Beeston 2/ Reception Class- Autumn Term 2021

Overview

This term, we will be focusing on settling into new routines and rules, as well as exploring the learning opportunities in the classroom provision and outdoor learning environment. Our overarching themes for Autumn Term are ‘I wonder…. What is special about me?’ and ‘I wonder… How do people celebrate?’. We will be reading and exploring the stories: Ruby’s Worry, Pete the Cat Rocking His School Shoes, The Colour Monster, In Every House on Every Street and The Leaf Thief. We will also be exploring some key celebrations, including Bonfire Night, Remembrance Day, Diwali, and Christmas, and we will be celebrating these together in school.

Personal, Social and Emotional
This term, we will be forming strong relationships with our new peers and teachers. We will learn the classroom and school rules and routines, as well as making lots of new friends. We will begin to take responsibility for keeping our classroom welcoming and will learn to put things back where they belong, showing respect to others. We will talk about friendships and the importance of being kind and helpful to others, as well as things we may like and dislike, which may be different to others. We will be learning and exploring the different feelings we may feel throughout the day and will learn how to identify and express our feelings. We will learn about the importance of hand washing and will learn to use the toilet and wash our hands independently.

Expressive Art and Design

This term, the children will help create our wonderful role play areas that link closely to our book themes, such as a garden centre and a castle for the giant! They will be encouraged to share their ideas and use resources to create props for inside their role play areas. The children will have the chance to write lists, instructions, draw maps and write letters to the different book characters. They will be encouraged to create 3D models, such as a beanstalk, in the junk modelling area, combining different resources and using a wide range of tools. We will also develop the children’s painting and drawing skills, where they will be given the opportunity to paint their own magic beans, make flowers using tissue paper and pipe cleaners, as well as drawing their bean plant as it changes over time. The children will continue to attend singing workshops with Mrs Shakspeare every week. They will learn lots of new songs and actions and will have the opportunity to play lots of different musical instruments (in response to music).  The children will be encouraged to make up their own composition using percussion instruments to represent a seed growing into a flower.

Understanding of the World
This term, we will spend lots of time exploring the people who are familiar to us, such as our friends and families. We will look at photos of our families and discuss their similarities and differences together. We will explore why we use technology and the different types we have in school and at home.  We will practice using the mouse on the computer to play games and draw pictures. We will take a walk around our school and school grounds to find out about the adults who work there and make simple maps. We will explore Autumn on our Autumn walk using our senses to learn about this season and talk about the environmental changes we can see. We will learn about contrasting locations and be able to locate India on a map.
Mathematics
This term, we will begin with a strong focus on counting slowly and accurately. We will be encouraging the children to touch each object as they count, saying each number loud and clearly. We will be exploring matching, sorting and comparing different amounts and shapes through exciting activities both within our indoor and outdoor classroom. We will also be exploring the numbers 1 to 5 and will practise forming these numbers with our special numberblocks number rhymes! We will also have a close focus on subitising (recognising a set of objects without counting) using dice and card games.

Communication and Language

This term, we will be reading a range of books, with a key focus on new routines, rules and feelings. We will be learning lots of new songs and rhymes, singing these together to introduce the children to new words and sound patterns, as well as developing their listening skills. We will be spending lots of time discussing our families, learning what makes everyone’s families similar and different and we will be using photos sent in from home and our summer scrapbooks. We will learn the names of our family members and talk about the things we like to do with our families, as well as the special events we may have shared together. We will learn lots of new vocabulary when discussing different celebrations and festivals all over the world, and we will be encouraged to use these in our play.

 

Literacy

This term, we will begin with Phase 1 daily phonics sessions, with a strong focus on building our listening and attention skills. We will move onto Aspect 7, where we will focus on oral segmenting and blending for reading and spelling. Towards the end of Autumn 1, the children will be begin Phase 2 phonics where they will begin to learn the sounds that letters make. Within Phase 2, children focus on learning the 19 most common single letter sounds. The children will learn to read CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words and to spell them out. They will also be taught to read and write some tricky words, including I, no, go, to, the and into. Tricky words are words which are read by sight and are not sounded out. You can support your children with these at home using their tricky word keyring on their book bags.

We will practise recognising and writing our names, forming the letters correctly. We will also write our new letters, learnt within our Phase 2 phonics lessons and the tricky words too.


Physical Development
This term we will be focused on developing our gross and fine motor skills. We will be taking part in dough disco to develop our fine motor skills, using dough to practise squeezing, rolling and pushing the dough in different ways. We will be practising to form wavy lines, zig zag lines and arches too. We will be playing listening and attention games in PE, which will involve the children negotiating the space around them and carefully changing direction. We will be developing our walking and running and will learn to hop around a space. We will begin to develop our pencil control when writing our names and letters in phonics, as well as developing those really important scissor skills to cut in a straight line. We will be learning to line up and queue patiently for lunchtimes and singing.

Wow moments

We would love to hear about any significant events your child takes part in at home or when they do something amazing. If you have any pictures of significate events or have amazing moments you would like to share with us, please post these on your child’s 2Evidence me account. Your child will have an opportunity to share their amazing moments with their friends in class.

Supporting your child at home

  • Read everyday at home with your child and make a short note of this in their reading record.
  • Support them in reading and writing their tricky words (found on a keyring on their green book bag)
  • Don’t forget to sign up and share photos and WOW moments of your child using your child’s Evidence Me
    account.
  • Sign up for our Twitter, Facebook or Instagram pages to be kept up to date with what’s going on in our
    school! Visit – www.castleviewprimaryschool.co.uk Twitter – @CastleView_PS Facebook –
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/639210016975323/ – Search Castle View Primary School and
    join our group. Instagram – @castle_viewps
  • If you have any concerns or issues, please do not hesitate to speak to me after school.

Important things to remember

Your child’s attendance in school is extremely important.  Time missed is learning that can’t always be made up.

Please ensure your child attends school for 8:40 each day unless there is a very good reason for them to be absent.

  • Fully named school PE kit needs to be in school everyday.
  • BOOK BAG, READING BOOK and READING RECORD need to be brought into school everyday.
  • Read everyday at home with your child and make a short note of this in their reading record.
  • Support your child in reading and writing their tricky words (found on a keyring on their school book bag)
  • Don’t forget to sign up and share photos and WOW moments of your child using your child’s Evidence Me account.
  • Sign up for our Twitter, Facebook or Instagram pages to be kept up to date with what’s going on in our school! Visit – castleviewprimaryschool.co.uk Twitter –  @CastleView_PS Facebook –https://www.facebook.com/groups/639210016975323/   – Search Castle View Primary School and join our group. Instagram [email protected]_viewps

If you have any concerns or issues, please do not hesitate to speak to me after school.

Thank you,

Miss Shalders