please sign up if you would like to attend.
We recommend that you visit these websites, which are full of excellent guidance and resources.