Autumn 1 Me and My Family
The children have settled extremely well into the daily routines of Reception. They now understand and can complete their daily jobs, for example putting their coat on their peg and self-registering. They have enjoyed exploring and using the different areas set up around the classrooms and particularly enjoy playing and learning in our outdoor area.
We have introduced the children to our Class Charter’s which explain their Rights and Responsibilities when they are at school. The children have placed their handprints alongside their Class Charter as their promise to try their best and make good choices every day. This includes taking turns and sharing with others, using kind hand and feet, listening to our teacher and friends and tidying up and looking after our classroom.
We have now introduced ‘soft start’ to the children. This means that before they begin their learning each morning they have a little activity to complete on the carpet. These activities include reading a book of their choice from our class library, practising writing their name and writing the letters from the alphabet using the correct start point. They will also be practising writing numbers using the correct formation.
Communication and Language
We have been doing lots of speaking and listening activities with the children through circle time. During this time the children sit in a circle and using an object, the children then have to wait until the object is passed to them before they take their turn to speak. This way each child has the opportunity to speak whilst the others show that they can listen attentively.
The children have been learning the names of their peers, have been talking about the people in their families and have thought and talked about the things they like and don’t like doing at school and why.
The children have had lots of opportunities to develop their gross and fine motor skills in both our indoor and outdoor learning environment. They have been having a go at cutting around pictures as close to lines as possible. Many of them have also been practising how to hold a pencil the correct way using a tripod grip. In order to develop these skills further the children have been making lots of big and small movements to help improve the strength in their wrists. This includes using big chalks to draw pictures on the ground, using pom-poms and streamers to make shapes in the air and using tweezers to pick small objects out of sand and rice etc.
This half term the children have been having a go at writing and showing us what they can do independently. Some of the children are still in the stages of mark making/ emergent writing whilst others are able to form some or all of the letters of their names correctly. We have been focusing on using a capital letter for the first letter of their names followed by lower case letters.
The children have also been introduced to phonics (learning the letters of the alphabet and the sounds each letter makes.) During these lessons the children have been learning that each sound has its own action, for example for the ‘s’ sound the children pretend to be a slippery snake. Teaching the children actions will help them to remember each individual sound. Using the sounds learnt so far the children are beginning to blend the sounds together to read simple words. For example s-a-t becomes ‘sat’, t-a-p becomes tap. Teaching children to blend sounds together is one way in which they are taught to read.
The children have been showing us what they know about number. This has included counting in order, recognising numbers, placing numbers in order from the smallest to the biggest and counting groups of objects from a larger group. We will continue to work on these basic number concepts with children whilst introducing problem solving activites, for example combining two groups to make a larger group, finding the missing number in a sequence and counting on from a given number.