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 2021- 2022 Reception learning 

Term 4

This term our topic will be 'Space'.  We will be learning all about planets, the solar system and rockets.  We will be acting out going on our own space mission through the book 'Whatever next' and also in our space station roleplay.  We will be designing and making our own rockets and then send them flying.  We will write some instructions about the rocket flying and also a diary  about our space mission.  In maths we will be looking at more number facts, as well as directional language and weight.  We will also explore 3 D shape. 

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Term 3


We have had a busy term learning all about animals.  We started the term having an ‘Animaltastic day’ and dressed up as some great animals.  We then did some writing about the animal that we were.  We have loved our jungle role play and enjoyed acting out as animals, and also being on safari.  We have even made our own jeeps to travel in!  We have had some frosty days and loved looking at the ice that was around and played with some polar bears and penguins in the ice.  We have carried on learning our sounds and numbers.  We have practised ordering our numbers and recalling number facts to 5 using a range of different resources.  We have looked at the book ‘Welcome to the zoo’ and made up our own stories, as well as reading ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ and writing rhyming strings and rhyming sentences.  We have painted some animals, and made our own lions using paper plates and string.  We have also collaged some animals.  We have looked at the artist Henri Rousseau, and tried to recreate his ‘Tiger in a tropical storm’ by mixing our own paint colours and using different sized brushes.   In PE outside we have made some obstacles courses and enjoyed playing team races with the hula hoops.    This also helped our maths when we were thinking about 1st, 2nd and 3rd.  Inside PE we have been doing gymnastics and thinking about our different body shapes (pike, tuck, straddle, straight) .  We have then linked this into ways that different animals move.  We have been tall giraffes, like a straight shape, and a tree frog that starts in a tuck.   We have used the apparatus to support us. 

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Term 2

We have had a very busy term looking at lots of different forms of transports.  We started the term looking at the teachers cars and did some great labelling of the different parts. We also had a ‘Wheelie Great Day’ where we scooted around the playground, had an obstacle course and some races!   We then looked at emergency vehicles and even had a visit from a police car. We really enjoyed making our own police badges and acting out being police and fire people.  We also learnt about road safety and had a walk around the local area and looked at the things that keep us safe when we are walking to school. We have really enjoyed learning about the ‘Naughty Bus’ and created our own buses that have got up to mischief in our reception playground.  In maths we have learnt to subitize numbers to 5.  We have thought about ‘don’t count, see the amount’.  We have thought about our number facts to 5 and how we can make 5 in different ways. We have looked at 2D shapes and thought about how they fit together.  We have also looked at number order and different quantities.

We also celebrated Divali with activities in the hall.  We made masks, cards and even did some dressing up and dancing.

We have ended the term thinking about Christmas and really enjoyed our ‘Santa workshop’ role play.  We have acted out being elves, decorating the Christmas tree and writing our Christmas lists.

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Term 1

What a super start to the school year your children have had. We are really proud how they have settled in and enjoyed all of the learning we have been doing.  This term we have learnt 'All about me!'.  The children have looked at their own families and people who are important to them.  We looked at our local community and places we liked to visit.  The children have really enjoyed making their own maps. We have really enjoyed learning about how our bodies work and what we need to keep healthy.  We have looked at a skeleton and the bones that we have!  We have started to learn our sounds and really enjoy writing them and reading simple words.  In Maths, we have looked at numbers 1 to 5 and really explored counting out amounts, seeing amounts of number and different ways of making numbers to 5.  What a busy term we have had!

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